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.