Jeremy couldn't decide on a concept for his guest post...
so he did four.
Welcome to Jeremy Wray Week on the Chrome Ball Incident.
"Debbie Does Chrome Ball"
First off is Jeremy's take on the traditional CBI Mash-Up.
Everything about this image is a time capsule back to my childhood and earliest memories of skateboarding. From the wildly-patterned pants, the Chucks, and the yellow shirt to the small nose, square tail, risers, rails and big wide wheels. This photo actually makes me feel happy and makes me want to go skate the nearest bank with some old friends. It seems like you rarely get that kind of emotion when looking at current photos of skateboarding. This one has a soul and a life of it's own.
I can't even imagine how crazy these years must have been when literally every day Natas was doing something on a skateboard that had never been done before. Anything must have seemed possible and impossible at the same time. Natas and Gonz truly got to write the book on street skating and were unparalleled for many years to come.
Jonas and I used to skate the Venice boardwalk every now and then in the late 80's and stumbled upon this whole skate scene completely by accident. It must have been pretty close to the time this was shot because they were still running that raw plywood quarterpipe backed up to this same wall.
I remember us coming in on a jump ramp session that was in full effect. Probably the first time we ever saw skating of this caliber in person.
Jason was always a big influence because of his natural style and trick selection. I loved that he could skate everything, too. Stereo was one of my favorite companies when they first came out. Their video A Visual Sound was a breath of fresh air at the time. The few times I got to see Jason skate in person around this time were a real treat... so fluid and in control. He also had the best backside flips and 360 flips hands-down.
Like most of Sturt's photos, this one gets permanently engrained in your brain the moment you see it. Epic spot, legendary skater and Sturt behind the lens: always a recipe for success. I've never had the chance to skate or even see this spot in person. If it still exists, I just may have to put this on my to-do list.
When this cover dropped, everyone thought it was fake. No one could figure out how he was able to ollie on the snow so they figured it must be photoshopped or something. Jonas and Jody lived together around this time and they shot lots of photos over the span of those few years. Jonas never went out of his way to call up photographers or try to get coverage so after they moved out of that place and parted ways, it became increasingly rare to see photos of him.
We just recently linked back up with Jody and went on a skate/road trip... just like old times. Super fun!
I do wish I could clip that one little branch out of the way of his face and make this the perfect photo but that's just the perfectionist in me.
He inspired so many and did it all for the love of skateboarding. One of street skating's true legends and pioneers. Respect your roots, little jumpers.
I couldn't be more honored and humbled to have the legendary Jeremy Wray sitting in with us all week. Thanks once again, Jeremy.
And be sure to stay on the lookout for more Wray Bros goodness coming soon.
Respect your roots, little jumpers.