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Cover: This is the most laid back you will see Gonz in this issue. Los Angeles, California. Photo: Atiba Contents: The Nuge knows bonks. Los Angeles, California. Photo: Atiba

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In Atiba’s article in this issue he spent a day with Mark Gonzales. It was a classic “with Gonz anything goes” scenario: wallrides without a skateboard; impromptu murals; he even used a famous spot in a wholly unexpected way by skating J.Kwon’s underground parking garage, instead of the better known plaza above. Mark Gonzales is a physical, traveling, organic art installation. Gonz is like a box of chocolates, and we’re all chocoholics.

Gonz must know something that we don’t. Why does it seem

like everything he touches turns to gold? Atiba calls it “magic”—in the way that you’d describe some mysterious mechanical wonder—but even magic has its limits. If Gonz cast a spell on us, it would have surely worn off at this point. Mark Gonzales is just one of us, and there’s only one of him.

WORDS: STUART GOMEZ

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PHOTOGRAPHY: ATIBA

Ishod Wair, boardslide. Inland Empire, California.


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Twenty years ago I spent a day shooting Mark Gonzales for Warp magazine. We started in the morning and ended at night; this was my first time meeting Mark and it was filled with so many amazing moments. He has a gift very few skaters have: it’s magic, and everything he does is magical.

When I got the call to shoot stills on an adidas commercial last November it was simple. adidas really just needed one shot of Mark… but we got a lot more. All through the day, every free second, he was skating anything he could find. Mark has energy like no other. He glows with skate energy, and you can almost see it—it’s like an aura. Wherever he looks he just sees tricks. He’ll look at you and say, “I can hippie jump you.” For a photographer this rules! This was more than simply a day with Gonz. I was witnessing magic.

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WORDS & PHOTOGRAPHY: JACOB MESSEX

Shooting this photo collage article was a fresh way of photographing skateboarding for me. Usually all the shots are set up and the frame is locked for the majority of the session, but now I could look through the viewfinder in a new way. I’d try to fill the full frame with the skater—head to toe—in every shot. That was really fun because instead of having a locked-off shot and shooting when he catches it, now I get to follow the skater as zoomed in as possible from the moment he throws down his board until he rolls away. In all of these sessions, after he landed the trick I’d shoot all the pieces of the background. Sometimes I’d mess with exposure and focus to make each frame different than the one next to it while collaging the final piece. But the biggest challenge was computing them in Photoshop because of the selective focus and abstract shapes. A lot of it had to be hand-assembled like a really crazy skate puzzle. In the end, every piece of the puzzle fit together perfectly.

Jason Salillas, backside lipslide. Atlanta, Georgia.


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Diego Johnson, 360 flip. West Hollywood, California.


Jake Anderson, ollie into bank. Santa Barbara, California.

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Trevor Colden, gap to crooked grind. Los Angeles, California.


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ART: MIKE GIGLIOTTI


WORDS: STUART GOMEZ

PHOTOGRAPHY: JAKE DARWEN

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Asia is made up of ancient, mysterious lands. Just the word “Asia” may

On to Seoul, South Korea, which the team unanimously regard as the

fill you with a feeling of peace and tranquility. Continental outsiders may

best kept secret in Asia. The literal polar opposite of their experience

conjure up visions of typhoons, fried squid, bamboo, and geishas. And

in Hong Kong, the temperature in Seoul was near freezing but the

they wouldn’t be wrong—members of the New Balance Numeric team

environment more than made up for the discomfort. Marius sums it up:

(Axel Cruysberghs, Marquise Henry, Tom Karangelov, Anthony Schultz,

“The people, the skate scene, the food. Everything was off the charts!”

and Marius Syvanen) and filmer Russell Houghten came into intimate contact with all this and more during a recent trip to the continent.

Unsurprisingly, Japan was the most stimulating stop. Culturally, Japan offers the best in extremes: a day trip to ancient Kyoto included a romp in

Touching down in Hong Kong, the crew was greeted with a “signal

a bamboo forest and photo ops with the aforementioned geishas; then

8” typhoon. This is a “stay in your hotel, away from the windows” level

returning to hectic Tokyo proper to witness a mind bending Mardi Gras-

storm… there wasn’t much skating in the immediate forecast for the

esque Halloween celebration of thousands on the streets of Shibuya.

NB# boys. Hong Kong has been the gateway for filming in Asia over

Even with its wildly fluctuating weather and attitudes towards

the years, and security has gotten wise to the routine. This, coupled

skateboarding, Asia offers a fine balance—as long as you’re open to

with humidity that you could cut with a knife, contributed to a first leg

something new.

was a valiant struggle against the elements. Things were a little more laid back in Asia’s “Las Vegas”—Macau—where the crew was able to roll the dice a little more.

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Torn between the urge to wallie and the local perception that he’s disrespecting a famous Tokyo monument, Tom K takes two for good measure.


A first timer in Asia, Anthony Schultz quickly identified that Seoul is uniquely suited for skating. This virtually untouched full pipe awaited his frontside boneless.

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To capture this fakie front crook in Seoul, Darwen found a ninth floor window then relied on a mix of silent cues and Marquise’s body language.


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Still buzzing from the rich skate scene in Seoul, Marius Syvanen readjusts to Tokyo’s alert security, backside noseblunting a spot weighted equally between old and new.


Axel Cruysberghs delicately weaved between unpredictable groups of kids for this Macau ollie, which required a delicate balance of speed and awareness.

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PHOTOGRAPHY: ANTHONY ACOSTA

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INTERVIEW

Frontside shove-it nosegrind. Glendora, California.

In Flip’s 2009 video Extremely Sorry, Louie Lopez had his first official part. He seemed impossibly tiny compared to the rails and gaps he was skating; even his board seemed to closely rival his height. But after the first couple of tricks his size and relative age was mostly forgotten. You knew that you were watching someone truly gifted with a style that was almost insultingly smooth, like he was born with it. Eight years later, Louie has obviously matured (a growth spurt in his late teens saw to that). Accustomed to seeing young Louie with the flaxen, waxen, flowing hair, it was only natural to be taken aback by the newly buzz-cut Louie. But it didn’t mean that this was the end of Louie as we knew him—it was just the beginning of his next stage. This is Louie now, and he gets better every year.

You’ve been traveling a lot lately. Do you like it? Yeah I’ve been traveling a bunch, which is nice; I’m in Australia now. But it’ll be good to get back and be able to chill and rest the body. When I’m home I usually just skate. Recently I’ve been going out with Acosta a little bit more. I’ve known Acosta forever. I like that he’s always down to be on a session! What’s the funniest thing that’s happened to you while on tour? When I was thirteen or fourteen I went to Thailand on a Flip trip. Thailand is pretty wild: ladyboys and stuff. We were at this one spot where these ladyboys were yelling at me. They just kept calling me a ladyboy! It was completely weird. I’m there trying to do a trick, but I’m being told, “Come on, ladyboy. You got this!”

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Frontside tailslide heelflip out. Tarzana, California.


Ollie to Ollie. Santa Ana, California.

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Kickflip backside Smith grind. Los Angeles, California.

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LOUIE LOPEZ

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When you’re not skating do you surf at all? Nah, I like to surf but the ocean kinda freaks me out. The first time I went surfing, Curren took me and he didn’t really explain much to me. A big wave kinda rattled me and I didn’t know what to do in that situation. I guess that kind of thing happens, though.

pretty open, though, when it comes to movies. On the plane ride to Australia I watched The Secret Life of Pets [2016]. But I fell asleep.

Would you skate in The Olympics if you were given the chance? Olympics? Yeah I would. That’s definitely a huge change for skateboarding but sure… How many times can you say you’ve been a part of The Olympics?

What’s your favorite skatepark in LA? Belvedere.

What’s your favorite Flip graphic? The old series where everyone was dressed up. Mark Appleyard was the freshman, Geoff Rowley was the heshman, and Arto Saari was the bubblegum punk. What’s your favorite movie? I’ve always liked KIDS [1995]. There’s a movie called American Me [1992] that’s pretty sick. I’m

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What’s your favorite sound? The sound of solid, broken in bearings.

What motivates you when you’re out shooting for an article like this? For the most part I try to do stuff that I wouldn’t normally do. You have more time, it’s not like a contest or something where you have to land it that try. The main goal is to do new stuff and keep it going. If you weren’t skating, what profession would you be into? Hopefully something do to with skating! I’m always skating. I like to shoot photos and stuff but I don’t really know much about it yet.


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THE STORM WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHY: JERRY HSU

I’m not going to even attempt to describe this time and culture in skateboarding. If you skated during this era chances are you got a pretty good idea. “Bigger is better” seemed to be the attitude skateboard companies had at the time and Osiris truly took that concept to its limits in the early 2000s. On the box of their opus The Storm it says “A major video production of catastrophic proportions,” which, looking back, I think is more perfect than they could have ever imagined. I have many fond memories from this era and please enjoy this selection of photos from my time on tour with Osiris during 1999–2002.


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WORDS: STUART GOMEZ PHOTOGRAPHY: TINO RAZO For his first book, Party In The Back, Tino Razo opted for a sort of adventure story. Having moved from New York City to Los Angeles in 2010, Tino soon embarked on regular adrenaline-fueled fence hopping in sunny So Cal. Mission after mission, Tino and crew would consult the Google Earth oracle and triangulate the locations of backyard pools, formerly hidden to earthbound eye. These beauties may have been abandoned and otherwise unwanted, but the threat of police intervention was a constant. Tino documented his suburban safaris in a 192-page photo book (available February 21 from Anthology Editions) with no shortage of compelling images. Tino has managed to capture something beautiful in the decay of these discarded leisure status symbols. This is a must have; and the handwritten introduction by Julien Stranger makes it more of a keeper. Visit AnthologyEditions.com for more information.

Photo: From Party In The Back by Tino Razo, Published by Anthology Editions.

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WORDS: SKIN

PHOTOGRAPHY: ATIBA

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ADIDAS

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For most of us, 2016 ended with mixed emotions. For skateboarders, the passing of Dylan Rieder was the final straw in what was proving to be a year to forget. Politics sunk to an all-time low, with a Muppet about to step into the White House. Within the whirlwind of 2016, the adidas Skateboarding team came to the end of a three-year project. During the making of Away Days, the team racked up the miles like no other in history, making globalization a reality via the superpower that is skateboarding: Two and a half years of filming, one world tour of premieres already under their belts, and now a final trip across the globe doing demos within the many cities the video was filmed in. In November, the team experienced one of the last great untouched places on Earth. A region that is free from Western influence, where people still ride horses, go out to party at 1:00 a.m., and finish the night dancing the same way their grandparents did. A place filled with so much passion and love, at times you feel like it’s about to explode. For those of you who have never ventured this far south, I can only urge you to go. Some of us might find what we are looking for on the streets of Barcelona or inside the schoolyards of Los Angeles—I’d argue the secret lies further afield. The best times always come along when you least expect them. This trip, for me, was one for the ages—a fitting end to a project that brought us all together as a team.

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SESSIONS KEVIN BRADLEY LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA PHOTO: ATIBA

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TYSHAWN JONES LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA PHOTO: ATIBA


KEVIN BRADLEY HURRICANE LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA PHOTO: ATIBA

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CYRUS BENNETT FEEBLE GRIND LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA PHOTO: COLEN

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BRAD CROMER BACKSIDE 360 KICKFLIP LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA PHOTOS: PETERS


N YJ A H H U S T O N KICKFLIP KHAJURAHO, INDIA PHOTO: DENNING

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SEAN PABLO KICKFLIP LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA PHOTOS: ATIBA


JIMMY WILKINS BACKSIDE OLLIE OCEANSIDE, CALIFORNIA PHOTO: SWIFT

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ANTHONY VAN ENGELEN HALF-CAB NOSESLIDE TO BACKSIDE TAILSLIDE PA R A M O U N T, CA L I F O R N I A PHOTOS: ACOSTA

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BEN KADOW MELON GRAB LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA PHOTOS: ATIBA


PAUL RODRIGUEZ SWITCH BACKSIDE 360 OXNARD, CALIFORNIA PHOTOS: ATIBA

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