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Friday, February 25, 2011


The special case of reincarnation…

Gelfand, McGill, Powell, Barbee, Mountain, Steadham, Engblom, Cab, Cabbalero, Bones Brigade
Picture from Bones Brigade website 
It’s strange how people are still looking for Mr. Chin after all these years… Actually, last time I saw Emerson, he was at Venice skate park on a rainy night. The sky was covered with heavy clouds and there was not a soul out there, not a skater, not a sound, not even Jesse Martinez… I suddenly felt forlorn. The humming of the relentless surf on the beach was appeasing to me but I was missing the heavy crash of the grinding trucks on the coping. Then I saw Him! At first I did not recognize Him because He was pushing mongo… Eventually, He switched to regular and I recognized the same stance He had in the movie. Yeah, how can Emerson push mongo? "Animal! Wait!" I called His name again but He did not stop. Maybe He did not hear me or was lost into His own line of though. So I started to run behind Him but He suddenly disappeared; just like that; like a ghost or a spirit…

I stayed there, by the bowl, desperate, aghast and breathless. Was He real or was He a vision? I swear He was real! How come I missed Him???

Gelfand, McGill, Powell, Barbee, Mountain, Steadham, Engblom, Cab, Cabbalero, Bones Brigade
Picture From Blue Tile Obssession
 I have heard stories of people that bumped into Him, occasionally... Some say that they saw him with an Element board and even worst, with World Industries stickers under his board. I’m sure it’s a lie, or an evil marketing trick announcing the return of Rocco... Emerson would never use World Industries products but would stay true to the genuine Powell-Peralta brands of Dear George… Anyway, I feel lucky I saw him, even if it was from afar and even if he didn’t mind to notice me…

Those days, the Bones Brigade is back. The team is recording a new video in an undisclosed location around Van Nuys. I have heard that Stacy has reunited Gelfand, McGill, Powell, Barbee, Mountain, Steadham and Engblom a couple of days ago. Today, Cab is being interviewed by Stacy. According to cab: “Something brewing once again at Powell Peralta and it's a story of its own... gonna be a rad flick/documentary that has simply overdue”. Is he talking about Him? Are we eventually uncover the mystery that has been going on for the past 30 years?

Ozzie from Concrete Disciples has the full story. When I read Ozzie’s words on Blue Tile Obsession, I have the feeling that he is possessed to skate and that I read Stecyk’s words 30 years after or that the spirit of Emerson has invaded Ozzie’s mind. It’s a special case of reincarnation…

You should check Blue Tile Obssession, maybe you will find that the search is not over ... yet…

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posted by Xavier Lannes @ Friday, February 25, 2011 




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