Powell Old School also includes the process of manufacturing as well as the style of skating and product design. In skateboarding, old school means made by hand in California. Powell still manufactures wheels, decks, clothing in their facility just outside Santa Barbara, in Goleta. The most amazing aspect of the on-site manufacturing in the Powell facility is the wheel fabrication. Powell wheels are poured into single molds, each one created in a single closed-mold process.
Images of skulls first appeared on skateboards thanks to the creative genius of Vernon Courtland Johnson at Powell Corporation. Powell Peralta created the first "Bones Brigade" skate video thanks to the highly creative talents of CR Stecyk and Stacy Peralta.