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If the articles in this 30th Anniversary Issue teach you anything, it should be that skateboarding has evolved leaps and bounds over the past three decades. It should also make clear that key individuals—pioneers—served as central catalysts to these massive advances. Ray Barbee’s addition to the Bones Brigade in ’87 and subsequent appearances in Powell Peralta’s Public Domain (’88) then Ban This (’89) represent some of the most critical junctures in our short history. On the heels of Steve Steadham, Ray cracked the façade of what had been more or less up to then a white-bred pastime. He also showcased some of the first conscious line-based flatground street skating ever. And unlike the neon glam beach volleyball styles of the ‘80s vert scene, Ray’s casual attire and cruising lines through LA sprawl set the table for city kids of all stripes and colors to make skateboarding theirs in the two decades and change since.   

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Mackenzie N. Eisenhour
Associate Editor, TWS

Born in Brussels, Belgium in 1976 then raised in Norway and France, Mackenzie first stepped on a skateboard in 1986 in Nice, France. Following a move to Los Angeles at 17 to attend UCLA—he first worked as an Art Director for LA Channel 36 then Antix.com before eventually finding himself Associate Editor at Skateboarder Magazine from 2001-2004.

After returning to France in the Fall of 2004 to resume work as an Art Director in Paris at GPG, then as a Marketing Consultant to Hurley Europe in Barcelona, Spain, Mackenzie also became Staff Writer for Transworld SKATEboarding in 2005. In 2008, he returned with his wife to Los Angeles—releasing Cliché Skateboards 10-Year-Anniversary book, Résumé, and worked as Marketing Manager for Stereo Sound Agency through 2011. In 2015 he became the Associate Editor at Transworld (TWS). His writing has been published in Vapors Magazine, Sugar Magazine, The Skateboarder's Journal, SBJ Australia, Scion Magazine, Monster Magazine, Carhartt Rugged Magazine, Toyota Today, Kia Open Road, Urban Outfitters Journal, Skateboarder Magazine, Transworld SKATEboarding and his first novel—Searching for Zen Under Bushes—is half way done.