Rizzoli will release a monograph this September paying homage to the iconic skateboarder and artist, Mark Gonzales. The hardcover photography book features stunning portraits celebrated Spanish photographer, Sem Rubio. The comprehensive tome also features intimate interviews with Spike Jonze, Hiroshi Fujiwara, KAWS, Ed Templeton, Tommy Guerrero, Tony Hawk, Blondey McCoy, Gus Van Sant and more. Not to mention, his long-standing collaborations with brands including adidas, Supreme, Thrasher, Etudes, among others are all featured in the in-depth volume.
Gonz is widely-considered to be the father of modern skating. He was named the most influential skateboarder of all time by Transworld Skateboarding Magazine in 2011. His imaginative street skating style is what separated him from his talented peers, influencing upcoming generations of skaters. Aside from skateboarding, the Gonz creates works of art, poetry and films that shed light on his everyday life. Not to mention,
“Part skate-photography heroics and part streetwear bible, this is the first book on Mark Gonzales, one of the most recognizable names in skateboarding,” said Rizzoli in a statement. “Sweeping contest wins since the age of thirteen, Gonzales quickly went from teen star to skate legend when he took to the streets. Widely revered as the inventor of street skating and for his groundbreaking, one-of-a-kind style, throughout the years Gonz has remained one of the most prolific innovators in skateboarding.”
The 208-paged book is set to release this September 22 on Rizzoli’s website and select stockists for approximately $50 USD each.