Sunday, April 17, 2016
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
...Kevin Marks is the dude that ran Overboard Enterprise. Which, if you were an avid skater in the Atlanta area in the late 90's through late 00's, and were a skate video nerd, you were a big fan of. If you loved the fact that Ruin was the only shop in a 100 mile radius that was not only familiar with, but stocked product and videos from Blueprint, Cliche and hard to find, pre-internet, underground skate companies, you were a big fan of. If you ever had a camouflage Blueprint heart hat or wondered how Ruin had Puzzle VM, you were looking at the influence of Overboard Enterprise and Mr. Kevin Marks. The Ruin shop felt like a lost brother had somehow connected with us via some strange cosmic telepathy type magic cause when Kevin offered his services and selection of videos, we were hours deep in phone conversations and drooling all over the catalogs. Overboard was one of the best things to ever happen to the shop in those days. The fact that we had somehow stumbled upon a treasure trove of skate nerd-isms, we felt that we had to keep it quiet. We didn't want anyone else to really know how rad this stuff was and how we were getting it, but honestly in an era and area obsessed with attracting beginner skaters, Bam and Booming Huck Jams, most shops weren't paying attention to off the radar stuff anyways.
....I dunno what happened to Overboard. My assumptions that internet killed the full length may or may not be correct. Who knows. Did/does it matter. We're here now. And then this Look Back Library thing starts building and "shit, man. It's Kevin from Overboard!" Social media following and just general stoke of what he's doing and how he's doing it. Instead of vids, it's mags and what's better than magazines? Nothing!
.Kevin asked to do a show at Ruin showcasing Atlanta based covers, publications, zines, etc...
It's April 22 at Ruin Shop. 7-10pm. If you're a nerd about who, what, when, where and why, this is gonna be your type of nerd shit.
Hit up the shop for some more info..
Posted by Jeremiah Babb at 11:50 AM
Saturday, April 2, 2016
Sunday, March 27, 2016
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Crude and rough.
Good analogy for the times in 1996, atleast in the South. Athens was hitting heavy and Atlanta was brand new. The streets were open and skating in the sense that most recognize it today was non-existent. Perfect time to start a skateboard company that identifies with the beginning of gentrification (a word not yet developed) and anti corporation, Raped Inc.
A section in time that hopefully everyone can relate to. I don't have shit, I don't want shit...just skate. People seem to give me some credit for some of the late 90's, early 00's southern skateboard scene and I'd like to bounce that shit right off and onto the ones who inspired and created my way of thinking and skating....
This is Chris Head and Shawn Beeks in the first Raped Inc video.
Blessed to be in this group.
Thank you Chead and Beekerz!
Posted by Jeremiah Babb at 6:40 AM
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
This was one of the Slap covers that have stuck with me through the years. I met AJ at Woodward after this came out. I think we were working in the kitchen together for the week. The cover topic never came up, but it was so rad being around him. He was full on Jah-Rah shit: only reggae, weed and would like just bomb the hills there or something. Philly/Athens, it was like the same vibe back then. Was an awesome thing to be around. As you can see the two connecting points in the Satori vid, here.
Posted by Jeremiah Babb at 5:19 AM