Happy Independents Day
Welcome to 'Independents' Day
This Independence Day weekend, XGames.com is taking an in-depth look at Independent Truck Company, the iconic skateboard truck brand ridden by some of the most iconic skateboarders of all time, and the stacked team that reps the brand, most of whom have competed in X Games along the way. Welcome to Independents Day.
The team roster for Independent Trucks reads like a who's who of skateboarding. From legends such as Steve Olson to next generation street skaters including Sage Elsesser, all facets of skateboarding are represented by the brand, which has been manufacturing trucks since the late 1970s. Here, Tony Hawk spins to win with that iconic Indy logo on the back of his helmet. Hawk joined the brand in 2013. "When everything was kind of gone, I was back to square one and I though I'd rather be on my first choice, and that was Indy," said Hawk at the time.
Founded in San Francisco by the late Fausto Vitello and Eric Swenson, Independent (Indy) Trucks revolutionized skateboarding and quickly became the gold standard of all things cool. Independent introduced the DIY, punk rock, us-against-the-world mentality that spawned the renegade world of skateboarding. And veteran X Games Skateboard Park competitor Omar Hassan has been along for the ride for quite some time now. Indy logo on board? Check.
He's got signature clothing with the brand, he has done commercials for them, and he goes hand-in-hand with the spirit of Independent Trucks. He's Tony Trujillo, and he also knows how to rip any X Games inspired concrete.
Legend Jeff Grosso will hate being featured on an X Games photo gallery, but there's no denying his heritage and influence with Independent Trucks. Here, Grosso posts up in front of one of his favorite Independent ads, featuring a backside air by Scott Foss. "Every picture of Scott Foss, he just looked so good," Grosso said in a 2003 video celebrating the legacy of Independent.
San Francisco-based street skater and Nike SB Chronicles alum Brian Anderson is yet another member of the deep Independent Truck team. "I was 10 years old and looking at Thrasher, and I grew up on R.E.M. and the Replacements and The Clash, and that whole era of doing things yourself," Anderson told The Ride Channel in a 2013 interview. So basically, he fits in perfect on Independent's deep crew of do-it-yourself misfits.
Aaron "Jaws" Homoki
Whether he's jumping out of X Games courses or throwing himself down ridiculous stair sets, Aaron "Jaws" Homoki trusts Independent Trucks. Yes, he's on the team too.
Independent looks out for a huge number of vert veterans, including Bucky Lasek. Lasek even gets birthday shout outs on social media from Independent. Indy logo on board? Check.
Lucero, Childress, Mountain, Olson
From left to right: John Lucero, Chet Childress, Lance Mountain and Steve Olson. All four of these legends rep Independent, and yes, that's an Independent logo tattooed on Childress' finger.
It's almost as if Antihero team riders go hand-in-hand with Independent riders. This is Grant Taylor, he reps both brands and can rip up anything put in his path, including X Games bowls.
Prior to the start of Skateboard Park at X Games Austin 2016, Pedro Barros built a new setup, with proper logo placement, including an Independent sticker for good measure. Yes, he's on the team too.
Andrew Reynolds reps Independent and has a signature truck out with the brand. But his relationship goes even deeper than signature products. With his shoe sponsor Emerica, Reynolds has worked on collaboration shoes featuring Independent's iconic imagery. And yes, that's the boss skating an X Games street course outside of Staples Center back in 2005.
The future is now and Curren Caples is paving the way, doing it for Independent. Caples can skate everything, from X Games Park courses to big handrails, and he does it all with style. He also surfs, and is sure to get that Indy logo on all of his setups.
Following X Games Austin 2016, Ryan Decenzo has an X Games gold medal in Men's Skateboard Street. And he did it on Independent Trucks. Indy logo on board? Check.
David Gonzalez is yet another, all-around ripper that reps Independent. Here, he airs it out in Skateboard Street at X Games Oslo 2016.
Ryan Sheckler, Riley Hawk
Ryan Sheckler (left) and Riley Hawk (right) both rep Independent Trucks. Hawk's father, Tony, also featured in this gallery, is on the team. But they're not the only father-son combo on the Independent team. Indy also sponsors Alex Olson and his father, Steve. Now that's commitment to skate heritage. Thank you, Independent Trucks.