Interviews with Skaters

Ex­tracts from Skateboarder Magazine, March 2003.

Jim Greco

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.”

Aaron Suski

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.

Alex Moul

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.

Scott Kane

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.

Stevie Williams

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.

Mic-E Reyes

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.