Tony Alva was the first guy to catch air out of a pool on a skateboard. That moment, documented by Glen E. Friedman (www.burningflags.com) about 6 months after Glen’s photo below, changed skateboarding forever. Alva’s (the man and the company) impact on skate culture is immeasurable. The second skateboard I ever got back in 1984 was an Alva board. I rode many Alva boards over the years and even got to skate with some of the Alva pros including Tony himself at various points. It is a tremendous honor for me to be able to collaborate on a print with Glen and Tony, both of whom I admire greatly. The prints will first be available at the Alva store, and then on obeygiant.com/store.
This is what Glen has to say about Tony.
=TONY ALVA â€“ BEVERLY HILLS, CA â€“JUNE 1977
Alva was a couple of years older than Adams. Although slightly more restrained than Jay. Tony would take being radical to another level: he could perfect and control all-out aggression on a skateboard with style, and had it down to a science. He had attitude to spare, and if you didnâ€™t already know him or were just present, without enough attitude of your own, you would usually just sit down and watch him proceed to blow your mind.
â€œI donâ€™t think about giving directions to other kids. I do what I want to do and if they want to do what I do, they had better be ready to suffer the consequences, because Iâ€™ve had to.
â€œIf youâ€™re going to skate pools and stuff, itâ€™s better to be ready for anythingâ€¦ready for police, ready for the owner, for dogs, anything. Part of poolriding is the adventure of being ready for anything thatâ€™s gonna come downâ€¦Some radical things happenâ€¦You gotta be able to skate good and fast, run good and fast or else be able to fight good. When things come down like that, you donâ€™t have time to think about it, you just gotta do it right thenâ€¦itâ€™s every man for himself. If the cops comeâ€¦everybodyâ€™s just going to go their separate ways. Just hope you get away with it.â€
-Tony Alva, SkateBoarder (Vol. 4. No 12)