A couple of weeks ago I saw this photo on Mauro Monteiro's Facebook’s page, something about it just grabbed my attention. Just the rawness, perhaps. Mauro and I have never met in person but we both share a love of skateboarding, we also both have sons who were born with rare medical conditions. I reached out to Mauro to tell me the story behind this photo, and also more about his son’s illness.
Here’s what he had to say…
The photo was taken around '89 if I'm not mistaken. Right out in front of where I lived, at the intersection of Citrus and Waring Avenues in Hollywood. There wasn't much to skate besides curbs, ditches, banks at schoolyards, and the occasional pool. Not like now, and not like before. So I truly enjoyed just being out in the street…skating.
I had the photographer, Bryan Suckut, lay down on the ground and we played with that angle. This photo was the one! I think it has an iconic look to it. It's powerful and also graceful. The G-turn, a maneuver I gleamed from hours of peeping Lonnie Toft, Allen Scott, and Gordie Lienemann in the Skatecross parking lot.
The tee shirt I'm wearing is from John Grigley's Old Ghost Designs, one of his early designs. I worked at a funky shop on Melrose Avenue that carried them. After seeing them in a window display at a rock 'n' roll shop across the street, and having met him in the neighborhood. He eventually designed stuff for my boss, including the store logo and t-shirts.
This Cross design tee I’m wearing in the photo was sedate compared to John’s other graphics. And as a side note, it was the same tee I got arrested in for skateboarding down the sidewalk, heading home, two blocks from my house, holding a bag of tacos on a sunny Sunday late morning.
MUSEUM donates one dollar per each tee shirt sold to a charity or cause chosen by the skater featured on the tee. Mauro has chosen the Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation, here’s why…
My son, Mateo, was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia when he was 5, seven years ago. It's a rare blood disease that affects 3 to 4 people out of one million in the US. It affects the immune system and disrupts the production of bone marrow. We don't know what caused it, he's doing really well and wrapping up his treatment in France and should return home to LA sometime in the near future. To learn more please visit: www.aamds.org.This t-shirt is everything you've dreamed of and more. It feels soft and lightweight, with the right amount of stretch. It's comfortable and flattering for both men and women.
• 100% combed and ring-spun cotton
• Fabric weight: 4.2 oz (142 g/m2)
• Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
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