TWS 10 Freaks

GONZ
Mark Gonzales has so much carbonated freakiness bottled up within that skateboarding’s available terrain couldn’t contain him. Gonz utilized the streets as the world’s biggest skatepark before anybody else. A standard interview may contain references to Rambo, Red Fox, Elvis, Willy Wonka, Bob Dylan, deaf kids, etc. His unique perspective forever altered skating—first handrail, kickflips on tranny, paint-penned grip, hippie jumps, etc. The artist and certified skate legend has been working on bicycle kickflips for some time.

Gonz in a scene from the movie Gummo

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ANTWUAN DIXON
Nobody mixes effortless skating with effortless lunacy like Dixon. Nobody looks better in a giant taco hat either. Dixon has so much charisma that he could be pro at anything—he makes eating ice cream interesting enough to put in a video part. With near total coverage in the tat department, Antwuan is the most dedicated at permanently pointing out his unique path.

Antwuan’s part from Baker 3

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MATT BEACH
Beach retreated from the celebrity circus that most charge into. While improving, he cut ties with the industry and enjoyed working at UPS and paying for boards until a current crop of sponsors hunted him down. How does this pros’ pro keep skating fresh? Combining hardcore downhilling and tech tricks—30 mph kickflips anybody? Only he didn’t tell anybody, he did it at night with his friends. Apropos: he’s pro for Skate Mental.

Matt’s part from The Firm’s Can’t Stop

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NEIL BLENDER
A king among freaks. Blender ushered in skater-drawn graphics, modern lip tricks, invented no-complies, and did a contest run consisting of tricks, spraypaint, interpretive dancing, and mock celebration. He popularized crazy trick naming (gay twist, eggplant, lien air—“Neil” backwards), and his video parts appear designed purely for his own amusement instead of showing off.

Neil’s part in Speed Freaks

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