Yaje Popson in the August/September 2011 Skateboarder

Yaje is the first, first-generation Tompkins skater to get a multi-page interview in a major skateboarding magazine. This is a monumental occasion for the TF, and those of us who have witnessed all of the promising Tompkins athletes who were once bound for glory. Despite his Hollywood tendencies in the winter, every single photograph in the interview is in New York.

However, the ways of mainstream skateboarding media have fallen short, yet again. Even with Chris Nieratko at the helm, the interview neglects to tackle the real issues, like Yaje’s long distance relationship with Miley Cyrus, the reason he got 86ed from Teddy’s, or the infamous Prada party incident that lead him to earn the name “Hollywood” in the first place. He does share some insider knowledge on the fact that Californians refer to lines where you do a trick up a curb and down a curb (e.g. Heath’s downhill hydrant line) as “east coast lines.”

The scans aren’t great, as they were scanned on an 8.5 x 11 HP printer scanner, and our color correction department was the first thing that got the ax when we re-did our budget following the 2008 recession (plus color-corrector extraordinaire Can’t-Ice-The-Weiss is busy living off the generosity of our Commander in Chief.) So, be sure to pick up the August / September 2011 issue of Skateboarder.

Between this and the B.D./Kevin thing, it’s been a great year for New York, and the main thing we should look forward to now is Slickie Boy on the cover of XXL. Super psyched that these dudes are getting some real credit, and who the hell knows why they haven’t put Yaje full on Chocolate yet. Click scans to enlarge.


  1. Only guess why YP’s not fully on Choc (when they just AM’d 3 new people) is that East Coast/City spot tricks still don’t translate to some people, visually and in difficulty, especially the super tech boringly perfect skatepark mini-generation that’s rearing its head as of late. Internet. Glad YP’s holding his footage.

  2. yaje needs to start looking 24 or something? you too young looking broooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo?!

  3. Chocolate is sleeeeping. What are they waiting for? They better snatch Yaje up before another company does. Wake up Chocolate!

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