I used to skate as a teenager. We didn’t know Tony Hawk, his name came up later on. Instead, we had idols like Natas, Gonzales and Mullen. But I can’t say I’ve seen any of them actually skate, and we probably picked up the names from magazine articles. Of course, if you had a Gonzales board, like I did, you automatically held him as the world’s best skater ever. Until the board broke or you bought a new one. I don’t think any of us owned anything with Mullen’s name on it, but everyone still knew the name. Rodney Mullen.
Here’s Rodney Mullen showing off in Japan in 1984. Enjoy.
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