Up In SmokeThe Blind team goes east.

TransWorld SKATEboardingFile: Blind East Coast tourVolume 19, Number 5

Up In SmokeThe Blind team goes east. by Ronnie Creager

A backside 180 to late mid-air reverse switch backside 180 would be a pretty darn cool trick to do at any demo, or just during an old-fashion jam down to the doughnut shop to pick up some milk and one of those tasty glazed doughnuts. I’m not talking about Krispy Kreme here, I’m talking about tricks¿skateboarding tricks performed by an individual on a skateboard to amuse and entertain themselves. Skateboarding is a fun, fun thing, especially when you just pick out a board and you stand on it with no griptape. Looking down at the board, you stand on top and rock back and forth feeling the curves and the rock under your feet. After a few rocks, you set your stance to ollie position getting ready to pop an ollie up onto the curb¿or whatever you imagine doing on this skateboard. You bend down and BOOM¿you see it all happen before your eyes, and you know at that moment that board has some pretty cool maneuvers in store for you. You stick on the griptape and grab a razor to cut off the excess. Mmm, ahh. There’s nothing like a brand-new Blind board, ready to be ridden.

Skateboarding can be done in your driveway, flipping a flop or flopping a flip¿whatever the mood is, it’s yours. Do it, and do it however you want. A fun thing to do is find a bump in the ground where the sidewalk is uneven and sticks up about an inch¿the kind of bump that makes you fall straight to the ground and knocks the wind out of you if you’re not paying attention while cruising. I’ve knocked myself down so hard, so many times, by not paying attention to those things. Another mistake is when you run and jump on your board, kick your board away from yourself, fall, and eat it right in front of all your friends. I’m a pro skater, and you may think pros don’t mess up on that sort of stuff, but I sure do¿all the time.

Um. A nollie inward hardflip is a must at most demos where there’s a hip or some sort of gap or hole in the ground. It’s one of those tricks that needs to be done at the proper time, when you have everyone’s attention. It’s a definite crowd pleaser. Once you say the trick a few times in your head, it won’t make any sense at all¿that’s pretty much how it looks when someone does it.

There are a lot of tricks to do at demos. If you don’t mind, I’d like to name a few. It might take a while, but here’s a list of tricks that you’re most likely to see at a demo¿I’ll start by mentioning basic tricks, then follow with more difficult variations: ollie, 180, kickflip, noseslide, railslide, tailslide, crail slide, bail slide, nollie, melanchollie, five-0, 50-50, manual, wheelie, dark slide, backward, forward, straight, reverse, regular, switch, boneless, skinless, frosted, and last but not least, we have toasted. If you get your trick toasted, you’re pretty much super stoked in an epic way.

There’s a wide variety of tricks with unusual names. Have you heard of the McHawky? The McHawky (performed on a halfpipe) is a 900-degree turn¿not Fahrenheit, we’re talking angles here. There are a few tricks that can either result in a spectacular display of consistency, or you can fall and inflict bodily harm on yourself every time you try, get back up, and try again. Let’s take the kickflip, for example. A kickflip is jumping into the air and flipping the board one full rotation¿it turns upside down and then back so the wheels face down again. I hope you can picture this. I have no doubt in my head that you can do this trick, and if you can’t, we’ll give it a week. A kickflip can be done to anything, anything at all. I guess that goes for any and every trick out there.

During the next seven or so pages, you’ll see some photos Seu Trinh took while being held captive by five torturers from team Blind. Any false move or perverted gesture might have been enough to send Seu ying out the window at 70 mph. It would’ve been great to start up a board series of real deaths, but hey, this is skateboarding¿anything can happen. And with a company like Blind, who knows what you’re going to see next. With the knowledge and keen awareness Seu has gained on his travels, he’s learned to keep his hands and body as far away from windows and doors as possible. One slip-up from Seu and bye-bye trigger finger. Lucky for him he didn’t have to learn to shoot photos switch. Maybe next tour he’ll be a lefty.

I’m not sure if you’ll get to see Tony Rodriguez in any of these photos¿he didn’t really skate that much. I remember looking down onto the street course and seeing him try some sideways nosegrinds. He was our tour guide, the driver of all drives, the credit-card holder¿the man in charge (that’s what we’d like him to think). Tony sat his butt in the driver’s seat for over 78 hours and many miles. He never once complained about the corns he was developing. I’m sure he knew that if he complained, it would mean the saber for him, or maybe the noose, or the nunchaku, or worst of all, the Reaper. Nothing is as bad as the Reaper. Just one look at him, not to mention from him, is enough to soak up the seat your sitting in.

Gayton Hagglund was another fearless person to join up with us. He was in charge of the magic movie box. He took all the tricks and stunts and held them in this weird silver box as we skateboarded by. He’d point this box at something, and it would take whatever was in front of the opening and suck it in. You could look into the box from the back and totally see what it took from the world¿totally insane device. Some things were really hard to suck into the box, and other things weren’t really worth holding captive.

We all had a lot of fun on tour with the parks we got to skate and some of the mischief at hotels. Before all the fun and suffering started, we took as much stuff from Blind as we could fit in the van. After that, we held Tony prisoner and took him and his company credit card to Radio Shack to buy us each a Motorola wireless e-mail pager. That was fun for everybody. They were used for many things: plotting stunts against each other, keeping in touch with friends we met on the way, and typing one-word phrases instead of turning around and saying them out loud. It was cool having the pagers until we realized we forgot to put the monthly fee and activation charge on the hijacked credit card. With all the paging going on, it was amazing we didn’t see one of those crazy electrical storms hovering over our van. Death by paging, that would’ve been a real good one to explain¿seven fried Blind boys melting in a big, white van. The media would’ve found the skateboards in the van and linked it up to some kind of extreme copycat death thing brought on by our board graphics and image.

The pictures of skateboarding in this section are from the Blind domestic tour. I think domestic means “in America” and not overseas. I’m not exactly sure on that one. Here’s a list of all the shops we stopped by and skated at. I wrote them down in order, from first to last. Our tour started on a date I totally forgot. Sorry.

Bad Boyz Toyz, Vernon Hills, ILJust Skateboards, Toledo, OHOhio Surf & Skate, Willoughby, OHMore Skateboards, East Petersburg, PAColiseum, Melrose, MAConcrete Wave, Worcester, MASpecial Sauce, Bay Shore, NYFairman’s, West Chester, PAG Spot, Fairless Hills, PAPit Crew, Frederick, MDDominion, Richmond, VADuh, Fayetteville, NC During these 21 days of skateboarding and playing C-low and threes (games requiring dice), a total of 3,500 dollars moved in and out of our pockets. Having a couple-hundred dollars in your pocket, then losing it all that night made it tough to get a good night’s sleep. We all had one of those nights¿even two or three. We spent roughly 78 hours (or 2,354 miles) in the van, on our butts, gazing out from behind windows while uh … hmm, that’s strange, I forget.

uh … hmm, that’s strange, I forget.