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Title: Deathbox Pete Dossett
Post by: Digger19 on March 18, 2017, 01:12:24 AM
Hi all. Top of the morning to you from sunny (well pretty grey actually) Ireland. I used to skate back in the late 80's and early 90's. I really enjoyed it but was never very good if I am being honest, so it kind of fizzled out as I got into my late teens. My second deck was a Deathbox Pete Dossett (see photo). Deathbox was UK based so were most popular on this side of the pond. I'm not sure if they were even distributed in the US or Canada....

Anyways, having just hit 40, I have been feeling somewhat nostalgic of late. And amongst other things, I've been reminiscing over my misspent youth and skating in particular. There is absolutely no way I would consider trying to get back on a deck (I would end up killing myself) but I am considering trying to get hold of examples of my old decks to keep for posterity. My first deck was a Rob Roskopp which, I believe, has been re-issued, so no problem there. The Deathbox is proving more illusive, however. The company has long since ceased trading so buying a brand new one is not an option. I've been searching around online at http://www.for-sale.ie/skateboard (http://www.for-sale.ie/skateboard) for used and second hand skateboards for sale but have had no luck in the UK or Ireland trying to find this particular deck. Rare as rocking horse shit it would appear.
So my question is this; were Deathbox decks ever sold in North America? If so, were they popular enough for any decks to be still kicking around? After nearly 30 years, I appreciate that un-skated, mint examples would be like unicorns. But thought it would be worth asking.
Thanks in advance for any pointers.

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Title: Re: Deathbox Pete Dossett
Post by: Dontfearthereefer on March 18, 2017, 01:30:26 AM
Good luck!
Title: Re: Deathbox Pete Dossett
Post by: SodaJerk on March 18, 2017, 03:26:11 AM
You're best bet is finding out who distributed them either in the U.K. Or Europe and hitting them up but be prepared to pay through the nose because they'll smell your nostalgia. That or try to find Pete Dossett.
Title: Re: Deathbox Pete Dossett
Post by: j....soy..... on March 18, 2017, 04:35:16 PM
Deathbox became DB because it sounded more new school.....then they all moved to the US and started Flip.....

PS....message boards aren't the best place to bring your midlife crisis.....
Title: Re: Deathbox Pete Dossett
Post by: theloniousmonk on March 18, 2017, 04:57:08 PM
check out skullandbonesskateboards.com they are a community of people buying and selling old decks. Do a search there for the board you are looking for, I think there are a few collectors on there who specialize in Deathbox. I just go on there to see cool old stuff as I have no money to get any old decks.
Title: Re: Deathbox Pete Dossett
Post by: Spike Hawke on March 18, 2017, 06:12:33 PM
Good luck with that search. Not seen many clean Deathbox boards in the UK for a while. Sean Goff was the only guy I knew that had any Deathbox left but that was a few years ago now. He has an ebay page that he sells old stock that hes had in storage for the last 30 years http://stores.ebay.co.uk/TODDTWIST. (http://stores.ebay.co.uk/TODDTWIST.) Have you tried the UK collectors page on Facebook, there isnt anything on it just now but maybe worth putting a shout out https://www.facebook.com/groups/1077873885557250/ (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1077873885557250/)
Title: Re: Deathbox Pete Dossett
Post by: tiltmode43 on March 18, 2017, 06:46:13 PM
Was the later "Deathbox Skateboards" related to the OG "Death Box Skateboards" in any way? Spiritual successor or just share the name?
Title: Re: Deathbox Pete Dossett
Post by: JAesop on March 18, 2017, 07:39:09 PM
Was the later "Deathbox Skateboards" related to the OG "Death Box Skateboards" in any way? Spiritual successor or just share the name?

Just shared name. The later was all Watson wood out of Tum Yeto if I remember right.

Title: Re: Deathbox Pete Dossett
Post by: j....soy..... on March 18, 2017, 10:22:23 PM
Ironically that Deathbox was based on the Dogtown z-Boyz midlife crisis demographic.....
Title: Re: Deathbox Pete Dossett
Post by: Chavo on March 18, 2017, 11:46:25 PM
Deathbox ran ads in U.S. magazines, however, I never saw a single one in a shop.
Title: Re: Deathbox Pete Dossett
Post by: j....soy..... on March 19, 2017, 06:48:54 PM
I definitely did...they had Olson and Hackett I think....pineapple maybe...I think it was through blitz....it was pocket pistol type of shit....
Title: Re: Deathbox Pete Dossett
Post by: Digger19 on March 19, 2017, 08:12:53 PM
Good luck with that search. Not seen many clean Deathbox boards in the UK for a while. Sean Goff was the only guy I knew that had any Deathbox left but that was a few years ago now. He has an ebay page that he sells old stock that hes had in storage for the last 30 years http://stores.ebay.co.uk/TODDTWIST. (http://stores.ebay.co.uk/TODDTWIST.) Have you tried the UK collectors page on Facebook, there isnt anything on it just now but maybe worth putting a shout out https://www.facebook.com/groups/1077873885557250/ (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1077873885557250/)

Thanks for the links. A good place to start at least.
Title: Re: Deathbox Pete Dossett
Post by: noileum on March 20, 2017, 07:55:32 AM
Message @danpea1 on insta - he's got more DeathBox boards than most people and might be able to hook you up . . .
Title: Re: Deathbox Pete Dossett
Post by: TheDraught on March 20, 2017, 12:21:40 PM
Meanwhile,  Pete Dossett is still rocking the Euro Legends vert circuit.
Title: Re: Deathbox Pete Dossett
Post by: bogolden on March 21, 2017, 10:48:18 AM
Deathbox became DB because it sounded more new school.....then they all moved to the US and started Flip.....

PS....message boards aren't the best place to bring your midlife crisis.....


LOL!
Title: Re: Deathbox Pete Dossett
Post by: Pipe Dreamer on March 21, 2017, 06:11:35 PM
https://www.instagram.com/p/BRgJ8fQFbf6/?taken-by=danpea1 (https://www.instagram.com/p/BRgJ8fQFbf6/?taken-by=danpea1) as above maybe Toddwist on ebay.