Jump ramps were all the rage in 1986. Simple to construct, portable, and enjoyable to launch from. Decks were snapping left and right, which was unfortunate. Powell-Peralta deck returns were so high that the company sought to improve deck strength and resistance to jump breaks. Bonite construction was one solution. Another shape was the "Gee-Gaw," which featured bumps to reinforce the break zone area. Chris Iverson explains why "Gee-Gaw" is used. The Skull & Sword graphic also made use of this shape. They were first manufactured between 1987 and 1988.
About the Ripper Artwork:
"The Ripper," arguably the most iconic skateboard graphic of all time, was created in 1983 by legendary Powell-Peralta artist V.C. Johnson. The image was originally used as a "Bones Sold Here" dealer window sticker.
The artwork was then transferred to t-shirts and, eventually, decks. The Ripper graphic has withstood the test of time and has been a Powell-Peralta line staple for over 30 years.
Originally Released: 1983
Artwork by: Vernon Courtlandt Johnson
Features: long 4 - 2.5" old school truck hole pattern
Made with PP partner in Mexico, materials include U.S. hard rock maple and glue that meets our specifications. Shape and graphics created in Santa Barbara, CA.