OG skate star Chad Muska is not only a pro skateboarder, but also a talented artist, footwear designer, businessman, musician and full-on celeb. He is currently sponsored by Element Skateboards, Supra (for whom he designed his signature Skytop models), KR3W, Ricta, Mob Grip and Brooklyn Projects.
He had already had some ads and interviews prior to the release of the classic 1998 Shorty’s video Fulfill The Dream, but it was his part in that film which took him to the next level, securing a sponsorship deal with Circa footwear. Since then, he has appeared in more films for Shorty’s, and others including Element’s This is My Element (2007) and Supra’s Slings and Hammers (2013). He also appeared as a playable character in the Tony Hawk series of video games.
He was born in Lorain, Ohio on 20th May 1977 but spent his childhood living in many different places across the US. He first started on a BMX in Phoenix, Arizona, but, after his bike was stolen, it was skateboarding all the way. At fourteen, after getting into some graffiti-related trouble, Chad left for San Diego’s Mission Beach, where his career really began.
Often cited as one of the most influential skateboarders of all time, Chad is also part of the tradition of skateboarder artists – ‘Transitions’, his first art show, featured heavy, stark pieces constructed from steel, concrete and other industrial materials, redolent of artists such as Mark Rothko, Richard Serra and Anselm Kiefer.