Blind Skateboards, based in Los Angeles, California, was founded by skater Mark Gonzales in 1989 as part of the World Industries distribution company. Gonzales left the company in 1992 to start ATM Click with John Falahee and today Blind continues under the ownership of Dwindle Distribution, making some of the best quality skateboard decks, wheels and apparel around.
Over the years, some of the star names that have featured in Blind’s company team include Jason Lee, Rudy Johnson, Guy Mariano, Danny Way and vert rider Jordan Richter, many of whom left Blind to form their own companies. The current Blind team features pros Ronnie Creager, Morgan Smith, Filipe Ortiz, Kevin Romar, Sean Sheffey and newest recruit Texan Cody McEntire, plus ams Sewa Kroetkov, TJ Rogers and Yuri Facchini.
Blind released its first video, Video Days, in 1991, with full-length parts from Gonzales, Mariano, Richter, Lee and Rudy Johnson – filmed and directed by Spike Jonze, it has become one of the most influential skateboarding videos of all time. The following year saw the release of Tim and Henry’s Pack of Lies, starring Tim Gavin and Henry Sanchez.
In 2005, Blind launched What If?, its first full-length video in over a decade, edited and directed by Bill Weiss and Dennis Martin, and this was followed by The Blind Video (2009) and This Is Not a Test (2011), featuring Blind’s full roster of am riders. The company’s latest release is 2013’s Damn…, a full-length film by Weiss and Mike Manzoori.