Eric Swenson Thrasher

June 24, 2011 by staff 

Eric Swenson ThrasherEric Swenson Thrasher, The skateboarding world is mourning a man who played an important role in the creation of large subculture that exists today, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Thrasher Magazine co-founder Eric Swenson shot and killed himself in front of the police station of the Mission in San Francisco. Friends believe that the 64-year-old could not cope with the pain of an injury he suffered debilitating bike years ago and chose the police station to spare loved ones to find his body, according to the San Francisco Examiner.

Swenson, a mechanic performed, helped revive the skate scene in the late 70′s with a company that makes skateboard equipment, clothing and accessories. Thrasher founded in 1981 with his friend Fausto Vitello. “Before Thrasher, skateboarding was a fad, like yo-yos, skateboards and hula hoops. But now he had his own music, dialect and its own fashion style,” the editor of the ad says the examiner.

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