To Doug Schneider,

You might be interested to know I have an original Alva T-shirt that I often wear.

Gary Hughes
United States

This must be in reference to my March feature, where I talked about the old-school skateboard decks I use as diffusers in my listening room. That article really brought out a lot of skateboarding fans.

Back in the 1970s, Tony Alva was considered one of the world’s best skateboarders, yet I was never much of a fan. I’ve never even owned an Alva skateboard deck, though from time to time I’ve considered getting one. But I’ve always liked the Alva logo so much that when I was in high school—we’re talking 40 years ago—I’d draw it over and over again on the pages of my notebooks. It’s so ingrained in my mind that I can actually see it as I’m typing this response.

If that’s an original Alva shirt you have, it has to be really old—and if you wear it often, then it must be pretty worn out. But I bet when you wear it, others take notice, even if it’s old and tattered. . . . Doug Schneider