A Message From The Editor

Most of you may already know that earlier this summerMiki Vuckovich resigned as editor of TransWorld SKATEboardingBusiness after serving as head of the magazine for almost sevenyears. That’s in addition to being involved with TransWorldSKATEboarding for nearly seventeen years.

I’ve had the honor and privilege of working with thisremarkable and inspiring person for almost two years now, first asan assistant editor, and then later as managing editor. As the newlyappointed editor of SKATE Biz, I feel confident in saying that Miki’sshoes aren?t hard to fill, they’re impossible to fill.

So, I’m not going to try.

What I bring to the magazine is a new vision, a newperspective, new ideas, and a devout respect for the standards andsystems that Miki spent six years building. This magazine is anincredible resource for all of its readers, and I encourage you all tobe involved ones. If something baffles you, tell us. If something irksyou, perplexes you, or brings you great joy, we?d like to know.

This is Miki’s last issue. He resigned a few weeks into theproduction of this issue. And he answered every late-night cell-phone call I made to answer questions, laugh with me, cry with me,and most importantly, to support me.

And that’s what means the most to me–I came into thisposition with full support and encouragement from him. He’s beensomeone I’ve admired since I was a teenager flipping through theskate mag. He’s the best boss I’ve ever had. Even when I didn’tbelieve in what I was doing, he did. He is the fairest person I know.And after everything, I still have him up on a pedestal. I could easilydedicate an entire issue of this magazine to the variousaccomplishments and achievements that have made Miki Vuckovichwho he is (See sidebar). In skateboarding, there is no otherlike him. Instead, I simply want to share a few words with you, thereader: Miki Vuckovich is one of skateboarding’s greatest assets.

Over the past six years, Miki Vuckovich has made SKATEBiz an industry leader as a reliable and credible source ofinformation–an asset for skate shops, skateboard companies, andmanufacturers around the world.

I only hope to nourish that. I aspire to continue this andall of the values that Miki has instilled in me over the past couple ofyears, as the newly appointed editor of SKATE Biz. And having Miki’ssupport alone in this matter makes all the difference to me.

Thank you, Miki.

–Saba Haider, Editor, TransWorld SKATEboardingBusiness

A Cornucopia Of Miki Vuckovich Facts

— He was the very first subscriber to TransWorld SKATEboarding,when it started in 1982. Miki found out about the magazine at the now-defunct Del Mar Skate Ranch, which was run by J. Grant Brittain–thephoto editor at TransWorld SKATEboarding since the first issue. “Onenight I was skating, and there was a stack of subscription cards on thecounter. I grabbed one and took it home. I was so stoked, ‘Wow, a newmagazine!’ Skateboarding was so dead at the time that I couldn’t believethere was a skateboard magazine.” Miki, age fourteen at the time, hadhis first issue personally delivered to him by Larry Balma, one of thefounders of TransWorld SKATEboarding: “He gave me two copies of thefirst issue in an envelope hand-delivered to my apartment in Cardiff atthe time.”

— Under the tutelage of J. Grant Brittain, Miki became an incrediblephotographer. His first photos ran in the magazine in the 1986TransWorld SKATEboarding Photo Annual. His first assignment was toshoot the construction of the Animal Chin ramp. It took three days tobuild, four days to shoot, and two to tear it down. “I was there for thewhole thing.” The Chin feature appeared in the April 1987 issue.

— Since then, Miki has been involved with TransWorldSKATEboarding for seventeen years. He has served as senior writer, seniorphotographer, associate editor and senior editor for the skate mag. “Backin 1984/85, I’d hang out in the attic space where TransWorldSKATEboarding was founded with Garry Scott Davis, the former artdirector. We’d go out and skate all night, and then I’d sit around withGSD. I was the art director’s moral support for a while.”

In August 1996, Miki became the editor of TransWorldSKATEboarding Business magazine, replacing then-editor Kevin Wilkins.

— Over the six years that Miki ran the show at SkATE Biz, heestablished it as a credible and information-heavy resource for skateshops, companies, and manufacturers–its readers are the skateboardindustry.

— Miki is an unofficial encyclopedia of skateboarding facts andhistory.

— The skatepark revolution started in the United States between1997 and 1999. TransWorld SKATEboarding was inundated with tens ofrandom phone calls every day from people seeking informative how-toguidance about skatepark development. Joel Patterson was the managingeditor of TransWorld SKATEboarding at the time, and he would forwardthese calls to Miki. “I would leave here at six, and Miki would still be onthe phone with some skatepark person,” says Patterson. “He coached somany people through the process. I am convinced that there would be atleast one-third less skateparks in the United States if it weren’t for MikiVuckovich.”

Furthermore, Miki’s concerted efforts in dealing with variouslevels of government, municipalities, and random organizations havebeen key in promoting a positive awareness of the demand forskateparks.

— Miki speaks fluent Russian. “I also speak a little bit of English,” hesays. He has a bachelor of arts degree in writing from the University ofCalifornia, San Diego.

— Miki ran SKATE Biz (as it’s affectionately referred to by its readers)for six years, leaving much to everyone’s chagrin in August 2002 topursue other career opportunities. He?s been an integral part ofTransWorld SKATEboarding and SKATEboarding Business magazines forseventeen years. We all collectively envy those who now have, and in thefuture will have, the opportunity to work with Miki. He is an inspirationto all those who know him.

— Miki had no idea we were going to do a sidebar about him.