Thursday, January 13, 2011

a little more to smile about

Some may think I'm being trendy because I like building motorcycles and I'm posting a video clip of Jason Jessee. I can remember many a rainy day sitting around with friends watching all the skate videos we had on hand, praying the rain would stop long enough for the ramp to dry. In my opinion, there were no better videos than "Speed Freaks" and "Streets on Fire" by Santa Cruz skateboards. I worked in a shop for more than 10 years of my life and still felt like a nervous school girl when I would answer the phone and it would go like this.

Me- "Eastern Boarder"

Jason- "Yeah, is Tabor there?"

Me- "Yup, may I ask who's calling?"

Jason- "It's Jason @ Consolidated"

Me with a smile on my face-"Yeah, hold on a minute"

I know that story sounds so lame but what you have to understand is that at the moment that last phrase was being uttered on the phone by me, my mind was flashing back to all the video parts I studied for hours trying to figure out how to do frontside ollies on vert or trying to to get the guts to do a pivot to fakie after almost crapping my pants learning rock to fakies on vert. Jason was just another guy, I know, but these skaters were larger than life because of the role they played in our lives over the screen. That vision and feeling will follow me around for the rest of my life.

Alley oop madonna over the channel.

Andrect to fakie.

Perfect frontside ollie style.

Oh, and it's just a plus that he builds cool bikes.


Nick said...

That rules.

dave herr said...

hands down, best frontsides ever.

Toecutter said...

I know what you mean. A kid in town skated for Consolidated and was talking to Jason on the phone at Wangotango . I told the kid to say hi for me. He did and jason told him to tell me hi. I was thinking the same thing your talking about.

Nick said...

Actually now that I think about it, I kicked it with a dude named John Ponts for a minute and he road for hard luck wheels. I remember that he wasn't getting paid by the company, but Jason was giving him parts to build a bike with instead. I was really stoked for him.