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Being a skateboarder in Texas has never been easy, but Texas skaters have created a community that is like no other skate scene.

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We have had to be louder, faster, and more aggressive. A piece of wood and four wheels tie us together.

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We have forged friendships that have lasted a lifetime and blurred the generation gap. You will find us in underground full-pipes, backyard minis, or on the streets downtown.

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This ain’t California. This is Texas.

Shut Up and Skate.

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Skateboarding is my stress reliever and it helps my problems go away. It clears my mind. I met so many friends through skating. Skateboarding perfected my life.

Martin Aguilar

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Skateboarding shaped me into the person that I am today. It is what makes me who I am.

Seth Arzola-Boyson

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I like skateboarding because there is always something to work on. There is never an end to it because you can always add variations to your tricks.

Alex Holmes

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I like to skate because it gives you freedom and gives you the ability to hang out with your friends.

Paul Rankin

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Skateboarding is a never-ending hobby; there are always new things to learn and never a limit of progression.

Dylan Vergara

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To me, skateboarding is a way to accomplish goals that I have set for myself. It has given me some of my best friends.

Charles Ethan Richey

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Skateboarding is my life. Without it, I am nothing.

Josh Wiltz

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Once I set foot on my seven ply Anti-Hero skateboard, I feel like the options are endless. The reason I love skateboarding is because it’s all in your head; you have to get over your fears to progress.

Mark Zapata

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Skateboarding to me means pushing yourself to the limit. Even though it can be pretty risky, the risk is worth every penny.

Cody Smith

 
 

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and

Skate

 

Brett Zettner

 
Zorlac was the Texas skateboard company throughout the 1980s and defined Texas skateboarding for the rest of the world. The owner, Jeff Newton, produced many memorable images including the Shut Up and Skate graphic. SUAS (Shut Up and Skate) was also the name of a contest series at that time.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Clown

Ramp

 

Paul Rankin

 
The Clown Ramp was a vert ramp [ramp with vertical sides] in Dallas, Texas, in the early to mid-1980s that featured a distinctive blue and yellow design. This ramp was not just a home for Dallas locals but a destination for skateboarding icons such as Tony Hawk, Lance Mountain, and Jeff Grosso.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Bonny Chu

 
John "Tex" Gibson is a Houston area skateboarder who made a name for himself while riding for companies such as Alva Skates and Zorlac. His May 1985 Thrasher magazine cover is considered by many to be an epic moment in skate history. Gibson’s Pushead board graphic is globally recognized.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

4 craig johnsonCraig Johnson

 

Brett Zettner

 
Dallas area skateboarder Craig Johnson was known for pushing the boundaries and setting the "outsider" tone for the Texas skate subculture. The image of his dreadlocks sticking out the top of his helmet left an indelible mark while his aggressive style and antics took his status as a "legend" beyond Texas.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

5 boneless oneBoneless

One

 

Marla Mattila

 
Beloved Texas icon Jeff Phillips transcended Texas skating, rising to international fame while popularizing many tricks such as the Phillips 66 and the Boneless. His untimely death in 1993 left a permanent hole in the Texas skate community. The Overground Project hosts the skating event Boneless One: A Tribute to Jeff Phillips each May.
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Skatexas

Dante Dipascuale

Josh Dukes

 
There is nothing like skating natural terrain, and fortunately Texas is filled with drainage ditches which might as well have been built specifically for skating. Finding a "skate-able" full pipe is somewhat of a "pipe" dream for many skaters but as luck would have it, we have more than our fair share in the Lone Star State.
 

7 big boysThe Big Boys

 

Kayleen Wright

 
Every subculture needs a soundtrack and the Big Boys filled that role for Texas skaters. They are one of the original skate punk bands, having appeared in Thrasher magazine and videos, and inspired their own board graphic. The Big Boys Zorlac board has become a collector’s item, and the annual Austin music event Fun, Fun, Fun Fest is named after a Big Boys song.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Never Been Done

Hannah Rose

 
Dallas resident Jon Comer is the first professional skateboarder with a prosthetic limb. Jon’s foot was amputated at the age of seven after being hit by a car. This physical limitation didn’t stop Jon from competing internationally and fulfilling his dream. Jon’s story inspired the award-winning documentary Never Been Done.
 
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Goodtimes

Cody Smith

 
Goodtimes was the backbone of the San Antonio skate community from 1992-2011. GSA, as it was affectionately known, was more than just a skate shop. The owners, Matthew "Shorty" Marshall and Mike Schroeder, fostered a family-like atmosphere. Goodtimes may be gone, but it will not be forgotten.
 
 
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Southside

Samantha Ayala

 
Southside Skatepark has been serving not only Houston skaters since 1994, but skateboarders from all over the state and from around the world. For the last 17 years, Southside has hosted the Texas Skate Jam for Make-A-Wish, a charitable event that attracts the biggest names in skateboarding.
 
 

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Sieben Wonderland

Hannah Webster

Emily Barbary

 
Raised in Seguin, Michael Sieben is a skateboarder, father, editor of Thrasher magazine, and the unofficial skate artist of Texas. Sieben has created graphics for skate companies such as Toy Machine, Black Label and Volcom, as well as the graphics for his company Roger Skateboards.
 
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Banana Farm

 

Taylor Wilcox

 
Homemade ramps have been a staple of Texas skating since the 1970s, and none embodies the unique qualities of the backyard mini ramp like the Banana Farm. The Banana Farm, located in Austin, was a destination for locals and traveling pros alike from 2003-2007.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Roll Forever

Thao Le & Elsa Diaz

 
Johnny started skating in Galveston when he was just two years old, but sadly, this free-spirited boy was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at age seven. While attending the Texas Skate Jam for Make-A-Wish, Johnny met and forged a friendship with many of the top professional skateboarders, which led to his own signature shoe for both DC Shoes and Fallen Footwear, as well as his own board for Real Skateboards. In 2008, Johnny lost his battle with leukemia, but his zest for life and love of skateboarding is an inspiration to all of us.
 
 

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Rye Beres

 
Luke did not make it to the Lone Star State until after high school, but he quickly became an integral part of the Texas skate family once he arrived. Making an impact in all corners of the state, Luke’s enthusiasm for life and desire to succeed affected everyone he met. Luke’s adventurous life was cut short by a drunk driver in 2010, but his passion for skating and life in general lives on through his friends.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Don’t Mess with Texas

Avery Conrad

Kylie Roy

 
In 1988, an iconic photo was taken of Texas legends Todd Prince, Jeff Phillips, Ken Fillion, and John Gibson with the words "Don’t Mess With Texas" posted across their helmets. Future Texas legends are out there today making their mark on the world of skateboarding.