Posts by Josh Ellis:
Wiskate.com over the years (click images for a larger version):
We’ll have to call this one an “artist’s re-creation” since I haven’t been able to turn up a copy of the first version of the site. The text is the real “hello world” first update that I found in an “old news” html file in a folder though. So shy, so wide eyed. Note the sweet Hi8 video grab faux film sequence of Nate doing a noseblunt in that Racine warehouse. Photoshop 3.0 surely had some great filters. That isn’t the actual 1998 header though, and I really don’t remember what the original logo did look like. Probably horrible and dumb.
Wow, the utter essence of Photoshop pre 2000. The extreme horniness for bad filters can never again be matched. Again, video grab of Nate noseblunting. Pasted onto a goddamn faux floppy disc label! My mind is blown. The tan fog and “100100100101001” (digital, get it?!) in the background are just icing on the early internet cake. I might have to bring this logo back, I’m so in love.
I think this was the very first thing that appeared at the wiskate.com URL. A sort of placeholder from when I moved the site from it’s original not so easy to remember address to the much more serious real domain name. It was sort of a big deal to have a registered domain back then! Maybe. Again, note the sweet Photoshop 3.0 filter action. At least I didn’t apply a lens flare.
It seems I kept the tan fetish alive after I redesigned the site for the new address. I actually think this layout is pretty decent, especially for how old it is. Notice how often video clips were added. I must have had much higher stamina at that young age. The little banner ad to the CKY site (I think we traded links) certainly is a nice touch.
The ever so lovely “jizz logo” era. This is when the site was at its peak of popularity probably mostly due to the fact that there actually weren’t many skateboarding websites on the internet at all at that point. This also is when I started filming with Greg a lot, Ben was really getting a lot better, I met a lot of other good Milwaukee dudes, and I got my first (and only, I still use the same one) 3 chip video camera so the quality of the video clips was much improved and traffic kept quickly increasing. In fact, it got so popular that we were kicked off our host and were m.i.a. for awhile while I figured that situation out. I ended up hosting the video clips on a different server for a site that posted video of live shows of indie and punk bands. I think I paid them only once and they soon stopped updating their site. Their site did stay online in an abandoned state for several years afterward and they never again asked me for money. Bonus!
As soon as I saw the baby punch in Nate’s sketch book I knew that it had to be used for a new layout. I’m not sure what’s up with the Halloween year round color scheme, but those were much scarier times. I think this is when I got more serious about trying to make a video and I wanted to save the good clips, so this is when the neglect started.
Speaking of scary times! I had almost forgotten about this layout, no trace of it exists on my computer and I think it was used for less than a year. The little banner and news update for the premiere of my video is a nice piece of nostalgia. The “I PUT OUT” license plate still blows my mind to this day. I’ve yet to witness a better personalized vanity item
…this stupid thing. I’m sure most of you remember this quite well since it was used for three maybe even four years. In fact, some remnants of this layout still were used in some of the backwater sections of the site up until just a few months ago. I wanted it to be as obnoxious as possible and I think I quite succeeded because it bums me out just to see it. This layout represents the ups and downs of the site quite well. It featured times of updates several times a day, and also periods of no new stuff for months. Most of those updates were just non-skateboarding nonsense, but a little bit of shredding related stuff did sneak in there once in awhile. All those updates are still available if you navigate to the older pages via the page number links on the bottom of the page.
I don’t have any screen shots of the various versions of the message boards that were on the site over the years, and for that I am thankful. That level of stupidity deserves to be forgotten.
That brings us up to date with the various versions of wiskate.com over its decade long existence. This current layout is already way too old but I certainly don’t feel like trying to make a new one. At least I’ve done about 10,000 times better at adding new video stuff and skate photos this last year. In fact, I’m quite sure that there has been more skateboarding stuff featured on the site this year than the last five previous years combined. Less nonsense, more skateboarding. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not.
Yesterday, on my way home from work, I witnessed one of the greatest moments in life a young boy can have.
I was pulling away from a red light, and I saw three kids who were probably twelve or thirteen riding their bikes down the sidewalk. I saw one of them very quickly jump off his bike, letting it fall to the ground. His eyes were as wide as dinner plates, and he was looking at something that was laying on the ground. I can’t even begin to describe this kid’s excitement. He was so stoked that I slowed down a little to see what was going on. Then it was all clear, he holds the unmistakably oversized video box in the air like he just pulled the sword from the stone and starts yelling at the oncoming traffic: “YES, I Have PORNOOOO!!!!”. His life will never be the same.
In other news, it was cool to see that on the DLX site they put James Kelch’s video part from the first Real video. This was the first skate video I ever saw. I managed to get an 8th generation dubbed copy from a kid a school, and like the kid finding the porno, things have never been the same since. I can guarantee that I’ve seen this video more times than I’ve seen any other, seeing as I watched it every day for at least a year. Hearing kids yelling “WANNA KNOW A LITTLE SOMETHING??? I’m waiting ’til I’m 25 to start my killing spree…” or “Wettin’ my tip….for the killin’…”were pretty common things to hear at my school when I was in 10th grade.
I love filming.
So here it is, the new Wiskate.com. The site is now run off of a mySQL database, and about a thousand times easier to update. Now if it gets updated or not, that’s another story, but at least it’s a step in the right direction. If you find any problems, contact me so I can fix them up.
I know there’s still some stuff that needs to be added, like most of the photos, but that should all be taken care of soon. Plus there’s going to be a couple other people posting news on the main page.