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Chad Muska: The Footprint in Skateboarding

By Andres Pachon

A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.


Born May 20, 1977, and turning into a multi-talented entrepreneur, photographer designer and artist, Muska found skateboarding in a very unusual way as he recalls in a 2012 interview how he used to ride his BMX bike and how he kept seeing these young dudes from his neighborhood skateboarding all day long. At some point he got intrigued and decided to approach the kids and ask them if he could try and skate, from then on the BMX was forgotten since The Muska had found his true love, skateboarding.

By 1994 Muska embarked on an adventure that was going to take him to places he never imagined, he moved to Mission Beach in San Diego, California with very little money, a sketchbook, and a portable cassette player chasing the skateboarding dream. His first break came when he appeared in his first tape for Maple’s: Rites of Passage (1994). By this time Muska was a homeless young dude living on the beach, he explains: “I had nothing and those were, I can still say by far the happiest days of my life. Happiest beyond, craziest times, tests, gnarliest adventures, everything, you know?


The Rise of The Muska

Photo: Chris Hansen (Unsplash)

After having enough boost from Maple, he joined Toy Machine, riding head to head with some of the biggest names in skateboarding at the time and standing out for his particular skills, he eventually became a leading member of the team which by '95-'96 was one of the most respected crews in the scene.

He got one of the most important parts on the Welcome to Hell video (1996) but his part was only shown at the premiere of the video due to a drunken alternation he had with some of his team members the day of the event. The public did not get to see Muskas full part in the tape since it was removed and it only came out years later as a bonus in the DVD version of the tape.


Shorty's - Muskas Skateboarding Boom

After parting ways with Toy Machine he joined Shorty's in 1997 and was given the chance to develop the Shorty's skateboard deck division wich as one of the first glimpses Muska got to the creative possibilities of the business that he kept on exploring and being a part of ever since.





Muska’s Footwear Design

Skate kick models like the "CM901" and "CM902" featured a groundbreaking particularity that became the favorite amongst the new millenium skateboarders, the hidden "stash pocket" that was probably to keep your keys and prevent from losing them while skating HA!HA! (wink).

He eventually founded SUPRA in 2006, leaving behind his signature models like the "Skytop" which became a favorite and ended up becoming a trilogy (Skytop II and Skytop III).


The Muska “Transitions” Art Show

In 2013 he partnered with New Image Arts gallery to open his first-ever solo art exhibition, titled "Transitions," he explains: “It was sort of a concept space for me and just a trial thing to bring a lot of people together from skaters to photographers, to artists and designers, directors, architects – I mean all these different people in one space and I wanted to encourage creativity”.

He does not skate currently due to multiple injuries from the past that cause him a lot of pain but he is far from leaving the skateboarding world as he clearly states in an interview by Monster Children in which he states: “Skate is the true love of my life, more than art, photography, design, music, even more than women…” LEGEND!


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