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VHS – MARK GONZALES IN BLIND’S ‘VIDEO DAYS’

When Video Days (directed by Spike Jonze) was released back in 1991, it established the standard format for full-lengths. Blind was essentially the first company to introduce video “parts” as we know them now, using narrative interludes that built up to a climax before the tongue-in-cheek credits.

The freshness of the approach and the super progressive skating—courtesy of Guy Mariano, Jordan Richter, Mark Gonzales, Rudy Johnson, and Jason Lee—ensured that the video was completely sold out by the time the mail order catalogs arrived in your mailbox (leading to surprisingly strong sales of Tracker’s Stacked, which was never in danger of running out). But the part that changed the game and continues to boggle the mind belonged to Gonz. If you’re unfamiliar with this footage, prepare to become obsessed for a very long time.

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