Zero started out as a clothing company in 1996 by Jamie Thomas while he was skateboarding professionally for Toy Machine. It evolved into a full fledged skateboard company with Thomas leaving Toy Machine and becoming Zero's first pro. As the team grew, Thomas started the company, Mystery Skateboards in October 2003, headed by Zero pro Adrian Lopez. Ryan Smith and Lindsey Robertson, who were amateurs at the time for Zero, also went to Mystery. The Zero Team is: Jamie Thomas, Chris Cole, John Rattray, Tommy Sandoval, James Brockman, Garrett Hill, Ben Gilley Zero is part of the Black Box Distribution family, along with Mystery Skateboards, Slave Skateboards, and Fallen Footwear.