GUY MARIANO | 2018

GUY MARIANO | 2018

A couple of weeks ago, it was announced that Guy Mariano is being inducted into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame on Friday. It was a generational win for skaters of a certain age. Not only did Guy define our glory days, he’s still killing it in 2018. Guy also arguably has the best story in skateboarding. Everybody likes a good comeback, right? This latest accolade is right up there with the most epic movie climax imaginable. After all, some of us have been watching this saga unfold for decades.

With that in mind, I rang up Guy for an interview to mark the occasion. It ended up being an hour-long conversation that felt like catching up with an old friend that I grew up with. In a sense, I guess I did. From Ban This [1989] right through Pretty Sweet [2012], I’ve been following along. And those videos are connected to my own memories from different times in skateboarding—which says the most about Mariano’s impact on the culture. Very few have maintained his level of influence over such a long period of time.

We spoke at great length about his career highlights, the state of skateboarding, brands, video, social media, and the rest of the topics that you’d expect to hear a couple of old-timers discussing at your local spot. My biggest takeaway is that this story isn’t over. So it’s a bit premature to fully examine what Guy’s true legacy in skateboarding will ultimately be. But you can draw your own conclusions.

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