A couple of days ago, Christian Hosoi Instragramed his 187 Killer Pads with the Cross and the Rising Sun. The Rising Sun refers to one of his early design that he has used as a trademark ever since and the Cross refers to the new faith he found with Christ while in prision for a drug related charge. “What sticks out (about that time) is that I didn’t have a relationship with Jesus Christ and I never read a Bible in my life.” He later said.
It is the first time that the Cross and the Rising Sun are melted together to form a new logo…
In the 1980s. Christian Hosoi emerged as one of the top competitors of vertical riding alongside such pros as Steve Caballero, Mike McGill, Lester Kasai and Mark "Gator" Rogowski with an eventual rivalry developing with Tony Hawk with contrasting styles in both skateboarding and lifestyles. Hosoi, known for his flair and graceful style, and Hawk raising the bar with his technical ability and difficult tricks. Hosoi invented the Christ Air and Rocket Air, and was renowned for pulling huge aerials; at one point he was the world record holder. Vertical skateboarding grew in spectator popularity with prize money to match. This, led to Hosoi making more money than he'd ever dreamed of. In 1984 he formed his own company, Hosoi Skates. When street skating began to emerge in the mid-to-late 80s, Hosoi proved a threat as well, winning both the vert and street contests at the Lotte Cup contest in Japan in 1989. In 1995, Hosoi was arrested on two minor offenses, and a warrant for his arrest was issued for failing to appear in court. To avoid arrest, Hosoi stopped attending competitions and demos. Christian was finally captured in January 2000, but released early from prison in 2004 for good behavior. He has now been back and still at it with Hosoi Skateboards, still kicks it in the bowl and on the street, and the boards and other gear are as top quality and hot as ever.
He has been skating since his was released from prison and is attending the next Protec Pool Party at Vans on May 12th, 2012.