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In Memoriam Of Tony Evjenth | Talent Manager To The Stars

02 October 2011, 01.25 | Posted in Uncategorized | 9 comments »

Tony Evjenth. Photo: Anthony Acosta

Tony Evjenth. Photo: Anthony Acosta

Like many of the people he surrounded himself with, Tony Evjenth dedicated the better part of his life to skateboarding. As a career team manager, he was, in the purest sense, the man behind the men. During his professional tenure, Tony looked after the careers of some of skateboarding’s most celebrated names—skaters like Marc Johnson, Eric Koston, Daewon Song, Rick McCrank, Brandon Biebel, Rodrigo TX, Torey Pudwill, Jeron Wilson and Justin Eldridge. He also developed and nurtured the talents of up-and-comers including Mike Anderson, Marty Murawski and the late, great, Van Wastell—who’s tragic death in 2008 affected Tony tremendously.

For anyone who’s ever piloted an Econoline across the US, hunted for spots in sketchy neighborhoods at night, coordinated last minute plane ticket changes or endured weeks of demo tours through Europe, you’ll know that being a team manager isn’t always easy. It’s not an occupation for the callow or faint of heart. It’s a gig reserved for those who know, understand and respect skateboarding in a way that only a life time of experience can bring.Tony handled his job like he handled life—with immortal style and grace.

But Tony was much more than just a first class talent manager. As a man, Tony was a stand alone. He was a dreamer, an artist, a designer, a music maker, a humorist and an entrepreneur—founding his own art and skate-inspired apparel brand, WLLM, in 2010.  For those who knew him, he’s remembered as a one-of-a-kind personality—carefree, lovable and unusually funny. Most of all, though, Tony was honest, genuine and true—never two faced, never a shit talker, never-too-cool for school and never too busy for conversation. With Tony, you always knew what you were getting. His consistent, positive energy was magnetic and extremely comforting to be around.

Tony left his family, his friends and the skateboarding community he loved so much way too early. He will be deeply missed by all those who knew him and remembered as a gentleman, a loyal friend and a meaningful contributor to one of the most dynamic decades of professional skateboarding.

9 comments
  1. Robert Tidwell:

    Thanks for the kind words for a man who indirectly affect my live through skateboarding. I hope his spirit lives thru you, Cullen, and the riders he was involved with. WAY too soon, R.I.P.

  2. Tony's Mom:

    Thank you for the beautiful tribute to my son, Tony Evjenth. Tony has always had a heart of gold and truly loved everyone. He worked very hard in everything he did in life but especially LOVED skateboarding.

    We are in the process of creating memory cards for services this week. You described him so well I would like to ask your permission to use some of your wording to sharing with all the attendees this Wednesday?

    Once again, thank you.

    Rosalind Fuentes

  3. Lee Ferreira:

    I did not have the pleasure of meeting Tony, but wish I had and feel like I did. My thoughts and prayers and heart goes out to his obviously loving family and friends. I am sorry for your loss … I have been there. Lee

  4. ScottyC:

    Well said Cullen, well said – “honest, genuine and true” is exactly how Tony conducted himself in life and business.
    A gentleman and meaningful contributor indeed, he will be greatly missed for sure.

  5. I had the pleasure of working with Tony at Podium and he was an awesome guy to work with and to be around! We did several tours together throughout the country and Hawaii and I don’t think I ever saw him without a smile on his face! RIP buddy! I’m sorry for your loss Mrs. Fuentes..You must be an amazing person as you sure raised one!
    -noj

  6. Shamus Santoro:

    Tony E, You made everyone you met a better person. You were the coolest but never to cool for anyone. Your photo’s from the road were the best and always a sight to see. You might not be on this earth pysically but your spirit will live on in all who considered you a friend. And I will always consider you a great friend. I, like everyone else, was blessed to have the times we did.RIP Brother. Keep Pushing Mongo.

  7. MF:

    Nicely put Cullen. Thanks for sharing your experience and insight into Tony. He was a great guy and will be missed by many.
    -supra dist.

  8. Bob Evjenth:

    To all of you that have been so kind to me in the loss of my beautiful son who touched so many of your lives in a positive way I thank you. I lost my son who brought so much joy to me every time we could see each other but as I know that God lives and when I close my eyes in death I will see him again! In the meantime his Laura and Maverick live on and need our love and support in every regard.
    Tony’s Dad,
    Bob

  9. Shawn Madsen:

    Tony was a genuinely kind hearted person growing up. I have never witnessed him to have any ill will to any person. Growing up with him here in Santa Rosa was an honor and we shared many adventures that I will always cherish. There will never be another person like him many laughes andy even more good times. I will miss you.

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