How do I started Mosaic

Im Tristán Grijalbo, like most skaters I know, I started skating because my older brother was a skater, and since 4 years old I’ve been in love with it.
In my neighborhood, the skaters were kind of the dangerous kids, and I took a liking to that style and attitude.

When I was 12, I was part of a big crew of skateboarders, called MPP, in the  mid 90’s. We had a lot of fun in those days in San Sebastian. The city we grew up in is a very traditional city, and we were kind of the rebels.

I love the mid 90’s era of skating: Kareem Campbell, Gino Ianucci, Erik Koston, Heath Kirtchart, Tom Penny, Javier Sarmiento, Ronnie Creager, Jesús Fernández, Axion footwear, Es, Flip, etc.
In fact, some of these pros I grew up loving became good friends in my life.

1996-99 Raw footage, Tristán, Varo, Josu, Xabi and more


I started selling bearings to the local skaters around my area in the late 90’s, when I was 15, because my family has a group of bearing companies called P.S.I.

Later on, I tried to start a brand called LamLam bearings. Around the same time, LAX Departure Distributions started to distribute them alongside other brands such as Elwood and Aesthetics. But LamLam didn’t go too far.

After that, around the early 2000’s, I moved to Barcelona to study and skate. Those were super good times because, in that era, BCN was full of amazing spots, but still wasn’t full of skaters yet. I spent 3 years there in the authentic skaters paradise. Spots such as Sants, Macba, Parallel, etc. were almost virgin to skating still. I knew some of the most influential skateboarders in Europe, like Jimmy Fontecilla, Alex Castañeda, Dani Rubio, and more. Around that time, we were all skating at a pretty decent level, and we ended up doing some skate tours around Spain. And, thanks to Jimmy, that is how I got introduced to the DC shoes team.

"2000 2003 reedit video Suerte" Tristán, Varo, Campi, Josu, Xabi

The team I put together consisted of some of the best skateboarders I saw around: my friends Jimmy Fontecilla, Jesús Fernández, Syme Jamal (now a famous trap singer) Dani Rubio, and more.

Friends Dope skate video part

Iñigo Lorenzo, creator of the Mosaic Original logo.
We spent some months smoking joints and  developing it in his store, Nowadays is a famous tattoo artist.

This was in 2004, when MOSAIC’s seed was planted…

Friends Dope skate video part

Nowadays, MOSAIC is a big tree, and a big family of skateboarders rich in experiences, friendships, and great skateboarding.

Friends Dope skate video part