Wednesday, July 9, 2008
My magazine collection is a direct result of long bus and subway rides to school as a kid, as well as a general hatred for classes. To alleviate the boredom of public transportation and math class I would buy and read skate magazines whenever I could. I never had a subscription, yet in this way I managed to accumulate nearly every issue of Thrasher, Transworld, SLAP and Big Brother from about 1994 until 2002, when I pretty much stopped buying magazines. Usually the first three I would purchase were Thrasher, Transworld, and SLAP. Big Brother was insanely hard to find in my neighborhood and I don't have all that many of the early issues; although some of the older guys who skated had notorious collections of that glorious mag. If I managed to buy and read all of those magazines and still found myself emptyhanded at the bus stop I would turn to the "lesser" publications, namely Warp, Strength, and Heckler. These magazines were for the most part pretty terrible(one could argue that Strength was decent) mostly due to the fact that a good portion of their content wasn't related to skateboarding at all, but once in a while these magazines had great features, such as this Mark Gonzales interview from the August 1997 issue of Warp. Enjoy.