Mark Gonzales began his professional skateboarding career in 1984 at age 15 when he landed his first cover for Thrasher magazine. In 1986 he was the first person to skate handrails. He is also known for making a trick famous called the Hippy Jump in which the skater jumps off the board and over an object while the board rolls under and landing back on the board. He has been sponsored by Alva, Vision, Blind which he started, and is currently sponsored by and runs Krooked Skateboarding.
In addition to skateboarding the Gonz is an artist, writer, designs the Gonzo Cuntry line of clothing (available in Japan), and appears in the EA video game skate.