It might seem odd that I can still distinctly remember the first time seeing Omar Wysong skate. It was in late 1999 and my friend Justin had just purchased the newest Box Magazine (RIP) video titled “Amateur”. In a video featuring some of the most notable skaters at that time, Omar Wysong was a name I had never heard of before and his skating stuck out like a sore thumb, in a good way. He was skating Mach 5 at nasty down-stair handrails, hitting extremely technical tricks with style rivaling the best professionals at the time. Needless to say, I wanted to see more of him! But it wasn’t until his full section in the iconic Mindgame video “Brain Fear Gone” that he put together arguably one of the greatest introduction profiles ever. Afterwards Omar started to garner international attention and acclaim from the blading masses. This led him to riding for several other skate teams and receiving professional products from companies such as Kizer, where he helped revolutionize the frame market with his signature freestyle frames that he helped develop and design. Omar’s skating career also allowed him the opportunity to co-own his own skate brands such as the short lived Exile Wheels, RamoSong clothing and Circolo Wheels. This experience has helped him greatly in his transition to his current entrepreneurial endeavor, Topanga Patina, a company based in metal fabrication which focuses on conceptual, assemblage art work. We had a conversation with Omar about his skating roots and how it led him to his current profession.
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