Monday, August 20, 2018

Mark Gonzales #22.

Shaped deck tailblock.

It's pretty amazing how Gonz pulls off the tricks he does on some of the odd shaped decks that he rides. Although I suppose he's at a point where he has mastered skateboarding on a level that few will ever achieve and is just rolling with what feels good to him.

Thrasher - April 2016 Volume 37 Number 4

Friday, August 17, 2018

Jon Sciano.


Jon is from Oviedo, Florida. He was sponsored by Anti-Hero, but quit in 2016 and was getting boards from Deathwish. Jon had a high speed part in Lakai's The Flare video from last year. He's also not on their team any more either. I'm not exactly sure who, if anybody, he is riding for these days. At any rate, Jon blasted some huge ollies, bombed a big hill switch, and got surprisingly technical for his former footwear sponsor's DVD. I didn't know too much about him beyond a couple of interviews and I was impressed with how he skated.

Thrasher - November 2015 Volume 36 Number 11

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Brandon Westgate #3.

If you can ollie over a car with ease, you might as well.

Thrasher - August 2015 Volume 36 Number 8

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Jake Donnelly #2.

This is one of my favorite photos of the last few of years. Sometimes all it takes is adding a new degree of difficulty to a basic trick to produce a classic image.

Thrasher - November 2015 Volume 36 Number 11

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Justin Figueroa #2.

"Mario Rubalcaba was pro for Alva and has spent the last 30 years killing it on the drums. He's always in seven or eight bands at the same time. I don't even know them all. The most famous one that everyone knows is probably Earthless. I think his whole direction with music and skating is incredible. It definitely got me stoked to push doing music on the side. He grew up around Vista, skating spots around here that I know. He was killing it in both worlds. It's rad because now I've been on trips with him. I've gotten to skate with him and go to some of the gnarlier shows he's played. He's another one of those dudes - he's all terrain. He can play all of it: the long improv jams, slow reggae shit if you wanted it, punk, GG Allin style. He can play all of that shit. He's beyond diverse as a drummer. It's hard to cover all of it. Everyone has a certain style, but Mario can attack in all genres. You're not going to last forever skating; I've gotten hurt so much. That's where music comes in. My dad has always played guitar, but I've picked it up way more over the years. Life after skating will definitely be about music. I don't know if it'll make you rich, but it's fun as hell."

It's always cool when Mario's name pops up. I wasn't expecting him to get mentioned in Figgy's article about his influences, but there he was.

For the quote: Thrasher - August 2018 Volume 39 Number 8

Thrasher - November 2015 Volume 36 Number 11

Monday, August 13, 2018

Nora Vasconcellos #2.

The Explorer.

The photo is by Shane Cox.

Thrasher - November 2017 Volume 38 Number 11

Friday, August 10, 2018

Omar Hassan #6.

Blockhead OG and Black Label lifer.

I got my Ron Cameron Tragicomic reissue a while back and it is a nice looking deck. I still haven't hung it on the wall yet so I'll get around to that eventually. I usually don't care much for white, but the art is intricate and colorful so it stands out against the plain background.

Transworld - January 2015 Volume 33 Number 1