Reserve price: $99.
In 1985, somewhere right around my 21st birthday I launched Blockhead in my parents Nor-Cal garage with 3 models, Streetstyle, Chaos and Rebel. As a fan of old gangster and crime movies, Dick Tracy etc. I inked the Rebel graphic with the thugs in the car shouting “SKATE!” (Alan Chilton inked that first Blockhead logo). It was one of my first experiments with graphic design and screen printing.
After the skatepark crash at the end of the 70’s/early 80’s, skateboarding was on life support, there were only 2-3 other kids at my large high school that even skated. We were rebels, outcasts, loners picked on by the jocks but we didn’t give a shit, we liked it that way....skateboarding was ours! With a network of like minded shredders from other schools, other areas of town and even friends we’d meet on trips to SF, Chico, Tahoe, Santa Cruz or the Central Valley we had an amazing underground scene of backyard ramps, ditches, pools and late night street spots. Some of my greatest memories of skateboarding come from that early/mid 80’s period when skateboarding was not cool at all, the Rebel board takes me right back there.
This construction is thinner and lighter than a typical 7-ply...but also much more expensive but we feel it’s important to build them exactly how they were in 1985.
I got goosebumps when I walked into the screen shop at Watson because I don’t have a NOS production original in my collection (It’s possible that nobody does, I’ve never seen another), I do have one that was custom airbrushed but it’s just not the same....and another super thrashed one. Just having one in my hands again after 30 years was amazing, they came out absolutely perfect, I hope you’ll enjoy one too!
- Only 100 produced
Deck Colors: White, Red, Blue
- Art by Dave Bergthold
- Bottom: Screen printed graphics
- Top: Laser burn 30 year logo and info, signed and #'d by Dave Bergthold
- Dimensions: 10.25 x 30.5”, 6.25” T. 16.375” WB. 2.75” N.
- Old school hole pattern
- Construction: 6-ply maple, 2 ply glass, epoxy glue
- Manufactured by Watson Laminates, San Diego CA
- Original release date 1985, Reissue date 2016