Interviews with Skaters
Extracts from Skateboarder Magazine, March 2003.
What does your daily routine look like these days?
Wake up and go skate till I drop. Go home and hang out with my broad, watch “The Sopranos,” crash out.
What’s up with the stalkers?
Oh, God, there’s basically kids at my house like everyday. These kids follow me home from spots or something. They could be in the bushes with binoculars right now. Some of these kids come up and want to get loaded. They come trying to give me a sack or a six-pack or something and I’m like, “Get away, I’m trying to lay hammers right now.” Dude, one day there was like 10 15-year-old kids at my house. They all brought their underage broads and all this shit’s going on. I’m like, “Look, I’ve got a girlfriend and you’re f–kin’ 15.”
Do you ever think about finishing school?
I’m interested in taking a Spanish class, maybe some anthropology or music classes, just to get a little stimulation in the brain piece. I haven’t attended school in a long while, so it’s about that time.
What was it like traveling so much when you were so young?
It was great, we used to go away in the Kit Kat van. The back of it was just grated metal. Loads of people would go away—Andy Scott, Matt McMullan, Wurzel, Pete Dossett. We used to pile it up with mattresses and sleep in there. There were brown sweat stalactites on the ceiling, it was minging.
What’s the most trouble you’ve gotten in off the skateboard?
My girlfriend. Not really trouble, but she wants me to be around all the time. She gets all bummed when I go skate. Right now, since I’m hurt, she’s all psyched.
Is L.A. home now?
L.A. is comfortable, but I’m definitely going to move back to Philly. I had to get a grip after what they did to Love Park. Every time I think of a new trick I think of doing it at Love. Now that dream is vanished. I’m kinda stuck thinking where I’m gonna learn this trick. I just adapt to my surroundings. Hopefully, we can get Love Park back. It ain’t that destroyed. If not, I’ll just enjoy the memories, watch it on tape. I’ve been skating there for like 11 years. I learned every single trick I know at Love. I know who was the first person to wax that ledge, who was the first person to do what on it. That’s how far I go back, when we didn’t even skate the top part. I wanna say thanks to Josh Kalis for recognizing the talent. That’s a blessing. Josh is my dog for life. He’s like my brother.
In one issue of a magazine you were in three different bearing ads. How did that go down?
It was a miscommunication. That was embarrassing man, but not really. I told certain people and they chose to use it. But I’m officially on Gold Rims, that’s my own project. Everything is straight. Much love.
Give us a good story from the Cadillac tour.
We went to this demo, and that’s when I met Sean Sheffey. He was backside 180-ing these big grass gaps. He was 16. We were like. “Hey, you wanna go on this tour with us?”
And he was like, “OK.”
We were like, “Do you wanna go by your house and get anything?”
He was like, “No.”
So he just got in the Cadillac and we took off. He didn’t have anything. Nothing. I think I bought him a toothbrush.
A couple of states away we bought all these fireworks. There was no room in Natas’ Caddy, so they threw all the fireworks in our car. So we were going down the highway—it was me, Alan Petersen, Julien Stranger, and [Sean] Sheffey. The drive tranny fell out, but from the rear end, so it was bouncing behind us, like, bap, bap, bap! The other Caddy was way ahead of us, so they just kept driving. We were sitting on the side of the road for like four hours. During that time, Julien and Alan took a walk for these lights way off in the distance. They found a golf range and they ended up staying there, drinking beers with these chicks. They just left us out there. So me and Sheffey just started lighting off the fireworks. We lit off like five bags of fireworks.
Then this cop finally came and was like, “What’s going on?”
We were like, “We’re bored. The car’s messed up.”
He was like, “You guys are lucky that it’s a firework-safe state.”
So we got away with it, and he ended up buying us pizza or something.
How’s it hanging with Mark Gonzales?
Dude, he’s living at my house right now. He drives me nuts. He’s nocturnal, he doesn’t sleep, and he’s drawing on everything. Everything is drawn on at my house. When he disrobes he just leaves his clothes in a pile. He reads the New York Times everyday, so there’s just a stack of paper like six feet tall in my house that he’s drawn on. I’ll use it for firewood or something.
Have you had more fist fights or girlfriends?
More fist fights. I clocked this dude the other night. He was messing with me. I just stood him up. Oh, it was great! He fell over like a tree, an uppercut right to the chin. He came running up in my face. I gave him a change and I was like, “I don’t wanna do this.” He kept on yelling at me, so I was like, “All right, this is it.” And I rang his bell so good.