I’m incredibly grateful to Thrasher Magazine for this nice little write up on Everything Mind. Thrasher has easily been my favorite mag since the 80’s, so for them to run this is beyond HUGE! And I also think this lends itself nicely to one of the main points I try to make in E.M., which is that spirituality need not be compartmentalized but instead, can be experienced at all times… even while skateboarding and listening to Minor Threat.
As a professional skateboarder in the 1980s, Christian Hosoi reached legendary status dominating contests with his fluid style and big airs. An instant icon, fans called him “Christ” and lapped up his “Hammerhead” pro model to the tune of $250,000 a year in his peak. A man seemingly born to occupy the spotlight, Christian became one of the main faces of the fledgling sport.
“Hosoi was the rock star of that era” says fellow pro Lance Mountain of the 1980s, “I remember being with him in Europe one time and he had a whole entourage with him–like the whole Rocket team, and we were in a store where Hosoi was trying on leather jackets and it was taking forever. We’re all sitting in there waiting for him to pick one out or whatever and I got bored and went outside. A few minutes later, the whole crew walked out with white leather jackets. He bought one for everybody.”
Grant Fukuda, a former Dogtown pro skater remembers Christian’s routine when he would arrive into town. “He would rent a white Lincoln Town Car, go straight to Sandy’s and then on to Rainbow Drive-In. He’d order like five plate lunches and then he’d be like, ‘And what do you guys want?'” he recalls. Whether it was expensive sushi or plate lunch, “he’d always pick up the tab for everyone.”
But on January 20, 2000 Hosoi’s high flight came crashing back down to earth, when he was arrested at Honolulu airport carrying almost a pound and a half of crystal methamphetamine in from Los Angeles. In a story well documented in skate circles via the internet and Thrasher magazine, Hosoi joined a small cadre of 80s professional skaters to have an all too public fall from grace. Christian was eventually convicted and sentenced to serve 10 years in prison, a fate that changed his life, in more ways than one…
The following interview was conducted via phone on 1/18/11.
The Christian Hosoi Interview
12/17/10. My introduction for this interview is simple…It’s Mike Fucking Vallely! Read it.