In mid-American junior high school libraries at the dawn of the 90s it was hard to come by a more exotic or attractive cultural lifeline than Thrasher and Transworld magazines, even for readers shielded from the sheen of their garish covers by clear plastic binders. They had swear words. Authorities like teachers and the police were openly laughed at and heavy metal graphics rode tall in the saddle even when half the ads were black and white. In 1991 Vaj Potenza’s seminal work “101 Cheap and Cheesy Ways To Keep Them Off Your Ramp” won fans among devotees of driveway quarterpipes who counted “Spaceballs” and Weird Al’s “UHF” as chief cinematic landmarks of the day. Number 52 basically nails the senitment.
52. Scream “Blaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh…” and keep screaming until they get bored and walk away.
Twenty years later* Nos. 7, 25, 27, 29, 46, 55, 93 continue to get chuckles while Nos. 9, 50, 65, 74, 101 are grinners. This was in the October 1991 issue of Thrasher, predating the later, lesser works listed in Potenza’s online resume, though the DC footwear sported in this Vimeo profile reveal his true nature. Much appreciation to Justin at “Vert Is Dead” for not only identifying the feature from a half-remembered memory but scanning and emailing it too, for free. Enjoy this either for the biting satire of ramp life at the end of the Hosoi era, or the blurry window it offers into the long-ago genesis of this blog-space’s sensibilities, such as they are.