The Duct tape years The Duct Tape Years is Scott Nelson's [MANKIND, MIKE] tribute to times of struggle and dedication in skateboarding, and the camaraderie and authenticity they bred. Contests and concerts were held at people’s houses. Kids made t-shirts and stickers with one-color graphics because it was cheaper. Visiting a new city meant finding skaters and asking to crash. Money was not flowing, so the day you blew a hole in your shoe or ripped a pair of knee pads, you had recourse to one thing: duct tape. During Scott Nelson and Brendon Babenzien's time together in the resurging 90’s New York skate scene the idea for The Duct Tape Years was born.