While browsing Wikipedia yesterday after getting hit by a Bones Brigade flashback, I began to see a pattern in which many ’80s skateboard luminaries had converted or gone back to Christianity. I suppose Christian Hosoi was either fated to accept Jesus as his lord and savior or just become a batshit-crazy Satan worshipper.
He was brought up as a Catholic, studied Zen/Taoism for 6 years, and in 2005 returned to a non-denominational Christian church.
Mountain is a Christian. He is married to Yvette Loveless and has one son, Lance Ronald Cyril Mountain.
Mark “Gator” Rogowski
He converted to a strict Evangelical form of Christianity after a severe accident in Germany (he jumped out of a hotel window while drunk and landed on a fence). At the same time, spurred by girlfriend [Brandi] McClain leaving him, Mark began a period of severe alcoholism.
Rogowski said he had considered seeking psychiatric help at the time, but the born-again Christians he was involved with discouraged this.
Rogowski would later go on to beat, rape, and murder the mutual friend who introduced him to Brandi McClain.
In June 2004 Hosoi’s sentence was reduced for good behavior and he was released on parole. Hosoi married girlfriend Jennifer Lee. He became a born-again Christian through the urging of his wife and her uncle, Pastor Christopher Swain. He also earned his high school diploma. Hosoi continues to be open about his new-found faith, having become ordained as an associate pastor, and has resumed his skateboarding career.
Fun note: Christian Hosoi has three sons, all of whom sound like their names could be skateboard products — Rhythm Hosoi, Classic Hosoi, and Endless Hosoi.
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