Yet another "bootlegged" deck of a sort was released today from a company that some love to hate, a few hate to love, and others could simply care less because the government do take a bite. Regardless, to each their own in digging a collector grave, but eBay will soon surely be awash in this fully silk-screened replica of Jason Lee's former Blind David Bowie model as resellers look for a quick buck ... which seems to be the motivating factor at play here: quick bucks all around. A few collectors that have sought out this board in the past (and paid a premium to do so) appear to be a bit flummoxed by the Bowie's release, but I still contend there's nothing like owning the original and knowing it's the original. Unless, that is, you simply don't care and just want to relive the 1991 skating experience or decorate that awkward wall space above the toilet. For triviality's sake, though, I would like to point out a few distinguishing characteristics of note—not that the obviously different top logo isn't the biggest tip-off, but sometimes it's just nice to know in case any confusion or questions arise.
First, witness Exhibit A: a production model screened in 1991; and then Exhibit B: a reprint screened in 2009. A side-by-side close-up will do for comparison's sake:
Basically, the differences are all in the outline mask of the hair. The original keeps relatively true to the half-toned photo, whereas the reprint is much more vague and blocky, not nearly so detailed. The screen-printing, however, looks to be better than the original Blind production models [see Exhibit C], thanks to improved screening processes.
The white board shown at far right is not a production model, but rather a prototype/one-off that was screened in 1991 while the Bowie graphic was still flowing through Screaming Squeegees, the screen shop that handled all of the printing for World Industries, Blind, 101, Plan B, Liberty and the first incarnation of Foundation between the years of 1988–1992. In March or April of 1992, Steve Rocco vertically integrated with his own screening department, Pushmepullyou, Inc., and a few of the first boards to be produced in-house there included the Fucked-Up Blind Kids series and the 101 Eric Koston Day at the Zoo (a few examples of the last to be screened at Screaming Squeegees include the Blind Racing series and Plan B Sean Sheffey Monkey).