Mark Gonzales

Daew-ON Video

"DAEWON" is a full-length documentary on the eponymous skater (with Song as his last name): a longtime fine technician with Korean origins who pretty much started writing the chapter on technical street skateboarding in the history of the activity, stringing together lines of complicated maneuvers and flip-in, flip-out prowess on anything resembling a potential obstacle - all in between two gloomy, grimy L.A. carparks or concrete schoolyards. Joe Pease directed the film, for TransWorld and Adidas. Coinciding with the recent launch of Thank You Skateboards, Daewon's board company with Torey Pudwill, the release of such a piece is a considerable push for the pair all the while succeeding at remaining an indirect one, as the narrative really focuses on Daewon's background, covering from as far as his Beryl Banks days in the era of the World Industries video "Love Child" (with Steve Rocco as a godfather), and up to his current Instagram skate king status. "Trilogy" and the tragic fate of Daewon's background track also gets brought up, as well as his symbolic, symbiotic skate tech wrestling with Rodney Mullen, or the Deca days; the DVS video, "Skate More", too, and also "Cheese And Crackers". Certain specific happenings in Daewon's career - such as the short-lived Artafact, or the occasional profusion of tanktops - were left out it seems but globally, the eventual depiction is a great representation of one of skateboarding's technical pioneers that isn't without suggesting the taste of what an episode of ON Video on him could have been. In actuality though, here's the one they did on Mullen in 2002 as a bonus.

ALOHA SUPER!

Who remembers Mark Gonzales' "retirement" from professional skateboarding in the mid-to-late nineties as he was actually on a retreat, wandering here and there in Europe, soaking it in, nurturing his perspectives and sharpening his reputation as an artist? Well now, twenty years after Cheryl Dunn's short film, "Back Worlds for Words" - a documentation of the Gonz's effort to export his vision (no pun intended) all over the world and in this case, precisely, in Germany, "Aloha Super" is quite the anniversary gift. Because yes, Mark has done it again; in New York City this time, as the location proved easier to misspell than Monchengladbach. And of course, the music is a given!

Dynamic duo!

Gonz and Tyshawn are a match made in heaven, seriously! Add a couple dope feauting too…

Magnus alert!

After our week dedicated to his case, you most likely were already believers, but this fine young gentleman confirms all expectations by stealing the show from a rather heavy squad, including Dennis and Daewon!

Small things…

Just for that soap shoe hammer!

Let's skate dude!

The new Krooked full length? It's here, it's now!

Public Service Announcement

All right, younglings, if you are getting tired of hearing the old ones pontificating on "having it", well, here is all this talk is based on… With a little luck, this should speak to you… Well, let's hope so!

Interview / Guy Mariano

Even in an era many seem prone to associate with notoriously short attention spans, you'd still be hard pressed to run into a skateboarder unaware of Guy Mariano's legacy…

Off Broadway…

Adidas in NYC, you know if it going to be good, especially considering the caliber of the new ams joining in, but Rodrigo… Goddam', Rodrigo!!!

Pourquoi pas?

Some "Pussy Gangster" extras? Who's gonna say "no", especially when it is good stuff! Excellent stuff, even, when you talk about Sage's trick at the La Défense bank… Proof that well applied pop can open new worlds!

Bon anniversaire, Mark!

Yes, he does flow out a bunch of candles today, but how hard does he still go! The style on that handrail boardslide and the finishing slam should be stuck in your head for a minute… Oh, and that fakie mob!

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