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!