Street Survival Instructional Skateboard Video

Description (Brief)
The “Street Survival” video is an instructional video that teaches viewers rudimentary information about the sport & lifestyle of skateboarding and skateboarding tricks. The video was written, produced and directed by the donors George Leichtweis President and Producer of Reel Thing Productions, Inc. and Owner of Modern Skate and Surf Company; and Michael Hays Vice President and Director of Reel Thing Productions. Inc. and Manager of Modern Skate and Surf, Company. Before video was common, skateboarders had to rely on skate magazines to learn tricks through photographs. Videos, such as this one, revolutionized the way skaters learned tricks and increased the sport’s popularity worldwide. The star of the video is Bill Danforth also known as "The American Nomad" for his compulsion to travel anywhere to skate. A Detroit native, Bill Danforth began skating in the 1970s with his first skate deck issued in 1986. He became a member of Tony Alva's skate team in the late 1980s and skated in Thrasher’s King of the Road in 2005. Danforth still skates and teaches today and is widely respected among old and new skaters for his resilience and natural ability.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
VHS tape, skateboarding
depicted
Danforth, Bill
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 7 1/2 in x 4 1/4 in x 1 in; 19.05 cm x 10.795 cm x 2.54 cm
ID Number
2013.3045.01
nonaccession number
2013.3045
catalog number
2013.3045.01
subject
skateboarding
Sports
Movie
Professional
Sports & Leisure
Skateboarding
See more items in
Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure
Skateboarding
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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