A Message From The Editor

Most of you may already know that earlier this summer Miki Vuckovich resigned as editor of TransWorld SKATEboarding Business after serving as head of the magazine for almost seven years. That’s in addition to being involved with TransWorld SKATEboarding for nearly seventeen years.

I’ve had the honor and privilege of working with this remarkable and inspiring person for almost two years now, first as an assistant editor, and then later as managing editor. As the newly appointed editor of SKATE Biz, I feel confident in saying that Miki’s shoes aren?t hard to fill, they’re impossible to fill.

So, I’m not going to try.

What I bring to the magazine is a new vision, a new perspective, new ideas, and a devout respect for the standards and systems that Miki spent six years building. This magazine is an incredible resource for all of its readers, and I encourage you all to be involved ones. If something baffles you, tell us. If something irks you, perplexes you, or brings you great joy, we?d like to know.

This is Miki’s last issue. He resigned a few weeks into the production of this issue. And he answered every late-night cell-phone call I made to answer questions, laugh with me, cry with me, and most importantly, to support me.

And that’s what means the most to me–I came into this position with full support and encouragement from him. He’s been someone I’ve admired since I was a teenager flipping through the skate mag. He’s the best boss I’ve ever had. Even when I didn’t believe in what I was doing, he did. He is the fairest person I know. And after everything, I still have him up on a pedestal. I could easily dedicate an entire issue of this magazine to the various accomplishments and achievements that have made Miki Vuckovich who he is (See sidebar). In skateboarding, there is no other like him. Instead, I simply want to share a few words with you, the reader: Miki Vuckovich is one of skateboarding’s greatest assets.

Over the past six years, Miki Vuckovich has made SKATE Biz an industry leader as a reliable and credible source of information–an asset for skate shops, skateboard companies, and manufacturers around the world.

I only hope to nourish that. I aspire to continue this and all of the values that Miki has instilled in me over the past couple of years, as the newly appointed editor of SKATE Biz. And having Miki’s support alone in this matter makes all the difference to me.

Thank you, Miki.

–Saba Haider, Editor, TransWorld SKATEboarding Business

A Cornucopia Of Miki Vuckovich Facts

— He was the very first subscriber to TransWorld SKATEboarding, when it started in 1982. Miki found out about the magazine at the now-defunct Del Mar Skate Ranch, which was run by J. Grant Brittain–the photo editor at TransWorld SKATEboarding since the first issue. “One night I was skating, and there was a stack of subscription cards on the counter. I grabbed one and took it home. I was so stoked, ‘Wow, a new magazine!’ Skateboarding was so dead at the time that I couldn’t believe there was a skateboard magazine.” Miki, age fourteen at the time, had his first issue personally delivered to him by Larry Balma, one of the founders of TransWorld SKATEboarding: “He gave me two copies of the first issue in an envelope hand-delivered to my apartment in Cardiff at the time.”

— Under the tutelage of J. Grant Brittain, Miki became an incredible photographer. His first photos ran in the magazine in the 1986 TransWorld SKATEboarding Photo Annual. His first assignment was to shoot the construction of the Animal Chin ramp. It took three days to build, four days to shoot, and two to tear it down. “I was there for the whole thing.” The Chin feature appeared in the April 1987 issue.

— Since then, Miki has been involved with TransWorld SKATEboarding for seventeen years. He has served as senior writer, senior photographer, associate editor and senior editor for the skate mag. “Back in 1984/85, I’d hang out in the attic spacee where TransWorld SKATEboarding was founded with Garry Scott Davis, the former art director. We’d go out and skate all night, and then I’d sit around with GSD. I was the art director’s moral support for a while.”

In August 1996, Miki became the editor of TransWorld SKATEboarding Business magazine, replacing then-editor Kevin Wilkins.

— Over the six years that Miki ran the show at SkATE Biz, he established it as a credible and information-heavy resource for skate shops, companies, and manufacturers–its readers are the skateboard industry.

— Miki is an unofficial encyclopedia of skateboarding facts and history.

— The skatepark revolution started in the United States between 1997 and 1999. TransWorld SKATEboarding was inundated with tens of random phone calls every day from people seeking informative how-to guidance about skatepark development. Joel Patterson was the managing editor of TransWorld SKATEboarding at the time, and he would forward these calls to Miki. “I would leave here at six, and Miki would still be on the phone with some skatepark person,” says Patterson. “He coached so many people through the process. I am convinced that there would be at least one-third less skateparks in the United States if it weren’t for Miki Vuckovich.”

Furthermore, Miki’s concerted efforts in dealing with various levels of government, municipalities, and random organizations have been key in promoting a positive awareness of the demand for skateparks.

— Miki speaks fluent Russian. “I also speak a little bit of English,” he says. He has a bachelor of arts degree in writing from the University of California, San Diego.

— Miki ran SKATE Biz (as it’s affectionately referred to by its readers) for six years, leaving much to everyone’s chagrin in August 2002 to pursue other career opportunities. He?s been an integral part of TransWorld SKATEboarding and SKATEboarding Business magazines for seventeen years. We all collectively envy those who now have, and in the future will have, the opportunity to work with Miki. He is an inspiration to all those who know him.

— Miki had no idea we were going to do a sidebar about him.