10qs – Jiri Bulin

 

Jiri Bulin

 

For those who don’t know where are you from?

Well I’m originally from Czech Republic a little town called Zmojmo but now for 5 years I’ve been living in Manchester England

 

Who is your usual crew you skate with?

Over them 5 years the crew has changed quite a few times but at the minute it the Pumf cage skate park crew and that includes Seb Batty, Isaac, Zach Riley and Lewis Threadgold.

 

What do you prefer HD or VX1000?

Its a hard one but it’s what you can work with, guess it depends on the filmer really. Not to bothered as long as they make it look good,haha.

 

Fresh or Hesh? Why?

(after explaining fresh or hesh) if I could choose I’d say hesh as I think that’s a bit more real (Tez- he’s definitely more hippy than anything.)

 

How do you feel about park rats?

To be honest I skate in a park a lot myself but if theres people only only do that I find it a bit lame. Sometimes it’s hard to get out especially in Manchester so when you get to the skate park it just brings compheads as well if you get me and I think that’s even more lame, try to hard’s.

 

 

Any bizarre or strange encounters while out skating a spot?

We where out filming at a group of drunks showed up, one of the larger ladies ended up getting her arse out and of course it ends up on camera, pretty shit story but hey.

 

Do you have any specific rituals before a skate session?

Yes to have a ham and cheese toasty, a cup of tea and a joint before a cage session, once that’s been done the session is sorted,haha.

 

Do you prefer Tranny or Street? Why?

I’m literally in the middle, I don’t prefer any cause both are rad but then I guess I’m more street…. given the chance to swap that up tho I’d love to be able to cruise tranny better. Like Jake Duncombe and Colin Provost would be ideal.

 

Any new projects coming up we should look out for?

There’s a new dvd coming out for The Black Sheep Skateboard Store that we’ve been working on for a while now and I’ve also been asked by Sean Lomax to start working on his next unnamed project.

I’m off to China next year skating with Seb (other Black Sheep Family rider) so we have somewhere to stay etc and hit all his spots up but I’m having also going away to Hawaii with Michelle my lady fr a non skate holiday. 

 

Any Shout outs or thanks?

 Well I’m definitely going to start with my Mum and Dad as they introduced me to skating and then definitely the Black Sheep Family starting with Harry and Tez (owners.) And then Stu (Grandad) Reynolds, Eddie Belvedere, True Skateboard Mag, and my good lady Michelle. www.blacksheepstore.co.uk WG

 

 

 

 

 

10qs – Nic Rivera

 

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For those who don’t know where are you from?

Originally from Martinez CA, now residing and repping Costa Mesa CA

 

Who is your usual crew you skate with?

I have a crew that consists mainly of youngsters, it’s my way of paying it forward. We call ourselves #costamakeit crew. My homies I skate with daily are Andrew Tucker, Colby Franz, Caden “blue” Cirello, Nick “spicy” Mohler,  Little Nick Rivera and Taylor Nye. They all are people to watch out for in the future!

 

What do you prefer HD or VX1000?

I like.H.D for the crisp clear image

 

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Fresh or Hesh? Why?

Fresh. I like my ladies shaven and not blind haha.

 

How do you feel about park rats?

The park is where I started. If that’s what they’re into, good for them. It makes me happy that they love skateboarding and it’s a safe place for them to learn. I take my little homies out skating pools but when were not filming were usually lurking at the park.

 

Any bizarre or strange encounters while out skating a spot?

I was hoping for this question. I dug out a pool a couple months ago and went one morning to film for my video. Not even ten minutes into the session the neighbor popped her head over the fence and told us to leave. I continued doing my trick as she was cussing at me, telling me how much I suck for not landing the trick right away. Then the woman grabs her garden hose and sprayed the crap out of me and the bowl. We ended up leaving because there was a huge puddle in the deepend.

 

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Do you have any specific rituals before a skate session?

Not really, I just make sure I have food in my stomach and water to drink. I stretch before I skate but that’s about it.

 

Do you prefer Tranny or Street? Why?

Transitions and street. I get bored skating one thing.  Something people don’t know about me is have a pretty decent street game.

 

Any new projects coming up we should look out for?

I do have a video that should be released by new years. Filmed and edited by my close homie Andrew Jimenez.

 

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Any Shout outs or thanks?

First I’d like to thank Carl Carpentier and True Sk8board Mag for hooking this up. Then my sponsors. Joey Tershsy at Ace Trucks, Rogie over at Black Flys Eyewear, Roman Castellanos from Destroy Skateboards, Brett Hamilton at Attic Skateshop and Al Ramon tattoo for sleeving me up.  I’d like to let the next generation know to always believe in themselves, never doubt what theyre capable of!If it’s not to late to add at the end with.the.shout out where I.listed Rogie and blackflys to.Rogie and blackflys family. Thank you for the opportunity :)WG

 

 

10qs – Alexander Loren

 

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For those who don’t know where are you from?

I’m from a small city called Kristianstad outside of Malmö in the south of Sweden. This last August I moved to LA. I wanted to try that Cali Life.

 

Who is your usual crew you skate with?

I usually skate with my bros Oscar Meza, Mo who’s also my roomie or the Primitive fam but I don’t really have a specific crew. I skate with whoever that’s down to shred!

 

What do you prefer HD or VX1000?

That’s a hard one. I love both. But if I had to pick one I would probably choose the VX. The VX is more real to me.

 

Fresh or Hesh? Why?

I’m too fresh to be hesh. Haha, just playing… But I don’t really see myself having that hesh style.

 

How do you feel about park rats?

They’re cool. I don’t have anything against them. But I defenitely prefer to be out in the streets

 

 

Any bizarre or strange encounters while out skating a spot?

The first summer I started skating, I was probably 13. Me and some homies were skating a little ledge back in Sweden, barely learning 50-50s. While skating the spot we saw a group of guys trying to rob an old man with a walker. The old man was probably in his seventies. The guys kept mocking him even though he said stop a few times. The guys didn’t stop and finally the old man had enough and pulled up a gun on them. The guys just took off.

 

Do you have any specific rituals before a skate session?

Every morning I start my laptop, I put on some good skate clips and listen to some good music that makes me hyped to go skate while hitting up the homies to see who’s skating. Right before I leave the house I always eat a banana and drink a coffee. After that I’m ready to shred!

 

Do you prefer Tranny or Street? Why?

Street, for sure! Both are fun though, I just have to practice my tranny skills. Haha.

 

Any new projects coming up we should look out for?

I’ve been filming for a street part since I moved to LA. It will be out next year for sure!

 

Any Shout outs or thanks?

I would like to thank my brother, my family, Oscar Meza, Ante at H.O.E.P and Benhög at Streetlab in Sweden, they really helped me out a lot. Heath & Dave at Primitive, Nicky and Sean at Diamond and Grizzly. The Stoner locs and everyone who’s showing me love. Also thanks to you Tommie for doing this interview with me. Shoutout to the whole skate world. Thank you skateboarding! – WG

 

 

 

10qs – Shane Bonuchi

 

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For those who don’t know where are you from?

I’m from good ol’ Excelsior Springs, Missouri. It’s about 30 minutes outside of Kansas City in the middle of nowhere.

 

Who is your usual crew you skate with?

Candy Diaz, Kelby Reck, Josh Aldana, my good homie Chris Barber, and any of the dudes up in the city that are down to get a session goin!

 

What do you prefer HD or VX1000?

Ha ha the ultimate question. Honestly I like both, I couldn’t choose just one.

 

Fresh or Hesh? Why?

That’s another one that I cant pick a favorite on, I just like skateboarding.

 

How do you feel about park rats?

I mean lurkers are one thing… But as long as said park rats really love skating and they’re respectful to their fellow shredders, they’re all good in my book.

 

 

Any bizarre or strange encounters while out skating a spot?

Hmmmm, yeah I have one. Me and the homie Rob were getting a night session in at this spot in my town, and a cop rolls up. The cops here are usually super anti-skateboarding so we thought forsure we were about to get the boot. Well, the dude rolls down his window and asks me what I had been trying, and told me he wanted to see me land it, so a couple tries later I got the roll away. Thats when the cop tells me he actually used to skate with the G&S heads back in the day and he grew up with Willy Santos! So random that he resides in little cowtown, Missouri now ha ha. I asked Willy about it awhile back, but I’m an idiot and forgot to ask the cop what his name was.

 

Do you have any specific rituals before a skate session?

Stretching forsurrrre. I never used to stretch before a session, but I tore some ligaments in my ankle about 2 years ago, so I started doing stretches to help that heal up right and now that I have I can notice a huge difference in general with my skating and it’s mandatory.

 

Do you prefer Tranny or Street? Why?

Tranny, definitely. I love skating of all sorts, but there’s nothing in the world that compares to skating some smooth transition. Actually, rough terrain is sick too, transition skating is just rad.

 

Any new projects coming up we should look out for?

Well I’ve been filming a lot with my homie Chris (Barber) for my first legit video part, it still has a little ways to go until its how I want it, but there’s that. Oh and a video at North Park here in KC thats coming out within the next couple weeks too.

 

Any Shout outs or thanks?

Shout outs to my friends and family, love y’all! Also gotta shout out to all the kansas city skaters, these dudes are on another level! And big thanks to the companies that have been helping to keep me rollin; Wicked Audio, Power Balance, Monster, and thanks to Wildman over at Diverse Skateboards for everything over the years!  – WG

 

 

10qs – Amine Ahmar L’groun

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For those who don’t know where are you from?

From a Morocain little town called Sidi kacem

 

Who is your usual crew you skate with?

We are 6 friends, we skate together for 5 years and we enjoy the sessions all day

 

What do you prefer HD or VX1000?

HD

 

Fresh or Hesh? Why?

Hesh because My only concern is learned trick so style

 

How do you feel about park rats?

Here in morocco we have only 8 skate parks, then am not skating a lot at the skate parks just in the event ‘skate contest’ or ‘tripping’

 

 

Any bizarre or strange encounters while out skating a spot?

When i go out to skate with my friends in street we have a lot of problemes 1st with people they look at us like a stranger ( bad looking ) and we get kicked from all over place it’s hard in morocco to be a skate ,In weekends i go doWn to rabat where is the best spots in the country

 

Do you have any specific rituals before a skate session?

just warming up

 

Do you prefer Tranny or Street? Why?

Street, because i spend all my life skating in street

 

Any new projects coming up we should look out for?

Im working for a new bonus part

 

Any Shout outs or thanks?

I wanna thank my familly and my friends who support me to keep skating and my local skateshop tamara. Also, True Skateboard Mag for this! – WG