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THE YEAR WAS 1996, GUY MARIANO AND I HAD NO CLOTHING SPONSORS, AND AT THAT POINT IN OUR LIVES WE HAD PURCHASED ENOUGH POLO, HILFIGER AND NAUTICA GEAR TO THINK, HEY, MAYBE WE SHOULD START A CLOTHING COMPANY. LITTLE DID WE KNOW THAT BEING SHOP-A-HOLICS WASN’T QUITE ENOUGH TO MAKE US CLOTHING DESIGNERS, BUT OUR INFLUENCE AND IDEAS WERE AND WE GOT FOURSTAR OFF THE GROUND AND RUNNING. NEEDLESS TO SAY, IT WASN’T EASY BUT IT HAS BEEN A GREAT LEARNING EXPERIENCE. IT’S GIVEN US THE OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE ONE OF THE GREATEST TEAMS IN SKATEBOARDING AND NOT JUST BECAUSE OF THEIR TALENTS, BUT WHO THEY ARE AS HUMAN BEINGS. IT’S BUILT SUCH GREAT RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN EVERYONE THAT’S BEEN A PART OF FOURSTAR. THE TRIPS WE’VE TAKEN HAVE BEEN SOME OF THE BEST TIMES OF MY LIFE. IT’S NOW 15 YEARS LATER AND THOSE CLOTHING BRANDS THAT INFLUENCED US IN THE BEGINNING ARE NO LONGER RELEVANT TO OUR INDUSTRY. YET FOURSTAR IS STILL HERE AND I BELIEVE VERY RELEVANT TO WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO US...AND THAT’S SKATEBOARDING.