Real Skateboards: 14 Things You Didn't Know

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Real Skateboards: 14 Things You Didn't Know

Here we take a deeper look at one of our all-time favorite skateboard companies. We talk about Jim Thiebaud, Tommy Guerrero, how Real started, death threats from graphics they've made, famous artists they've worked with, the team being loaded with SOTYs, and much much more!

14 Things You Didn't Know About Real Skateboards:
Here we take a deeper look at one of our all-time favorite skateboard companies. We talk about Jim Thiebaud, Tommy Guerrero, how Real started, death threats from graphics they've made, famous artists they've worked with, the team being loaded with SOTYs, and much much more!




TOMMY GUERRERO:
Tommy Guerrero is a pioneer to skateboarding, so much so, that his first sponsor was actaully an aluminium skateboard company called "Allotta Flex Skateboards", after a little hiatus he ends up getting sponsored by and riding for Madrid skateboards. He turns pro for Powell Peralta in 1985 (interestingly the same year Mark Gonzales goes pro), and is a pioneer to street skateboarding. 

After going pro for Powell Peralta it takes over a year before his pro model hit the market, and he wasn't really getting paid by Powell at the time, so he was making most of his income off of contests. With his first paycheck he says he buys a 4 track and a drum machine, this sparks his interest in being a musician. 

While on Powell Peralta he got a friend to draw up a hot rod inspired graphic for his pro model (using the grill of the car). George Powell didnt like the graphic, so they took it in and got it redrawn while using it for inspiration, that's how the Tommy Guerrero sword graphic was born. This skateboard is one of the most saught after decks from retro skateboard collectors, interstingly a signed version sold for $17,000USD this past summer.

Tommy's music career has exploded over the last few decades with music in video like the Bones Brigade Autobiography, the I-Path Tour Video, Adidas Flow Promo, Stereo (tincan folklore), Krooked Chronicles, the DC video, The North Video, Anti hero Tent City, Converse Purple, and the EA Skate video games series. He also has opened for mega bands like Black Flag, Suicial Tendancies, and many more.

After being a pioneer of street skateboarding, and a legendary member of the Bones Brigade, he was given the Transworld legend award in 2013.


JIM THIEBAUD:
Jim Thiebaud goes pro for Powell Peralta at a young age. He is featured in the legendary Search For Animal Chin video as well as Public Domain. He ends up leaving Powell Peralta to join Natas Kaupas over at SMA where he has parts in Speed Freaks and A Reason For Living. He graces the covers of all the big magazines like Thrasher and Transworld.

Throughout his career, Jim is famous for standing up for marginalized groups and being outspoken on social issues. We believe this is a huge part of the success of Real skateboards, and Deluxe SF in general, the people running it have a strong moral compass. Jim is also well known for standing up for independent skateshops and strong support of the skateboard communities they foster. He is also the Vice Chair of the Skatepark Project with Tony Hawk.

Fun Fact:He also plays the character ‘Rags’ in the 1988 Hollywood horror movie 976-Evil, which is famous for being the first movie directed by Robert Englund, who you might better know as Freddy Kruger from Nightmare on Elm Street.


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