Daily Scan: The Photo That Named The Sadplant

Scanned From: Vol. 1, No. 2, July/Aug. 1983

I scan a ton of pages out of the mag archives for my daily @deadhippie posts. I figured I should share some of the more storied ones here. Welcome to the first installment of Daily Scans. First up, I wanted to post Neil Blender's Sadlands article from our second issue back in '83. In addition to showcasing one of the coolest spots in skateboard history—Brookhust Park in Anaheim (circa '72-'89)—the photo in the article of Lance Mountain doing a tweaked invert on one of the moonscape blobs there incidentally coined the name "Sadplant" aka Sadlands handplant. Furthermore, ollie Sads, then Melancholy's were the derivative later attached to tweaked backside grabs—all traced back to this single photo.—ME

The Opening page with an overview of the spot. Story and Photos: Blender.

The Opening page with an overview of the spot. Story and Photos: Blender.

Jeff Grosso explains the Sadplant (From our TWS 10 Handplants [2014]):
“A sad plant would be the straightening of your front leg. You kind of tuck your back leg in towards your balls and straighten your front leg out. Kind of like a shifty ollie, but grabbing the board. You can Sad a frontside invert. You can Sad an Andrecht. You can even kind of Sad an egg (plant). You can kind of Sad it backwards. But for a purist's sake, just so people don't get confused. Let's just say it's a regular handplant, where you straighten your front leg. The entire thing, I guess it should also be said, that really the trick is in the back toe. Like to make them look pretty you have to like roll your back toe over the back of your tail like you're slapping a rock (n'roll).”

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Spread 2 of the article with the photo collage. Lance’s OG ‘Sadplant’ at night on top left of right page.

On the naming the 'Sadplant':
“There was a photo—Neil Blender took a photo of Lance Mountain skating Sadlands in Anaheim in the dark. Lance was straightening his leg in the photo so it was dubbed the "Sad Plant". All of this stuff… What should be said is Neil Blender is the king, always will be the king, there is no one better. He made it all up (Laughs.) I mean he didn't necessarily make the tricks up, but he's the dude that figured out how to contort them all.”

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A close-up view of the photo in question. History in the making. Photos: Blender.

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deadhippieMaps 548: @_chattyman recently posted up this present day look at the legendary Sadlands in Anaheim (skated circa '72-'89). From bottom left: @jasonjessee's fs Ollie from Poweredge 1989 (@scruzkeenan), the overview photo from Neil Blender's article (which included @lancemountain's photo resulting in the naming of the Sadplant. Photo: @nblender) TWS Aug. 1983, Blender frontsider by Goodrich, TWS April 86, @lesterkasai invert poster (@jgrantbrittain) June 89, and Blender backside Ollie by @mikivuckovich from Neil's G&S Picasso board ad, TWS Aug. 89. The beloved spot, built to look like the moon, was finally rendered unskateable Nov. 29, 1989. RIP. Brookhurst Park, Anaheim, CA. #skatenerdstarmaps #sadlandsmaps

From my Skatenerdstarmaps series: A present day look with some later 80s gold:       Maps 548: @_chattyman recently posted up this present day look at the legendary Sadlands in Anaheim (skated circa ’72-’89). From bottom left: @jasonjessee’s fs Ollie from Poweredge 1989 (@scruzkeenan), the overview photo from Neil Blender’s article (which included @lancemountain’s photo resulting in the naming of the Sadplant. Photo: @nblender) TWS Aug. 1983, Blender frontsider by Goodrich, TWS April 86, @lesterkasai invert poster (@jgrantbrittain) June 89, and Blender backside Ollie by @mikivuckovich from Neil’s G&S Picasso board ad, TWS Aug. 89. The beloved spot, built to look like the moon, was finally rendered unskateable Nov. 29, 1989. RIP. Brookhurst Park, Anaheim, CA. #skatenerdstarmaps #sadlandsmaps