About the Ripper "Geegaw"
In 1986 jump ramps were all the rage. Easy to build, portable and fun to launch off of. Unfortunately, decks were snapping left and right. Powell Peralta deck returns were so high the company sought ways to make decks stronger and more resistant to jump breaks. One solution was Bonite construction. Another was the "Geegaw" shape which had bumps to reinforce the break zone area. Why "Geegaw?" Ask Chris Iverson.
This shape was also used for the Skull & Sword graphic. They were produced between 1987 and 1988.
About the Ripper Artwork:
Arguably the most iconic skateboard graphic of all time, "The Ripper" was illustrated in 1983 by legendary Powell-Peralta artist V.C. Johnson. Originally the graphic was used as a "Bones Sold Here" dealer window sticker. Next, the artwork found it's way onto T-shirts and eventually decks. The Ripper graphic has stood the test of time and has been a staple of the Powell Peralta line for over 30 years.
About Powell Peralta 7-Ply Maple Decks
Powell Peralta® decks are made in the USA at our own skateboard manufacturing factory in Santa Barbara, CA using U.S. hard rock maple, AirLam fused with Type 1 glue and are warranted against delamination for their useful life.