As an avid fan and supporter of Powell Peralta from its earliest days I can’t tell you how happy I am to see Stacy back in the picture at SkateOne. As a kid I purchased only Powell Peralta products religiously!! The only equipment that I purchased that wasn’t P-P was Indy trucks. I followed P-P well into the “dark” time of skateboarding (mid 90’s) until life took me in other directions. In 2000, I reconnected with my passion; once again loyal to the SkateOne product lines.
Since 2000, I have continued to skate and share stories of the “glory days” of the sport and brigade with my friends and kids. Over the past eight years I have purchased hundreds of decks and countless soft goods, banners, stickers, videos and whatever I could get me hands on to both show my support by skating and wearing the products to stuffing some away for display and future use.
I am sure that SkateOne understands that a fair amount of their products (namely decks) are never put into street combat and dressed in grip tape and trucks. They are kept safely in storage or displayed with care to remind us of the time that was. Over the last eight years my collection has amassed to over 300 decks where 50 (most of which are originals) are displayed around the house for all to enjoy. In fact, taking our younger kids (3 and younger) around to look at each deck has been a great way to calm them down when they seem miserable and out of control. And yes everyone receives a brand new skateable full setup on their first birthday.
Before I make my point, I want to thank SOC for their consistent attitude towards the concept of re-issuing their products that were so popular during the 70s and 80’s. Unlike other skate “companies” in the industry, SOC has maintained the integrity of the artwork and associated skater by not simply dumping the skaters name on the design to make a buck. As we are all baiting our lips at the possibility of a SOC release of a Guerrero, Hawk, Mullen, Welinder and so-on, SOC has not “sold out” as others have.
With that being said I hope SOC will take into consideration the loyal followers through the Powell and Powell Classic years while re-issues were created under those labels. As I see the shift of product moving to the Powell Peralta line (which is great) I can’t help but think of how this affects the 75+ Powell and Powell Classic decks and countless other goods I have set aside for my personal collection. I have noticed the latest Powell Classic product are simply being reproduced in the same colorway with the addition of “Peralta.”
As Powell Peralta continues to release products that were previously released in the same colorway as “Powell” or “Powell Classic” items, the collectability and uniqueness of the previous items are lost. I guess I am asking for SOC to take into consideration the history of each colorway before releasing them under the Powell Peralta product line.