Truth Hurts Interview

 

 

Zeya Playa Mane

 

What did you think when you were asked to do “Truth Hurts”

What came to my mind was, “Yes! This is a way to hit em with my truth & show people how I do what I do, like no one else!”

 

How hard is it to film for a part and do you stress out or does it come easy?  

No stress at all. It’s all fun because I know that this is what I’m literally grindin’ for! I like to see the results & impact that it makes

 

Was there any crazy situations that happened during filming?  

I found a dollar on the ground & I was hyped! Also had someone tell I was gonna be famous. Nothing too crazy though

 

What was the highlights of filming for this video that made you stoked about skateboarding in general  

Well.. I skated some spots that I haven’t skated since I was in my beginning stages of skateboarding, so it was real cool to do tricks now on them that I could not do before

 

What do you think the meaning of the title “Truth Hurts” means?

Hitti’n you with 100% truth & fact. Sorry not sorry

 

What would you tell someone who is filming a part to do ?

Don’t get discouraged if you know there are people that skate better than you. Grow & improve off yourself cause that’s what matters for you!

 

 

Would you do it again if asked to film another part?  

Ofcourse. I would like to capture it on film rather than taking photographic memories. It’s like this sometimes, “Yo, I did hardflip down this sick gap!” Then someone says “Oh, you shoulda filmed it!” Ya see what I mean?

 

Where was the place you enjoyed filming most?

Probably the Ladera shopping center with the rosebush gap

 

Any words of wisdom ?

Be yourself & stand out because that’s what makes you different

 

Shout out to the homies?

Shout out to my homie Nick Rodriguez he’s always down to get productive & work on a project. Shout out to my friends Bruuut, Hunter & Chance for keeping me hype to skate. Shout out to my bro Miko for being my nikka fo life & Milo for keeping me inspired to follow my music path. & God for blessing me with the ability to skate & all the positive people 7 things He has brought into my life.

 

 

 

Will Gabourel 

 

What did you think when you were asked to do “Truth Hurts”?

I was completely stoked to be given this chance to do a video with not just guys from around the U.S. but in Israel (Noam “Jimmy” Be’er). This is a great opportunity to show everyone that no matter where you’re from we all share the same passion for skateboarding

 

How hard is it to film for a part and do you stress out or does it come easy?

Honestly I like certain clips when I film them, then after that I hate everything ha! Since I live in a “truck stop town” I don’t live in a major skate city such as; LA, SD, SF, NY or anything like that so I don’t get to skate those major cities as much as I would like to but I do skate the Inland Empire a lot and I get out to LA, and SD at least once a year so it’s just all in me getting the right tricks to get my part together and hopefully people are stoked on it.

 

Were there any crazy situations that happened during filming?  

We haven’t had anything too crazy happen, but we run into some crazy characters all the time. We had ran into this dude at a gas station that asked us for some money because he said, “he likes to go fast” I assumed he wanted some speed or something. He went on to tell us that he had been getting ripped off by his dealer, so we then had to bounce. That dude was pretty funny.

 

What were the highlights of filming for this video that made you stoked about skateboarding in general?  

Going skating and getting pumped with the homies even though most of the time I was filming for this video with a torn meniscus, a sprained MCL and ACL in my knee ha! Skating San Francisco and chillin with the homie Kevin out there. Seeing new places and meeting new people for sure!

 

What do you think the meaning of the title “Truth Hurts” means?

Open your eyes to the bullshit around you, it may hurt at first but taking the bull by the horns and just wrecking shit is the key to success!

 

 

What would you tell someone who is filming a part to do?

Enjoy what you are doing and just make sure you are expressing yourself to the fullest. Don’t try and go out to mimic other skaters, be you, be an individual no matter what is going on in the rest of the world because once you conform to what everyone else likes to skate, or the way people want you to skate then you have lost what made you start skating in the first place.

 

Would you do it again if asked to film another part?  

Of course! Just to have someone hyped on what I do and the type of skating I produce is something that I will never take for granted. So if there are any more projects that come up, I’m down for sure!

 

Where was the place you enjoyed filming most?

I love skating Cajon High School in San Bernardino, and Del Rey Elementary in the desert, but just to be able to travel with my homies and film on whatever spots we find is what I enjoy most.

 

Any words of wisdom?

Enjoy what you do, be grateful for every moment you have on your board, and stay positive. Keep shredding!!! Oh yeah and go out and buy stuff from all my sponsors!!! Ha!!

 

Shout out to the homies?

Fuck yeah I wanna shout out all the Products homies, Adam Simoni, Habeeb Davila, Josh Flodter, the RVK homies, Alex from Split, Gary from Deuce Brand, Richard Jefferson, Manny Santiago, Ish & CJ at Antics Intl, Wub wheels, Brandon at Shorty’s, Johnny and Tyler at Roughneck Mfg., Guy at Inhouse dist., Zack & Chito at Havoctv, all the homies over at Axion, and to everyone out there that has watched my videos, supported me in any way, and understood that I’m just a dude that loves to skate backwards…

 

 

 

Shawn Turner 

 

What did you think when you were asked to do “Truth Hurts”

I thought it was a sick idea. Hearing who was going to be a part of this project, and what it was about got me super hyped to jump on board. Kind of do your own thing project without all the serious shit. I’m backing that.

 

How hard is it to film for a part and do you stress out or does it come easy?  

To be quite honest, I don’t find it hard to go out and film tricks, its just going out and actually filming, that is the hard part. I am very disconnected from my skate homies living where I live, which makes getting work done a serious task. This spring should be a nice turn-around from that.

 

Was there any crazy situations that happened during filming?  

Not in my case really, just the normal stuff; security guards, vigilante pedestrians, weirdos… ha!

 

What were the highlights of filming for this video that made you stoked about skateboarding in general? 

Basically my whole part was filmed while on the road with Zumiez Best Foot Forward/Couch Tour. I was a judge/roadie dude, just driving around the USA, setting up and throwing contests for Zumiez. Just being on that trip and being a part of that hyped my up beyond belief. That right there is the dream for most dudes, traveling around, skating city to city stacking footage.

 

What do you think the meaning of the title “Truth Hurts” means?

To me, it means a few different things. One being that it is hard to make it as an AM in this industry.  Skateboarding is so mainstream now its insane. There are so many people doing it, its hard to make it anywhere, and that truth in fact hurts. Ha. Another cool thing it means to me, is that the truth is, the best skateboarders are in the underground scene, and they always will be, and that to some people could constitute as a hurtful truth.

 

 

What would you tell someone who is filming a part to do?

Take it seriously. If you really want to have a good part, YOU have to make it good. Bust your ass, jump down that shit again, skate hard, re-film your trick if its sloppy, go the extra mile. You’re in full control of what you are putting out into the eyes of your peers. I am a douche for not following my own words of advice, but that is seriously what it is.

 

Would you do it again if asked to film another part?  

Absolutely. This is what I love to do. I would do it again and again until I’m unable to skate. No questions asked.

 

Where was the place you enjoyed filming most?

Shockingly, Oklahoma was rad. I dug that place a ton. There is so much weird stuff there. And the people in Tulsa and OKC are sick! New Mexico was also an incredible place.  But all in all, Chicago is where it is at.

 

Any words of wisdom ?

Like I said earlier, just take it(skateboarding) seriously if that is what you want to do. Don’t worry about getting sponsored and all that jazz, just skate, and love it, and try to progress as much as you can. You’re skating on a pen, and you can write whatever you want. Have fun and be rad.

 

Shout out to the homies?

My sponsors of course: Smalltown Skate Shop, Character Skateboards, Wellborn Clothing, Lakai, Alchemy Traction Solutions, and Street Ice Wax.  My girlfriend Chelsey Dever, my family, my close friends, those internet friends, and True Skateboard Mag for holding it down. Thanks!!!!

 

 

 

Fabrizio Santos 

 

What did you think when you were asked to do “Truth Hurts” 

is great Love it !

 

How hard is it to film for a part and do you stress out or does it come easy? 

Is easy when you put your heart in to it 🙂

 

Was there any crazy situations that happened during filming?  

nothing but fun !

 

What was the highlights of filming for this video that made you stoked about skateboarding in general  

I was stoked to be film doing what i love to do ” SKATEBOARD “

 

What do you think the meaning of the title “Truth Hurts” means? 

The truth love for the skateboarding. 

 

 

What would you tell someone who is filming a part to do ? 

Keep focuses !

 

Would you do it again if asked to film another part?  

Lets do it !

 

Where was the pace you enjoyed filming most? 

On my park haha…

 

Any words of wisdom ? 

Follow your dreams 🙂

 

Shout out to the homies?

Shout to all the truths skaters around the planet.

 

 

 

dave

 

What did you think when you were asked to do “Truth Hurts”?

I thought it would be a great opportunity to have a section in a video US based and I am super hyped!  

 

How hard is it to film for a part and do you stress out or does it come easy?

Well considering the conditions in the UK its pretty difficult to get good weather it has a problem with raining and what its rare to find a good spot that’s smooth and chilling, you gotta get through a lot of grime before you can find a nugget, but if you look hard enough they are there.

 

Was there any crazy situations that happened during filming?  

There was a few kinda crazy situations, we were skating this school keeping it pretty low key just popping on this wooden ledge they got there and the care taker was getting all up in everyone’s grill in the end he was talked round we were allowed 30 minutes to handle business and he was escorted away by his wife so in the end it worked out.

 

What was the highlights of filming for this video that made you stoked about skateboarding in general?  

My high light was filming the promo with my friend and filmer Austin Bristow at my local skate park, trying to learn some new moves while the weather keeps at bay.

 

What would you tell someone who is filming a part to do ?

That’s a difficult one, everybody works differently when approaching a project, for me I tend to aim for spots that are pretty good the floor has to be great, getting a real good pop in mandatory it’s a lot more of a struggle when you try and pop of gravel, get the homies out and get a session at good spots that tends to start the clips racking up!

 

 

Would you do it again if asked to film another part?  

Hell yeah its super fun going out and filming and then at the end you get to see all that happened, each individual clip has different memories connected with it and seeing the whole section together its cool.

 

Where was the pace you enjoyed filming most?

Damn well I have a lot of love for Burgess Hill which is my home town but other than that Barcelona has to be up there the weather the floor, those crispy popped switch heels you cant get any better than that.

 

Any words of wisdom ?

There`s no reason to have a Plan B because its distracts from Plan A.

 

Shout out to the homies?

Thanks to my sponsors Osiris shoes, Haze wheels, Landing Headwear, Rufus skateshop.

Thanks to my Homies yall know who ya are!! Filmers, photogs,skaters, chillers Dawgs! and anyone who I have met along the way and anybody I have skated with.

We Out Here! 

 

 

 

Isaiah Johnosn 

 

What did you think when you were asked to do “Truth Hurts ?

I was excited! I’m hyped I get to be in a vid with all these heavy hitters and just hyped to flim for a big video.

 

How hard is it to film for a part and do you stress out or does it come easy?

It’s kinda hard I mean u always wanna flim something better then ur last parts so that’s wat kinda drives me crazy just to think of other stuff todo lol.  I don’t really get stress i just plain wat tricks I want to get so it comes pretty easy

 

Was there any crazy situations that happened during filming?

Haha nothing yet I’m pretty sure something will happen soon .

 

What was the highlights of filming for this video that made you stoked about skateboarding in general

Hahah got this nollie trick down this set 

 

What do you think the meaning of the title “Truth Hurts” means?

How hard skateboarding is lol

 

 

What would you tell someone who is filming a part to do ?

To have fun. Plain wat spots to go . 

 

Would you do it again if asked to film another part?

Forsure !! I love staying busy 

 

Where was the pace you enjoyed filming most?

Anytime anywhere

 

Any words of wisdom ?

Have faith and things will come:) 

 

Shout out to the homies?

 Shout out to my Sponsors. Bram at venture trucks and spitfire wheels. Jameson Decew at Etnies. Mike at MiniLogo  and Attic Skateshop

 

 

 

Noam Be'er

 

What did you think when you were asked to do “Truth Hurts”?

I was filming with Dan for a short clip for SMOOF, and then about a week later he told me about Truth and that he wanted to get me a full part in the video so I was hyped! 

 

How hard is it to film for a part and do you stress out or does it come easy?  

For the most part it’s the best time ever, we just skate and do the things we love. But sometimes I go to the computer to see the footy I got and it’s like damn I work so hard and still this is all i got?…I allways wanna get better and get better clips.. it never stops.

 

Was there any crazy situations that happened during filming?  

One time we were skating this long 5 stair set and the police came…we were sure they wanted to kick us out but they just stopped and watched us and saw we had a good camera.. so one of the cops tried to sell us a camera bag he was like “how much would you say this bag is worth?” that was funny!

 

What was the highlights of filming for this video that made you stoked about skateboarding in general?  

I’m still filming for my part so i don’t think I’m at that point where I can answer yet…but I’m really hyped on getting a part that is not for in Israeli video!

 

What do you think the meaning of the title “Truth Hurts” means?

Skating and filming out in the streets all day, that’s our truth and sometimes it hurts..going back home on one leg..

 

 

What would you tell someone who is filming a part to do ?

Just travel as much as you can.. new spots are always fun

 

Would you do it again if asked to film another part? 

 

Yes

 

Where was the place you enjoyed filming most?

Damn I’ll tell you as soon as I finish filming

 

Any words of wisdom ?

Israel is the next Barcelona

 

Shout out to the homies?

Shout out to all my homies in Jerusalem, Gili’s skateshop, my Vans Israel teamates – Avi and Tzahi, Elna and Weiss back in Barca, my dog Bamba and Dan the best flmer ever!  – B. Hess

 

 

Gershon Mosley

 

life

 

 

What is your daily routine?

My daily routine varies, usually I get up and check emails, do some writing/communicating/design(could start at 5 a.m. or 2 p.m. KCMO time, deepens on the day before). I only schedule important things, as to leave open space for other important things(life).

 

 

Who hypes you up these days that you are like damn they got skills?

These are some of the guys that inspire me for obvious, also various reasons, Mark Gonzales, Guy Mariano, Silas Baxter Neal, Jake Brown, Peter Smolik, Marc Johnson, Ryan Pearce(KC), Sean Malto, Jason Bontrager(KC), Tanner Greene(KC), ZACH ELDER(Joplin/KCMO), Rod Harper(KC), THE KC SCENE, Richie Jackson, John Comer, Mikey Chim(LBC), and Moose would be the newest, because for his group, I see him with a future without the need for gimmicks(if he can bridge business and skateboarding). Actually there are far more, but I do not spend a lot of time just watching anymore(it’s been awhile), these days are spend productive.

 

 

What is the ticket to keep having fun skateboarding?

The key to having fun skateboarding is to do it for yourself, regardless of who you are around or where you are. Our thoughts are all we have and skateboarding allows us to explore them physically. Insecurities are why people do not have fun. Ask the average skateboarder in SF would they rather skate a manual pad or bomb a hill, I personally will choose the hill more times than not and I’m pretty sure most would as well.

 

 

You have been doing the Park Rangers series how did that come about?

I started doing Park Rangers as a means of keeping myself in the public and as well connecting with other skateboarders. There was also the editing and artwork, the only way to get better at anything is to do it, so it’s been about 5 years(the first edit made Nov. 8 2008) and the plan is to continue. 

 

 

nollie

 

 

Who do you normally skate with at most of these parks?

When I do THE PARK RANGER SERIES(THE P.R.S.), as of the last year and a half you will see the names Jason Bontrager, Tanner Greene and Zach Elders(ZELDER films) pop up a lot because they are who I skate with here(KCMO) the most and they are others who make up THE OBTUSECONCEPT(oBt).

 

 

Is there anyone in your crew that hypes you up the most?

Everyone that is a part of THE OBTUSECONCEPT inspires me in more ways than just skateboarding, they are my friends. Each is artistic in multiple ways and do not just follow trends. I would not choose one over the other. 

 

 

How do you pick the parks to film at?

Picking parks for THE PARK RANGER SERIES is usually random. Some have been demos, so of course they were announced, but we slowly are working towards a schedule. People are starting to ask when we will be hitting up their park, which is cool, because THE P.R.S. was made for them/us=WE to build together without competition, but pushing participation in fun.

 

 

What has been your favorite so far?

That’s hard to pick my favorite park, not to mention all the parks that I skated before THE P.R.S., they now all seem to run together, although there are VERY FEW truly perfect parks(especially cement!). I still prefer street, but it is more antisocial.

 

 

ollie

 

 

What place would you like to film an episode of Park Rangers at that you been itching to skate ?

I have seen a few in Brazil, Africa, China, Australia, and Europe that I would like to do a PARK RANGER at, but we do it on nothing, so they would have to be business(paid demos). We’ll see if other people want more than just talk.

 

 

What do you think about the internet, is it the death of dvds as we know it or does it help hype up kids?

The internet for dvd sells is bad, but for those who cherish the physical over data, it’s of very little consequence. I think it helps burn trends out quicker, but most people are still just looking for the next image to copy, which means more clueless people thinking that they know what’s up(commercialism). As far as communication, the internet can be a very positive tool, once you weed through the fools. Anything that you want to know, you can source it through the internet and all from wherever you are.

 

 

You won Tampa Pro in the late 90’s, What is the one thing that sticks out in your mind for all the Tampa Pro’s you been to?

The one thing that sticks out in my mind about the Tampa Pro is that very little negativity comes out of them, they are run by skateboarders and not policed by cops or an outside security source. We are not segregated, we interact, it is humbling and inviting. I would go to all of them, but I no longer have sponsors to pay for me and what I do make goes into living and building THE OBTUSECONCEPT.

 

 

What do you think is the difference in skating and the business back then as opposed to today?

The difference in skateboarding now as oppose to the late 90s is that it is more refined, though that is mostly just surface, many skateboarders are really only good at their niche, street skateboarders(most can not skate transition well-two separations-ledges/manual and rail/gap jockeys), park skateboarders(good looking at going big on most obstacles, but usually are less technical,especially when crossing over to actual street). The difference in business is that it appears to be more professional and to degrees this is true, but ego trippers are still controlling industry views. Can you say using gimmicks is an upgrade? They did this back before I got into it. I’ve watched people that I knew grow into clones holding positions that they hate, but still will try to act happy when talking to me. I kew where greed leads…To just following faulty rules! People could be free, but you are thinking what you are watching in those commercials is progression.

 

 

kf

 

 

Anything you got going on for the rest of 2013?

So far in 2013 we held to the production of THE PART RANGER SERIES, I have designed an released my art on various tops(t-shirts, sweatshirts, windbreakers) and we are about to release an ARTIST SERIES board and tees by Ryan Pearce through THE OBTUSECONCEPT and we’ve done demos, so keep this and new ideas moving is what the plan is for 2013, capped off with a visual reedition of the highlights! 

 

 

Any last words of wisdom / shout outs?

I would like to express my thanks to THE OBTUSECONCEPT(Zach Elder, Jason Bontrager, Dillon Aguilar, Tanner Greene, Ryan Hood, Ryan Pearce, Matthew Hawkins), we build together. Thank you to James Kolbjornsen, Sean Mcerlane and my mother, Ruth allowed me to know the value of you three. 
If you lie to yourself, do not expect anyone to trust you. Skateboarding good might mean you are good at skateboarding, but it does not put you ahead of anyone in life and not everyone that rides a skateboard is cool or even trustworthy, anybody can ride one. If you have love for no one, do not get mad because no one cares to any longer have love for you. Complaining helps no one, so if that’s what you want to do, stay home and write a blog(at least you will be productive).
Check us out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-oBtuseconcept/276895012330534
 . I am also on it. –
B.Hess

 

 

Ricki Bedenbaugh

 

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What got you into filming and photography?

Long story short, I basically was working a dead end job in Pensacola and knew there was something better.  Went to California to visit Kris Markovich, found a job filming while being a drunken idiot at a party.  Went back to Pcola, packed up my car and moved to Cali.  If it weren’t for Kris and his family I don’t think I would of survived.  To this day I still thank them.  Thank you  Markovich’s

As for photography, I just picked it up through filming.  I always tell people photography is my hobby, filming is my job.

Did you have any schooling or was it just natural ability?

No school, self taught.  I just ask a lot of questions, and did a lot of research. Started off with Avid, then Media 100, and now Final Cut.  I think I just did whatever I had to,  I just never wanted to go back to that dead end job.

Which do you like better or do they both have a different kind of feeling to you as far as excitement or enjoyment?  

I get really hyped when a guy has been trying a trick for hours, just getting beat down, and finally they land bolts and roll away.  Shit I probably get more hyped than they do.  I also love traveling, seeing new spots, skating spots that have never been skated.  Another thing I like to do is, when traveling I’ll wake up early and go out on a little tourist mission

You lived in Florida then moved to California. What’s the biggest difference in skating compared to Florida?

I started skating in Pensacola, some of the best times of my life were spent there.   As for the difference… the only difference is the weather and spots.  Florida is pretty brutal with the heat and humidity, somehow growing up skating there didn’t bother me, but now I’m spoiled with this Cali weather and there’s tons of spots here.

Who helped you out when you first moved ?

Kris Markovich flew out to Pcola to help me drive out to California.  Him and his family took me in, put a roof over my head, and food in my belly.   Like I said before I can’t thank them enough.

You have been friends with Markovich for a long time. What’s the best description of his skating and him?

I think all the kids skating now should look up Kris’ name on youtube.  Fast as fuck, skates everything, and has a heart of gold.  

Tell me about filming the 411 days?

I filmed/editing for 411 from 2000-2008  One of the best places to work, got to travel the world with different teams, got to see some of the best skateboarding go down, worked my own hours.  It was a dream come true.  RIP 411VM

Any crazy stories or incidents while filming then?

I was filming with Stacy Lowery about 8 or 9 years ago here in Long Beach, it was a Saturday afternoon, and this dude walked up to me, asked me what I was doing, pulled out a gun put it in my face and told me to give him the “fucking” camera.  I obviously did, he then kicked me and told me to get the fuck outta there.  I took off running and yelling “He’s got a fucking gun!!!”  He then ran over and took my Bolex 16mm camera, and Chris Ortiz’s brand new flashes.  Dude took off down the street with a VX1000 and a gun in one hand, a 16mm and bag a flashes in the other.  Scary shit.  About a year later I moved to Long Beach, and my Mom was like, “isn’t that where you got robbed at gunpoint?”  Yeah but what are the chances of that happening again.  

I got to film some of the best dudes/tricks in skateboarding.  

How did you get hooked up with Etnies and Element to film for those guys?

After 411VM went under, I got picked up with Element.  They needed a filmer and wanted to do a video for their shoe line.  We started “SOLE” but then after they stopped the shoe program we decide to rename the video to “TRIO”  Working with Element was another great time, I got to travel and work with my best friends, from the skaters to Johnny Schillereff.   Now I’m working for Etnies, which is a whole new chapter in my life.  We’re working on a video project that I’m really hyped about, it should be releasing at the end of the year.

You have a website tell us about it?

I finally got with the times.  It took me way too long to get a website.   I started a blog about 5 years ago and named it Keep On Pushin’  (http://www.rickithedude.com) after trying to figure out a domain name for my website, I found that Keep On Pushin was available. Got in touch with Josiah Gatlyn, because I heard he made websites, told him I wanted it to be super simple, nothing too flashy and BAM!  http://www.keeponpushin.com was born. 

You just recently had a skateboard accident what happened ?  

We were in AZ for a Red Bull shoot, it was our last day of the shoot and we (Sheckler, Zered, Decenzo, and Pudwill) all decided to bomb the hill back to the house we were staying at.  I was on my filming board so I couldn’t speed check with the big soft wheels.  Dude, I was hauling ass, I caught up with Zered and right when I went to pass him on the left, he turned into me.  He had no idea I was behind him, because my wheels were so quiet, we both went down.  Apparently I hit the front of my head on something, like a knee or elbow.  My eye turned black and instantly swelled shut.  I later sent my wife a photo, and she convinced me to go to the hospital.  Once I went, they discovered I had fractured my skull, had bleeding and bruising on the my brain and put me in ICU for 10 days.  It was really gnarly.  The funny thing is, I didn’t even want to go to the hospital.  It was my wife and Sheckler that made me go.  Thank God I listened.

What did the doctors say to you about the injury were they like better quit skating?

Hahahaha, nah they just told me to wear a helmet.  Yeah right, like that’s gonna happen.

A bunch of people did alot of things to help you out. Did you ever think that anyone would do that and how did it make you feel?

I was blown away on how much people did.  When you go down skating, you never think someone is going to help out, it’s just part of skateboarding.  You fall, you get back up.  I really can’t thank everyone enough for helping me out.  Hopefully one day I can return the favor.

How are you doing so far?  

Doing good, back to traveling.  Just got back from China where I actually got hit in the head by a board while filming.  Cut the back of my head open and had to get 5 stitches.  I couldn’t believe it, I’ve been trying to do all these things to prevent me from hitting my head and I get nailed with a skateboard.  

You been to couple of Tampa Pro. What is the one thing that sticks out in your mind about your experience of Tampa Pro?

The Tampa Pro contest have always been a good time, it’s the only contest that’s  left that is like that.  Pure skateboarding, pure beer drinking, I tip my hat to Schaefer hopefully he’ll be the Mayor of Tampa someday.

Any pro that you would love to film but have not yet?

Mark Gonzales!  As a kid he was the first street skater I looked up to, I remember taking pictures out of Thrasher and taping them to my folders at school.  I’ve met him, but never had a chance to film him.  

Favorite pro you have filmed past or present?

Kris Markovich obviously.  Chad Tim Tim just because of our past, Nick Garcia and his cousin Julian Davidson.

What do you have planned for the rest of 2013?

Not hit my head anymore.

Any shout outs or words of wisdom?

Choose a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life. – B.Hess

 

 

LAKAI Interview

 

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EDDIE CASTILLO: Where are you from originally?

MILES SILVAS: I was born in San Jose.

EC: How old are you?

MS: 17.

EC: When did you join the Lakai team?

MS: Probably like a year and a half ago I started getting clothes from them.

EC: Who was your first sponsor?

MS: Just a little skate shop by my house.

EC: How many sponsors have you had since?

MS: 5, 6 or 7.

EC: When did you start skating?

MS: About 7. Around 2nd or 3rd grade.

EC: Do you live in Sacramento?

MS: Yep.

EC: Do you live with any of the guys from the team?

MS: No I still live at home. They live in LA. I just go visit sometimes.

EC: Right! You are only 17. Good. When did you know skating was what you wanted to do?

MS: Well I played a lot of sports but I just started losing interest in all that.  Then I started doing skating contests.

EC: So you started winning and you decided I should probably keep going?

MS: Ha, I don’t know. It was just a lot more fun than other sports.  I just wanted to keep doing it.

EC: What skaters do you hang out with the most?

MS: I hang out with a lot of the guys on the Organika squad. And on these [Lakai] trips, Sebo and Stevie I kick it with a lot.  It’s a lot of fun to hang out with those guys. 

EC: What’s it like to hang out with Guy Mariano?

MS: This is actually the first time I’ve met him so it’s so sick. He is super nice.

 

 

 

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EDDIE CASTILLO: How long have you been skating?

SEBO: 11 years.

EC: How old are you?

S: I am 24.

EC: When did you get on the Lakai team?

S: A year a half ago? Pretty stoked.

EC: Where have you gone with them?

S: I’ve been to Paris and all over Europe.

EC: Paris, cool.

S: Oh, Japan too.

EC: You forgot Japan?

S: Ha, yeah I don’t know how. Well, it was a quick trip.

EC: How long is quick?

S: 4 days or something. To go that far for just four days…it’s quick.

EC: Where do you live?

S: I live in LA.

EC: Is that where you are from?

S: No, I’m from Oregon… But, yeah. It rains a lot in Oregon, so.

EC: Ha, so LA it is.

S: LA is sunshine.

EC: Who was first to sponsor you and how old were you then?

S: A skate shop called Accent Real World and I was like 15, 16?

EC: How did it feel?

S: It was really cool… just being sponsored at any age, it’s pretty exciting.

EC: Is that how you knew you should keep going?

S: Yeah! And I loved it, so double whammy.

EC: What’s the best place you’ve gone to on skate trips?
S: I’d have to say Barcelona.

EC: Where should our readers look for you? What do you have coming up?

S: Yeah I’m coming for a part in a video called Rat Poison. It’s the guy that does Skate Rat skateboards. That’s going to come out towards the end of the year.

EC: What kind of music are you into?

S: I’ve been listening to blues, jazz, oldies.

EC: I dig it.

S: Yeah. I paint too so I listen to that when I paint. It puts me in the right mind.

EC: Nice. What kind of stuff do you paint?

S: I paint on grip tape. I have an Instagram that’s called SEBOART. Its juts like… Umm I started [the INSTAGRAM] the first day of this year. I have my own personal IG but I made a separate one because I’ve always painted but uh…I made an email so kids can mail me what they want and it’s like $20 for a sheet of grip and I send it to them.

EC: Very cool.

S: Yeah and surprisingly kids are really into it.

EC: Of course, because they want a unique grip tape.

S: Yeah and I hand paint too, with paint pens. I paint specifically with these pens called Boardstix.

EC: Oh. Are they in any way related to skateboarding?

S: Well, I actually ride for them now.  It all came from this Instagram. So I ride for a marker company. I think surfers started it. You can paint of surfboards and shoes.  They have an Instagram as well. It’s pretty rad. They do pretty great art.

EC: So you’re painting and skating.

S: Yeah, I usually have a couple of projects. Kids will just email me pretty random requests. Some is fun, some is challenging. I’ve done Bart Simpson. I’ve done a lot of animals. It’s all on that Instagram, if kids wanna check that out. They can be like ‘oh I want a penguin’ and then you know, I paint it and send it to them.

EC: A penguin?

S: I did one recently that why I said that. Like a big one.

EC: Was this your first time meeting Guy Mariano?

S: No I’ve met him before. Nicest dude. Legend.  It’s pretty awesome being on the  same team with someone that I grew up looking up to.

 

 

 

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EDDIE CASTILLO: How long have you been skating?

Stevie Perez: Umm, I’ve probably been skating for 13 years now. Maybe.

EC: How old are you?

SP: 22

EC: When did you get on the LAKAI Team?

SP: Uh a year and a half ago, maybe 2 years.

EC: Where have you gone with them?

SP: Pretty much just have gone to Tampa. I haven’t really gone on trips with them.  I’ve been on trip with Girl and Chocolate more than with Lakai.

EC: Where have you gone with Girl and Chocolate?

SP: Um went out to Europe, went out to the Midwest and the South, you know.

EC: What was your favorite place?

SP: I’d have to say Barcelona.

TREVOR BURKE: That’s what everybody says.

EC: Yeah, I ask this question to skaters a lot and everyone says Barca.

SP: Barcelona is so fun, just everything about it. The food is good, the nightlife, the people are, you know, mellow.

EC: The atmosphere…. There’s something in the air.

SP: The whole vibe about that place is sick.  People go out there super late and don’t come back home ‘til 8 in the morning.

EC: Who was your first sponsor?

SP: First sponsor was Val Surf Skate shop which was two blocks from my house. It was the first skateshop ever.

EC: Ever in that area?

SP: Like, ever.  Big ups to Val Surf. Thank you for…everything.

EC: How old were you then?

SP: About 14, or 15.

EC: Is that how you knew you should keep skating? Were you wining competitions?

SP: Well, I always just skated streets. Never really skated parks like this one or anything. I just grew up skating school yards. So yea, I used to film and give them my tapes and they gave me boards or whatever.

EC: Where do you live?

SP: North Hollywood.

EC: Where are you from?

SP: San Fernando Valley.

EC: I watched your “Slice of Life with Stevie Perez” Video on YouTube and umm, I have a question for you. Can you drive a stick shift yet?

SP: Yeah! I can.  

EC: Last question also regarding the Slice of Life Video. Where did you learn how to play the little guitar? What do you guys call it?

SP: its call the Harana.

EC: When and where did you learn how to play it?

SP: I don’t know. My dad’s just a musician so any instrument he picks up I tried to pick it up as well. So pretty much, anything he does I try to do.

 

 

 

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EDDIE CASTILLO: I was wondering how involved you are with the decision making on the creative process of  your companies.

GUY MARIANO: The most involved I am is with Fourstar. That’s the clothing line. That’s because I’m a partner with Eric Koston in that one.  That’s probably why I’m the most involved in that.

EC: What do you pick, the colors…

GM: With us, it’s like… the team is really close, so, you know, we might be on a trip and someone might be like ‘the pants aren’t fitting right.’ You know what I mean? So it’s just [done through]ncommon complaints from the team.  It’s easy for us to take stuff like that and come back to our designer and people that do the cut and sew and describe stuff like that.  It comes down to like ‘dude, the buttons are falling off.’

EC: Do you get to look at them before they go out?

GM: No they get them in a big quantity. But even with a company like Girl Skateboards, we’ll be hanging around and like Jeron Wilson or something will be just joking around and people come up with funny ideas and nicknames for people and those actually become graphics.

EC: Alright, so that’s what I was wondering about. Where do the graphics originate?

GM: The graphics come from people being close with each other. Those are mostly the one-off series, those graphics. The rest are just the regular logo. For example this shirt. Everybody is feeling this shirt.

EC: Its lighter, a summer shirt.

GM: Yeah, it’s a Tampa shirt.

EC: Yeah, we’re sweating here.  Okay, so are you into social media? Are you interacting with your fans or followers?

GM: Yeah, I am actually. I just started, you know. It wasn’t a big thing, like no one told me ‘hey you should do that’ but the way it is nowadays, if a kid doesn’t see your Instagram once a day you’re out of sight, out of mind.  That’s a newer process for me, being older—I’m 37. But I like it, actually.  It’s one of those things where I thought it was going to be a hassle but come to find out I do do some interesting stuff that I’d like to share with people.  Like I’ve been doing the new one, Vine—making little videos.

EC: We just got into Vine. What kind of stuff are you posting?

GM: You wanna see one?

EC:  Yes, of course. What is the name of your Vine?

GM: My stuff is always Guy Mariano. Here’s Ride To Tampa ….here’s my Rick Howard sketch … This one is my best one.

[LAUGHTER]

EC: Do you turn off your notifications?  I imagine people  tag “@guymariano” all the time, you must get a lot of notifications.

GM: You know what’s funny, with Instagram too, I try to get back to anybody who tags me or something. I like to checkout skateboarding hashtags. Go through the photos and like them.  That’s because I’m old school. If when I were young Tony Hawk had reached out to me… something like a “I see you,” you know what I mean? That would have meant so much to me.  And that never happened so if I could do that for a kid nowadays, I’m happy to.  Social Media, you can take it one way, or a totally different way. I f you inspire people and have a good impact on their lives, and they respect you enough to reach out and talk to you, then it’s a gift that we have today.

EC: When I was doing some research on you I went to your Instagram first, to see what you were up to.

GM: Also, right now it’s super important to show your product. Show the stuff that you’re doing and get people involved.

EC: What do you have coming up?

GM: What do I have coming up?… I have nothing right now.

EC: Nothing? That’s nice.

GM: I just got done with a lot of stuff.  Okay, I’ll tell you what I actually got. So, I hurt my knee. I just  banged it on the ground, nothing serious. So I had these three trips planned, this—to come to Tampa and skate a little bit—then,  going to China, the day after I get back.  And after that I’m finishing up a Lakai Commercial in Venice, Italy. We started off in Venice, California.

EC: You know, there’s  a Venice Florida. You should go there.

GM: Do they have canals? The objective is I’m going through a canal.

EC: I’ll google it, because if they do you can go there too.

GM: Yeah! Just one quick one. I could even roll through this canal, this little moat here.

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EC: Who’s your best bud on the Lakai team?

GM: My closes bud on Lakai would be, probably Marc Johnson. Or uh, I was going to say Mike Mo Capaldi , but he doesn’t ride for Lakai no more.

EC: Oh, that’s okay. So he is your buddy too?

GM : Yeah. But, [on LAKAI] Marc Johnson. He is around my age and he is a smart guy. I like to surround myself with people that are pretty intelligent and hopefully it rubs off. He inspire me, you know what I mean. On the board and off the board.

EC: Does he live in LA too?

GM: He does. And I’ve actually been spending a lot of time with Rick Howard lately. We’ve just been trying to work on Fourstar and work on Girl and just tighten up a couple things that we thought maybe needed tightening up. It’s been really cool seeing his job over there at the plant.  A lot of people think that girl is this big company that makes all this money but it’s not.  Its kind of mom and pops. A lot of the cameras you see on the videos are borrowed, things are done really guerilla style—there’s no permits or anything. It’s like, people tend to think ‘oh Girl Skateboards is really huge’ or  ‘oh Spike Jones!’

EC: Well, it’s at least marketed really well.

GM: Yeah. That’s marketing. But It’s really core skateboarding, and a lot of the people in the industry know that core skateboarding doesn’t make a lot of money.

EC: I do think it’s obvious how close knit it is. Because of what is housed under Girl. Fourstar and…

GM: The Girl Umbrella, yeah.

EC: What advice do you have for young skaters?

GM: Finish school. Have a backup plan. Enjoy it and have fun because if you’re planning on skateboarding for a really long time, like being over 20 years in the industry and you’re not having any fun, it’s going to be a really miserable time. I see a lot, nowadays, kids like 15 years old and he’s already stressed out and he’s already bummed out, and he already has to film this, and do this and do that. It’s going to be a long time if you’re doing it that way.  If it comes from the heart you’re going to have an easier time.

EC: You, for example, have your own companies so you don’t need to be skating but you do because you enjoy it.

GM: Yeah, I was talking to someone just recently. You know, when I hurt this knee, I had to go to the hospital and I was in there and the nurse said ‘ yeah, you shattered your kneecap—

EC:How did it happen?

GM: I just fell from a handrail and bagged it on the cement, straight up. It was funny because I got emotional, I didn’t really know what that consist of because none of my close friends had done that one. And like, I was tearing up because it’s not about being sponsored—I was working on a video. But I love skateboarding, you know what I mean? When I have those moments when I can’t do it, or something is going to be changed, [in] my career or in my lifestyle, I get affected by that emotionally. I think that was a reality check to myself because sometimes when I [skate] I get stressed out and I’m like ‘what am I doing here, I’m old’ and this and that. But that was straight from the heart, if I couldn’t do it I would be bummed out.

EC: So how long will you be out?

GM: I don’t know. Not long. It ended up being a lot less than I thought it was. But still, like a couple of months.

EC: Why did you retire for a little bit?

GM: I just got caught up with the bad scene and there’s like—like anyone knows about skateboarding—there’s a lot of partying at a really young age. A lot of skateboarders drop out of school, start hanging out with a bunch of skaters, partying at a really young age. There is always going to be those certain chosen few that fall victim to that, to addiction and alcoholism. It’s a crazy lifestyle, you know what I mean? We’ve lost a lot of skateboarders—went  to jail—because  kids grow up with this no-responsibility lifestyle and they are thrown tons of money at a young age, and it’s just a recipe for disaster.

EC: How do you think a young skater can avoid that?

GM: I think the people like Andrew Reynolds  and people that have been through it themselves, talking and speaking about it… its happened to a lot of them. They were lucky to pull themselves out of it.

EC: It is a cool lifestyle yet dangerous for those reasons. Because you’re hanging out with your buds doing what you love

GM: but then you become thirty-thirty-something and you went from hanging out with your buddies to being a loser.

 

 

 

Nate Benner and Dave Mull

 

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What’s your name and where are you from?

(Nate Benner) My Name is Nate Benner and I am from Vermont, originally from Southern Vermont (Bennington), but I have been living in Burlington for the past four years and I love it!

(Dave Mull) I’m Dave Mull, also originally from Bennington, now living with Nate in Burlington and my parents in Manchester while teaching snowboarding on the weekends.

 

 

How did you get into skateboarding?

(Nate) For me, Skateboarding started when a friend came to visit from Oregon. He brought a Baker Skateboard with him and he could do Ollies and Kickflips on the porch outside my house. At that point in my life  I had tried all sorts of Sports and none of them were that fun, but this I thought was amazing and a ton of fun to do, so I stepped on and haven’t stopped since.

(Dave) I’m the classic “first board for Christmas” deal, but since there’s usually snow here around Christmas time, I didn’t start skating until later after I had seen a kid ollie up a curb in the movie “Teenage Witch.” After that my older brother, Charley came home one day from school having just learned the ollie; when he taught me I was hooked.

 

 

How long have you been skateboarding?

(Nate) It has been around Eleven Years.

(Dave) Thirteen years.

 

 

What are your current sponsors?

(Nate) Vermont Skateboards, Talent Skatepark, DC ( rep flow), Matix ( rep flow), and The Worble

(Dave) Vermont Skateboards, Talent Skatepark, Jib This and The Worble

 

 

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Where is your favorite place to skate?

(Nate) I love to skate anywhere, but when it is cold outside I love Talent Skatepark. Traveling and experiencing new spots is one of the most fun things in skateboarding for me.

(Dave) In Vermont woods, North Shore in MASS, Boulder, Grand Canyon, SF, Baton Rouge, Muir Woods, Minneapolis and late nights in Talent Skatepark.

 

 

What’s the hardest thing about being a skateboarder in Vermont?

(Nate) In Vermont, you’re always at the whim of Mother Nature and that makes it really difficult to skate outside sometimes. It can be sunny, rainy, snowing, and windy all in the same day. That being said, I think Vermont has a certain aesthetic appeal you can’t really get anywhere else and some of the most unique spots in the World. The community here is amazing so I can’t really complain too much.

(Dave) Gravel, rain, cold, loneliness.

 

 

Can you explain what “The Worble” is?

(Nate) The Worble is an amazing group of friends that I have been so blessed to be a part of. We have more or less always skated with each other and made videos, but after making a few full length videos we decided that we were going to start making more unique videos, mostly sparked by Tom Mull’s sudden interest and amazing talent with a camera. He is the one really responsible for most of the editing and filming in the videos you see. It’s super amazing to be a part of The Worble because I get to be part of some of the most fun skateboard filming ever, and it’s always something unique. Something I really enjoy.

(Dave) The Worble is a wild, ongoing discovery and rejoicing of the world, usually through the medium of a skateboard and camera. Search “From the Borders,” “Tree Rail” or “A Duet” on Vimeo.com.

 

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How did you get in with Vermont Skateboards?

(Nate) I heard about Vermont Skateboards when it first started in Southern Vermont by some really good dudes and immediately they picked up Steve and Dave Mull for obvious reasons. I have been skating with those two for a while now and I appeared in many of the videos for Vermont Skateboards and at some point I got on! Facilitated by my work at Talent Skateshop and with the help of Hannah, one of the owners of Talent.

(Dave) First and foremost, we were friends! Thanks Ian, Huck, Zed and Paul. I skated with Huck in high school, and Ian always opened up the iced-over doors at Stratton Mountain in winter where there are some ramps hidden and sheltered from the rest of the world.

 

 

Are you currently working on any new projects/videos?

(Nate) We are always working on videos. Filming as much as possible, but one specific and big thing we are working on is a full-length video coming out this Spring, which I have a full part in. So I am working on getting some last minute footage for that.

(Dave) Yes, The Worble full-length! Premiering in May at at least three locations in Vermont: Manchester, Rutland and Burlington. It’s been a real trip (literally) filming for this one.

 

 

What’s the most memorable moment in your career so far?

(Nate) At this point, I wouldn’t really consider Skateboarding a career, but more of a passion. There have been so many amazing moments filming, competing, and exploring that it’s hard to pinpoint a specific moment without just choosing the most recent amazing thing. I’d say some of the most memorable moments for me have been the Cross Country trips I have been on the past three years, getting a job coaching at Talent, and skating a tree in the middle of the woods while filming with The Worble.

(Dave) There are so many! Skating on packed-down hiking trails in the northwest, getting stabbed by twigs while skating in the woods of Greensboro, VT, meeting people on our trips, driving sundown to sunup…I could write a book if you’d like?

 

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Is there anybody you would like to thank or give a shout out to?

( Nate ) There are so many people that have done so much for me. This list could be endless, but I would definitely like to give a shout out to my Dad, my Mom, my Sisters, Hannah and Dave at Talent, The Worble, Mike Tallone from DC, Chris Piatek from Matix, Ian Kirk from Vermont Skateboards, the Mull family, Seth Frey, My Adventure buddies (Kristen Carra, Albert Farrara), the staff at Talent, Cody and Collin Hale, the girls on Loomis Street, Albert again, and anyone else I have ever skated with or spent time with.

(Dave) My family, Vermont skateboards, Talent Skatepark, The Worble, Vermont – D. Dattilio

 

 

Marc Johnnson

 

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Who or What got you into skateboarding?

 

In Sixth grade, I had some friends at school that skated. I started skateboarding by hanging out with them after school. I connected with skateboarding pretty quickly and it clicked with me, so I stuck with it. It gave me an identity apart from other kids by default, and I loved that. It gave me something most other kids didn’t have; a direction, a passion, a drive that kids that young don’t normally have. Skateboarding has taught me so much about myself and what I’m capable of. I could not be more grateful to have found it.

 

 

Biggest influences when you first got into skateboarding?  

 

My biggest influences were the older kids in my town that skated. They had a major influence on the way I skated and what I paid attention to. The older guys were really into World Industries stuff in the early 90’s and that shaped my outlook on skateboarding. I tore all the ads out of the magazines and taped them to my walls. Those were such incredible years. So much progression and creativity.

 

 

When you first turned pro did you ever think that was going to happen ?

 

I didn’t exactly think I would ever get sponsored or turn pro. I mean, I wished it would happen somehow, but I didn’t have a plan and I wasn’t connected to any pros or sponsored skaters. I came out of nowhere to be honest.

 

 

What was it like when you first turned pro was it what you thought it would be at the time ?

 

It took a long time to really sink in that I was a ‘pro’ skateboarder. I had such an isolated crew of friends and we didn’t hang out with big name pros or skate the hot spots. I just did my thing, and hung out with people I really liked to skate with. The biggest thing I remember around that time (1994-1995) was that pro skateboarders were assholes. I was so disappointed when I started going to contests and having to interact with other pros. It was shameful the way that most of them carried themselves. It pushed me away and I stayed out of the spotlight for a long time because of those initial experiences with professional skateboarding.

 

 

You rode and at one point was an owner of a skate company  what was it that brought you to Chocolate?

 

I never owned a company. You’re speaking about enjoi. I started that brand, but didn’t own it. I was the creative director. I layer out the ads, and did the catalogs and board graphics and team stuff. What brought me to Chocolate after that was a combination of a lot of things. Dwindle Distribution was sold to Globe without my knowing and ‘my’ brand was now owned by a surf company. I had asked prior to this if I could buy enjoi and my offer was refused. After the sale, Dwindle became much more a corporate shit show and I lost interest in working as hard as I did for as little money as I was getting paid. That’s basically it. I didn’t leave enjoi to go to Chocolate. That happened later. I just left and got drunk for a few months.

 

 

You also have been on Matix since the start of the brand what is it that keeps you loyal to the brand and why?

 

Matix has gone through lots of changes over the years. I’ve seen it get better and better, and more refined. The opportunity to help design signature clothing is a really cool outlet for me. When Matix branched out into signature lines, it became a richer experience, versus just wearing logo tees and slapping stickers on my boards. A different level of connection with the brand was achieved. My loyalty is based on who rides for the brand, as it was when I first got on the team. The riders make the brand what it is. I’ve been close with almost everyone who has ridden for the brand, past and present. Good folks. Some guys left to do other things, but riding for the same company sometimes gives you an opportunity to bond with people you otherwise wouldn’t have had.

 

 

You have some of the most mind blowing video parts to date is it easy to put out a part for you or do you have to really work at it ?

 

When I was younger it felt easier. There was a lot of stress regardless. There was just more room and more things were out there waiting to be done. I pushed myself ridiculously hard to film everything I’ve filmed, and as I get older with more tricks and video parts under my belt, I look for certain things specifically to do now. It’s hard to explain, but basically, I could film old parts over, no problem, but I don’t want to do that. I want to keep finding things that inspire me. There are fewer and fewer of those things now.

 

 

You had such an amazing part in Fully Flared and  I think an amazing part in Pretty Sweet  in your head were you like “I have to do something just as good or just flow with it and see what comes out” ?

 

My Pretty Sweet part began as one thing, and changed into what you ultimately see in the video. The tricks I was working on after Fully Flared were just beyond. It was really getting weird. At some point, I decided to approach everything in a new way– new for me. I simplified a lot of things instead of complicated them even more. I toned down the tech stuff and completely did away with the ledge combo stuff. I wanted to do what inspired me when I was younger. I know that may seem like a step backwards, but I realized that skateboarding still needs to look good. It needs to appeal to people, rather than depress them or confuse them. I can flip into and out of a manual or grind combo all day long, but the question that bothered me was, “Is this going to make someone want to go and actually skateboard?” I felt like the stuff I was doing after Fully Flared would shock people but definitely not inspire them to want to head out the door and throw their board down and ride. It’s time to think about what will inspire kids to want to skate. The time of showing people how technical or difficult I can make my skateboarding has gotten boring. And what’s really gotten boring is sitting at a ledge trying an absurdly hard trick for hours and hours, and rolling away with nothing but disgust. It’s time to enjoy myself. I’m taking that for myself.

 

 

Whats a daily routine for Marc Johnson?  

 

Coffee in the morning. Clear my head. Figure out what to do. My schedule is very random and spontaneous. I just got a dog, so he’s been a big part of my days lately. He’s just a baby, so I have to take care of him and clean him and clean up after him all day long. I’ve been taking some time off the board since Pretty Sweet to ‘recharge the batteries’ and figure out what to do next. I’ve been skateboarding since January 6th, 1990. Almost every day for 23 years, 3 months. This is the first time I’ve ever taken time off. I’ve been getting into gardening and landscaping. Working with plants calms me. I’ve been cleaning up a lot of stuff left over from the Fully Flared years, personally. That was a really difficult time in my life, and I made a lot of decisions during those years that built up a heavy mess, and I’ve been working that all out for a few years now. While I was building a mountain of gold, I was also building a mountain of shit. Gold Mountain closed: I’ve got a mountain of shit to deal with.

 

 

What is the craziest tour story or skating a spot where something has happened and you were like W.T.F. did that just happened?  

 

When I moved to California in 1993, I was held at gunpoint at a spot in San Diego by a vigilante Samaritan. He called the cops and I had to lie on the ground while we waited for them to show up. At some point, he dropped his pistol and it landed on the ground with the barrel pointed at my face. It could’ve gone off and killed me. I just stared at that gun for what seemed like hours, waiting for the flash of the barrel. My mind went blank. As it turned out, what the dipshit did by holding me at gunpoint was far more serious than my trespassing or skateboarding misdemeanor. He got in a hell of a lot more hot water than I did. Fat fuck.

I also saw some dudes shove strawberries and a AA battery in a passed out girl’s vagina at a hotel in Europe in the late 90’s. Not up close, but I walked into the room while it was going on. That was pretty weird. I remember wondering what she was going to think when those things came out. It was not a situation where I had any say in what was going on, so I kept my mouth shut and left. I saw the same girl at the bar the next night, drinking and being nasty with some other skaters. I was relieved, but confused. Dirty girl.

 

 

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What else?

 

I’ve seen heroin addicts shoot up in Amsterdam. After someone shoots up long enough, their veins shrink and they have to find new veins in random parts of the body. This guy was shooting his woman up in the femoral artery, right next to her vagina. She was sprawled out against a brick wall under a bridge with her panties around her ankles and her man was up in there working away. I saw the rush once he shot her up, and saw her kind of slump over into a heroin dream.

I got beat up by a female wrestler in Japan once too.

 

 

Who inspires you these days in skateboarding?

 

I’m inspired by the acceptance of all types of skating now. It wasn’t always like that. There were ‘cool guys’ and then everyone else. Cool tricks, and then everything else. Now, you can skate anything, any way, and people are psyched on it. I’ve been really interested in transition lately. Whenever I find my way back to my skateboard, I’m going to mess around with some tranny skating. I like skating that looks comfortable.

 

 

What is your current set up ?  

 

I don’t have one! When I do set a board up, it will be an 8.125 Chocolate board with Thunder Trucks and Spitfire wheels, Andale Bearings, and MOB griptape. Maybe some home made stickers.

 

 

Do you have any rituals or can’t ride a certain color board?

 

I ride purple boards. The Chocolate concave is really good, and I actually weighed different boards on a scale in their warehouse once. The purple boards were slightly lighter. For some reason, that color feels different to me. Also, purple is the color of the Crown Chakra of the human body. It represents cosmic consciousness, understanding, and enlightenment. Purple is a pretty good color for lots of reasons. When your griptape gets mangled, it doesn’t look as hideous as a yellow board or a lighter color board as well.

 

 

What is your take on skateboarding when you first started and now?

 

Skateboarding was this wondrous thing when I was younger. This world of creative mystery, and this impossibly far away world of insider professional skateboarding. It was punk rock back then, a lot smaller but it had a huge set of balls. Skaters were revered and feared and outcast from normal society. That bred a certain kind of confidence in skaters. It was like a secret club that only skateboarders understood. People were fascinated and a little scared of us. Progression happened on a daily basis. New things were invented every day. There was such a fire to it. We were way behind what was going on in California, and it was so awesome to be constantly amazed at everything.

Now, I see an industry that’s discovered what it thinks is ‘big money’. Skateboarding tucked its balls away and has been playing it safe for a long time now– riding comfortably on that money train. Don’t rock the boat seems to be the ethos now. Don’t want to jeopardize our sales or make any waves. We got it real good, so lets just recolor that logo and put it on whatever is selling right now. I personally watched people turn over and start making weed leaf graphics because they sold so well, despite their personal feelings about promoting the use of illegal substances. People will do a lot of shit for money.

 

 

What period of skating through the years was your favorite time to skate?

 

Each period of time offered it’s own unique amazingness. Times change, but the stoke stays the same. 

 

 

If you could what up and comer would you like to put on the team?

 

Austyn Gillette, Blue Turner

 

 

What is you take on big companies trying to get in on skateboarding?  

 

I don’t actually care. You know why? Because by far, the most selfish tightwads I’ve ever seen in skateboard have been your beloved ‘core’ companies. Especially those who pretend to be struggling. A company owner is looking out for himself only. Don’t ever buy into that bullshit about ‘team’ and all that marketing horseshit. It’s just that– Marketing. Rich mothefuckers who could easily pay skateboarders more than they do, but try desperately to pay you as little as they can get away with. I’ve seen it over and over and over. I’ve seen actual numbers, and I’ve worked with budgets. Skateboard companies and shoe companies make so much goddamn money its disgusting. And they pay skaters like shit. Period. A huge company coming into skateboarding that drops a million bucks on some kid? Who cares? At least THAT kid will have something to show for his time and effort throwing his body down stairs for years and years. The kids who skate for the ‘core’ companies will just have a stack of video parts and a pile of debt when they’re done skateboarding. Don’t even think for one second that your favorite brands don’t short-change your favorite pro skateboarders. The reason XYZ company can push their products is because Pro A and Pro B says its cool. It’s always been like that. Skateboarders make the brand what it is, and ironically, are the lowest paid people in the company. #FACT  If some dude takes a Big Corpo check, it just means that some outside company is willing to pay these kids closer to what the skill level is worth in monetary terms. I’m not rich by any means. And if I see a kid get a half-million bucks off some energy drink, good for him. He can put his kids through college off of skateboarding. Whereas I, cannot. I ride for the companies I ride for, for a reason. But I will promise you this: When we’re all 60 years old at the Reunion Party, and some of us are broke and some of us are comfortable, none of it is going to matter anyway. No one’s gonna care in 20 years who you rode for or how much money you accepted. It’s your life. Do what you want with it.

 

 

What is planned for 2013 any new projects ?  

 

Yes. A new project.

 

 

Words of wisdom to any up and coming skaters?

 

I’m not a wise person by any means, but I have had my share of experiences in skateboarding. I will say this: If you’re angry, DEAL WITH THAT SHIT as soon as possible. Don’t drag your bullshit into a company situation. Don’t be so arrogant to think that the tricks you do make you a better person than the guy next to you in the tour van. You ain’t shit, and no one owes you a damn thing. Kindness and integrity are what will take you to where you’re meant to go. Be fucking NICE to people. That is the true strength. Anger is just a weak person shitting his diaper and refusing to take responsibility for his own life. Man up, and open your heart, and skateboarding will bless you with a life far richer than  you can ever imagine from where you stand right now. Trust me on this. Everyone loves certain skaters because of the kind of person they are, not just the tricks they do. Look around, you’ll see that. And from personal experience, watch out for booze and drugs. I advocate doing what works for oneself, but recognize when drinking or drug use gets out of hand, and cut that shit out before you throw away the very blessing you now have at your feet this very moment. Not trying to preach, I’m just saying from personal experience. Partying comes along with the territory, but the dude handing you that beer isn’t gonna be the one taking you to rehab. Take care of yourself, because unless you’ve got a good set of friends, based on how you treated people along the way, then you can lose everything from partying too hard. A lot of us are alcoholics, addicts, and recovering addicts and alcoholics. You don’t want to be either. Believe that. Be a skateboarder and a good person to the people you’re surrounded by. Build a life you can be proud of, not one you will be ashamed of.

 

 

Anyone you would like to thank?

 

Rick Howard, Guy Mariano, Jason Calloway, Brandon Biebel, Mike Carroll, Kelly Bird, Ty Evans, Roger Bagley, Tiltmode Army, Justice Ott, Federico Vittetta, Rodney Mullen, and my main man across the pond Chris Avery. All the people I’ve skated with and had fun with. And maybe one day we’ll meet and get to talk and skate together. Be well! – B.Hess

 

 

Nick Garcia, Tyler Bledsoe, Jose Rojo, David Reyes, Aidan Campbell and Axel Cruysberghs Interview

 

On March 16th, the SPoT held a free day to benefit BOARDS FOR BRO, a charity based in Tampa that collects skate gear for young skaters in need of it. Etnies hooked up the event by allowing free admission in exchanged of old boards and by bringing in their team. I got the chance to talk to Nick Garcia, Tyler Bledsoe, Jose Rojo, David Reyes, Aidan Campbell and Axel Cruysberghs aka Crusher about their careers, personal lives and how they afforded their boards before ‘making it’. Turns out this charity hit close to home for most of them.

 

 

DAVIDREYES

 

 

EDDIE CASTILLO: So I’ve been stalking your Instagrams, how was Atlanta?

DAVID REYES: A lot of fun. Really good places to eat, great skate spots. Just a good environment with a lot of possibilities.

EC: Are you guys just skating the whole time on these tours? Tell us what a tour’s like.

DR: We fly in, wait for everyone else to fly, get a rental car, get everything, check into the hotel. Then you have to deal with 10 different people’s opinions–Oh I wanna do this. Its all real scattered. But then towards the middle of trips everyone is just like Fuck it, whatever.

EC: What’s the best place you’ve gone with the Etnies team?

DR: Atlanta was great. I just got on [the team] maybe like six months ago. We’re going to China on April 2nd for like 20 days. We’re filming an Etnies AM video so we’re going on all these long trips with Aiden Campell, myself, Axel, Albert Nyberg, Barney Page all those dude.

EC: That’s awesome! I can’t wait for that edit. What has made the biggest difference in your life since joining the team?

DR: The traveling really.

EC: And the fresh gear?

DR: Ha, yeah the gear–get Christmas presents real easy. I can get my little sister shoes because Etnies makes shoes for toddlers so I can get her a bunch of shoes, and get my mom shoes. Stuff like that–its rad, I like being able to do that.

EC: Very sweet! Alright, so Boards for Bros. Skating is an expensive sport. When you were younger how were you able to afford new boards, and breaking bones?

DR: Breaking bones, ha. Well, there is this skateshop called BC Surf and Sport– I’m sure people have heard about it, in Denver CO where I’m from. My friend Andrew Ramirez and I would go in there and ask (in high-pitched voice) ‘You guys got any boards?’ and they’d give us used boards. Or my friends that skated that I met would give us old wheels, so it was pretty much like what Boards for Bros is doing.

EC: It is! That’s cool.

DR: Yeah, it helped me out.

EC: Where are you living now?

DR: Long Beach.

EC: How often are you home?

DR: Lately, not much because I’ve been traveling but I’ll go home for like a week or two then go again. After this I’ll be home for a week then China.

EC: Finally, taking falls and figurative failures haven’t broken your spirits, obviously. What has made you persevere to get to the level that you’re at?

DR: I’d say not thinking about how hard something is. Don’t think about it and do what you like. I try to make things as simple as possible.

EC: Solid advice.

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NICKGARCIA

 

 

EDDIE CASTILLO: What’s the most remarkable difference in your life since going pro?

NICK GARCIA: Most remarkable difference…

EC: Other than money!

NG: Ha. Umm, there aren’t many remarkable difference, I don’t know… I guess I take it more seriously. I’ve been hurt since going pro

EC: And now being hurt hurts a little more?

NG: Yeah, yeah I’ve been trying to take the body more seriously.

EC: Are you eating healthier?

NG: Kinda, I guess. Fuckin been going to Whole Foods more than I used to but that’s about it.

EC: Ha, alright. So what’s a boring day in your life?

NG: A boring day… most of my days would be boring by most people’s standards. I’m kind of a homebody.

EC: I know you recently got married, congratulations. I follow your IG and your wife is hot!

NG: Haha, thank you. She is, I know. I’m missing her right now.

EC: How often are you away from her?

NG: You know what, lately it hasn’t been too much– since we got married and I got hurt and stuff we’ve been spending a lot of time together but I think I’m about to go into a real travel bender here. But its not too bad, half and half.

EC: What’s the best place you’ve traveled with the Etnies team?

NG: Australia, that’s where I met my wife.

EC: Aww, she moved here for you?

NG: Yeah, I went to Australia 3 times one year and met her the last time.

EC: Were you guys skype-dating?

NG: Yeah we skype-dated for, uh, month or two after I left then she flew out.

EC: That’s adorable. Now to Boards for Bros. When you were younger, how were you affording your gear–getting new boards?

NG: I didn’t get new boards just the old ones from people, or I’d go to the shop and ask. They probably hated me because I would go beg everyday.

EC: How much time do you devote to skating daily?

NG: I like to be on my board at least an hour.

EC: Is it always fun or do you have to force yourself to get on it sometimes?

NG: If I’m at home by myself it’s always fun, I’m not forcing myself but we have that situation that comes around, like trips and stuff or we have days like today– we slept for like two hours and you gotta go skate around but its still fun, I mean I get to play with my favorite toy.

EC: What kind of music do you skate to?

NG: I’m like David, kinda all over the place with music.

EC: What do you like a lot right now?

NG: Me and my girl get into a lot of crazy stuff, like a lot of one-off bands, you know, and like searching through related videos on Youtube.

EC: Yeah so like obscure indie stuff?

NG: I don’t even wanna say what they are because I don’t wanna ruin them.

EC: Haha, I get it. What was your last major injury?

NG: I broke my collar bone. Got six screws and a plate.

EC: Eek. I broke my collarbone when I was little…doing a cartwheel. I know that’s lame but it was sticking out and piercing through my skin.

NG: Yeah a lot of people do when they are little. Was it sticking out like this? (pointing index finger upwards above left collarbone)

EC: Yeah!

NG: Mine too.

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EDDIE CASTILLO: Where are you from?

AIDAN CAMPBELL: I’m from Ranchos Santa Margarita, California.

EC: Woah, that’s a lengthy name.

AC: RSM, for short.

EC: Sounds like a gang. Represent?

AC: Yep!

EC: Do you live there now?

AC: I stay there now but I am either in Long Beach or LA. I stay up there with David Reyes and other people. I go home– because I live with my parents, and just stock up on clothes.

EC: How often are you home?

AC: 3 or 4 days out of the week.

EC: How old are you?

AC: 19.

EC: What was the last major injury you had?

AC: Probably, uh, I rolled my ankle but I didn’t go to a doctor– actually no, I broke my wrist.

EC: For how long did you stop skating?

AC: I didn’t, just wore a cast.

EC: When you skate is it always for fun or do you give yourself, like skating-homework?

AC: Well there’s definitely times when its not so fun, when you get frustrated with just skating but you always wanna go out because its fun, never a burden. But yeah I set out to learn tricks and that can be real frustrating.

EC: How much time do you devote to skating daily?

AC: I try to skate everyday buts there’s definitely some times when I don’t skate and just rest my body. Sometimes I feel sore and just don’t wanna skate but I don’t go for more than, like, two days.

EC: How long have you been skating?

AC: I’ve been skating, I think, since 3rd grade. That’s when I started but when I started to take it seriously was more like 7th grade, probably.

EC: What was the best thing you did in your recent trip to Atlanta?

AC: Uh… I don’t know. That’s hard. Oh I know! I saw Martin Luther King’s grave.

EC: Cool and educational.

AC: Yep, had no idea he was buried there.

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AXELCRUSHER

 

 

 

EDDIE CASTILLO: Where are you from?

AXEL CRUSH: _____Belgium

EC: How old are you?

AC: 18.

EC: How long have you been skating?

AC: 10 years.

EC: Long time. How were you spotted by Etnies?

AC: I went to a big skate competition and afterwards the team manager came up to me and said ‘we wanna sponsor you.’ I was like 12.

EC: Wow, you’ve been with them for six years. What’s the best place you’ve gone with the team?

AC: I don’t know, I’ve been on a lot of tours. But uh, I like all the places where its sunny and good to skate.

EC: Where do you live now?

AC: I still live in Belgium.

EC: You became sponsored very young, but before that, how were you paying for boards? Parents, work?

AC: Sometimes my parents bought one but most of the time they give me like 5 EUROS a week and then I just saved it up to buy boards. Also I always went to the same skatepark and if you go in they give you like 5 EUROS uh, reduction thing…

EC: like credit?

AC: Yeah like credit so you can also save it and if you have 80 EUROS you can buy a board.

EC: 8 EUROS?

AC: No, eighty.

EC: Woah, that’s expensive, they are like $50 here.

AC: Its because they make them here and ship them there.

EC: What music were you listening to today, yesterday, on the plane ride here? We wanna know what you like.

AC: I listened to a Harry Nilsson album. Its old but good.

EC: How much are you skating daily?

AC: It depends. On this tour we skated all day– like noon to midnight. At home I try to skate everyday, I don’t know, noon to 6 or quatre-heure.

EC: How do you pronounce your last name?

AC: Creys-behgz.

EC: Creys-beck?

AC: behgz. Nobody can pronounce it. Jamenson and them call me Crusher.

EC: Way better.

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JOSEROJO

 

 

 

EDDIE CASTILLO: So you’re from San Jose. Where do you live?

JOSE ROJO: I live in San Jose.

EC: How often are you there?

JR: I’d say about 4 months out of the year.

EC: That’s not a lot.

JR: Yeah I live out of bag.

EC: What’s a boring day in your life?

JR: I don’t consider any day boring. Shit, if I wake up and I don’t feel like skating I just go get some coffee and just kick it, watch TV or something.

EC: Well what’s an exciting day?

JR: I don’t know

EC: Life is just great all around?

JR: Yeah, I don’t know. You gotta enjoy life, take it for what it is… you only live once.

EC: Ummm

JR: I’m pretty boring in general.

EC: Haha so this is your attempt of covering it up?

JR: Haha, yeah.

EC: What’s the best place you’ve gone? Top 3.

JR: Australia, China and South America.

EC: South America? where?

JR: Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Peru.

EC: Where are you from? or what’s your ethnicity.

JR: Mexico–Mexico City.

EC: How was ATL?

JR: Oh it was sick. ATL is probably one of my favorite US cities. Tons of cool people. There’s that southern hospitality, that’s awesome. And just real, like super fun to party there.

EC: So Boards for Bro. Great charity right? When you were younger how were you affording your boards?

JR: Shit, I wasn’t. Fortunately San Jose had a huge skate scene–lots of famous people came out of there so when I was younger I would go to all the spots to be at, my dad would drop me off, and I would just mingle with all the dudes as a little kid and I would just ask them for boards and they’d hook me up. That’s pretty much how it went down, ‘til I got a job.

EC: At what age did you go pro?

JR: I went pro pretty late. I was 24 I think.

EC: What made you keep persevering?

JR: Well I came a long way with it. I was traveling the world and I thought why not try to actually be pro–try to get a board, try to get a shoe. You know, just pretty much setting goals for myself. Just a long series of goals.

EC: What are you listening to these days? Or what should everyone be listening to?

JR: That’s a tough one. I don’t know, Beyonce? I’m going to her show in a couple of months, I’m excited.

EC: Beyonce huh? Do you dance in front of the mirror and imitate her moves? I do.

JR: Haha, no I don’t do all that. I just like to look at her.

–> AFTER THE INTERVIEW<–
JR: (Walking through the SPoT store) This song playing, this is what everyone should be listening to. Grizzly Bear.

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TYLERBLEDSOE

 

 

 

EDDIE CASTILLO: Where do you live?

TYLER BLEDSOE: Well I go back and forth between Portland [Oregon] and LA. I have a place there for the winter time.

EC:What is a boring day in your life?

TB: Oh, I don’t know.

EC: This right here is pretty boring?

TB: No, no, haha it gets a lot more boring than this. Flying is the worst.

EC: You guys flew last night [from Atlanta] right?

TB: Yeah, I don’t…uh, I have anxiety. I’d rather drive.

EC: What do you do about it?

TB: I have to drink. I ust go straight to the bar \] and get a drink. Get plastered. I get so nervous, claustrophobic feeling. I feel like I’m trapped. But once I get a couple drinks I’m like ‘alright just get on the plane.’

EC: Once you get up in the air you get more drunk.

TB: Yep, that happens.

EC: I didn’t realize that until it happened to me. I was sitting in my seat drunk, cracking up to myself over some movie.

TB: Like ‘yep, I’m hammered.’ haha.

EC: Haha. Alright. So what’s the best place you’ve traveled to?

TB: Australia or Barcelona.

EC: Barcelona is fun.

TB: Barcelona is the best.

EC: How long were you there?

TB: I’ve been there twice. Second time we were only there a couple of days but the first time we were there for like 3 weeks. So I got the full experience.

EC: The skate scene is big there.

TB: Yeah, huge. So many skaters there.

EC: What kind of music are you into?

TB: A lot of stuff. And of course rap.

EC: What should everyone be listening to?

TB: I’ve always liked Gucci Mane.

EC: Remind me of a verse? haha.

TB: Ha, nah.

EC: How did you buy your boards when you were younger?

TB: Mom. But she didn’t want to buy them all the time, so I’d have to make them last.

EC: What if they broke?

TB: I was so small back then I couldn’t break them if I tried.

EC: What was your last severe injury?

TB: I’m actually still getting over one. I was hurt for like seven months, wasn’t skating. I had to get surgery on my ankle.

EC: Ow. Glad you’re back. So I know you skate for fun but do you ever give yourself a set amount of time to skate, like an assignment?

TB: Yes sometimes. Like when I’m filming I try to keep a schedule. Otherwise its just how I feel.

EC: Finally, what made you persevere to get to where you’re at?

TB: Just dedication. I can’t help it, its in my blood. I can’t stop thinking about it.

EC: What’s your advice to others trying to achieve the same?

TB: Just to be natural and not think about trying to get sponsored or anything, don’t tie your mind up.

 

 

 

Ryan Chaney

 

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When did you start skating and what got you into it?

 

 

Well I started skating 7 years ago when I was 10, my friend Pete got me into it and gave me his old board and I’ve been skating almost every day since 

 

 

 

What was the the video that got you hyped and you had to watch before every sesh?

 

 

Transworld “A Time to Shine”, Enjoi “Bag of Suck”, and DC Aus. Tour 06

 

 

 

What does your board consist of?

 

 

Lockdown Ronson deck, Jessup Grip, Independents, Gold and Bones Bearings

 

 

 

Whats the craziest encounter you had while skateboarding?

 

                                  

Well one day i was deciding whether i wanted to skate my local park or the roller rink in Leonardo, I went to “Nardo” where I encountered Brian Wenning and Richie White, we started talking and it turned out that they were filming the interview (which is infamous for Brian quitting Selfish) and we exchanged numbers, started skating and what not. A few months later I’m on lLckdown. I’m pretty stoked I decided to go to Nardo’ haha

 

 

 

Who or what team are you hyped on?

 

 

I’m hyped on Ronson Lambert joining the lineup. I use to study his tricks instead of doing my homework haha. I’m hyped on Expedition One, they have such a gnarly team

 

 

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Whats your ideal skate trip and who would you want on the trip?

 

 

Well I don’t travel very often, in fact I have never even been on a plane yet, haha. I would say Jon Pine, my buddy frank, a few other heads and I our heading to Cali

 

 

 

Whats your go-to trick that determines how the sesh goes?

 

 

Switch heel, but sometimes I’m just not feeling certain shit. ya know!

 

 

 

Hubba  or Hooters girls?

 

Hubba girls for wheels, Hooters girls for food haha 

 

 

 

What is the best about skateboarding and what is the worst?

 

 

The best is thinking about a trick you could never do, and landing it first try. Just the way you pictured it. The worst is trying one trick for days maybe weeks without landing it till you dwell on it, to the point where you can’t even fall asleep 

 

 

 

Any shoutouts or hate outs?

 

 

Shouts out to my parents sisters niece and brother, who have always supported me, my best friends Pete White, Ronnie Lynch, and Brandon Mcgeorge. Richie White Jr, Brian Wenning, Prime the Prolific One, Nasty Nas, Wu Tang, Frank Castineira, Joe Collison, and derek bogner. Last but not least, mathew J. Adams, rest in paradise buddy. – B.Hess

 

 

10qs – Jair Humphrey

 

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Name and where you from?

Jair Humphrey and (TRINIDAD) AND TOBAGO

 

Years skating?

Almost 3 years

 

What’s your set up consist of? 

8.0 OuterRR Deck, Tork Trux, Rockstar Bearings and Shake Junt Griptape

 

How did u get into skateboarding?

Saw it on TV and used to just roll around. I started learning tricks a long while after, when I met some of the local guys who skated… IRS

 

Favorite spot to skate?

Price Plaza for night sessions and Port-of-Spain in the day. Tobago is fun to.

 

 

Best thing about skateboarding?

The feeling when you land a trick after trying it for a long time. And just having fun and filming with the homies.

 

Worst trend in skateboarding?

Cocky skaters. I mean if your good at skateboarding, that’s cool but you should always be humble and help others on the come up.

 

Any good skate stories where your like what the fuck just happened?

Actually no haha. Sorry

 

Whats your goto trick at any spot?  

Gotta pop an Ollie to get the feel.

 

Shout outs hate outs words of wisdom?

I got a long list haha. Here goes, Shoutout to my sponsors OuterRR, Wicked Audio, Rockstar Bearings and Fuel Socks. Shoutout to the homies Chad White, RideLiveBe, CHOOlyfe essentials, Tork Trux, Steezy and Murder Ride, FSBS and IRS. Oh and Tommie for giving me this interview. Also anyone who has ever supported or helped me with my Skateboarding.

Words of Wisdom- Always remember your roots and SKATE don’t HATE –B.Hess

 

 

Miguel Taylor

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When u start skateboarding and What got u into doing it ?

 

When I was 12, my friend had a toys R us board that we would take turn practicing Ollie’s on in my drive way

 

 

What was the video that got you hyped and you had to watch it before each session

 

Then: baker 3 or this is skateboarding

Now: the cinematographer project               

 

 

Whats your shred stick consist of ?

 

Lockdown deck 8.25, thunder highs, 54 bones stf (they’re probably 52’s now)                                       

 

 

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Whats the craziest encounter while out skating ?

 

I got punched in the face driving my friend home after skating spots all day and night and being young and dumb we may have been yelling obscenities out the window and one guy took it the wrong was chased us down and introduced his fist to my face after forcing my car off the road… That juices up guido may have won that round but ill never for get hahah

 

 

Who or what team are you hyped on ?

 

Lockdown, Eddie “snake” henriquez, pat rumney                                 

 

 

Whats your ideal skate trip and who would u want on the trip?

 

Tranny spots with the homies and some nuggets                                            

 

 

Whats your goto trick that determines how the shesh goes?

 

SS FS Rock

 

 

Hubba girls or hooters girls?

 

Hubba

 

 

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What is the best about skateboarding?   Whats the worst?

 

The existence of skating is the best part about it, injuries and fly outs are the worst

 

 

Any shout outs or hate outs?

 

Look mom I’m on the Internet , Fonkledonk meng – B.Hess