Alien Workshop was founded in 1990, and never lost its signature strangness that made it so awesome. When other brands were profiting from skating's massive popularity in the '90s by catering to the lowest common denominator, Alien Workshop stayed committed to its abstract mission and kooky message of paranoia and futurism. Being based out of Ohio certainly helped the brand deviate away from the laid-back California aesthetic that, by the mid and late '90s, had become a packaged commodity that nearly every other brand out there was doing. Alien Workshop helped keep skating weird.