If you were a young, teenage skatepunk in the late eighties, you know Matt Hensley.
The wallet chain. the cut off surplus shorts. Who didn't start wearing chukkas, unless you did already, or cutting down your Airwalks once you spotted Hensley doing it in Transworld, Thrasher or Poweredge(yeah, I know. I just took you waaaaay back. You forgot about that one.)I'm pretty sure I went through, as maybe a lot of kids did, a period of wanting to be Matt Hensley.
This brings it all back for me. If you're familiar with H-Street's Hokus Pokus ('89), you'll know that Hensley skated to this very song, originally by Sub Society. Well, Patrick O'Dell, photographer and creator of the library of nostalgia that is Epicly Later'd, directed this video for The Historics' cover. Calling in some total rippers including Alex Olson, Spanky, Heath Kirchart, as Hensley stand-ins, O'Dell has refashioned the threads of so many of our shared youth into a fitting tribute to Hensley.
Check out the video then take a look at where it all started.
(In the Hokus Pokus vid, skip to 3:48)