Our 30 Year Anniversary issue is here, and we interviewed the 30 most influential skaters of all time. When the TWS staff collaborated to decide the most influential skater of all time, our answer was unanimous: Mark Gonzales. The Gonz embodies the sheer essence of skateboarding, and we wouldn’t be the same without him. What started as a portrait shot by Brian Gaberman was then immortalized by way of a Shepard Fairey illustration to make this month’s cover memorable for the next 30 years to come. And that, as they say, is history. On sale December 20, 2011.