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Hello my name is Brett, I am 24 years old and this last year has been rough. Growing up from a kid to high school skateboarding was a big part of my life. In fact my dad gave me my first board and that was a modern skull and sword. I was not amazing at skateboarding but none the less love it. In my senior year I was able to do tricks I never thought I could do. I was at a crossroads and wanted to go to college and be responsible and unfortunately put away skateboarding. Nothing ever seem right no matter how hard I tried I fell short. Last year was a true testament to my faith and brought me back to my father in my home state of Florida. My life was a mess and I lack the will to believe in anything. One day decided to clean out my dads old shed and found one of his old fish tail boards all worn and torn, but still in one piece and still rides it today. It reminded me of all the VHS and X games I watch as a kid of Rodney, Tony, Steve, Lance, Mike, and Tommy hoping one day I want to be as good as them. I went on the internet to find an Autobiography on The Bones Brigade. That video reminded me of something great I left in my life. I am back to skateboarding fill there is hope of fulfillment in my life, despite my short comings. Rodney, Tony, Steve, Lance, Mike, and Tommy you have all played a important part of helping me though a rough part of my life. If I could I would thank you all, instead I am putting my heart and soul towards my passion, thank you so much for helping me through this tough time in my life. Forever Powell-Peralta!

— Brett Anderson, D&S Residential

I am 40 yrs. old and just bought a new board last year to try to get back to my "youth" and skating days. I started skating at the age of 12 in 1986 and can clearly remember to this day running to the local movie store to rent the newest Powell and Peralta "vcr " taped skate video. My brother, friends, and I would sit and watch the videos and then go out and try these narly tricks that we just watched in this skate video. Just hanging out with friends on the weekends and skating what ever we came across. We also had these 1/4 pipe ramps set up in an old closed down TG&Y parking lot where all the "skaters" in the town would hang out and skate, listen to music and just hang out on the weekends. Powell and Peralta skate videos planted a seed in me that lives on in me today even at the age of 40. Thank you for doing something that at the time was not the "in thing" and making this sport into what we know it as today. I have talked to many new young generation skaters about how skating was in the mid 80's and some get a little jealous to what we had then and some of the "old school" stories. Powell and Peralta will forever live inside me and holds a special place in my life and heart...........Brian "Twin" Cannon

— Brian Cannon

i am in the middle of watching the bones brigade auto-biography. i have been crying for 1.25 hours. the bones brigade movement saved my life.i see that this biography is psychologically healing for those who can grasp it, as well as historical. you have done such a good job. i was 14 in 1985 , and have never stopped shredding. you planted a seed in me that has grown more beautiful than anything else in my life. here is a video i made in 2013. i do the sloppy-joe in the intro, which i learned from your brigade. i was 42 years old when i made it. thank you so much for what you have done in countless lives.
forever greatful, -josh mosh

— josh “josh mosh” crockett

Hi, my name is Ryan. I am 14 years old and have had skating in my life for a while. I skated on and off since I was 7 but within the past year have work very hard on my skills hoping one day to be sponsored by my favorite skate company, Powell Peralta. I have always had an interest in this company since I was 6 when I found my mom’s origin VHS tape of "Future Primitive" and I decided to watch it, and boy did that video change my life. Watching Tommy Guerrero with his old school style street run and then the transition to the huge airs of Steve Caballero, Tony Hawk, Mike McGill and Lance Mountain, then the amazing freestyle skills of Rodney Mullen made me realize how special skateboarding is. At the time, I had no idea who any of them where or even that the movie was made by you. Later I became interested into 70's style skating and the careers or Tony Alva, Jay Adams and the one and only Stacey Peralta, that's when I came across Powell-Peralta and realized that you where the ones who created the beautiful piece of skateboarding history that my parents watched during their teens. I have watched the Bones brigade documentary at least 16 times and watched all of the origin Bones Brigade videos many times over (my favorites are Animal Chin and of course Future Primitive). I own a Tommy Guerrero reissued dagger deck and have encouraged many of my friends to help me revive old school vert tricks and style. I am currently waiting for you to bring back the graffiti ripper boards (hope that is soon) and am thinking of buying another reissued deck. Anyway, I would like to let you know that I love how much history you have with skateboarding and you will always be my favorite company and I hope one day to meet the amazing Stacey Peralta and the talented original members of the Bones Brigade.

— Ryan “80's Boy” Ferace, Local Skate Team and huge fan

My name is Alexandre and I am writing to say that I'm 43, I am Brazilian city of São Paulo.
And in 1984 I lived in San Francisco in the U.S. for treatment for diabetes, am diabetic since he was 8 months old, arriving in San Francisco I was amazed because I always wanted to visit California. I made my appointments at the California Hospital giving all right to treatment, so much so that I am alive today. But I want to emphasize that what keeps me alive and very happy today and hopefully for a long time that I met in CALIFA as we speak here in BRAZIL and I am fanatic until now called POWELL PERALTA, and more directly, SATCE PERALTA, GEORGE POWELL, STEVE CABALLERO , TONY HAWK, LANCE MOUNTAIN, MIKE MCGILL, TOMY GERRERO, RODYNEI MUTY MULLEN, and all BONES Brigades. I still have my Caballero Model 1984/85 saved, just like a model that Steve Caballero wore at the time I rode the same. Thanks for making me a better person.

— Alexandre “Alex” Incontri

Poor me I'm a Victim.
Iraq. Afghanistan.
Suffering from guilt. Why him, and not me?
Nothing brought content, no goal sufficient.
Bones Brigade, an autobiography...
I have since realized who made me what I am. I reflected on who I was. I now know what, and, who I am.
I was nurtured through the toughest of times with Ripper Logo's, and Cabalerio's. My Father dying at 7 sent me into a frenzy. You saved me. You gave me a direction and guidance. I fell Victim to the War. I was there, I was one of them. I know the Brotherhood Stacey was searching for, I get it.
Please know that what you did does matter. It helped me regain my Identity from them.
Tony, Steve, Lance, Mike, Rodney & Tommy. I owe you fuckers. Please understand I can't afford the dues...
I will be there if the opportunity does ever arise. I am the Crazy guy on the east, that has been a successful Marine, Parent, Entrepreneur, and Student. While in Ramadi, Iraq, I planned fictional runs on a mini-ramp to get to sleep, You made a difference, and thank you. PTSD is curable, Its called Skateboarding

— William “Jeff” Marshall

This is honestly my first board that wasnt a long board and so far my new Blacklight Skull & Sword is the smoothest board ive ever rode im starting to get into competitions and its holding up great compared to most of the other guy's boards I couldnt be happier with it

— Tyler Hassey

I just want to preface I am NOT ASKING FOR QUOTES, INFORMATION OR ANY INTERVIEWS.

To whom it may concern,

My name is Alex Sarkowsky and I am a senior at Wesleyan University (in Middletown, Connecticut), but am originally from Encino, CA. I am an anthropology major and part of our senior major requirement is to write a thesis or long essay on the research topic of our choice. Without hesitation, and not for the first time, I decided to write on skateboarding, with a heavy focus on Powell-Peralta and the Bones Brigade.

I just wanted to send an email to ask if, when it is fully bound, and accessible via the internet if you wanted to see a copy of it. Secondly, and more importantly, I just wanted to thank you (the Powell-Peralta company and the Bones Brigade's legacy) for all they have given to me. I have always been passionate about skateboarding, grew up watching the Bones Brigade videos, have followed the careers of Stacy, and the rest of the team as time has gone on.

I think that my love for skating and my desire to write this essay on the impact you have all made on the skateboarding world technically, socially and emotionally is what has made such an indelible mark on my life. The recent Bones Brigade: An Autobiography, Dogtown and Z-boys, and various interviews over the years in skate magazines and other quotes are sewn throughout my piece, but I felt this unshakable urge to let you know what all this has meant to me personally in the long run. I have loved all the videos you have created from The Bones Brigade Video Show, to the recent Bonus Brigade release. I ordered one of the Lance Mountain signed blem decks just a week or two ago, and cannot wait to be home for the semester so I can put it up in my room.

I do not mean to ramble, I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for what you have given me, how you have impacted the skate world, and what you continue to do. I can't speak for everyone, but I know that all you have done, created and feel towards skateboarding has allowed me to find my niche in the skate community, something that no one can take away.

I hope this note finds you well, and reminds you all how important what you do really is.
Thanks again.

Sincerely,
Alex Sarkowsky

— alexandra “Alex” sarkowsky, Wesleyan University Student

I just wanted to thank powell for a life time of skating. I started skating back in 1985 when skateboarding was all about friends and fun! i had the honor of riding for the company many years ago as a sponsored rider. Im 1999 i had a very bad accident and was told that i would never be able to walk normal again. Well after about 13 years off I decided i was strong enough to give it a go! against all odds ive been back skating for four months now! everything came back super fast and im honored once again to be out there once again doing somthing i love and reppin powell!

— chris “chino” adams

My nickname growing up was Bones, so naturally when I took up skating in 1983, I gravitated towards Powell-Peralta and the Bones Brigade. I went through a bunch of decks, but my favorite was always my McGill. The other day, I went to my local skateshop in Northampton, MA to get a sticker for my new truck. I grabbed a rat bones hat, was wandering around, looked up and saw the red reissue McGill. I immediately said, can I see that...thought for a second, I'll take it. I brought home everything I needed, spent an hour or two getting it set up just right like I used to. Let me tell you, when I took it out, I wasn't 38 anymore, I was a kid in Avalon, NJ just skating around loving life. Thanks guys, I'm back...

— Joe “Bones” Gargan

YEAH Guys,
Big Props and high 5 from Germany.
im Sk8tin`since `87 , and it
is soo cool to see that powell still
exists ! One of my ALL-Time-Favourite-Brands :)
Last but not least - Thank u Guys for all
the Vids, Action and so on back in the 80s n 90s
- and - THANK U a 1000 times for bringing back
the old Boards as reissues !!!! u guys rock

— Patrick “Paddix” Nonnenkamp

Really enjoy reading these testimonials. So good to hear people's passion for skateboarding and bones brigade! After watching the doco I have got on a skateboard at the age of 37! Loving it, and enjoying getting out there with my kids. On a cab deck for good measure! So nice in the bowl!
Cheers

— Brent

I started skateboarding in 1982 and for twenty plus years I loved skateboarding more tham anything .had a lot of the old powell boards even a lot of the bonite series ones from tony hawk minis to cabs to ray underhill to frankie hill to the mike v elephant model etc .anyway a few years ago I got sick very sick multiple surgeries couldnt walk for two years without a walker and a lot of help .finally got better could walk again and I saw the bones brigade movie rodney mullens part inspired me to try skateboarding again.now I can't do the tricks I could as a kid but for someone who two years ago was in a wheel chair to get around pulling off a sloppy kick flip feels pretty dam good and being able to skate with my son who rides a killian martin board feels great . Thank you powell your movie inspired me to do what I've loved my whole life again thank you

— daniel “dan” thompson

the powell reissue ray bones snub got me skating again. ive loved these decks since the britelites. my yellow and red snubs are heavily skated and need replaced. crossing my fingers in hopes of another batch of ray bones snub nose releases, hopefully in the britelite orange and purple. thanks for reviving my love of skateboarding.

— mark chapin

As a lover of skating and powell since 1987 I have recently got back into skating and built myself a brand new cab complete up to remind me of the good old days. For as long as skateboarding is around you guys will always make the best stuff which no other brand will ever get close too. But please please please could you re issue the per welinder street decks as they are one of the best graphics, shape, and the 9.7 size was perfect. Missed them last time round and I would love to have one to shred and hang on my wall next to my others. Cheers guys

— James Hardcastle

This all came along at the right time for me. At 41 Im still surfing but no longer skate. Watching the BB video was the greatest thing. I've avoided skateboarding for years now in order to stay healthy and surf. but I feel like I can be a fan of skateboarding again without actually being a skater.
Its fun to own a classic Powell Peralta skateboard even if the only trick i do is get the mail. so glad these products are back and unlike the old days I can get a deck without destroying it in 6 months. Thanks stacy and The BB for presenting a solid, fun,enduring image of 80's skating.
Can you guys produce some small but detailed BB graphics that they could be used for homemade finger boards? ala Lance Mountain. By the way Lance, your a true boardsports stylist then and now. loved the Fronside invert to ladder and jumping the ladder! Just like the old days rewind stop rewind stop. Take care of yourselves, its worth it!

— Matthew “Matthew Thompson” Thompson

I started riding skateboards when I was five with a roller derby clay wheeled board and have been riding ever since. In the late 70’s I went to my first skate park, the concrete connection in Charlotte,NC and that was where I purchased my first REAL skateboard. The first deck I got was a Powell Peralta britelite in orange. The next two were the alan gelfand (tank) and latter the vato rat deck. I hung onto these decks for years but they were stolen out of my car in the late 90’s. Since the re-issues of the pig decks I have gotten back to skating and skate everyday weather permitting. I have five decks I ride and about twenty five I have collected. I just got the full set of the bones brigade decks last week and was blown away. I was going to add them to my collection but have decided to set up the Hawk and Guerrero with the indy stage 11 trucks and some old rat bones 2 wheels I’ve been hanging onto. I hope you all will keep up the re-issues and even do some decks like the old beamers and britelites in the original shapes. At age 48 I plan to skate as long as I possibly can so thanks for bringing the old days back! P.S. Thanks for bringing the wheels wells back–nice touch!

— Craig Hutcheson

Hello, My name is Ryan Phillips I am 10 years old and from Orlando, FL. I am writing you today to let you know how much you have inspired my skate career I have only been skating since August 2, 2012. I skate Vert nothing excites me more then the Half Pipe and the bowls. In my short time of skating my instructor and people that see me ride say I am a Natural and have great skills, I will only skate your decks people call me "The Powell Kid" I have seen your movies Dogtown is my favorite but the Bones Bergade Biography really inspired me to keep trying and giving it my all. Steve is one of the best skaters in my opinion I hope that one day I will get to meet you all or get a deck signed. My dream is to become and PRO and get to ride for such a great team such as yours. I hope that this message will reach you and perhaps you could check out my facebook and see all my tricks. I wish you and the team well and hope to hear back from you. Thank you for reading, Ryan Phillips :)

— Ryan Phillips

My first pro deck was a Mike McGill. I rode the color and wood layers off that deck until I was able to buy a Ray Barbee, then I rode the hell out of that deck. Powell Peralta will always be synonymous with my youth...or vice versa. Love you guys and THANKS!

— Jay “Jay” Tillery, Tillery Worldwide, LLC

I loved using your boards when I was younger. I'm now 32 and have not skated in years but I still love skating. I just seen the documentary Bones Brigade, I loved it!!!! It made me laugh, cry and happy. I just wanted to give you some feed back. I usually don't do this so I hope this isn't unnoticed. Skate Or Die, Curt Detman PS: Thanks for bringing some fun into mine and my friends childhoods :)

— Curt “Ol Dirty” Detman

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