In 1992 everything changed. Slick Bottoms, huge, ugly colored pants, and 42 mm wheels were the norm. Technical skating was at it’s height and Skateboarding became slow and sluggish.
Although it was an odd time for Skateboarding, I feel that these years were an adolescent period. Much like pimples on a teenagers’ face, growth happens in unflattering ways. It had to go through this period of pressure flips, late shove its, and jacked clothing to become what it is today. Street Skating was king and vert was dead. A new era had begun. World Industries and it’s affiliate brands (Blind, Plan B, 101) took the market by storm, directly competing with, and taking jabs at “The Big 5” (Powell Peralta, Vision, Santa Cruz, and media outlets such as Transworld Skateboarding and Thrasher, hence the start of Big Brother Magazine) and any other company that dared to go to war with Steve Rocco. This was a changing of the guard as more and more Skater owned companies were popping up left and right. As goofy as this era was, I cherish it. Because there was so much progression in Skateboarding than any other era. When a Pro did a new trick, it literally was a new trick that had never been done before.
1. Plan B- Questionable
This video raised the bar for what Skateboarding was to be at the time. Mike Ternasky (RIP) had assembled a top notch team of extremely talented Skaters in the industry and made a huge impact on everybody. This video is one of, if not the most important, to the progression of Street Skateboarding in all it’s history. The only downside to this video is Street Legend Matt Hensley’s retirement part. This video changed the way I skated, dressed, and spoke. Mike Carroll’s part was legendary and introduced Skateboarding the Hieroglyphics Crew. Plus, Ronnie Bertino, Chico Brenes, and Henry Sanchez have cameos that were all bangers in that part. Henry Sanchez-Cab Front Nose in ’92? Bonkers.
2. Blind- Tim & Henry’s Pack of Lies
Tim Gavin annihilated the ponds and the bubble curbs in his part. With such a smooth and effortless style, Tim Gavin did just about any flip in to ledge or transfer trick that was thought of in ’92. He was Am at the time and beasting on most Pros. I was around for a lot of the filming for Tim’s part, being the ponds loc that I was, and he did most of those tricks and lines within minutes. He was so consistent and fluid and it comes across in his part. Don’t even get me started on the Kickflip Backside Nosebluntslide……extremely innovative.
Henry Sanchez was so far ahead of everybody, it was insane. Henry was the perfect hybrid of Tech/Gnar. He skated fast, did tricks that were unthought of at the time, and skated with raw power. It also didn’t hurt that he skated to Black Sabbath when everyone was on the Hiero tip. Henry Sanchez did tricks that were only matched in “Fully Flared”, 15 years later, by Marc Johnson, another tech wizard. Henry was doing Nollie Flip Back Tails in ’92. Rudy Johnson doing Switch Double Flips, Guy Mariano doing a Switch Tre Flip before anybody (Jed Walters did one in “Love Child”, in the same summer of ’92) and Nosesliding the world savings rail without a full part only added to the greatness of this video, and two tricks from Brian Lotti complete the whole thing.
3. World Industries- Love Child
This was an introduction to a host of new, innovative Skaters, also raising the bar for Street Skateboarding. Break out parts from Daniel Castillo, Chico Brenes, Shiloh Greathouse, Spencer Fujimoto, Daewon Song, who did the first Hardflip in a video along with one of the longest lines in video history, and the mysterious Jed Walters, who did the first Switch Tre Flip. It’s an often debated subject on wether him or Guy did the first one. This video also featured parts from established pros such as Jovontae Turner and Randy Colvin (Classic Part). The soundtrack was intentionally non Hip-Hop. This began a trend of skating to oldies, which was highly prevalent later on in ’90’s skate videos. World Industries and it’s affiliate companies reigned supreme.
4. H-Street- Next Generation
Although H-Street took a big hit with losing top tier riders to Plan B, you can’t discount the fact that they still had a stacked team of rippers. Alphonzo Rawls, Jason Rogers, Dan Peterka, Ocean Howell, and a breakout part from a fresh faced Eric Koston were all comparable to any World video at the time. This video spawned the infamous “K-Grind” now more commonly known as the Crooked Grind, invented by a relatively unknown Am. Eric Koston at the time was an all terrain Skateboarder. His part included Street, Vert, and Mini Ramp skating that was all prime skating for the time. He pretty much came out of nowhere. Ocean Howell was one of the most innovative Street Skaters at the time and his Skating was way ahead of it’s time. Jason Rogers was also an all terrain ripper, killing Street, Vert and Mini Ramp. Skating to Gang Starr never hurts either. Dan Paterka had a highly overlooked and underrated part as well, skating to Deep Purple’s “Smoke On The Water”.
5. 101- WWII Promo Video
101 was always one of my favorite companies of all time. Natas’ art direction, choice of riders, and overall aesthetic was light years beyond anybody else, it was Natas after all. He always kept a small and very unique team. Eric Koston not only put out a part earlier that year with H-Street, but also came with a full part for this video. That is purely a testament to how talented of a Skateboarder Eric really is. Gabriel Rodriguez was pretty underground at the time but had a short and sick part. Sometimes less is more. Kris Markovich is also one of my favorites and he skated fast, raw, and tech. Great balance.
Jeremy Klein, Willy Santos, and Bucky Lasek were the high points of this video. In the new era of Skater owned companies, Tony Hawk started Birdhouse Projects in ’92. He had a keen eye for talent by putting on Jeremy Klein, Willy Santos, Bucky Lasek, Ocean Howell and discovering new talent such as Heath Kirchart and Andrew Reynolds.