I spent my childhood obsessed with skateboarding. It's the root of who I am. Growing up in Metro Detroit, it took me 2 years to produce a good enough "sponsor me" tape to actually get sponsored. This was before YouTube, or even the internet, so I mailed VHS tapes of me skating to my favorite companies in California.
In 1992, I got my first board sponsor at 16 years old, New School Skateboards. So in 1994, at 18, I bought a one way ticket from Detroit to San Francisco. A friend came with me as a send off, but after 2 weeks, he returned home and I was alone. I carried everything I owned in a Hockey bag. I was essentially homeless for a few years, either sleeping on floors or surviving with 5 sk8ers in an apartment. Living off a couple hundred dollars a month. I'm so grateful for those who took me in, gave me a place to stay when I really needed it.
Soul searching, talking to god, drum circles, making art, shooting photos, yoga, meditation, skateboarding. The essence of life.
I was featured in a few videos and print magazines: Transworld Skateboarding, SLAP, and Heckler. I was on a billboard for New School Skateboards at the 1996 tradeshow in Long Beach, CA. Also, did a few demos.
Over the span of 7 years, I was sponsored by New School Skateboards, Experience Skateboards, War Effort Skateboards, Nice Shoes, & Duffs Shoes.
During the 2020 pandemic, I started digitizing my old analog VHS & Hi8 tapes. I rescued from in a box in my mom's basement, they'd been in storage for over 20 years. I'll continue to upload quick clips on Instagram and YouTube when I feel inspired. I've started with the official VHS tapes I was in, but there's also raw Hi8 clips that I love even more. Stay tuned. Taste the nostalgia. From one lost soul to another.
Skate Rat for Life,
Brad Erlandson (aka: 8bliss)
Brad Erlandson - 90's VHS playlist:
- Transworld Skateboarding: Transmission 7 - SF 
- San Clemente V2 - Amigos 
- Invisible "Caught Clean 2" 
- ATM "Come Together" 
- "Cold Sweat" 
- New School "Slash Dogs" 
- Arsenal Skateboards "Loaded" 
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