These are some of the earlier boards I rode. Check the TONY HAWK board, it had some kind of black paper layer. Still not sure what it was but I can tell you I hated it ! The Rasta colors was from watching the Alva boys I guess... Griptape art was kind of a mandatory feature back then.
Came across these at my moms place. You'll notice that I only have 2 of each and that's because I was lucky enough to be sponsored by a crappy toy shop who also sold skateboards. The owner would only give me his old stock and so I ended up riding different wheels on the front and back truck. Back in those days you wouldn't complain about that kind of stuff. Free was free right. I often had dragster style set ups with smaller wheels front and bigger ones back. Looked funny but got used to it and it worked... Note the ETNICS sticker, that's from the pre-Etnies days when the company was still based in France.
A few pictures sent to me from Oz by Axel. He had the chance to pay a visit to DEUS EX MACHINA. Apparently quite mainstream in their approach but you can't deny the fact that they come up with some nice bikes.
When it comes to punck rock music, I am still a big fan of cassettes. I just love the format, the way they sound, the way we made comps back in the days and came up with (bad) names for 'em. I still have a tape player in my office and a big collection of sick music which I would most probably have a hard time finding on vinyl, or it would cost a fortune to get it. This one was given to me by my good friend Alex P, in the early nineties. It has some great bands on there ! In those days we were the MDA punx, a crew of skaters hangin' out at the famous "Mont Des Arts" spot in Brussels, Belgium. Skateboarding, drinking and going to punk shows, those were the days! Don't get me wrong, things are still fun, just a bit different... Alex P aka Mister P becam a sick tattoo artist based in brussels. Check him out : http://www.myspace.com/misteralexp