Speaking as a skateboarder/musician who grew up in Delaware and started skating in the late 80’s, Chuck Treece was a local legend and a true source of inspiration and pride for the Newark scene. Corny as it may sound, he was our hometown hero, the older guy who went out and made it happen. We heard McRad in the videos and studied the photos in Thrasher, desperately trying to convince ourselves that if Chuck could do it, then maybe we could too. So I was extremely stoked when I found out that Nike SB recently honored Chuck with his own McRad Nike colorway. Regardless of how you feel about major corporations and their involvement in skateboarding – this is long overdue and it’s always great to see a company paying respect to a guy who laid it down when there was no money in it and everything was done out of love for the art. The guy’s a pioneer and a true lifer. I’ve met and talked to Chuck a handful of times and he’s always the nicest guy, always willing to help out or play a benefit show to raise some money for local skate parks. Congratulations and much respect to Chuck Treece!
By Joe Castro
Joe Castro is a collage artist, musician, oil painter and graphic designer currently lurking somewhere between Philadelphia and Delaware. For more info, visit mightyjoecastro.comView all of Joe Castro's posts.