HAAAAA....goin back to Dallas Texas to play a few shows... June 1, 2018-Three Linksin Dallas- 7 PM happy hour show June 1, 2018- Tradewindsin Oak Cliff- 9:30/10 ish June 2- 2018-4DWN (Mike Crum's Skatepark) for the Craig Johnson Event- Day Show 2633 Ferris St. Dallas Tx.
November 26, Tony Magnusson held the H-Street soaree in Encinitas to
commemorate the release of the Magnificent 7 series of skateboards and
the release of a few new shoe models from Osiris. For those who rode for
H-Street and were involved in it's evolution, it was more than that.
was, in it's time, a ground breaking company who's rise and industry
take over seemed to happen overnight. The late 80's climate, in the
industry was perfect for a new company like this, who showed what could
be done with what you had in front of you. Before it's rise, the
magazines showed images of pros that were inaccessible and
unapproachable due to egos or geographic location, pros who were doing
tricks on the current terrain (half pipes) in California that most of
the kids in the world could not and would never be able to do or travel
to. Not every city in the world, in those days, had a skatepark with a
good vertical half pipe.. H-Street made skateboarding accessible. A kid
could open a magazine and see a street skater in an H-Street ad, or pop
in an H-Street video and realize that there was no need for a half pipe
and that there was no need to admire pros who would not give you the
time of day. The pros and riders on the team were the best, the most
original and down to earth. They skated the streets because that's what
they did. They were cool and approachable and accessible.
our perspective, being directly involved in skateboarding as recognized
professionals, we could see that for us to fit as pieces into this
puzzle was going to be virtually impossible. This meant conforming to
the hollow painted representation of what skateboarding was at the time,
being put out there by the 3 main industry controllers.They controlled
the magazines, the contests, the fashion… some innovation but mostly the
fashion based mid to late 80's style that contaminated what WE and many
others recognized as a naturally rebellious and aggressive way of life.
At the time Steve was riding for Circle-A and I was
on H-Street, yet we BOTH contributed to the graphics which helped shape
the direction the company would go, artistically. We remember ideas just
coming to us, we'd draw, submit and the'd use.the images. or not..
other pros - Danny Way, Elguera, Ron Allen and Schultes asked for
graphics, Tony did too…
We had just come off a very
unsatisfactory relationship with a company who's views were not
consistent with ours and there wasn't any choice but to leave. I (Art)
heard from Jason Jessee, that Tony Magnusson was starting a new board
company, so i got out to California to see if there was any opportunity
there. A meeting was set up and as usual, not expecting any positive
feedback, I went to meet Tony and Mike Ternasky. They told me the plan,
told me who was on the team, what boards will be coming out and when… We
skated Andy's ramp, this was sort of part 2 in the interview process… I
did the best I could. I got the job! I couldn't imagine having to
peddle a resume which would have been rejected by either the big 3 or
any of the smaller companies who were trying to fit into the
stereotypical image format of the time. So many virtual "no name name
professionals" with no ability were being mass marketed to the kids by
huge companies.. Huge undeserved royalty checks being paid out and
profits made… if only you were able to suck the right dicks.
WAY, SHULTES, STEVE, ART, TONY, ELGUERA, HENSLEY, ALLEN
accepted us.. Gave us all purpose and livelihood. So many years have
passed so quickly that until that night, it was hard to find time to
stop and realize what H-Street was and what it meant to all of us.
night, in attendance were the magnificent 7, should have been the
called magnificent 8; Tony Magnusson, Ron Allen, Matt Hensley, John
Schultes, Elguera, Danny Way and me and Steve.
We also saw Steve
Ortega, Michael Crum, Cookie head, Alphonso Rawls… hung out with Daniel
Cuervo and lots of other old associates.
was a museum of sorts, with rare boards, shirts and memorabilia, live
music… the Fuckin Godoys killed, like we always do. Matt Hensley, Steve
Ortega and Danny Way joined us on stage to play one song. There were
speeches and finally a Cake…
Speeches: Danny Way "They got me a plane ticket..."