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This is Fos. I was born Mark Foster, in Bury, Lancashire in 1973. I grew up in the Rossendale valley in Lancashire. I became obsessed with Skateboarding when I was 14 and I suppose it changed the course of my life. I went to Bunrley College for a while after school and then Goldsmiths University and studied design. I then worked at Slam City Skates warehouse in London for a few years. During this time I started using my design degree to make skateboard graphics, Toy Machine were the first series of boards that I ever did. Shortly after I started my own company Heroin Skateboards and Landscape Skateboards shortly after that. In 2006 I became the art director of Altamont Apparel. It’s been a long fun journey, I currently live in Los Angeles and Heroin Skateboards is distributed through Bakerboys Distribution. I recently married an amazing girl. Sometimes I like to go and shoot guns, I still skateboard a lot, and I love Black coffee. This is my blog, I don’t update it very often, I have a busy life and I’m doing my best to live it to the fullest. I instagram quite a bit though, @heroinskateboarding if you wanna see some stuff that I’m up to.




8 responses

  1. Hei Fos,

    Stoked to see what you are up to, and look forward to checking out your radio show. Always an inspiration!

    greetings from Lapland,

    January 8, 2013 at 6:49 pm

  2. Dal

    Hey Fos,
    Just read your article on Vice. Love your stuff. Wanted to ask your advice. How should i go about trying to get into board art?Ive got a few bits of work ive done outside of my day job as an art director at an ad agency.


    Any advice would be really appreciated.



    September 9, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    • Hi Dal, firstly can’t believe your name is DAL! I have a crew out in Japan called the Osaka Daggers and they have a guy in that crew called DAL and they make tee shirts about him and make fun of him a lot, he’s a legend and is in a lot of our videos. I know you’re not that DAL though, he barely speaks English.
      Anyway, the way I got into doing boards was having ideas for companies that I thought benefited and fitted the brand. I skate so I was obsessed with all the companies that I was pitching to and knew everything about them, all their history, all the riders, the art direction, so what I pitched to them was in line with things they had done in the past and were doing. I had rejection letters from Scarecrow, Anti Hero and Spitfire, some of my favorite companies at the time, then Ed Templeton from Toy Machine liked some sketches I’d sent through to him and I did a series for Toy Machine Skateboards. So really, I’d look at your artwork and see which companies you can see it working for and pitch to them. Hope this helps.

      September 9, 2014 at 6:05 pm

      • Dal

        The osaka daggers are great. Thanks for your help. I better get my head down and start drawing.

        September 9, 2014 at 6:54 pm

  3. Looks like you’re off to a good start anyway man.

    September 9, 2014 at 6:55 pm

  4. Paul Murdock

    Hey dude, i love all the heroin vids!! DAL is a legend!! How old is he?


    December 25, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    • He’s about 44 now I think mate. I don’t get to update my blog very often, so just saw this now, glad you dig the videos

      May 27, 2016 at 2:28 am

    • Just saw this now, ha ha. DAL is 44 I think. Although he looks 60. He’s currently living on the floor of Choppers shop in Osaka.

      November 9, 2016 at 3:23 am

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