Way back before there was Baker Skateboards, there was this little underground skateboard video called Baker Bootleg. It has nothing to do with any specific skateboard company. It was just a bunch of skateboard footage from skaters like: Andrew Reynolds, Jim Greco, Brian Sumner and Ali Boulala. Actually there were a lot of video parts in there, but those are some of the bigger names that come to mind.
This is the video that sets the tone and style for what Baker Skateboards was going to become. It really is the first Baker video. It’s funny because there was a video for the company before a skateboard company ever formed. So if you want to see some young Reynolds and Greco footage this is the video where it’s at.
This video circulated and became quite popular. Soon enough two skateboard companies formed from this video (well sorta). The first company was Baker Skateboards and the other was Bootleg Skateboards. Baker was started by Andrew Reynolds and Bootleg was started by Jay Strickland. Unfortunately Bootleg didn’t last as long as Baker.