At the beginning of our last Faculty Initiative class, Jim G. and I started reminiscing about how we both used to skate (skateboard) and how this one activity, in many ways, had helped to define our previous/younger selves. We quickly burned through a long list of pro skaters’ names and the “sick” tricks they were most known for; to put it simply, we were “stoked” (or I was, at least).
Since we’d both made references to having read (diligently) Thrasher Magazine, and since this week’s reading focused on digital scholarship, I decided I’d go in search of a specific Thrasher issue: coverage of when the West Coast pros came to the East Coast and skated the infamous ramp at Mt. Trashmore (Virginia Beach, VA).
So here it is, the August 1986 issue, in all of its glory:
(After reading again one of the articles, I was reminded of the City of Virginia Beach’s outlawing of skateboarding. As one might expect, this policy created a considerable amount of tension between the city’s youth/skaters and the VB police department. Not to mention the defacement of municipal signs and the like with the ubiquitous sticker “Skateboarding Is Not A Crime.”)
And here are many of those same pros 27 years later: