Beginning in 1984, Powell-Peralta released a game-changing series of 6 videos featuring the “Bones Brigade.” By 1987, with the release of The Search For Animal Chin, this dream team became the biggest global phenomenon that skateboarding had ever seen. The company followed up that blockbuster with the full-length Public Domain in 1988, which you can now watch in its entirety on Powell-Peralta’s YouTube channel.
Public Domain is a historically significant video: This is video that officially introduces Mike Vallely, one of street skating’s innovators, with a notoriously odd jaunt through a cemetery. (Vallely takes a jab at this himself in World Industries’ 1989 video Rubbish Heap.); Colin McKay and Danny Way get some shine in early clips of the soon-to-be inseparable duo; Peralta’s penchant for weird nature documentary skits starts to get a little out of control; and Skatemaster Tate’s unforgettable ode to La Cumbre, a must-try Mexican joint on Valencia & 16th in SF, is used for Doug Smith’s TJ section (the song is called “Steak Burrito,” or something). Oh, and Tony Hawk.
Powell-Peralta plans on releasing each of the Bones Brigade’s 6 videos on a weekly basis (last week, it uploaded the company’s fifth full-length Ban This) 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.
Watch and learn.