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Not many skateboarders have been in the public eye as long as Guy Mariano. Born in Los Angeles, he was a prodigy from not long after the moment he stepped on a board. The Powell-Peralta video Ban This introduced him to the world alongside his childhood friends Paulo Diaz, Rudy Johnson and Gabriel Rodriguez. In 1991, at the age of just 14, Guy cemented his legacy with a groundbreaking part in Blind’s Video Days. He was one of the boundary-pushers at the forefront of one of the most progressive eras in skateboarding’s history. In 1996, Guy’s groundbreaking part—the last part—in Girl’s Mouse video proved he was not just a child prodigy. His mix of technical skating and style helped define street skateboarding for an entire generation.
After Mouse, Guy was missing from action for a while as he battled alcohol and drug addiction. This absence stirred intrigue and rumors, especially as he had only one trick in Girl’s 2003 video, Yeah Right. But then random sightings led to new rumors that Guy was hitting the streets, filming for the upcoming Lakai video. His six-minute part in Fully Flared led into his third decade skateboarding, and it would prove to be the most productive yet. Girl’s 2012 video Pretty Sweet was next, followed by an ongoing onslaught of NBDs on social media. In 2015, Guy was added to the Nike SB team, and in 2017 he and his good friend Eric Koston launched Number Skateboards. The start of the 2020s marks the fifth decade Guy Mariano has been skateboarding in the public eye, and he shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.