Stacey Peralta brings us an autobiography of the Bones Brigade team. The film is about the birth of modern skateboarding and it showcases the personalities that helped define and shape the sport as we know it today. Regardless of whether you preferred Christian Hosoi’s style or Tony Hawk’s bag of tricks during their head-to-head heyday you will enjoy this emotional roller coaster through skateboarding’s early days.
The documentary chronicles the epic rise of the Bones Brigade, using archival footage and moving first-person accounts from Brigade members Steve Caballero, Tommy Guerrero, George Powell, Tony Hawk, Mike McGill, Lance Mountain, and Rodney Mullen, amongst other notable skateboarding personalities.
It’s not a death metal band, an extreme diet club or historic dominoes association—the Bones Brigade was a talented gang of teenage outcasts. Unmotivated by fame or popularity, they completely dedicated their lives to a disrespected art form. For most of the 1980s, this misfit crew headed by a 1970s ex-skateboard champion blasted the industry with a mixture of art and raw talent becoming the most popular skateboarding team in history. The core unit of the Bones Brigade built an empire that covered the world. They dominated contests, made hundreds of thousands of dollars, created the modern skateboard video, reinvented endemic advertising, pushed skate progression into a new era, and set the stage for a totally new form of skating called street style. There’s nothing comparable in today’s skateboarding.
The film was screened at Sundance 2012 and the festival took some time to interview Director, Stacey Peralta, and subjects of the upcoming documentary. You can watch the interview, Bones Brigade: An Unexpected Journey on the Sundance YouTube Channel.
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