An abridged evolution of Oakley.
I have always been a collector. It started in childhood and has continued through my adult life. In fact, this blog more or less serves to post pictures of things I’ve collected, both past and present.
A prime example, the Jeff Grosso Toybox skateboard deck by Santa Cruz pictured to the left. I came across it second hand, as a kid, and my mother was both kind and patient enough to restore it to the condition shown. You should have seen it before she got to it- Mom did a great job.
I sold it as part of an eBay purge to raise money for something else that I’ve since sold. But, flash forward to a few weeks ago and the board on the right arrived in a big brown box. A Matt Groening interpretation for Bart Simpson. The deck is also produced by Santa Cruz as part of an on-going collaboration with The Simpsons.
Now, I just need to find a spot on the wall to display it. The colors and graphics are great, keeping in line with the original. Of course, I’d prefer to have the original back, but this version will serve as a place holder for now.
We couldn’t be happier to present a Dust Bunny direct from skateboard legend Natas Kaupas. I once asked him about his rarest graphic ever. He responded, “That’s easy, it’s on my wall at home. Only a handful of artist proofs were made.”
So, if you ever wondered about the rarest Natas skateboard graphic, now you know. Thanks for taking this photo and sending it over, Mr. Kaupas.
Taken directly from Gage + DeSoto (because I wrote it):
This year, we had an elaborate April Fool’s story prepared about finding a barn in France full of NOS jerseys from a defunct cycling team. It was meant for our blog and we even mocked up a design to go with the post. It was going to remain just that – a prank, until we thought it would be even more fun to make a few samples of the jersey.
We immediately realized we needed to make this. It’s nothing less than ode to summertime in the 80′s, and to our childhoods. We think the design speaks for itself (and we’re worried that including the text of the “sponsors” would somehow find a way to our desk).
So, we’ll be taking pre-orders for the jersey for the next few weeks. The jersey is produced by Sommerville Sports at a factory that might be responsible for a jersey you already own. This particular model uses a recycled Eco Green fabric, so you can feel good about reducing your carbon footprint.
Extremely limited to pre-orders only, so don’t wait around on this one!
Summertime 84 Jersey :: G+D Store