Fausto Vitello 1946-2006

Posted April 25, 2006 by éS

Photo courtesy of Thrasher

In the late '70s, when skateboarding needed a sturdy, quick-turning truck, Fausto created Independent. In the early '80s, when the corpse of skateboarding convincingly played dead, Fausto blasted it back to life with Thrasher magazine. Over the past three decades, he and his many brands have always kept skateboarding raw and real.

Fausto Vitello passed away of a heart attack on Saturday, April 22, 2006, but his rugged spirit will live on in all of skateboarding. Read the full story and go buy the best book ever published about skateboarding.

Long live Fausto! Long live skateboarding!


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There's 28 responses to "Fausto Vitello 1946-2006"

  1. aww too bad.
    he seemed like a cool guy. all i skate r indys
    his spirit will live on

    puerto rican gringo Posted: 8 years ago
  2. Yea, what he said ^^^^^^^^

    BURRITO Posted: 8 years ago
  3. That's really sad. Skateboarding has lost a legend.

    Accel13 Posted: 8 years ago
  4. Skateboarding has lost another great.

    Josh P. Posted: 8 years ago
  5. who the fuck is he? And plz don't say "Skateboarding lost a legend" or something like that, that's true: US Skateboarding lost a legend. Realize that skateboarding is much more than the us.

    incsk8 Posted: 8 years ago
  6. Ummm like it says, he started Indpendent Trucks and Thrasher Magazine. Did you even read the post? Good lord.

    Josh P. Posted: 8 years ago
  7. incsk8,

    Your attempt to make this into a country vs. country thing is silly. Skateboarding crosses all international boundaries. Your post also shows how little you know about the history of skateboarding. Plus, Fausto was born in Argentina anyway.

    garry Posted: 8 years ago
  8. He is a legend though. He started Independent and Thrasher! That's pretty big if you ask me.

    Accel13 Posted: 8 years ago
  9. Damn too bad he passed away well atleast he brought some of the goods to skating.

    peter Posted: 8 years ago
  10. yo that sucks i just bought a pair of indys too

    M!k3L Posted: 8 years ago
  11. skate to die, die to skate

    Richi_Thomas Posted: 8 years ago
  12. Much love to him man rest in peace

    Wouter2005 Posted: 8 years ago
  13. Putting 'damn' before you say that sucks or sumthing is a bit disrespectful... sorta like sayin go to hell mother fuker you suck haha just kiddin...

    solidsk8 Posted: 8 years ago
  14. Skateboarding is only young... i suppose we will be seeing legends die old soon. 60 is a bit young but still...

    solidsk8 Posted: 8 years ago
  15. Garry is right skateboarding a international thing not just america by it self just look at the eS team 4 of the 8guys on the team are international

    Wouter2005 Posted: 8 years ago
  16. he also started spitfires and ventures..i think, or had some part in it

    Mr Code Posted: 8 years ago
  17. rest in peace fausto
    skateboarding is forever

    moeminator Posted: 8 years ago
  18. RIP fausto. and incsk8 you suck, you said the same thing at the emerica site.

    proudlyPinoy Posted: 8 years ago
  19. yes, and so? U guys are too focused in skateboarding in the us. I don't think that it's a good thing...
    Sorry if I've hurt somebodys feelings o thoughts, but Fausto's dead is a lost 4 us skateboarding. U guys think that skateboarding is only about the states and europe?
    The point that i want to focus is that skateboarding is so much more than companies, it feels that nobody skates 4 fun anymore. Thet only care about landing the sickest tricks or grinding the biggest rails. Open ur eyes and realize that skateboarding is more that people or tricks.

    incsk8 Posted: 8 years ago
  20. Incsk8- Nobody was ragging on international skateboarding, this guy started Independent and Thrasher, he kept skating alive when most thought it was dead in the late 80's & 90's. R.I.P.

    Wes H. Posted: 8 years ago
  21. man that sucks.

    jmadary Posted: 8 years ago
  22. dude he started 2 of the rawest companies. that sucks that he passed away. incsk8- ur gay. noones hating on international skateboarding. i know just as well as you do about guys like lucas puig and paul shier and respect them to the fullest. u need to shut up and stop whining.

    bcoop Posted: 8 years ago
  23. rest in peace Fausto
    don't understand what incsk8 means... fausto was a guy who loved skateboarding, contributed to its development and what it is right now. Does he deserve less than this little article?

    kostonsdabomb! Posted: 8 years ago
  24. Solidsk8 y the hell would i direct damn at him?? i was directing damn at his death but watever dude..

    peter Posted: 8 years ago
  25. The Crailtap site has had his picture on the index all week. That's awesome.

    Mikey Posted: 8 years ago
  26. incsk8 - Are you saying that only people in the US or Europe use Indy trucks or read Thrasher Magazine? I don't think, what ever the point is you are trying to make, applies here. So I would just drop it.

    Josh P. Posted: 8 years ago
  27. indys are the shit there all i skate and incsk8 you suck go trie start fights elsware

    rawhorse Posted: 8 years ago
  28. He's just speaking what he feels is right. Let him believe what he wants to believe. In the meantime, please check out my website. www.freewebs.com/tryskateboarding. I posted some new stuff on there. Long live Fausto Vitello!

    Mikey Posted: 8 years ago

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