makes a good skateboarder?
The fact that he or she is willing to just skate down the street and skate anything
that comes up. And have an appreciation for style, and not just landing tricks
What was it like growing up and skating in Connecticut?
It was like sweeping you driveway in February, shoveling all the snow, then
let it dry, two days later you could probably bring out the launch ramp and
skate again. We built a lot of shit behind my local grocery store. We used to
use the old display cases from Wall Mart, and file cabinets, build ledges out
of those and do slapies and shit.
How many brothers and sisters do you have?
I have eleven sisters and two brothers.
What's it like coming from such a big family?
It's great, because I learn so much from each and every one of them. But it's
also difficult because I love them all and can't keep in touch with them as
much as I'd like to. The industry that I'm in is so fast paced, it's sometimes
hard for me to return phone calls. I get to see them a few times a year, and
they're awesome. Everyone has a different job, none of us do anything that's
similar. Christmas is always good.
How long have you been getting tattoos?
I got my first tattoo when I was fifteen. Me and my friends all put a cross
on our right ankle. We knew we could pull up our socks and our parents would
never see them. Then my friend tattooed my left shoulder in art class. We actually
got credit for it. When I was eighteen I got that one covered up. Since then
I've been getting at least one every year.
Do they have some meaning to you?
Yeah, a few have deep meanings, and the others are more like me being aware
of color and decoration. A lot of the time, I like the old fashioned ones. And
the reason I got them was I wish I could have lived on the earth when it was
1950. These tattoos remind me of a time I would have liked to experience.
makes you nervous?
George W. Bush, bad drivers, my friends experimenting with heroin. Oh yeah,
and I'm really scared of heights.
Are you concerned about the US going to war?
Yeah. I'm concerned about not knowing what people have brought into our country,
in the past five years, and what they'd be willing to use against us. That's
creepy, and I'm concerned, but I'm just going to go about my business. There's
not too much I can do. I just hope we can get a democrat president in the next
election, and he can help fix what George fucked up.
Who were tougher, pirates or Vikings?
Dude I hate to say it, but I think the Vikings were. Those dudes were
gnarly. I'm sure they would just eat you face off.
Do you believe in psychics?
Not with neon lights in their window. Maybe a suggestion from a friend, I could
take serious. Not some dude on Broadway, in North Beach, I wouldn't believe
Have you ever gone to a psychic?
No, but two of my sister are really in touch with the spiritual world. They
don't walk around in tye-dyed burkas or anything. If they had some psychic visions
I would listen, because they're someone that I trust.
When you wake up on Monday morning what is the first thing
you think about?
If I get the New York Times today, it wont be so thick that I can't carry it.
Is there something you like to do each and every day?
Listen to music and read the paper.
has riding for Girl affected you life?
It's neat because I know it's the last board sponsor I'll have, until I retire.
I feel a little more solid. It's made me feel proud in a lot of ways too. My
modesty makes it difficult to say that, but I'm definitely proud to be part
of this incredible legacy.
How's Cory when we're on the road?
Great, man! I like Rick's approach to a trip. He likes to ride his skateboard,
but he's not going to settle for some janky spot. Him and Carroll are just patient.
They skate all the time, but they're not just going to roll up to a fifteen-stair
and skate it to get a photo. They have a lot of fun playing s.k.a.t.e. and just
warming up. Then they always get something good by the end of the day.
How will your part in "Yeah Right" differ from
your past parts?
I'm wearing Girl shirts and riding Girl boards, in this video. Maybe more manuals.
What one part (in "Yeah Right") are you looking forward to seeing?
Gino. Gino or Carroll.
Where is your favorite place to be?
That always changes. Right now I would say the south of Spain, the Mediterranean.
Have you always been creating art?
Yeah, ever since I can remember. My friends and I, in elementary school, had
a little art club. The ZZ Top Club, it was pretty sick.
Yeah, all we did was draw ZZ Top style cars. That was in fourth grade. We'd
all get together our little ZZ Top folders, and see who had the best cars. That
was pretty fuckin' out there, but I guess I've always been a little eccentric
on that tip.
How much time do you spend on you art now a days?
Anywhere from zero to six hours a day. Sometimes I'll paint in my garage from
10pm till four in the morning. Some days I don't do anything, it varies.
Have you ever been into any other sports?
Yeah, when I was little, I was really into basketball and soccer. I played on
a soccer team, then I got into music and then skateboarding. I always had basketball
hoop in my back yard, so my brother and I always played. I love basketball,
I still play. Brad and I shot some hoop the other day.
Is there anything more important than friends and family?
Yeah, believing in your self.