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Mark Gonzales to Release Debut Book Via Rizzoli

If anyone from skateboarding should have a book, it’s Mark Gonzales. Fortunately, this is happening on September 22. News broke today that Rizzoli is releasing 208 pages written by Gonz with contributions from Tom Sachs, Gus Van Sant, and Hiroshi Fujiwara, and photography by Sem Rubio. Read the publisher’s description below:

Part skate-photography heroics and part streetwear bible, this is the first book on Mark Gonzales, one of the most recognizable names in skateboarding.

Sweeping contest wins since the age of thirteen, Gonzales quickly went from teen star to skate legend when he took to the streets. Widely revered as the inventor of street skating and for his groundbreaking, one-of-a-kind style, throughout the years Gonz has remained one of the most prolific innovators in skateboarding. Today he rides for iconic brands Supreme, Adidas, and Krooked and has cemented his place in skateboard and pop-culture history.

Hailed for a sense of fearlessness and creativity that has influenced skaters around the world, Gonz’s talents stretch far beyond the skate orbit. His long-standing collaborations with brands including Adidas, Supreme, Thrasher, RETROSUPERFUTURE, JanSport, and Etudes, all gathered in this volume, showcase his rebellious vision.

This is the first comprehensive book devoted to the Gonz’s pioneering work in skateboarding as well as streetwear, fashion, and art–a bold collection of work straight from the mind of the artist, as seen through exclusive work by the creator of some of his most iconic images, Sem Rubio. Much of the book shows off his legendary tricks and a portfolio of his many worlds. With contributions by Hiroshi Fujiwara, KAWS, Ed Templeton, Tommy Guerrero, Tony Hawk, Stan Smith, Gus Van Sant, and more, this indispensable volume gathers over thirty years of creation by a man widely recognized as the most influential skateboarder of all time.

Obviously, this is one that you’ll want to have in your collection.

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‘Good Work’ Episode 2 Now Playing on Redbull Skateboarding Channel

Alphonzo talks about how his past time of photoshopping images of celebrities skateboarding and sharing them on social media turned into a full-fledged business in this episode of “Good Work”.

Good Work episode 2 features Alphonzo Rawls and his #EVERYBODYSKATES and Savalé Footwear brands.

Alphonzo talks about how his past time of photoshopping images of celebrities skateboarding and sharing them on social media turned into a full-fledged business.

#EVERYBODYSKATES brand sells shirts, hoodies, hats, boards, and accessories.

He also had been involved in designing shoes for international footwear brands.

After 25 years of working with other companies, he decided to launch his own luxury footwear brand, Savalé.

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Alf was also a pro-skater back in the day.

He started skating when he was 10 and turned pro when he was just 16 years old.

He thinks that skateboarding has somehow helped him be successful in business.

“Skateboarding, it’s for the most part, a really inconsistent sport, which means you definitely have to have some patience and some perseverance…It’s allowed me to think outside the box and apply that ‘out of the box’ thinking to run my business”

Redbull’s Good Work Series features skater-owned and skater-operated businesses.

You can watch the first episode here or on the Red Bull Skateboarding YouTube Channel.

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DC Shoes Drops Andy Warhol Collection

DC Shoes just released its WARHOL X DC: COLLISIONS in honor of Andy Warhol, one of the most iconic artists of the 20th century.

In collaboration with The Andy Warhol Foundation, DC created four themed capsules under the collection namely: Strength and Fragility, Life and Death, Saint & Sinners, and War & Peace.

You can browse the collection here.

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Independent Trucks Welcomes Leticia Bufoni to their Team

Leticia Bufoni is Independent Trucks’ newest team rider. The six-time X Games gold medalist from Sao Paulo, Brazil began competing at the age of 14 (2007 X Games) and moved to the United State since.

She turned pro in 2017 with Plan B Skateboards. She competed in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics representing Brazil.

She was named one of the Most Powerful Women in International Sports by Forbes Magazine in 2018. She also made it to Forbes Brazil’s “Under 30” list.

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