A Brief History Of The Skateboarder :: Amazing feats of skateboard history, Biblical Tales of the Skatepope
50,000,000 BCE :: The first swamp troggs emerge out of the ocean
5,000 BCE :: Egyptian Punks perform the first Acid Drop off the Pyramids
1,200 BCE :: Greek Skateboarders invent Greek Fire to ignite rings of fire to ollie through
1492 CE :: Skateboarders were kicked off Columbus’s Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria from using the ship’s hall for ramp construction
1965 CE :: Brewce Martin fought his way out of his mother’s womb with a dagger in his mouth and a map of Europe
1967-1969ish CE :: Brewce Martin sees Star Trek and imagines another world for skateboarders. Also, he starts to immitate James T. Kirk
1974 CE :: Brewce Martin’s first time skateboarding on a borrowed board. After which many attempts of home made stump boards were made
1977 CE :: Brewce Martin won his first skateboard from the Parkersburg Newspaper. Using his superior engineering skills, he began building the original Skatopia in his basement with closet doors, particle board, linoleum, and other odds & ends
1978 CE :: Brewce gets his first wooden skateboard, a Logan Earth Ski, which is recovered in 1990 at a garage sale and begins the skateboard museum
1979 CE :: Brewce’s first outdoor quarter pipe was constructed. It was 4 feet wide, 8 feet tall. In another feat of sheer will, young Martin jumps 11 trashcans approximately 2 feet in diameter each
1980 CE :: Brewce moved to the country for such refineries as clean air, fine women, clear moonshine, and home brew beer… And to escape the justice system
1980-1988 CE :: 2nd Phase of Skatopia: 1 Quarter Pipe, 2 Half Pipes, hundreds of kegs, and numerous inane parties at mom’s house
1988 CE :: Brewce traded in the quiet life when he moved to Florida. His dreams of Skatopia were forgotten for Hot chicks, High Profile Skateboarding, and Designer drugs
1993 CE :: Kicked out of Florida. Moved to West Virginia to start Phase three of Skatopia. What happened in the next 2 years, only a few know about and no one is telling
1995 CE. :: Oct. 20th – Evicted from West Virginia for being too cool in a non-cool environment:: Oct. 27th – Mass skateboard exodus from West Virginia, (Skatopia’s Phase 3) led by the Skatepope
:: Nov. 1st – Viewed land where Skatopia currently resides
:: Nov. 17th – Bought Skatopia a former pot farm and poverty ridden cattle farm
1996 CE. :: June 1st – Epcot Bean Completed. First Bowl Bash complete with sorority girls, mud, and Pabst Blue Ribbon. This officially kicks off the final phase of the Skatopia dream that every child has.
1997 CE :: Began reconstruction of the King Dong Ramp. Began clearing the land and planting the path of the future skateboard monument and parties. JFA plays Bowl Bash 2 and Jodi Foster shows up
1998 CE :: King Dong Ramp completed. Word spreads Skatopia is the place to go and the cops go there
1999 CE :: Many expansions in the Barn for stages, and areas for bands, parking areas expanded. More and more bands sign up for play time. Brewce’s reputation for being the Skatepope grows
2000 CE :: Real TV comes to Skatopia. The dawning of the corporate caveman begins. He unfurls his reign of terror throughout the televised world. Soon after BAM becomes a super hero and the corporate caveman becomes hidden among the BAM posters, preholed condoms, and other
2001 CE :: Bowl bash 6 brings huge media coverage. Thrusting Skatopia into the lime light as skateboading’s mecca. The indoor bowl was covered with skatelight and more expansions are done around the barn
2002 CE :: The full pipe is complete for Bowl Bash 7 – The Skatopia Jihad is officially launched. As the goals of the jihad are met one by one, skaters around the world rejoice and flock to skatopia for pilgrimage
2003 CE. :: June – Bowl Bash 8, witnesses the unfurling of the indoor concrete kidney bowl. With a natural spring running through it that makes a better bath tub than a pool. However, recent improvements have made the pool skatable on a more regular basis
2004 CE :: October – Activision includes Skatopia as a level on the THUG2 video game which reverberates through the tiddling fingers and thumbs of every child that comes to skatopia for the next 10 years
:: Feburary – Viva La Bam comes to Skatopia which reverberates through the grinding hips of every female that comes to Skatopia for the next 10 years:: Summer – Lula bowl is completed. Thus begining the 1 mile snake run that will end at Brewce’s bedroom
2005 CE :: Spring – Skatopia starts the Hillbilly Dream Tour leaving patches of scorched earth across the USA.:: Summer – Bowl Bash X celebrating ten years of anarchy & The Tennessee Beast wins the striptease contest. :: Fall – Skatopia launches its own shoeline under Draven Shoes
2006 CE – 2009 :: Conatantly adding on to the Lula Bowl. Built a stage for big bands to perform in an amphitheatre environment. Demolished the King Dong Ramp to make room for more concrete. Building a NEW concrete combi bowl next to the Lula Bowl. Assembling Tim Clarks Skatopia travel bowl in the Church Of Skatin. New Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer Pool Hall. The Skatopia Movie “88 Acres Of Anarchy” Hit the Film Festival Circuit. Cities Included New York City, NY, Golden, CO, Seattle, WA, Santa Barbara, CA, Hot Springs, AR, Athens, OH, Columbus, OH, Charleston, WV & Amsterdam, Netherlands.
2010 CE – The Amity Whitelight Amphitheatre is completed & the first concert called The “American Skate Fest” June 25th & 26th with GWAR & Fishbone headling. Other bands were Agent Orange, DI, DOA, CJ Ramone, Agression, Meat Puppets, Greg Ginn, Green Jellÿ & Others. Bones Wheels came out with a Skatopia wheel. 54mm STF & 60mm SPF.
2011 CE – MTV True Life: I’m Going To Skatopia aired on April 9th, 2011.
Early years (1995–2003)
Brewce Martin moved back to West Virginia in 1995 where he started work on a permanent Skatopia on leased land at Progress Ridge near Parkersburg. During that October, Skatopia was forced out from West Virginia. Within seven days, Martin found an alternative location in nearby Meigs County, Ohio, signed a land contract to purchase the land and with a cohort of friends moved the entire ramp complex to the site. During this time, the group formed the CIA, or Citizens Instigating Anarchy, where fifty friends donated money to cover the down payment on the final resting place of Skatopia. In 2003 a writer from TransWorld Skateboarding described Skatopia as “88 Acres of Pure Skateboarding Anarchy”,a term that stuck and was shortened and used as the subtitle of a later documentary.
During this time, Martin started holding annual parties called Bowl Bash and Backwoods Blow Out.Notably the Epcot Bean bowl and King Dong Ramp were constructed. In 2000, Real TV highlighted Skatopia as an extreme back yard party which increased attendance as a result. In 2002, the Full Pipe was completed and 2003 saw the Church of Skatin’. Legendary punk and skate-punk bands such as JFA, Skatanic Rednecks and Bunji Jambo made appearances at Skatopia events during these years.
Media years (2004–2009)
In 2004, Skatopia was featured on Viva La Bam..The popularity of the episode led Skatopia to become the final level of Tony Hawk Underground 2 later on in 2004, and a shoe line by Draven Shoes in 2005. Headlamp Productions started filming “Skatopia: 88 Acres of Anarchy” in 2006 during which, Duane Petersvisited and Brewce Martin served jail time. In late 2006, Fuel TV featured Skatopia in its “Best Backyard Scenes” countdown episode and awarded the skatepark the #1 position in the US ] The documentary and ongoing coverage in the skate magazines led to Rolling Stone magazine’s profile of Skatopia.
In 2009, a week before Bowl Bash XIV, Brewce Martin was severely injured by an explosion at a local tire shop. Martin was in an extended coma where he missed Bowl Bash and the Skatopia movie premiere.
Post accident (2010–present)
In early 2010, Skatopia announced American Skatefest featuring GWAR, Meat Puppets and Agent Orange and the filming of a MTV Series.MTV cut Skatopia’s reality show and instead made it an episode of MTV’s True Life.
Afterwards Skatopia collaborated with Bones to release a line of wheels. The Skatopia Movie DVD was released in 2011. Skatopia continues to build new skate terrain, hold its two annual parties and attract “skate pilgrims” from all over.