After landing a centerfold in Skateboarder skating Marina Del Rey skatepark, not long thereafter McGill was offered an official spot on the Bones Brigade. During the summer of 1984, Mike landed the McTwist—a 540 mute grab air and easily one of the most influential tricks of all time—at a Swedish Summer Camp, before officially unveiling it at the Del Mar Skate Ranch (and on the cover of TWS) that August.
Rising with the tide of the late ‘80s industry boom, McGill and the Bones Brigade released Animal Chin in 1987 and Mike, Tony Hawk, Stevie Cab, Tommy Guerrero, Lance Mountain, and Rodney Mullen became the most well known and technically influential skateboarders on the planet. McGill’s second graphic with Powell—his skull and snake model by VCJ (Vernon Courtland Johnson) remains one of the most recognizable board graphics of all time. After opening his own chain of skateshops in Encinitas and Florida, and his own skatepark in Carlsbad, Mike eventually departed Powell to launch his own brand, Chapter 7, during the early ‘90s rise of street skating. In the ‘00s, Mike rejoined Powell Peralta. Today, he still owns his skateshop in Encinitas, is married with two children, and recently recreated the famous four-man invert photo from the Animal Chin ramp with original photographer J. Grant Brittain.