In the late 80s and early 90s skateboarding was heavily indebted to thrash metal. Decks and merch were covered in skulls and bleeding eye sockets, Suicidal Tendencies had released “Possessed To Skate”, and Venom blasted on the 1984 Let it Bleed video. It was skate rock or die.
In Sydney, Shawn Yates and his high school friends were shredding rails and head banging to bands such as Death, Nihili – Noisey.
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