2016 ICON Award – Mörizen “Mofo” Föche

2016 Inductees

Mörizen Föche, aka Mofo as he would become known, joined Thrasher Magazine, as their second official employee only months after it was founded in Jan. 1981 and rose with the success of the San Francisco based publication to become one of the most influential photographers, writers, graphic artists, and personalities in the skate media world over the next decade.

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Responsible for coining and launching the “Skate Rock” department (and subsequent compilations), “Skarfing Material” under his nom de plume “Chef Boy Am I Hungry”, the annual April’s Fools Issue, along with famously touring like a rock star and shooting some of the most iconic photos ever—while wearing sunglasses—MoFo also brought a DIY jack-of-all-trades creative genius to the mags pre-computer printing process. He would design countless covers, subscribe ads, lay out articles and even created some of the logos for Thunder trucks and SMA.

Raised in Escondido, CA, Mörizen first discovered skateboarding pre-urethane in 1965, however his active obsession kicked in after the arrival of fiberglass technology and urethane wheels. Studying the pages of Skateboarder and nearby hills of La Costa, by ’77 he briefly pressed decks for Mowrey Skateboards in San Jose, before deciding to head to SF and getting hired by Thrasher in ’81. By ’83, already a figurehead in the industry, Mofo would also found and sing lead vocals for the legendary skate rock band Drunk Injuns. Dismayed at the shift from vert and industry changes in the early ‘90s, Mofo would step away from Thrasher and skateboarding. Over the past two decades, he has worked freelance as a photographer, designer, and consultant for anyone from Etnies to Birdhouse, Wells Fargo to Skullcandy, and Erotica to Independent.

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