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Hoss Rogers.

NO DOUBT ABOUT IT, Hoss has credentials as one of the first generation of Phoenix shredders: He skated the short-lived Skate in the Shade park in the late-'70s, was the first person to skate at Big Surf (he was a friend of the owner's kid, and he received permission), and can tell you stories about the infamous Dead Cat pool. He still hits Phoenix's parks once in a while, but he's more often found attacking backyard pools, many of which he finds using traditional methods (driving around and looking, word of mouth) and non-traditional methods (Gargle Earth). He's unafraid to knock on a door and ask permission, and he gets it pretty frequently. Hoss comes from an era when style mattered, and it shows--but the best part about skating with him is that I'm automatically not the oldest guy at the session. He's 48.

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Hoss is also an amazing artist and silversmith. Each hand-built piece is unique. His creations evoke his influences: backyard pools, comics, Southwestern American culture, and lowriders, among others. His work is featured in galleries, but it also graces skaters, artists, and friends. Hoss' work ain't cheap, but you won't find anything else like it, anywhere.

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Title Annotation:CANVAS
Author:Lundry, Wez
Publication:Thrasher
Date:Jan 1, 2011
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