Celebrating 30 years of Nothing is Cool, we’re happy to release the Tragicomic which originally featured the NIC logo as a top graphic!
Evolving from Ron Cameron’s Simple Simon model was this updated shape with one of my personal favorites from that era, the Tragicomic. Ron’s art was really starting to take shape by this point and the Tragicomic is a prime example. Blurring the lines between a pro model and a team board, it had Ron’s name on it but it was more of an Am/ Artist model that didn’t really fit the mold.
Ron joined Blockhead first as a team rider with a giant bag of innovative street, mini ramp and jump ramp moves...making up new tricks and tweaking others to the limit. Ron became a graphic contributor in 1986 and by 1987 he had taken on the role of art director and put his signature iconic style on almost all the Blockhead products.
The Tragicomic art was very unique with it’s single color main character (sometimes colors but usually white or gray)....kind of an FU to the Santa Cruz/Vision day-glo circus graphics at the time. It also featured Ron’s 60’s poster art inspired Tragicomic lettering and the scribble “panhead” art that looked like it could very well be a Hard Times graphic. Also unique was that the lettering and panhead art were screen-printed with opposite direction color fades...there’s lots going on but it’s just simply an amazing and innovative graphic and shape, available in all it’s original glory for the first time in almost 30 years! - Dave B.
Note: Photos are mock-ups, actual board and print colors will vary somewhat.
Also note: The Tragicomic was originally produced in at least 2 different concaves and 2 (possibly 3) slight shape variations. We chose to go off of the first Tragicomic version on our custom “Blockhead 1” concave as we feel that was the most accurate shape to the original template.