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$3, 8½'' x 7½'', photocopied, 56 pgs.

By keith
Wednesday, October 04 2006

As far as skate zines go, this one's pretty high quality. Hell, let's not even get that specific; this is a good zine. The danger of doing a zine that's so reliant on photos is that if you present said photos poorly (low quality scans, washed out midtones, etc.), then you're fucked. I've done it before; what is there to look at is dull, washed out, and in many cases, indecipherable. So this one's already head and shoulders above a lot of zines out there, just with the quality of their presentation. Tons of photos of locals from Oregon skateparks, as well as photo features from Florida and Chicago and tons of old shots from the eighties. Mostly vert, but a page or two of street stuff. Also has an interview with Art and Steve Godoy, who co-founded Iron Cross Skateboards, who skated (and still skate) for everyone from H Street to Vans and Spitfire, and who actually provided an interesting interview, even for someone like me, who's at most marginally involved in the culture. Top this off with a crazy update, deck by deck, of what some boards are going for on E-Bay (complete with selling prices and details about alterations in pressing versions that just goes to prove there is a sleeping comic book nerd in all of us) and some DVD and record reviews. Like I said, it's a culture that I'm hardly involved with, but the layout, writing, and photos are all excellent, so if it entertained me, those who do skate would probably drool all over this one. Drop ‘em a line; a lot of work went into this one. –Keith Rosson (Skate and Annoy, 3439 NE Sandy Blvd., PMB #366, Portland, OR 97232)

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