First off, it is amazing to even interview you so I am thankful for this…
1. What is it like working with The Aquabats on this new project? Do you think it helps promote skateboarding and music to a new generation?
It’s a blast. They are so unique and creative that it’s not like you are actually working; it’s more like throwing funny ideas around and then making them realities. I think it helps to promote thinking differently in terms of sports, music and lifestyles. Skateboarding and early new-wave / punk are big parts of that equation.
2. In Gleaming the Cube, was the pool on top of the hill as good as it looked? How long did you get to skate it, what was the story behind it?
We skated it for one afternoon. It was pretty good, but only one wall was suitable for tricks. To Stacy’s credit, he located it via helicopter. Even though it was full of water when he spotted it, he had an instinct that it would be skateable. They drained it and rented the house on that notion, and it worked out.
3. What skate video to you, new, old, has been influential in your own skateboarding?
The Bones Brigade Video Show changed my view of professional skating; it made me realize that I could have a forum for the new tricks I was creating without having to master them and/or wait until a competition to unveil them.
4. Do you miss 411 videos at all?
I liked the community of 411 in that it transcended the skaters’ sponsors and styles. Not everyone had to be on the same team to be seen together; everything is much more segregated now.
5. If you could replicate any skatepark pool from the past, what would it be and why?
Colton snake run. It had the best hips and variety of different transitions and heights.
6. Beer of choice? N/A
7. Do you like to skate with an ipod on or just hear sounds of skating? What are the top songs or bands on your ipod?
I have an old-school style 120Gb iPod at my ramp full of music. My goto playlists include The Clash, Nine Inch Nails, Modes Mouse, 999, Buzzcocks, At The Drive-In, Devo, Black Keys, Dead Kennedys and Ministry (among others)
8. Most favorite skatepark built to date?
Woodward Beijing (if they only had a vert ramp)
9. Where do you see skateboarding going in the next 5 years?
I see it getting more popular globally, especially in places like Africa, China and even the MIddle East.
10. Is there any trick that has been an issue for you ever? I know back smiths took me forever to get and I still suck at them.
I don’t like my frontside inverts. I made the mistake of learning Miller Flips first so I always put my hand too far back and end up overturning.
11. Skateboarding in the Olympics? Good, Bad, or inevitable?
It would have been good for the Olympics because they need that youthful energy in the summer games, but it appears they are too old and clueless to figure that out. It’s inevitable that skateboarding will eventually save the summer Olympics but not anytime soon.
Thank you for your time, I would love to come skate your house sometime!
– By Nick Gates