Right now skateboarding is everywhere. The sight of kids riding down the street is about as prevalent as Subway sandwich franchises, but there was a time when skateboarding was just a small-scale insular subculture. One group of uniquely talented young skaters are responsible for taking skateboarding from brick-built half pipes in the neighbour’s backyard to the socially pervading sub-culture it is now. This group of pioneering teenagers was known as the Bones Brigade, and was assembled by manager, skate marketing guru and acclaimed documentary-maker Stacy Peralta (“Dogtown Z-Boys”, “Riding Giants”) in the early 1980s, and they literally changed skateboarding forever.
Peralta’s new documentary “Bones Brigade: An Autobiography” tells the story of the original Bones Brigade and its members Rodney Mullen, Tommy Guerrero, Steve Caballero, Mike McGill, Lance Mountain and the best-known pro skateboarder ever Tony Hawk, and how they turned the sport into a viable money-making career and an artform, and between them are responsible for the origins of most skate vocabulary as we know it (e.g. Mike McGill was the inventor of the “McFlip”; Rodney Mullen invented the kickflip, heelflip, the impossible, and was the first skater to introduce the “ollie” into the a street).
If you’re into skateboarding you have to see this movie. I’ve been lucky enough to watch it and was compelled to go for a skate around the block immediately after watching. It’s just infectious. There are special preview screenings of “Bones Brigade: An Autobiography” coming to Melbourne and Sydney, so visit the Hopscotch website for details. In the meantime you can check out an exclusive clip plus the trailer below.