In the skateboarding world, they don’t come much more influential than The Gonz. Your favourite skater’s favourite skater, father of the modern street style, perpetually young at heart, constantly pushing boundaries and always, always doing his own thing. For many people, Mark Gonzales personifies the inherent creativity that resides at the heart of skateboarding – not only by skating with a fluid, free and innovative style, but by constantly creating, both on the skateboard and off it.
Controversy, innovation, humour, brutality, politics, personality, artistry, guts, gore – you name it, it’s been on the bottom of a skateboard, more often than not beautifully executed. And in a moment when skateboarding appears to be approaching the zenith of its popularity – when off-duty models and pop stars are wearing Thrasher garms, when the swoosh and the three stripes (along with other big-money sports brands) are pumping shitloads of money into the scene, when the fucking olympic games are attempting to carve out a spot for skateboarding in Tokyo 2020- it’s reassuring to cling to the things in skateboarding which will (hopefully) never change. Though, like everything, quality ebbs and flows, there has been a tonne of stellar skateboarding graphics throughout the years that demonstrate, concretely, the creativity that resides at the heart of the culture, and the vivid imaginations of those who associate themselves with the scene.
When he’s not chasing dogs around the park or changing tyres in record time, Benzo is doing something awesome on his skateboard. Peep the 6 Tricks he threw down for us and you’ll see why everyone loves skating with Ben; not only does he absolutely shred, but he has that goofy enthusiasm and unbridled energy that makes every session better.
If you follow skateboarding with even the most passing of interests, you probably caught Reda’s recent documentary ‘Brian Anderson on Being a Gay Professional Skateboarder’. Even if you don’t particularly follow skateboarding, news of BA’s coming out has clearly transcended the boundaries of the industry with news outlets such as The Guardian, Rolling Stone and the NY Times all reporting on the recent events. Considering the depth of passion that skateboarders have for their culture, the importance and increasing prominence of the LGBTQIA movement, and also the radness of BA and his stellar career, it’s no surprise that the documentary (which you can peep below, for context) has sparked important conversations in skateparks, and skateshops across the globe. It’s no different for us here at THE6BY6, so we’ve decided to throw our six cents out there and reflect on the many reasons why Brian Anderson’s coming out is important for the culture, industry and future of skateboarding.
Jam- The Pain- Marv- Martin. A small man of many names, who loves but a few things; his shit car and his skateboard chief among them. Thankfully, he likes us enough to provide us with a gem of a ‘6 Tricks’ edit. Check it out below!
He fixes lifts, he speaks Spanish, he always smells good and, as legend has it, he once ate an entire hot dog in a single bite. Uno Lifto Engineero Darren Roe – better known in these parts as Sloth – is the latest DSP local to lay down 6 tasty tricks for your viewing pleasure.
Textile and design aficionado – Biggest barnet in the west – World cinema enthusiast; Thomas Putman, AKA T Putz, is all of these things and more. Peep the 6 tricks that the PTSK and DONTAGE homie laid down for us at DSP.
In our latest 6 Tricks video feature, DSP Locals Carl and Tom prove that friends who skate together, stay together. Check out 6 of their friendliest friend tricks below: