Happy 50th birthday to the baddest skateboarder to ever walk the planet earth. MARK GONZALES. I’ve witnessed this man do the most insane things on a skateboard....makes and slams. Revolutionized street skating, is absolutely beautiful on vert as well. Mark defines the word legend, without becoming some cartoon character of himself like so many these days. So many good memories with this dude.
1). Watching him Ollie into the car wash bank off the roof, making it, then slamming on his face and sliding across the sidewalk and into the street.
2). Doing the frontside Ollie for the thrasher cover on a board with clay wheels from the 1960’s
3). Going to see GBH with him in SF, we worked our way to the front and Mark kept poking an umbrella he had at the lead singer as he sang along to every word.
4) waking up at my house to the giant mural he painted on my wall.
5) just Mark being Mark... singing the smiths loudly, kicking street signs, doing impersonations, and always having that fire that never goes out. * with all the judgment on skaters these days don’t forget, we all come from different places, we’ve all had different experiences. Skating was a home for outcasts and fuckups, loaners and weirdos. Especially back in the day. No one is perfect, it’s up to us to try make it all work. Instead on knocking everyone down help them up, help them learn and help us all grow together. #4qconditioning #markgonzales