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.
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.
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.
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.
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.