If you ask any skater to name a pro that inspires them, “The Gonz” has become the standard answer. It has become such a cliché that we rarely stop to think about it, we just instinctually nod and move on.
For some it’s because in the thirty-plus years that Mark has been around, he’s pioneered every aspect of skating: the way videos are filmed, the tricks we do, the way boards are shaped, and pretty much whatever else you can think of.
But more importantly, Gonz is our shining star because he radiates the absolute best qualities of our activity: freedom, glee and infinite possibility. He skates with sincere fascination and curiosity, traits that are usually eroded by the minutia of adulthood. He is our Peter Pan.
To honor his legacy adidas issued The Aloha Super “Brainwash Victim” shoe which pays tribute to the shirt Gonz was wearing during his infamous EMB gap ollie published in Thrasher in 1986.
We jumped on the promotional bandwagon and figured it would be ripe timing to ask him to curate our latest Jenkem Mix.
More Mixes? Check out: Natas Kaupus, Bad Brains, Heath Kirchart, Bill Strobeck, Blondey McCoy, Louie Lopez, Nora Vasconcellos, Alltimers, Rodrigo TX, Stefan Janoski, Franky Villani, Pass~Port, The 69 Mix, Beagle, LurkNYC, Bam Margera, Mike Arnold, Jason Sallilas, or Kevin Rodrigues.
HOW CHAD CARUSO SKATED ACROSS AMERICA
Chad did it the way most skateboarders would: independently and without much of a plan.
JOSH KALIS ON BUILDING AN INDOOR SKATEPARK WITH GRANITE FROM LOVE PARK
"Laying the granite tiles was the most torturous part because you’re on your knees. It was a month straight of doing 1,600 tiles."
WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE OFFICIAL BROOKLYN BANKS COMEBACK
We talked with Steve Rodriguez about the imminent reopening of The Banks, which has been in the works for 13 years now.
A FIRST LOOK AT OPERA AND SKATEBOARDING’S NEWEST GROUP OF BRANDS
Bill Weiss and a few of his close friends are picking up the pieces from the Dwindle rubble and starting fresh with a new slew of brands.
JENKEM MIX 126: ANTONIO DURAO
Much like Antonio himself, this one’s got it all… An auditory gumbo, if you will.
March 12, 2021 3:09 pm
that’s the magic number
March 12, 2021 3:33 pm
Get down make love
March 12, 2021 4:27 pm
can you make the Spotify playlists again?
March 12, 2021 9:45 pm
hi jenkem why the can’t we download your mixes anymore? you guys beein weanies bout it or what? the whole reason I come to this site is so I can burn my favorite skateboarders shit onto my shit. goddammit.
March 18, 2021 8:29 pm
search dlmixcloud u can download the m4a