An Interview With Lurker Lou About Card Boards

July 16th, 2014 | 7:30 am | Features & Interviews | 4 Comments

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If you are ready to forgive Lurker Lou for ruining skateboarding, he’s been working on a pretty cool project entitled Card Boards. Rather than allowing childhood baseball cards to collect dust and tossing old boards by the curb, Lou combined the two into a collection for the entire Major League. He has a show this Saturday featuring all the boards, so we spoke to him about how Card Boards came to fruition.

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Everyone has a story about how they first got into collecting things as a kid. How did you get into baseball cards?

My dad was into baseball throughout his life. He was born in 1947 and collected during the forties and fifties. When he went to college, his mom threw out his collection.

Baseball card collecting got hot again in the eighties. I had a brother who was five years older than me, and when he was eight or nine, my dad started buying him all these cards. By the time I started at six or seven, he was already over them. I got all my brother’s cards and went from there. The eighties were sort of the peak of collecting cards.

Why was it the peak?

All the baby boomers, like my dad, were in their forties. They didn’t want you to just throw them away like they did. That’s why they became rare, because no one thought to hold onto them when they first got big in the forties and fifties.

My dad had a liquor store and he would carry baseball cards there. He’d buy boxes for me at wholesale, like as a treat when I got As on my report card. We’d take the good ones, put them aside and make team sets. At 11 years old, I started skating, and completely left anything having to do with baseball or cards behind. Card collecting was on its way out anyway. The market got over saturated.

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How’d you decide to start making boards with cards twenty years down the line?

I was bored, going through old stuff in maybe winter 2012. An old roommate had left a bunch of cards behind. He had Shawn Kemp rookie cards, Gretzkys and other shit. I wanted to get rid of the cards to make back some of the money this dude owed me. I went onto Beckett.com, which was the website of this monthly magazine that would tell you card prices back in the day. The cards are worth nothing. A mint condition 1987 Gretzky is maybe $8-16. I wasn’t going to go through the trouble of selling some cards for $10.

Five Favorite Parts With Josh Stewart

June 13th, 2014 | 5:20 am | Features & Interviews | 1 Comment

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There aren’t many individuals putting as much patience and passion into the craft of skate videos as Josh Stewart. His latest project, Static 4, took almost half a decade to complete (Quim Cardona managed to grow dreadlocks in the time it took to finish the video.) Though we luckily caught Bill Strobeck, creator of the other marquee video of 2014, before his barrage of interviews started to drop, we weren’t so lucky with Josh, who has discussed the making of Static 4 to great extent in recent interviews. Instead of a straightforward Q & A, we asked him to discuss five of his favorite sections by other people for some insight into what inspires his work.

Static 4 DVDs now available for preorder over on the Theories of Atlantis site.

Five Favorite Parts with Eric Koston + Bonus Sheffey Story

May 16th, 2014 | 5:00 am | Features & Interviews | 36 Comments

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We got this guy to weigh in on some of his biggest inspirations for our ongoing “Favorite Parts” series. Though there are the standard Hensley and Gonz inclusions that pop up among people in Koston’s age group, there’s an added bonus that makes this entry particularly special. The person who set this interview up said “Make sure you ask him about the Sheffey and DiCaprio story,” and I almost forgot until Sheffey’s Soldier’s Story part came up as the final inclusion. Good thing it did…

Also if anyone has any [realistic] subject requests for this series, feel free to post them in the comments. We’ll see if we can work some magic and track them down.

Have a good weekend everyone ;)

The Origin of the White Rapper

May 9th, 2014 | 5:00 am | Features & Interviews | 19 Comments

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For a group that considers itself so creative, skateboarders sure suck at naming tricks. The sex change, benihana and even salad grind have all fallen out of fashion, and so have fun trick names altogether. Skaters have grown into stringent conservatives about trick names; QS is routinely lambasted for use of the term “nollie half cab” for nollie frontside 180s, as if 90% of the T.F. doesn’t call it that already. Even seemingly clever names e.g. “the fishhook” for the nollie frontside 180 switch nosegrind revert point to mechanical similarities rather than any hint of playful nomenclature.

But one name has stood strong over the past decade. Maybe it’s not an official name, but the “white rapper” B.K.A. the switch varial heelflip is still keeping the fun in trick names up and down the eastern seaboard, and evidently abroad as well. (Some corners will contend that it also refers to regular stance varial heelflips…more on that in a bit.) What genius came up with this name? Who did it refer to and where did it originate from? We decided to find out.

The most common origin story comes from Philadelphia, some ten-plus years ago. That is where we will begin our journey…

An Interview With Eli Reed

May 2nd, 2014 | 6:01 am | Features & Interviews | 8 Comments

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Photo by Sam Muller

A conversation with one of the most talented and versatile skaters from out east — or anywhere really — about his new board sponsor, New York and the Gram, obviously.

P.S. Static IV is really good and full of surprises ;)

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You went without a board sponsor for a pretty long time, especially for someone who still got a lot of coverage. Were you ever worried that you might not be able to skate for a living anymore?

I wasn’t too frustrated, I still kept skating. Skateboarding is in a weird place right now, where things are changing and evolving quicker than ever. It’s easier for a lot of companies to put on AMs because they don’t have to pay them up front and it’s sort of like a trial period. There aren’t many board companies out there making tons of money and able to pay pros a whole lot. I understood everything was about timing. Being on the east coast is another thing, since you’re not in people’s eyes every single day like you would be in California.

I’ve been blessed with so much other stuff in my life. Whether being a pro comes or goes, I knew that I still loved skateboarding, and that I still have a lot more skating I want to do in my life.

How did the Organika situation come about?

I talked to a few companies prior to that and nothing felt right at the time.

Karl Watson hit me up out of the blue and asked if I was down and I said “Let’s do this.” Expedition was a possibility a while back, but I think they were more hyped on having me on Organika since it’s a smaller knit crew. They have some young dudes killing it, and legends like Quim and Karl, so they needed someone to bridge that gap. I feel like I’m getting a second wind right now and I still got a lot left to give.