The past few nights I've been watching the old Girl and Chocolate videos (Goldfish, Las Nueve Vidas de Paco, Mouse and The Chocolate Tour). It's been quite a while since I've watched them and silly me, I must've forgotten how incredible they are. I remember being in the ninth grade and reading in Thrasher that Mike Carroll and Rick Howard (and pretty much every other pro I idolized at the time) were leaving the Rocco camp to start a new company. I was so bummed out, I wanted Plan B to stay the same forever...(Questionable and Virtual Reality were and still are my favorite videos of all time [Blind Video Days comes in third]...both had the biggest impact on me during that period of my life.) I distinctively remember mentally freaking out because for some reason, I never got around to skating an actual Mike Carroll Plan B deck. I had every other Plan B pro's deck besides a Carroll. I
didn't want a Girl Mike Carroll, I wanted a Plan B one, and it was too late. I remember my friend Josh ordered a Girl Mike Carroll (it had a black/grey/white graphic of a film strip with a man smoking a cigar on it) and I didn't talk to him for a few days because he was supporting Girl and not Plan B. My boycott didn't last very long though. I think I realized how incredible it was that a group of friends came together to start something of their own, and to run things the way they felt was "the right way."...plus, how could I hate on a crew like Girl/Chocolate?! I ended up ordering a Girl Jovantae Turner deck shortly down the road and from that point on I was a full blown fan of Girl. I wore my original copy of Goldfish out. That era in skateboarding was incredible. The skating, the board graphics, the shoes, the clothes, the music, everything...it's all untouchable. Some people say
history repeats itself...and in some cases I agree, it does. But with skateboarding it's not going to...it can't. Certain things only happen once and I feel lucky to have been around during this era to experience it. I think that's the main reason I attempt to collect old skateboards. They give me something physical to hold on to, something I can actually touch...to go along with the memories I have from that time in my life.