I don't normally get emo over skateboard photography, but I honestly cannot recall a time when I've ever gotten so happy over seeing a photo. Everything about this image of Ray Barbee is spot on and a testament to his stylish impact on skateboarding—especially if you're of the "step off" street generation like I am. I first witnessed the "43 shifty" at an amateur street contest in Rockford, Illinois, circa 1988, and I believe it was Barker Barrett, or possibly Mike Kepper, who whipped it out on the roller-rink course (this was, incidentally, just around the time the Shut Skates team started to blow up and out of the East Coast scene). It was a very "snappily" done 43, an interesting flatland trick that I'd never seen in our region of the country before, but it wasn't until watching it done so fluidly by Ray Barbee in Public Domain that I avidly took to learning the move and emulating his style. Needless to say, the latter never happened, because if there's one thing I'm not it's effortlessly loose and confident in the feet.