Way back at the height of rollerblading’s popularity in the mid to late 90s when Senate was in its heyday and we were all dating strippers, driving fast cars and styling our designer haircuts with the best mousse money could buy Randy “Roadhouse” Spizer was the face of the sport.
Randy and I spent a lot of time together as skaters traveling for contests and demos. These days I spend much more time moussing my hair than skating (still using the best mousse money can buy!), but Randy and I have remained pretty close. We both live in Orange County and we worked together for a while at Paul Frank along with Sayer Danforth and Dan Jensen (of Scribe Industries!).
Many professional skaters have a hard time transitioning to life after skating, but Randy was always a bright and motivated kid and he has built a nice career post-skating as a Flash animator. […]
I understand that skateboarding is advertising shorthand for “cool” and “edgy,” so I guess I can kind of see what they are aiming for here, but it has been a long time since the inaugural X Games back in 1995 and advertisers have had PLENTY of time since then to familiarize themselves with action sports and presumably to avoid embarrassing images like this one.
We’re not talking Bagel Bites fifteen years ago here. Yahoo! is supposed to be an innovative company. They are the number one disseminator of information on the web; the largest news portal. How could they be THIS out of touch?!
Who was the, er, yahoo, who looked at the image of a glistening MC Hammer in soccer shorts and a Timex watch staging a jump next to a skateboard and said, “yeah, that’s exactly what we’re going for!” […]
My family has a skatepark in Texas, Eisenbergs Skatepark, and every year we host a giant competition for rollerbladers called the Hoedown. This year will be our THIRTEENTH year putting on the contest! […]