For the first episode of the Then and Now Podcast, I interviewed the legendary rolling artist, Chris Peel. Chris played a huge behind-the-scenes role during the late 90s to mid-2000s in the aggressive inline skating industry. Growing up in Wakefield, in the UK, he started designing t-shirt’s for Puberty Clothing before landing a job with DNA magazine. He then made his way stateside to San Diego, California, in 2000 to work for and design Daily Bread Magazine. In San Diego, he created the initial branding, image, and logos for Ground Control, Rat Tail Distribution, 4x4 Urethane, Vicious Bearings, and Nimh skates.
Chris is a long-time friend who also designed the Big Wheel Blading logo for me in 2017. We haven’t had much contact these last few years, so I thought it would be fun to contact him to catch up and reminisce on our years in San Diego, working at Daily Bread together and teaming up on many projects for Rat Tail, and its brands. - Jan Welch.
Classic Section: Chris Haffey Section in Drip Drop (4x4 Team Video), the long awaited sequal to Leading the Blind. Edited by Pat Lennen.
A 2008 Rat Tail Media Production.
Rat-Tail Distribution presents a Brandon Negrete film.
Sections: Chris Farmer (3:06), KC Roche (7:03), Sean Santamaria (9:56), Chase Rushing (13:03), Homies & Roadies (17:10), Michael Collins (23:11), Pat Doherty (26:10), Alex Broskow (28:38), Brandon Campbell (32:48), Mike Lilly (35:03), Dan Leifeld (38:52), 10s thanks you’s (43:54)
You’ve been waiting for this project now for two years, and I know you can’t believe it, but yes, it is finally done and coming out. This video has been delayed by injuries and riders having to film profiles for other videos.
We finally managed to get everyone in gear and on the same path to reach the goal of making what will be known as an Epic production. Chris Haffey, Alex Broskow, Pat Lennen and Brian Shima put their hearts and souls into filming for this project and trying to put together the sections of their careers.
Together myself and Pat Lennen sat down for 2 1/2 weeks in my living room spending hours on end working nightly till 5-6 am to get this video pumped out in time for the Christmas holidays.
We had a great time working on this project and together with the 4x4 team the video also features several riders from other Rat Tail Distribution companies such as Abdiel Colberg, Jeff Stockwell, Nick Wood, Connor O’Brien, Damien Wilson, Sean Santamaria, Henry Hubbard, Fabrice Guillion, Chris Cheshire, Pancho Barrera and many more…
This video is a tribute to our sport. To show what you can achieve when you really love something. - Jan Welch.