Beginning in 1984, Powell-Peralta released a game-changing series of 6 videos featuring the “Bones Brigade”: Tony Hawk, Steve Caballero, Mike McGill, Tommy Guerrero, and Lance Mountain. By 1986, this dream team became the biggest global phenomenon that skateboarding had ever seen, and now you can experience a high-quality upload of the third Bones Brigade video, 1987’s The Search For Animal Chin, on Powell-Peralta’s YouTube channel.
Filmed in 1986, Animal Chin is by far one of the most influential—and weirdest—skate videos ever made. Maybe the first full-length with a narrative, Animal Chin deals with the crew’s quest to find the elusive, titular skate legend. The search takes them from Hawaii to the most epic vert ramp ever built, with a lot of shenanigans in between. The endlessly quotable dialogue alone set this apart from the pack: Deal some meals; skedanked; yapple dapple; snootchie bootchies (oh wait). The skate lexicon would never be the same.
Powell-Peralta has been uploading the entire Bones Brigade canon over the past two months, both as full-length uploads and chapters. This is an idea that is not only educational (each of the Powell-Peralta videos are historically significant artifacts) but also entertaining as fuck. Younger generations may not realize that many of the tropes of contemporary skate videos are inspired by Stacy Peralta and company’s groundwork. (Peralta went on receive worldwide acclaim with the blockbuster documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys in 2001.)
Here’s what Hawk is up to these days, among many, many other things):