As a leader in skate hardgoods, Krooked was founded in 2002 by professional skateboarder Mark Gonzales, one of the most influential skaters in recent history. Fellow friend and skate legend Ray Barbee officially joined Krooked Skateboards in 2020. Recognized for his role in progressing street skateboarding, Ray has made a name for himself over his 30-plus year career as not just a skateboarder but also as a world-renowned musician and photographer. Natas Kaupas, considered one of the first pro street skaters in the world and the first pro to ever have a signature skateboard shoe, was influential to a whole generation of skaters that includes Ray Barbee and his timeless style. Natas’ art has appeared across many skate brands over the years, and as a Santa Monica, California, native, his creative spirit both on and off the board thoroughly embodies Vans’ DNA.