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First Bustin Board – The ‘Oldschool’, The ‘Complex’, and the Roots of the Bustin ‘Push’ Boards

written by Ryan November 3, 2016

Some people have been asking “whats the first board you guys made?”.  The answer is the ‘Complex’ (it was originally known as the ‘Oldschool’ but Jeff finally talked me into changing it a few years later).  My brother and I grew up skating Lance Mountain and Mike McGill decks on a homemade halfpipe my dad made in our barn.  One summer in college Rori (my gf then, my rad wife now) and I found a soggy longboard in the tall grass behind our rental house.  It was a ‘Sherman’s Shrimp Skate Co.’ deck (I’d give anything to still have it) and it was different than most of the ‘longboards’ I saw kids buying down at the surf shops in Nags Head, NC.  I carried the board home with me to Maryland and built a fresh version of it in my dad’s barn.  My version had a similar shape, but was a little shorter and had more concave plus a slight camber towards the front for pushing.  The first working prototype went to Rori and I painted a flower on it and called it the ‘Oldschool’.  That’s because it reminded me more of an old-school skateboard than a ‘longboard’ (which to me is a term better fitted to surfy pintails and SoCal brands bought and sold by surf culture).  To me the Oldschool was different and I couldn’t wait to get back to college and push around campus on one of my crafted creations.  This project reignited my boyhood obsession with skateboarding and I’ve devoted my life to it ever since.

The Complex was taken out of production around 2010, but lives on through its mini-version, the Spliff, which comes from the same original mold.  Dream big and make stuff.  – Ryan

The original 'Oldschool' still hangs in my office next to my first NYC push board, the Cigar (for another post).

Rori’s original ‘Oldschool’ still hangs in my office next to my first NYC push-specific board design, the Cigar (for another post later).

 

The very first "production" Complex boards were made in my college dorm room at Syracuse University and sold on EBay. What are those fumes coming from Unit 7?

The very first “production” Complex boards were made in my college dorm room at Syracuse University and sold on EBay. “Anyone else notice fumes coming from Unit 7?”

The art of sexifying an oldschool skateboarding kept me thoroughly distracted through my college classes.

The art of sexifying an oldschool skateboard kept me thoroughly distracted through my college classes.

The silhouette of the Complex board became synonymous with Bustin marketing early on. This print went on lighters with built-in bottle openers that we handed out at Bonnaroo in 2004. #hustlekids

The silhouette of the Complex board became synonymous with Bustin marketing early on. This print went on lighters with built-in bottle openers that we handed out at Bonnaroo in 2004. #hustlekids

As sales picked up for the Complex, we started offering more and more options for graphics and trucks. My favorite wheels then (and maybe now) were the 3DM Avalon white wheels. So fresh.

As sales picked up for the Complex, we started offering more and more options for graphics and trucks. My favorite wheels then (and maybe now) were the 3DM Avalon white wheels. So fresh.

 

 

 

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