Odds are, if you’re reading this, you’re a skateboarder. And if you’re a skateboarder, you probably have a few favorite skateboarders. Keep in mind, even your favorite skateboarders have favorite skateboarders, so I’m just going to go ahead and drop this bomb on you right now: Guy Mariano is most likely one of your favorite skateboarder’s favorite skateboarders.
And there’s good reason for that.
Guy exploded onto the scene way back in 1991 with this part in Blind’s “Video Days.” With parts from Mark Gonzales, Rudy Johnson, Jordan Richter, and Jason Lee, along with Mariano’s own part, this video remains to this day an inspiration to many skateboarders. Oh, and all those combo tricks everyone’s been doing since “Fully Flared” dropped…ABD.
For a long time after “Video Days” Guy sort of fell into the habit of flying under the radar for long periods of time. I think by now we are all aware of why that was, so I won’t really get into it now. Every now and then, though, a little blip would appear on the radar and Guy would resurface. His part in Girl’s 1996 video “Mouse” was one of those times. Personally, I wasn’t into skating enough at the time to see this part and understand how important it was, but I like to think I get it now, and I really think this might be my favorite Guy Mariano part of all (so far). I just wish I would have seen it when it came out, it might have prevented my Shorty’s phase.
A few years later, Guy came out with some footage in “The Chocolate Tour.” The footage he had was amazing as always, but I think he was skating a lot less around this time. I’m sure a lot of people knew what was going on, but I don’t think anyone had any idea it would be so long before we’d see him again.
I can’t seem to find it anywhere (either on the internet or in my boxes of magazines), but I think it was in early 2005 when Guy had what I’ve sort of come to think of as his “comeback interview.” Given the time I started skating, I never really knew as much as I should have about Guy Mariano until that interview came out. I remember reading it over and over again, and being so shocked by how open and honest he was about everything he had gone through. I thought then, as I do now, that skateboarding needs more of that. There’s no need to edit the sad parts. Even skateboarding has run-ins with real life sometimes.
This part still gives me chills. Any questions that were raised by that interview a few years before were sternly answered by Guys “Fully Flared” part, and knowing the full story made the taste of victory that much sweeter for all the Guy Mariano fans out there. This part slammed shut the chapter that started with Guy’s return to skateboarding. I don’t think skateboarding has ever heard a greater redemption song.
I can’t speak for everyone else, but I can promise you this: on Friday, November 30th, I’ll be waiting with baited breath for Guy’s part at the Homebase premiere of “Pretty Sweet.” From what I’ve heard, his part is absolutely nuts. But then, it’s Guy Mariano. How could it be anything less?
P.S. After you get home from the Homebase premiere Friday night, make sure you click on this.