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Tod Swank is an American former professional skateboarder, company owner (Tum Yeto distribution and Foundation skateboards), photographer, and musician. His mid-1980s skateboard 'zine, Swank Zine, was among the original wave of underground xeroxed press. [1]

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  1. Christopher, Roy (March 29, 2004). Foundation's Edge: Tod Swank. Follow for Now