#TBT: Muni skateboard deck honors hella SF legacies

My skate muscle memories are firing in all directions. I spotted this rad Muni-themed skate deck last week, and had one of those “so happy I live here” moments. I remembered, growing up skating in Texas, watching great videos of SF street skaters like Tommy Guerrero, doing their thing on the crazy hills, sidewalks, and driveways of that mystical city I would one day call home.

Over on Instagram, Mike Richardson posted the photo: “One of the original 36 Muni skate deck graphics before the #sfmuni C&D and subsequent graphic modifications. #tbt #flowlab #2002”. Wow.

I got in touch with Mike to try and learn more about what had to be a great story. Here’s what he had to say:

That skateboard deck you inquired about was a 36″ Flowboard that we used to make and ride in Potrero Hill about 12-13 years ago. https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/dd/5b/fa/dd5bfa8efe4f88017b06cccca3fe9e4d.jpg

It had the Muni worm logo and we used to show them off to the Muni drivers who would drive us up the hills we rode down. At one point we got a letter from their legal department telling us to stop using the graphic so we modified the “muni” to read “flowlab” and printed that new version from then on. I can’t find an image of that board currently, but they come up on eBay once in a while.

Mike added:

You can read more details in this dated article:  http://research.omicsgroup.org/index.php/Flowboard (scroll down to Grassroots Activity)


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