We’ve all heard of Tony Alva right? Well if you haven’t he was one of the key members of the world famous Dogtown skateboarders from Santa Monica California good old USA. And he was a member of the pioneering skate team the Zephyr Skateboard Team which had 12 members. Here’s a photo of them with Tony on the far right and the late Shogo Kubo who I skated with twice a long time ago and he signed my Dogtown T-shirt. If only I could find it! Gold dust.
When Tony came to the Vans event in London in 2011 he saw someone wearing one of my T-shirts and he said ‘Hey man that’s a cool T-shirt’ which is cool in itself. I met Tony in Soho and he signed an A3 poster of himself for me which I will be giving away in a competition this summer.
It’s a couple of weeks since Dogtown legend Jay Adams birthday. And five years since his death. Jay started surfing at 4 years old. He was famous for his don’t give a shit attitude and just doing what he loved. We had this in common. At that time skateboarding was emulating surfing, it’s what the surfers like Jay did in Dogtown when there was no surf to be had. Then in the mid 70s skateboarding came of age and developed into something more than stylish sweeping, carving lines like a surfer. I contacted Jay on Facebook and we chatted for a while, he then asked for a couple of my Ts so I posted them to him. I always regretted not going over to the USA. Who knows I may have ended up staying there. The exact T-shirt Jay asked for is no longer available but the is the closest one.