The other day I spotted this sick Gator pro model sitting at the Fulcrum sales dude's (Mike) desk. At first I was stoked simply because it's the model that everyone who skated during that time wanted, but then he put me beyond stoked when he told me that this was in fact owned and ridden by Gator himself. Not only that but it makes an appearance (ridden by somebody else) in the famous Suicidal Tendencies video Institutionalized.
Here's the story from Mike himself:
I used to be good friends with Mark Gator Rogowski back in the day in So Cal. That was one of his personal decks that he gave me in the mid 80s. It has a claim to fame: that deck was ridden by a friend of mine (along with Gator) in the Suicidal Tendencies "Institutionalized" video - the old punk band.
I've had it ever since. Some stickers are mine, some were on it when I got it. ...Ancient history.
For those of you too young to know who Gator was before his life went so tragically awry, check out this clip of him riding in Vision's 1989, Barge at Will
and here is that famous Suicidal Tendencies video in which the board is ridden
This is probably my favorite blog post ever.