Deep Dive — Trung Nguyen on the ‘RESPECTFULLY’ Darkslide

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Regardless of how extensively an interview is prepared for, the finest moments often drift into conversation unplanned and on a tangent.

The backstory to Trung Nguyen’s darkslide – which closed his part in Chase Walker’s RESPECTFULLY just over a year ago – may seem like an obvious topic to probe. However, it only came about after discussing a string of gear choices as rare as the trick itself.

Speaking to Trung for his Five Favorite Parts, talk of Brent Atchley led to talk of Chromeball Dunks and “the special Element board” which he took griptape-side down around the curved flatbar at Marcus Garvey Park, scored by Natalie Imbruglia’s “Torn.”

Asked for the run down, Trung recounted the year-in-the-making story of the darkslide with an uninterrupted enthusiasm that recalled A.V.E. discussing the Green Bench. Here’s how the most memorable enders in recent years came to be.

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For instance, it’s hard not to remember those overeager Parks Department guys assigned to Marcus Garvey Park back in 2006 or so — when it first got renovated into the spot that you know today — and everybody who spent the first half of that decade honing their flatbar skills at Tompkins was there filming feebles until they threw up. Those maintenance dudes used to trip hard when the spot was new. They would give the classic “you’re scratching up the paint, if we see you again, you’re getting a summons”-routine, only to give up a few years later.

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“Look man, fifteen years from now, a young man in Tru Religion jeans with an Element board is going to darkslide around the curve while Natalie Imbruglia’s ‘Torn’ plays in the background. Enjoy these simple times while you got ’em. Don’t fight fate.”

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