Schmatty

 

Shmatty

 

 

Schmatty  walked up to Marquise Henry after our interview in front of The SPoT. He had just fallen on his ass. The pain was still so fresh in and inhibiting of his lower back/buttocks region that he couldn’t locate what specific area he had hurt. I took this as an opportunity to interview him. To ease the pain of sitting down, we moved from the wooden picnic tables and had a stand up interview.

 

EC-Where are you from?

 

SC- Born and raised in Hawaii. Live in L.A now.

 

EC-At what age did you start skating?

 

SC-I probably got a board at like 5 or 6 but I started to get really into at like, 9.

 

EC-Who got you into it?

 

SC-I got a couple of homies from school that skated so I would just skate their boards.

 

EC-Was there a big skating scene where you grew up?

 

SC-No, not really.

 

EC-What was your favorite stop on this Kayo tour?

 

SC- Probably Atlanta. We got a couple of homies there and they got the DGK playground out there. It was a good time.

 

EC- How many people were on the tour?

 

SC-There were probably like 25 people. We have two vans. It gets pretty crowded with all the luggage, boards and products.

 

EC-Who’s your closest buddy on the team?

 

SC- Probably Lenny. We’ve been rooming on the tour.

 

EC- What are other things you really enjoy doing?

 

SC-I like to hang out, just kick it. I’m not really a drinker. I don’t like to go out to the bars, get wasted and shit. Did, done that. I just like to kick it and get some chores done.

 

EC-There isn’t a huge pile of dirty laundry at your place?

 

SC- Nope. I’m clean.

 

 

Lenny Rivas

 

Lenny Rivas

 

 

Lenny Rivas was hard to get to. He was always doing something. Many times I lost his all black, leather lined hat in the crowd. I had to wait until he was done signing the skateboards and posters of all the fans to speak to him.

 

EC-Where are you from?

 

LR-San Diego, California.

 

EC-Do you still live there?

 

LR-I do.

 

EC-What’s it like growing up there? It’s a big skate scene right?

 

LR-Yeah, it’s a big skate scene. I grew up in the ghetto. That’s called National City. I grew up skating those streets. I still love it. It’s my hometown.

 

EC-Do you still live in National City?

 

LR-No, I had to move out. You know, I got some money so, yeah I gotta move out the hood but I’m always there. Every day.  My mom lives there, family, friends. Everything. I’m always back.

 

EC-When did you start skating?

 

LR-I was like ten years old.

 

EC-How’d you get into it?

 

LR- My aunt bought me a cheap Walmart skateboard for Christmas. After that I learned a couple of tricks and started figuring out that I had cheap board so I stepped it up to a real good board. I started getting better at it by time.

 

EC-So your aunt got you into it randomly, and look where you are now. Does she remember that she got you the board?

 

LR-Oh she knows that. She’s always asking me for gear and all types of stuff. I have to pay her back.

 

EC-Yep, you owe her. What’s your favorite skateboarding video of all time?

 

LR- I will go with Fulfill the Dream, it’s a Shorty’s video. I like Brandon Turner, I grew up watching him skate. He is in jail right now. Free Brandon Turner.

 

EC-What are your other passions?

 

LR-I love music and graffiti. I love doing art.  I love tagging everywhere.

 

EC-What are your plans when you get back?

 

LR-First thing I do is chill with my little man. My kid.

 

EC-Right, you just had a baby. How old is he now?

 

LR-Nine months. I miss him so much. So yeah, I’m going to live the dad life.

 

 

Matt Miller

 

Matt Miller

 

 

Matt Miller and I walked away from the scene looking for a quieter place to talk just as everyone watched and cheered on a boy doing front and back flips off the wooden rails and into the moat that in just 20 minutes filled up enough to cause the boy no injuries from his jumps. We stopped to talk around the corner. The shouts faded only slightly.

 

EC-Where are you from?

MM-California. I live in Encinitas, California.

 

EC-When did you start skating?

 

MM-When I was 12, almost 13.

 

EC-What got you started?

 

MM-Me and my friend just found an old board in one of his mom’s friend’s garage. And then, we basically just started riding down a little slant all day. Sharing one board. Then his mom went and bought us both completes.

 

EC-So you didn’t really know much about skating, you just found a board?

 

MM-Yeah, we just found it and just started doing it and we got into like crazy. That was all we did.

 

EC-What was your favorite stop on this tour?

 

MM-All of them were super fun but I have to say Tampa. I’ve been coming here since I was younger. Tampa is always legendary.

 

EC-Where were you last GSD?

 

MM-I was in Europe.

 

EC-What’s another thing you really like doing?

 

MM-I really like to golf…when my wrist is okay, because I keep falling on it.

 

EC-Golfing is really different than skateboarding.

 

MM-It’s different but it has similarities at the same time.  Like skateboarding, you can’t perfect it ever. It’s endless learning. It’s the same with golfing. You’re never going to be good at every shot but when you hit that perfect shot it feels like you just landed a trick.

 

 

 

 

Brad Rosado

 

Brad Rosado ( DGK TM )

 

 

Brad Rosado was hesitant to give me an interview. His face at my proposal seemed to say, “What is she going to ask me?” I had two major questions: how’d you get the job and what’s it like to be Team Manager. Eventually and timidly he acceded. He told me a lot of what I wanted to know and more.

 

Eddie Castillo: Where are you from?

Brad Rosado:  From Washington Dc.

 

EC: Where do you live?

BR: Los Angeles California.

 

EC: When did you start skating?

BR: When I was 10 years old.

 

EC: How’d you get into it?

BR: My uncle used to skate in New York and he had an old school board. He gave it to me.

 

EC: What’s the difference between an old school board and the ones now?

BR: Old school ones are nine and a quarter, it’s a got a fishtail on it. He used to skate for Shut Skateboards back in the day. He had it in a glass case.

 

EC: He gave it to you?

BR: Yeah, it was sick.

 

EC: As Team Manager do you plan the stops on the tour?

BR: I do. I try to break it up so the drives are not as long.

 

EC: How do you pick the cities?

BR: Usually I’ve been there before and there are major cities where we try to go, or somewhere with a sick downtown scene.

 

EC: What other responsibilities do you have, taking care of that many dudes?

BR: SO many.  Gotta wake them up, make sure they eat, make sure they have skateboards. If they need a flight I get a flight for them. Hotels, get good hotels.

 

EC: Wow, that’s a lot of stuff.

BR: Yeah, it’s a lot. Pretty much anything you can imagine. I’m the trip planner, driver, instagramer, motivator, their alarm clock, filmer, friend, etc. The list goes on.

 

EC: So how did you get this job? How does one become a team manager for DGK?

BR: Well, it kinda just happened after I started filming with those guys for a few years. They would stay in Atlanta, GA with me to film and they had no team manager so I would always take care of them. Eventually that turned into my full time role with the title.

 

EC: What video where you filming with them?

BR: Parental Advisory.

 

EC: So you were filming and being team manager at the same time?

BR: Yeah I was doing both at the same time.

 

EC: Wow. But do you love it?

BR: I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

 

EC: That’s awesome.

BR: I don’t know how to do anything else, haha.

 

EC: Are you the kind of skater that listens to music while skating?

BR: Yeah, that’s what keeps us going.

 

EC: So do you also pick the music for the guys?

BR: That’s funny you say that because usually once a month I’ll send them a zip file of music, all the new stuff that came out. Even albums, they ain’t gotta buy the albums. They download it and they have an IPOD full of music.

 

EC: You do everything for them.

BR: Well, they asked me a lot for music so it got to the point that I said I might as well just try to hook them up.

 

EC: What are your plans for when you get back?

BR: Pretty much just go back and skate. We have a video for Gold Wheels in the works called ‘Gold Goons’. The whole DGK team will be in the video. We also got a couple solo DGK parts that should drop before the end of the year.

 

EC: How much say do you have in who gets to be a new rider?

BR: A descent amount. I will suggest people, but if they don’t get along with the team they probably don’t have a chance getting on. But if they are sick, and the team likes them and they’ve got a good image then they have a good chance of getting on the team. At the end of the day this team is a family and we got to keep it like that. 

 

10qs – Simon Lambey

 

 

Simon Lambey

 

 

When did you start skateboarding and what got you into doing it?

I started skating when I was 15 yrs old in Phoenix, Az, my homie Oscar got me skating. I saw him ollie over a chair, from then I was with it!!

 

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

Paul Rodriguez’s part in the City Stars Video “Street Cinema”

That part had me going!!

 

What’s your current set-up?

CityStars board size 8, Independent trucks 8.25, Spitfire Wheels 52mm, Bones bearings and Cowtown hard ware.

 

What’s the craziest encounter while out skating?

We went to this ten stair with a rail you can skate over at a school in Inglewood, Ca and as soon as we got in the school, Nick Tucker did switch heel flip over the rail, too Smooth!!

 

Who or what team are you hyped on?

New Balance Numeric Footwear Team.

 

 

What’s your ideal skate trip and who would you want on the trip?

My ideal skate trip would be to go to Dubai with whole the New Balance footwear team, along with Pj Ladd, Levi Brown and Arto Saari.

 

What’s your go to trick that determines how the session goes?

Switch 360 flip

 

Hubba girls, or hooters girls?

Hooter Girls Fo sho!!

 

What are the best and worst things about skateboarding?

Best thing about skating for me is learning new tricks and meeting new people. Worst thing is getting hurt!

 

Any shout outs or words of wisdom?

Shout out to my family and friends, Kareem Campbell and the CityStars family, New Balance Numeric, Levi Brown, Avante Rose, Taydoe, The Game and the BwsApparel family.

Do want you believe in and don’t let anyone tell you differently or that you can’t do it!! – B.Hess

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 [laughter]

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