An Interview With Mitchell Wilson

April 5th, 2017 | 1:03 pm | Features & Interviews | 9 Comments

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Words & Interview by Zach Baker
Photos by Colin Sussingham & Max Hull

We’ve all heard more than a few skateboarders use the term “family” to describe their group of friends, mutually-funded acquaintances, or more broadly, everyone who has ever owned a skateboard, whether or not they’ve even met. But I think I speak for all of us when I say that it has always been a source of fascination when you hear of people that skate together who are, well, actually siblings. Guys like Jonas and Jeremy Wray, Mike and Quim Cardona, Dustin and Tristan Henry — it always seemed so nice to grow up with a brother or sister who also skated.

Courtesy of Max Hull’s owl-like awareness, it was brought to our attention that a number of Slap commenters are a bit confused about the genealogy of contemporary skateboarding’s most popular brothers: the Wilsons. Mitchell Wilson, a.k.a. Crazy Mitch From Philly, is Andrew and Johnny’s oldest brother. As you maybe know, and in keeping with the higher-publicized talents of the his bloodline, Mitch is anomalously fucked at skating. What separates Mitch is that, unlike his brothers who are very much a part of the multi-billion-dollar skate industry, Mitch has always been untethered by the throes of brand affiliation and marketing teams, which has granted him the liberty to say, post an Instagram story of himself scribbling on his teeth with Crayons, dive headfirst into a pile of garbage, or say generally whatever he wants with minimal repercussion save maybe a black eye.

While many of his compatriots have migrated north in search of art-handling gigs and diamondplated metal, Mitchell has been downright stubborn in his affinity for Philadelphia, so much so that he allegedly gives his whole family Philadelphia t-shirts and souvenirs for Christmas every year.

So, to clarify, Mitchell, the guy who does wallie kickflips, slappy switch smith grinds, and that really, really long winding slappy in Paych, is the oldest brother of Andrew and John Wilson. Josh Wilson is not at all related.

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Who’s your favorite skateboarder?

I didn’t have one for years because I never even thought about it, but when I started working at Woodward, every kid would ask me that, so, I guess, Tony Trujillo.

What’s up with wallie kickflips?

I was trying frontside wallie backside 180s, and it flipped one time. I figured out how to make it flip and just tried to land on it. I can’t really do it anymore, it was just a passing thing. But I’ve tried heelflip ones and I’ve tried them switch.

If There’s Hell Below We’re All Gonna Go

November 7th, 2016 | 5:03 am | Daily News | 2 Comments

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Thank you to everyone who bought something from the webstore. The response was stronger than expected and we’re still catching up on orders. If you don’t see tracking in your e-mail by ~Wednesday, then you can start sending those “where is my stuff” emails. Until then, we’re still getting caught up with the last of them. If you’re a small, there are some items left + a lot of the hat styles are still in stock.

These made me laugh, idc.

An interview with one of the T.F’s native sons, Yaje Popson via Cafe Creme.

“Young Mitchell why you trapping so hard?” Fresh off the Nik Stain vid, someone created a great remix of my second favorite Wilson brother, Mitch from Philly.

Damn, back in my day, skate video titles had TWO words. Fully Flared, Menik Mati, Yeah Right… ANYWAY, Drama is the new kinda full-length (15 min) from Harry Bergenfield, Evan Pacheco and the youth, filmed mostly in the city but with a decent bit of Jersey footage. Been fun to watch these get better and better. Everyone obviously starts out with their influences and eventually matures into something unique if they keep at it. Shout out to the boy Ingmar.

To each his own, but the fact that people are making dedicated tribute videos to the “Brownsville Banks” A.K.A. the Beef Patty Banks (or wait, should we have been calling them the Space Heater Banks this entire time?) goes to show how sad the quality of [low bust] spots in this city has become. Cool video though.

New iPhone via video Genesis Evans with some cool varial flips.

Fuck Dime. Fuck them. Let’s just keep it going like we used to. Hehehehehe.” — Josh Kalis. DGK x Dirty Dime Kids coming soon.

Chill fall New York montage via Victor Garland and some NC boys.

Kingpin came through and dropped a #listicle of 29 memorable skateboard Vines, many of which we spaced on for our dedicated #RIPVine post. Completely forgot about the dude ollieing into the bank, falling and knocking the kid over.

In case you only caught the nollie flip into the Roosevelt Island monument via last week’s #QSTOP10, Walker Ryan’s new Thunder part has a bunch of New York clips.

The LurkNYC squad took a trip up to Montreal.

Jenkem interviewed the original brand manager behind Ghetto Child wheels about relaunching the brand in 2016, and the heyday of Muska selling 10,000 boards a month. It also reminded me of Child of the Ghetto, which then reminded me of this 2012 New York Magazine profile of G. Dep, which is so, so dark.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Have a feeling that Lillard is gonna become the new people’s fav shooting PG this season with everyone hating GSW etc…

Quote of the Week: “The last thing you want to be is sponsored.” — Bob LaSalle

I think pretty decent advice on dealing with the next ~48 hours is listening to a bunch of Curtis Mayfield and trying not to think about it. (Except when you vote, you should definitely think when you do that.)

‘Sequence 1’ A.K.A. ‘The Search For Jonathan Choi’ — #ANOTHER #ONE From Johnny Wilson et al.

December 10th, 2015 | 10:06 am | Daily News | 8 Comments

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Fresh off yesterday’s launch of the WE THE BEST webstore, Johnny Wilson — the brilliant mind behind Sure and Space Heater, and everyone’s third favorite Wilson brother — has #ANOTHER #ONE for you to watch in your DJ Khaled slides.

Features Andrew and Mitchell Wilson vying for first and second place in our hearts as our top two Wilson brothers: one via an N.B.D. ollie over a sizable island of slanted cobblestones, and the other with some avant garde post-wallie flip experimentation. (We could maybe call it a tie for first?) John Choi is sorely missed, while Nik Stain continues to further build his cult following by creating manual pads in otherwise unnoticed places, and Conor Prunty visits Roosevelt Island to remind everyone that his Quartersnacks solo part is dropping in April 2016.

Features Andrew Wilson, Nik Stain, Mitchell Wilson, Stu Kirst, Max Palmer, Bobby Worrest, Nick Boserio,Ishod Wair, Genesis Evans, Pad Dowd, Dallas Todd, Cyrus Bennet, Conor Prunty, Kohlton Ervin, Mason Silva, Alex Olson, and Ben Kadow.

Previous Other Ones:Rack

P.S. It’s just so soothing to hear Offset’s voice over Zaytoven’s piano again.