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Yesterday i saw the premiere of the film Bones Brigade, here in Brazil and found aewesome.
I just wonder one thing. Where is the movie VCJ? He is a key player in building the image of the Bones Brigade along with the skaters. The image of skaters is fully associated with the shapes and designs of their shirts. That's it. I missed VCJ in the documentary. But it's a great film that I will treasure. Thank you :)

— bricio “kongo estudio” dias,

hey PP,
long time love.
-with the BB doc and re-release of boards and shirts, why is there no shirt re-issue for tony hawk's classic graphic? thought maybe he owned the rights to the graphic, or something. however you guys re-released the board, so... why no shirt?!?!?!?!?

thanks for everything,

— colton “colton brown” brown

Basically, Powell's are definitely the number one choice when it comes to my deck. When I want a good solid made deck with great pop I go to Powell, and not only does it have great pop but the pop lasts longer than any other brand I've skated. The ligament feature is nice so you don't go doing the splits and breaking your balls. Thanks Powell for making superb skateboard decks.

— Kevin “Ellen” Crow, The Edge Portage, Michigan

My skateboard back in the 80s was the Guerrero Flaming board. My seven year old just told me he wants a skateboard. I told him Powell Peralta.

— matt carlton

Hey!! I just wanted to say i still have my Bucky Lasek deck. Its almost in mint condition just scuff on one of the edges, only had trucks on it and was never ridden.. i was about ten when i got it. that was in 86 i think.. found it at my dads place this summer. ahh the good old days. i'm just gunna hang it on the wall..

— Danny

I've been a skater since the 70s. My first board was a craptastic piece of plastic. I watched pro skaters like Stacy and fell in love with Powell-Peralta immediately. My father was also in aerospace like George Powell. I purchased & tried to put Bones on that crappy board and failed miserably. I recently sold a Santa Cruz Classic Face (Rob Roskopp) Cruiser Board. This reminded me of my roots & I started rebuilding a Hobie Board with Powell Mini Logo Bearings & Powell Oval Dragon Wheels. I am two years older than The BIRDMAN to THE DAY! I can't wait to finish my rebuild and skate this refurbished board with Powell wheels & bearings, Pig Pile Risers, Shorty's Hardware and a decent Hobie Deck. When I saw that George & Stacy reunited I was CraZy for the new things they could do.

— George “Slick”

I just wanted to tell you guys what an inspiration you are. A friend of mine was a super fan and pretty decent skateboarder. He was in a horrific car accident about eight years ago and lost the ability to walk; let alone skateboard.

He ordered the new Bones Brigade movie and he made me watch the trailer for it today. As I was watching it over the phone with him, I could hear him beginning to tear up and he just kept saying, "Those guys changed my life.'

I know you have a lot of super fans out there, I just wanted to let you know you have the awesome ability to bring a 37 year old man to tears still.


— Nicole Ice, Pants Productions


With your graphic "Hydrant Dragon" you scored a bullseye. We are so stoked to see a unique graphi these days. Tell VCJ: Well done after he tried to get into the game on the Hoffart model. The "Jesse Tribute" is a good one too, but the dragon beats it by miles.

It`s so delightful to see new unique graphics coming from Powell & Peralta. We thought we would never be so hyped again after the 1st Barbee and Hill graphic were released- Instant classics.

Is there any chance that you`ll print the Hydrant Dragon masterpiece on a piece of cotton in form of a shirt and (or) hoddie? Would be so cool!!!!

Again: very well done- cheers for making some olt farts happy with a proper graphic.

Your mates from F.F.L. zine

— F.F.L. zine, F.F.L. zine

Hi from Oz old school sl8er loves the Bones brigade style hold the fort keep the god dame raccoon out of my truck

— Antony “Greenant” Moratti

Today I tattooed the side of my head with the winged ripper logo of yours. My first board was from mcgills and was a powell board with that logo and still to this day skate powell boards. I live by the skate or die motto and always will. Please send mee a link I would love to send u guys a picture or even a photo shoot for an ad for you guys. Thanks for alays being the best board company a skater could want

— william “skinny” mishalanie

Seeing you guys reissue all the old school decks really bring me back to a time where all we cared about was sk8ing! Meeting up with about 1/2 dozen of our friends we would literally ride all over looking for spots we could shred. It wasn't like it is now where every town has a skatepark. We had to make do with whatever we could find out there. And man, was it awesome. Of course to get primed we would watch "animal chin" and attempt to skate like the BB. Thank you for all the memories and keep the reissues coming. I think there is literally 150 decks in my collection now !!

— Rob Larsen, Extremz BIke Shop

The Bones Mini-Cubic.
Basis of Depth Leviathan Dweller and Muskellunge of Dark Island's knife ritual set-ups.
Epitome of 1980s cult and darkness.
The roots of inspiration for the Bones STF BA. KU. wheel

— Depth Leviathan Dweller, The Barrier Kult

I was 11 when a neighbor of mine showed me his McGill skull and snake. I knew the second I saw that board, That i was looking at top of line. Growing up in a working class family I knew I couldn't have a P&P... That was, until I got a paper route at 14 or 15. After a few months, I finally squeezed out enough dough to get a pro board! Of course it was a Powell/Peralta, the tony hawk street model. At 37, I still ride but cant get myself to build the reissues that I've gotten from you (still the poor kid in me, maybe!). I still see them as works of art. Anyway, thank you for years of memories!

— Pablo “PAX” Smith

i need to decorate my house with vintage bones brigade decks...where can a guy find these our some re issues?

— jason friesen

i was a pretty hardcore skater in my youth and loved th powellperalta team. well about 2 months ago i watched the lords of dog town movie and the intensity of the founders such as yourself inspired me to ride again. im 38 years old and suprisingly only after a few sessions i felt as comfortable on your board as i di twenty plus years ago. we r fairly on the poor side and own one vehicle so ive been skating to work and it feels great. even my co workers think its awsome. thank u so much for showing me again what it feels like to be back on a board@ i cant realy afford to adorn my deck with different powell peralta stickers but when im able to i will maybe inspire others to pick it back up again thank u. respectfully tommy

— Tommy “Tommy GUNN” Ryan

Just got my old school ripper. This board is like a old pair of shoes. Awesome and perfect. Please keep on making them. Still stoked at 37yrs.

— Justin Reis

Hey what's up guys I was a skate boarder back in the 80's remembering the time watching you guys on all the bones brigade and until this day i wish I could meet everybody in person I did one time at hunington beach ca. At a expo I skate boarded with Tony hawk and jason lee I skate boarded with a lot of pro's at my time I did a lot of street skating and some ramp. Tell this day you guys are the greatest Stacy and george Powell thank you for putting the old bones brigade like lance mountain Tony hawk mike McGill and Steve cab and mike gurero and mr Mullen and willinder you guy made skate boarding happen. And the greatest there ever was. I'm 41years old I have a family wife and two kids and I talk about the pass I talk about how Powell peralta team is the best I talked about when I Ollie over a trash can standing up I ollied I was a good street skater I skate boarded for about ten years tell this day I could get on a board and do amazing things some people say wow who showed you that move and I tell them from watching all bones brigade video you guys keep up the good work you guys are never forgotten I will always remember you guys for the rest of my life. And there is one big wish I wish I could meet all you guys and have a signed skateboard from all of you and the founders Stacy and george. You guys made skateboarding for what it is today. Thank you

— Paul “Pablo” Kollee

Powell-Peralta, so when is it going to happen? When is the company going to give in and remake the bones brigade decks? The world wants them! The world needs them! Everybody is doing it, be like the cool kids! Powell-Peralta fan for life,

— Aaron “Trokes” Troken

I just purchased what I believe is an ORIGINAL BONES BIRGADE DECK.

— Jonny “J0nnyf5ve” Five,

Hey Powell Peralta,

I'm writing you guys this note to let you know what an amazing lasting impression your company made on me as a skate kid growing up on the east coast of Canada in Halifax.

My journey with your company began on a Steve Steadam board in the mid eighties. At that time, our town had one half pipe and a whack of 1/4 pipes in my buddies driveways. We lived it and the stoke we got from Powell has lasted a lifetime.

Fast forward to present day.....I''m now a 37 year old adult.....or at least trying my best to be one. I have my own board shop and I have an opportunity to engage and connect with the skate scene. In my own way I am giving back to the community and trying to ignite the stoke of the new generation....a generation that doesn't know what it was like to be a rider back in the early 80's.

It all has come full circle and I am stoked to help grow the skate community because for me there is nothing else like it. I still ride and every time I put someone on one of re-release Powell decks I get this tingly feeling like I am doing something special. Something only people who grew up in awe of the Bones Brigrade could feel.

I'm writing this to you guys to say thanks. Thanks for inspiring me to connect with my earliest passion and start a board shop. Thank you for being still being around so that I can showcase the awesomeness that is Powell Peralta at my shop.

I just assembled my newest ride....a Cabellero Chinese Dragon that I just rode around my block. To this day, there isn't another logo on the planet that makes me appreciate my roots as much as the Powell Peralta. It has transcended what a logo should mean to people. When dudes like us see it it reminds us of how special and important and rad a company can be. It brings us back to one of the most rad times in skateboarding and it is super important for us to share the legacy with the new gerneration.

Thanks dudes. You guys rock!!

— sean green, Shred board shop

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