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November 22, 2010

In the latest issue of Man About Town there’s a fashion shoot with Spanish skateboarder Kilian Martin. In the synopsis at the start of it they say: “Forget the old school/new school debate: Martin, a 23-year-old Madrileno with a solid background in gymnastics, has come up with a style that simple defies description”.

The thing is though (and I’m not denying that Martin is very, very, very good on a skateboard, hell the kid’s awesome), to anyone that has spent any time actually skating, you instantly know the above isn’t strictly true, there is a description of his style – Rodney Mullen.

Mullen is a legend in skating and it really wouldn’t be too far fetched to say that he basically invented most of the tricks that are now street skating staples – he was doing the tricks Martin can do and then some back in early 1980’s when he rode for Powell Perelta, before combing freestyle with street skating, joining PLAN B in the 90’s and ramping it up even more, inventing darkside slides and myriad flip variations in the process.

Above is his part from Globe footwear’s ‘Opinion’ from 2002 – it shows just how good this guy is.

A true pioneer. Enjoy.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Intifada2007 permalink
    November 25, 2010 8:14 pm

    Mullen is what Pele was to football and Ali was to boxing. Pure genius!

  2. franktTboris permalink
    November 28, 2010 5:41 pm

    As a result of this post I checked out Kilian Martin, the kid can skate, that goes without saying, some of the footage is amazing to the point of being in ‘Yeah, Right’ territory, however I agree completely that he is basically following in the footsteps of Rodney Mullen and Per Wellinder. For me, Mullen is even more remarkable for the fact that he is well past fourty these days and still able to set the standards for technical street skating.

  3. November 29, 2010 10:20 pm

    Kilian Martin’s insanely good on a skateboard isn’t he! There’s no question there and it’s good to see that freestyle skating is still alive and being moved forward by a younger generation.

    But yeah, for me it’s all about Mullen, especially when you consider that he was inventing this nearly 30 years ago and like you say, he’s still pushing it forward well into his 40’s.

    I’d love to see these two skating together.

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