In doing so, he more or less introduced the concept of the natural urban skatepark as the alternative to dwindling actual skateparks while giving a step-by-step instructional course on exactly how to best exploit them.
Along with Mark Gonzales (and a short while later Natas Kaupas), Tommy Guerrero also became the first official “Street Pro”—paid for and marketed specifically as a street skater. His style, flow, and high-speed lines set the table for everything. As a top-shelf member of the Bones Brigade, at height of the ‘80s boom, Tommy basically became the face of “Streetstyle” at a time when that very concept was about to turn skateboarding on its head. Leaving Powell Peralta not long after the dawn of the ‘90s—Tommy would take a chance and join Jim Thiebaud, Jeff Klindt, Fausto Vitello, and Eric Swenson in launching Real Skateboards. The decision ultimately gave birth to Deluxe—today one of the largest and most respected Distribution houses in the industry subsequently giving birth to a host of other brands from Antihero to Krooked and Stereo to Rasa Libre.
Still not finished pursuing his dreams, Guerrero would also go on to transform his longtime love affair with music into a string of critically acclaimed records—notably his 3rd album, Soul Food Taqueria, listed by Rolling Stone magazine as number two on their “Best Of” list for 2003. Today splitting his time between Art Directing Krooked, recording new music, and skating with his son—the scope of Tommy Guerrero’s influence on both skateboarding and the industry is nearly unparalleled.