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How Many Distinct Eras Are There in Skateboarding History?
« on: November 12, 2020, 01:49:18 PM »
Doing larger print again because my eyes hurt.  How many distinct eras are there in skate history? 

1960s - the birth
1970s - the fad era
1980s - vert
late 80s-early 90s - the rocco era
mid 90s - east coast power shift
late 90s - early 2000s - shoes
mid 2000s - the age of Malto according to Marc Johnson
late 2010s - somebody help me here

in fact everybody just subdivide these, put in your own, redact, but how many actual distinct eras have there been in skating up to this point?

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Re: How Many Distinct Eras Are There in Skateboarding History?
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2020, 01:55:07 PM »
You can just make the font big on your iPhone. 

Mid 90s is shift from SF to LA. 

Early 2000s death lens hammer time

Late 00s - last gasps of pretending skateboarding is niche.  Corporations are here to stay

Early 2010s rise of NY and the small board brand

Mid 2010s is the era of the decentralized industry.  Anyone can stay in their home town or home country and carve a career

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Re: How Many Distinct Eras Are There in Skateboarding History?
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2020, 01:59:46 PM »
I think a few important ways to think about these kind of divisions and subdivisions are:

The development of board shapes: homemade w/rollerskates ---> 70s fiberglass bananas ---> late-70s giant boards ---> 80s pro-shaped boards ---> early-nineties double kick...and so on.

Changes in tricks and terrain.

The boom and bust cycles in the industry: 70's boom, early-80s bust, late-80s boom, early 90s bust...etc.

There are a ton of ways to breakdown the history of skateboarding.

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Re: How Many Distinct Eras Are There in Skateboarding History?
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2020, 02:08:56 PM »
Only 2 :
Before Skateboarding Revelations - Todd Falcon 34 Years in the Making
After Skateboarding Revelations - Todd Falcon 34 Years in the Making

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Re: How Many Distinct Eras Are There in Skateboarding History?
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2020, 02:15:51 PM »
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Re: How Many Distinct Eras Are There in Skateboarding History?
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2020, 02:16:30 PM »
Only 2 :
Before Skateboarding Revelations - Todd Falcon 34 Years in the Making
After Skateboarding Revelations - Todd Falcon 34 Years in the Making

Because you can't kill and idea, and we will not be ruled!

the visuals are also mad visual yo
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Re: How Many Distinct Eras Are There in Skateboarding History?
« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2020, 02:38:04 PM »
1950-1979 Bananas and gymnastics
1980-1991 boat boards and vert
1991- present   popsicles and skating everything

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Re: How Many Distinct Eras Are There in Skateboarding History?
« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2020, 03:33:18 PM »
1955 - Marty McFly travelled through time and showed the first skateboarders how to skate. And then he shagged his own mum.

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Re: How Many Distinct Eras Are There in Skateboarding History?
« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2020, 03:36:17 PM »
was it pretty sweet or fully flared with all the eras grinding the handrail?

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Re: How Many Distinct Eras Are There in Skateboarding History?
« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2020, 03:48:38 PM »
As embarrassing as it was, I think the bam margera, mall chain skateshop demo, grind (movie), and etnies callicut era should be in here somewhere. In between shoes and malto. It can be called "Bam's MargERA". If you don't remember the past, you're doomed to repeat it, or something along those lines.
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Re: How Many Distinct Eras Are There in Skateboarding History?
« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2020, 03:57:17 PM »
There are many eras, but I think it's important to say :

Before EMB / After EMB

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Re: How Many Distinct Eras Are There in Skateboarding History?
« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2020, 04:47:19 PM »
i think most people would refer to the late 90's early 2000s as "the golden era"



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Re: How Many Distinct Eras Are There in Skateboarding History?
« Reply #12 on: November 12, 2020, 08:08:04 PM »
pre-Osiris' "Feed the Need"
and post-Osiris' "Feed the Need"

jokes aside that vid kinda rules

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Re: How Many Distinct Eras Are There in Skateboarding History?
« Reply #13 on: November 12, 2020, 08:16:11 PM »
As embarrassing as it was, I think the bam margera, mall chain skateshop demo, grind (movie), and etnies callicut era should be in here somewhere. In between shoes and malto. It can be called "Bam's MargERA". If you don't remember the past, you're doomed to repeat it, or something along those lines.
That was a long winded path to get to “margERA”

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Re: How Many Distinct Eras Are There in Skateboarding History?
« Reply #14 on: November 12, 2020, 08:29:39 PM »
The 2000s were easily the worst decade in skateboarding.  Sure, they had big shoes to fill.    The 90s had the iconic birth of street skating and evolved pretty remarkably during that decade. 

The early 2000s was when skateboarding started to become “cool”.  Tony Hawk video games were all the rage, The X-Games were growing in popularity, and skateboarding didn’t have the same outcast stigma it had once carried.  Pants gradually got skinnier and stairsets and gaps got larger.  Your worth as a skater was directly tied to how many stairs you could jump down.  The decade ended with energy drink companies and corporations like Nike sinking their tendrils into skateboarding further in order to get their piece of the pie. 

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Re: How Many Distinct Eras Are There in Skateboarding History?
« Reply #15 on: November 12, 2020, 09:52:20 PM »
In recent memory:

Pre and post PJ Ladd’s Wonderful Horrible Life part.

Pre and post “Dylan”

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Re: How Many Distinct Eras Are There in Skateboarding History?
« Reply #16 on: November 12, 2020, 09:52:41 PM »
Instagram killed the video star


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Re: How Many Distinct Eras Are There in Skateboarding History?
« Reply #17 on: November 13, 2020, 01:34:53 AM »
Is this current 90s revival thing with kids trying to be creative doing shitty no complies in pajamas an era?

Off the top of my head, I'd divide the 90s like this:

- early 90s, old school shapes, mix of street skating and transition (Video Days, H Street etc.)
- BPSW, rave music, noseslide-crooks-fakie nosegrind-crooks-gazelle out era
- 94(ish), birth of the popsicle. From now on, you're either hesh or fresh (or you're Ellington)
- 94-96, SF is the Mecca
- 96, the East Coast brings big wheels and wallrides back
- late 90s, 411 is what's up

The early 2000s saw the rise of Europe with Cliché (Europe) and Blueprint (WFTW).

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Re: How Many Distinct Eras Are There in Skateboarding History?
« Reply #18 on: November 13, 2020, 01:57:09 AM »
2020: the brandon turner age


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Re: How Many Distinct Eras Are There in Skateboarding History?
« Reply #19 on: November 13, 2020, 02:01:49 AM »
2016-17 the pink camo pants, sex change, no comply combos, bass boosted trap song edits, condom beanie, gucci griptape era
Thank god almost all of that has been left behind

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Re: How Many Distinct Eras Are There in Skateboarding History?
« Reply #20 on: November 13, 2020, 05:29:16 AM »
Definitely some good ones in there, depending on how broad or how detailed you want to get with certain changes in skateboards, fashion, culture and the perception in mainstream media there could be half a dozen or a hundred different eras in skateboarding history.


To take it on a different path, I wonder how much would be defined by your age and how you perceived your local skate scene too, or what you were into at various times in your life.

Early teens - late 80s punk rock skateboarding era
Mid teens - early 90s BPSW era
Late teens - mid 90s fresh clean era
Young adult - late 90s whatever works / just scraping by era
Adult to older - 2000+ pretty much trying to skate, but work around growing up and being an adult
Older still - 2020 simple comfortable not really following trends anymore (but annoying everyone on Slap) *


* Hopefully NEVER saying "back in my day" to all the kids nowdays while thinking I was never quite cool like that when I was younger.

I talk too much about skateboards.  Sorry.

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Re: How Many Distinct Eras Are There in Skateboarding History?
« Reply #21 on: November 13, 2020, 07:10:11 AM »
most important era is Big Pants small wheels era.
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Re: How Many Distinct Eras Are There in Skateboarding History?
« Reply #22 on: November 13, 2020, 07:53:33 AM »
You can just make the font big on your iPhone. 

Mid 90s is shift from SF to LA. 

Early 2000s death lens hammer time

Late 00s - last gasps of pretending skateboarding is niche.  Corporations are here to stay

Early 2010s rise of NY and the small board brand

Mid 2010s is the era of the decentralized industry.  Anyone can stay in their home town or home country and carve a career

this is right and i like it

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Re: How Many Distinct Eras Are There in Skateboarding History?
« Reply #23 on: November 13, 2020, 07:57:49 AM »
There are many eras, but I think it's important to say :

Before EMB / After EMB

emb is overrated, we don't need to idolize these guys anymore

important era? for sure, but i feel like everyone jerks their dicks off like it was the best thing ever

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Re: How Many Distinct Eras Are There in Skateboarding History?
« Reply #24 on: November 13, 2020, 09:09:17 AM »
One of the biggest shifts in the past 20 years in skateboarding is the rise of the single-skater internet part. I would say that started in 2010 (P-Rod's Me, Myself and I & Gravis' dylan) and fully shifted 2011-2012. While it wasn't the 'death' of the full-length, it changed the game enough to be a marker in the industry.

Not sure where the whole instagram thing is, as we are still in the middle of it, but obviously that has a huge impact as well, as now skaters are more or less their own individual brands.
Warm Up Zone. Let's watch some skateboarding videos.

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Re: How Many Distinct Eras Are There in Skateboarding History?
« Reply #25 on: November 13, 2020, 10:12:52 AM »
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There are many eras, but I think it's important to say :

Before EMB / After EMB
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emb is overrated, we don't need to idolize these guys anymore

important era? for sure, but i feel like everyone jerks their dicks off like it was the best thing ever

EMB (Henry, Carroll etc...) pretty much set the stage for modern ledge line skating. Not overrated.

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Re: How Many Distinct Eras Are There in Skateboarding History?
« Reply #26 on: November 13, 2020, 10:25:40 AM »
I'll venture to say that we're in the dawn of a brand new era: the Covid Boom

I think we'll all remember the summer that we couldn't get product and so many new people started skating or old skaters picked the board back up again

So the last era was probably post-instagram to covid boom

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Re: How Many Distinct Eras Are There in Skateboarding History?
« Reply #27 on: November 13, 2020, 11:01:12 AM »
Currently in the cringe era.

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Re: How Many Distinct Eras Are There in Skateboarding History?
« Reply #28 on: November 13, 2020, 11:06:51 AM »
i think most people would refer to the late 90's early 2000s as "the golden era"
You old slap dudes are so out of touch. That shit isn’t cool anymore. Leandre Sanders is the goat these days apparently.

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Re: How Many Distinct Eras Are There in Skateboarding History?
« Reply #29 on: November 13, 2020, 11:11:47 AM »
It's really hard (and unfair) to put down the 00's as only one era. So much stuff happened and changed quickly in those years. It was everything from the emo trend (among non skaters) having an impact on skateboarding and vice versa to The Strongest of the Strange to the THPS craze to Baker 3 to AWS - Mindfield. So much different stuff happening. Different eras within that era was happening simultaneously basically.