Everyday People(Interviews)2016

11/2016

brandon-powell

Brandon Powell and company with another winner

FSP: What's your name and age?

BP: Brandon Powell, I am 20 years old.

FSP: How did it feel when you started skateboarding, knowen there was a company with your last name?

BP: I wanted to do something different. I did rugby and swimming in high school but the freedom of skateboarding is what I was looking for. Hell Yeah !! Powell-Peralta is the company right there !!

FSP: My little nephew can swim like a fish. How did you get into swimming?

BP: I was always good at swimming growing up. I was in a new school and wanted to get new experiences. So I tried swimming and liked it and kept getting better so I kept with it until like senior year.

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swim days with the swim team

FSP: Do you be long to any swim teams or swim clubs now?

BP: No, I do not belong to any thing like that at the moment. I may in the future but right now no.

FSP: What have you been up to lately?

BP: Skateboarding of course haha, working and making music all the time.

FSP:What kind of music are you into making?

BP: I love all types of music but I'm into making stories of my life and everything around me. Is that weird to say? Like hip-hop, r & b genres.

FSP: Cool! Have you used any of your music in your skateboard footage?

BP: Actually not yet but I was thinking about it.

FSP: I think you should that would be cool!

BP: What kind of skating have you been doing?

FSP: Street and park. Street through weekdays park on weekends.

BP: Any new approaches to your skateboarding or new trick?

FSP: Oiling up gaps, and ledges. Trying a crazy one on the flat rail, Which is a fakie fullcab heel flips to boardslide. Almost have it down.

BP: Sounds like you have been having fun a lot of fun.

FSP: Yeah trying too

BP: Ight, no problem

FSP: What products and skateboarder have you been into recently?

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roof top skateboarding under the friendly skies

BP: Products skate wise I've been liking the "Jaws" Kingfoam insoles. I thought it was a joke but those babies do wonders. Skateboarders I've been into latley is, Louis barletta, Chris Joslin and have to go with matrix crew.

FSP: I am interested in the insoles, how do they compare to other insoles?

BP: They crap on other insoles not going to lie, the ones I have are for shock absorption! There are others by the same company that does work as well. They have some that molt to your feet. They are 50x better than like Dr scholl's.

FSP: Wow, My Dr. Scholl's are pretty good to but you are telling me that they are better. They sound amazing.

BP: They are amazing check them out! They have all types of insoles that specialize in certain things. When I land primo, use to just kill me feet. Now I can not feel a thing, seriously! There that good!

FSP: Thank you for the info, I am sold. How has the weather been? The fall time is a great time to skate.

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Madison Wisconsin in the middle of it all

BP: Ya the fall time is great for skating. To me I honestly do not like the cold I love the heat 24/7. So far fall is starting off right though. I'm getting alot more tricks down.

FSP: Do you ever skateboard downtown?

BP: Not as much as I would like. I honestly do not know a lot of spots down there. Only time I'm down there is when I'm with my non skating friends actually lol.

FSP: Does the skate community in Madison skate downtown a lot?

BP: Yes, they do! I know of people who have found gnarly spots and filming downtown in the streets. You can not always stay in the skatepark lol.

FSP: Who do you normally skate with?

BP: Normally just myself if it's in the streets but when I head to the park I always run into homies and then go from there.

FSP: What homies have you been skating with?

BP: I've been skating with my homie Izzk, Gerry, Danny, Jason, and a couple more.

FSP: Sounds like a solid crew. Do you guys do anything after a decent skate at the park, things like going to a special cafe or restaurant?

BP: Nah, they are just the skate park homies. Some of them are not always down with that.

FSP: What has been your skateboard set up recently?

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Brandon Powell gets up and over on a nice and sunny day

BP: I have primitive deck with the thunder trucks. Gotta have the bones wheels and bones reds!

FSP: How often to you change your set up?

BP: Once every month at least, I ride these boards until they have nothing left in them.

FSP: What are some of the strongest wood decks around, in your opinion?

BP: Primitive skateboards all the way. Personally I can not find a stronger more durable board then those. The concave is perfect too! Those are my my and only go to for skated decks.

FSP: I see, I never road the decks before. Do you like their team? They have a lot of rippers!

BP: They have the best team in history right now, like seriously! No joke! They have p-rod, Brian, Nick tucker, man just peep there whole new squad! They even have this lil thrasher too!

FSP: Devine Calloway is on the team too. Is there a full video out or just youtube stuff?

BP: He'll ya they are dropping wizardry everyday.

FSP: Sounds magical lol

BP: Honestly, it is!

FSP: What are your plans for the winter? Are you planning on skateboarding at an indoor park of your choice or are you going to hang up skateboarding for the season.

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Downtown Madison

BP: I'm thinking hitting up Florida during the winter that's where I was born and the best weather.

FSP: Do you still have family and friends there?

BP: Yes, I still have family down there but not friends. Last time I've been down there was when I was like 8 years old. Lol

FSP: What do you think about moving there to skateboard, it is hot all year long?

BP: I thought about it a lot, it's still in the back of my mind. Maybe in a couple years because I do not like winter at all.

FSP: What is the street seen is like?

BP: Everyone loves street skating that's where you separate the greats from good skateboarders.

FSP: This is true! What was your day like today?

BP: My day was pretty great, I got out and skated around. Bombed some hills. Overall great day and great weather.

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Nasty winters come with the territory of living in the midwest

FSP: How cold is it going to get this winter in the mid-west? Each winter is supposed to be colder than the next.

BP: I'm not to sure about how cold it's supposed to be. It's going to be very cold I'd imagine. Recent winters it's been less snow more cold.

FSP: What's your favorite winter gear, if you have any?

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Nollie bigger flip

BP: Do not really have any winter gear at the moment.

FSP: Okay, it really does not matter as long as it is layer after, layer after layer.

BP: Exactly haha

FSP: We can wrap up the interview now. Is there anyone you want to thank or give shouts to?

BP: I would  like to give thanks to my close family and friends. My good friend Jason at Actual skateboards. Give a shout out to my homie Conrad who just got back into skating.

FSP: Well, thank you for your time and effort! It has been a pleasure filming and working with you.

11/2016

 

 

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There is only one interview this month; read the Brandon Powell interview twice!

 

 

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There is only one interview this month; read the Brandon Powell interview twice!

 

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There is only one interview this month; read the Brandon Powell interview twice!

 

 

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There is only one interview this month; read the Brandon Powell interview twice!

 

 

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There is only one interview this month; read the Brandon Powell interview twice!

 

 

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There is only one interview this month; read the Brandon Powell interview twice!

 

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There is only one interview this month; read the Brandon Powell interview twice!

 

 

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There is only one interview this month; read the Brandon Powell interview twice!

 

 

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There is only one interview this month; read the Brandon Powell interview twice!

 

 

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There is only one interview this month; read the Brandon Powell interview twice!

 

 

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There is only one interview this month; read the Brandon Powell interview twice!

 

 

 

 

04/2016

Nic hughes shows us how to capture these moments!

Nic Hughes shows us how to capture these moments!

FSP: What is your name and where are you from?

NH: Is that the first question? Nic Hughes  from Melbourne Australia

FSP: Where were you born?

NH: I told you Melbourne!

FSP: Is that where you were born?

NH: Yes

FSP: What was it like growing up there?

NH: I grew up in a suburb called Rowville, which is 40 minutes drive from the CBD. If you grew up in the city you would say that Rowville is out in the sticks.

FSP: Is that where you started skateboarding?

NH: Yes

FSP: What was your local skateboarding environment like then?

NH: We would skate out the front of my house and my friends house on the road and foot path. Skating home made jump ramps, bombing hills, ollieing off driveways and grinding waxed up curbs. A friend also had a quarter pipe with a metal edge for grinding.

FSP: What brought into the world of skateboarding?

NH: Fast cars or fast women? It has always been there, started on plastic penny style boards then late back to the future kicked it off. Like I said, fast cars.

FSP: You have lived in Asia for some time, what brought you here?

NH: I saved up some cash and had an opportunity to visit. I like it here.

FSP: What were some of the main attractions that brought you to Bangkok?

NH: I like how lively it is on the streets.

FSP: Was Bangkok the first city that you settled in when you came to Bangkok?

Nic and his friend are enjoying a day of visualization.

Nic and his friend are enjoying a day of visualization.

FSP: Nah, no not at all it was Siricha! Why did you go there?

NH: I got a teaching job!

FSP: Are you currently teaching now?

NH: Not now as in not at the moment!

FSP: What have you been doing with yourself lately?

NH: Is this like a farang(foreigner) living in thailand experience question? I prefer not to have anything about jobs and work related info. posted in this interview please!

FSP: I don't know, it is what ever you want it to be!

NH: Fair enough, lately ive been taking photos a lot, around where I live.

FSP: Why are you taking photos? Is it a hobby or is it related to something else?

NH: No, its just my art form, I like to take photos.

FSP: Art always has a special meaning to a lot of artist, what does your art form mean to you?

NH: Besides enjoying the process and the technical aspects, it shows me & teaches me things about myself.  It's like a long never ending journey to an unknown destination with lots of detours and stop overs along the way. I broke my camera once and couldnt take photos, so I grabbed paper and pen and went out and started drawing. It was like me rebelling against a higher level that was trying to prevent me from taking photos.

FSP: So are you into drawing as well?

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Hello Kitty

NH: If I can not take photos , yes I will draw what I see.

FSP: How are the two related?

NH: Well, I am recording what I see.

FSP: How long have you been into photography?

NH: I have always been into it. But more seriously in the past few years. Actually since I stopped skating as much camera replaced the board. I carry a camera around now instead.

FSP: Is there anything from skateboarding that you brought into your photography?

NH: Yeah! This is difficult for me to explain in words though. Something about style in skating, though of course I like it all. Anti-hero is my choice to ride & krooked.

FSP: Well, let me try to clear up my question. Is there an approach in skateboarding that you have taken into photography? Feel free to take your time to answer.

NH: Well, not really except that you are on the streets ....searching! Either searching for photos or being spontaneous and reacting to moments. Like street skating, being spontaneous and reacting to whats there or going to a skate spot! There are certain spots i go to or that are along the way, it made me go check the anti hero website

FSP: Is Anti Hero a company that you are heavily influenced by? If so what is it about them that influence s you?

NH: No, not really influenced by but I just like it. I have history with it and one of my favourite skaters used to be sponsored by them in Melbourne Ronnie Roberts.  Anti hero is very similar to the way the skate scene was in the 80s in Melbourne when i was growing up. Kick flips were the new big trick. That time era.

FSP: Have you been inspired to shoot photos of skateboarding or are you into catching other images and pictures?

NH: Yeah, I would if I had the opportunity

FSP: What kind of photos are you into?

NH: I like to see series of photos. I like to see high grain b&w that have more white than black. blurred is nice too. Also out of focus but not done for boken reasons. Simple Complexity!

FSP: What inspired you to take an interest in these kind of photos?

NH: I guess seeing photos like this....gradually I realized this is the style I like, I like to see grain, blur and more white than black.

FSP: You have moved outside of Bangkok a couple years ago, how has the move been for you?

NH: It's a lot more casual and laid back here. I like how lively it is on the streets.

FSP: Was Bangkok the first city that you settled in when you came to Bangkok?

NH: no siricha was

FSP: Why did you go there?

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Simple Complexity

NH: got a teaching job

FSP: Are you currently teaching now?

NH: not now

FSP: What have you been doing with yourself lately?

NH: Is this about a ferang living in thailand experience? I prefer not to have anything about jobs and work related posted on the net!

FSP: I don't know, it is what ever you want it to be!

NH: Fair enough! Lately I've been taking photos, nothing more than that. I have been taking them around where I live.

FSP: Why are you taking photos? Is it a hobby or is it related to something else?

NH: No, its just my art form. I like to take photos!

FSP: Art always has a special meaning to a lot of artist, what does your art form mean to you?

NH: See besides enjoying the process and the technical aspects, it shows me & teaches me things about myself. It's like a long never ending journey to an unknown destination with lots of detours and stop overs along the way. I broke my camera once and couldnt take photos, so I grabbed paper and pen and went out and started drawing. It was like me rebbelling against higher level trying to prevent me from taking photos.

FSP: So are you into drawing as well!

NH: If I can not take photos, yeh I will draw what I see.

FSP: How are the two related?

NH: Well, I am recording what I see!

FSP: How long have you been into photography?

NH: I have always been into it but more seriously in the past few years. Actually since I stopped skating as much.

FSP: So the camera replaced the board?

NH: Yes, I carry a camera around now instead.

FSP: Is there anything from skateboarding that you brought into your photography?

NH: Yeh, this is difficult for me to explain in words though. Well, something about working with styles. In skating, though of course i like it all. Anti-hero is my choice to ride & krooked.

Spiritual Sights

Spiritual Sights

FSP: Well, let me try to clear up my question. Is there an approach in skateboarding that you have taken into photography? Feel free to take your time to answer.

NH: Not really!!! except that you are on the streets ....searching, either searching for photos or being spontaneous and reacting to moments. It is like street skating, being spontaneous and reacting to whats there or going to a skate spot. There are certain spots I go to or that are along the way. It made me go check the anti hero website out, you know?!

FSP: Is Anti Hero a company that you are heavily influenced by? If so what is it about them that influence s you?

NH: No, not really influenced by! I just like it because I have history with it and one of my favourite skaters used to be sponsored by them in Melbourne Ronnie Roberts. Anti hero is very similar to the way the skate scene was in the 80s in Melbourne when I was growing up. Kick flips were the new big trick. That time era.

FSP: Have you been inspired to shoot photos of skateboarding or are you into catching other images and pictures?

NH: Yeh, I would if I had the opportunity.

FSP: What kind of photos are you into?

NH: I like to see series of photos! I like to see high grain b&w that have more white than black, blurred is nice too. Some what out of focus but not done for bokeh reasons. 

FSP: What inspired you to take an interest in these kind of photos?

NH: I guess seeing photos like these....Gradually I realized this is the style I like! I like to see grain, blur and more white than black too!

FSP: Thanks for letting us into your world and I think we will end the interview on this note! 

NH: Thank you and come to Hua Hin some time too!

Images provided by Nic Hughes

Interview provided by Jahbarr S. Hyles and Nic Hughes

02/2016

Isaac Schulz

Isaac Schulz

FSP: What is your first and last name?

IS: Isaac Schulz

FSP: How old are you?

IS: 39

FSP: You used to skateboard or do you skateboard still?

IS: I still cruise around, I go to shibuya park every once in a while. Every time I get on the board I wonder why I don't do it everyday.

FSP: When did you start skateboarding?

IS: in the 80s

FSP: What city did you live in when you started skateboarding?

IS: Sylva North Carolina

FSP: How was it skating there?

IS: It was cool, I just remember being in love with everything about skateboarding.... it just turned into my way of life. First week back at work, work all day party all night and all week long!

FSP: How did skateboarding consume you?

IS: let's see.....I grew up in a small town and was involved in many sports. The one I was most into was swimming. I liked it because I was on a team but when I was in a race it was just me trying my best. I did not care so much about who I was racing against other than myself. When I would be outside of the swimming pool before or after there would be people riding on skateboards. I would ask to ride and if someone let me I just could not stop. I wanted to slide a parking block or something. whoever it would be would say don't mess up my board! something magical and special about it.... I needed my own! I got to go to the store and my family bout me a complete! I got to pick out everything for the complete! graffic was a desert, it was a dogtown board. I slept with the board cuddled up in my bed that night.... I have been consumed from that moment on..... skateboarding became a way of life and a important tool for self expression from that moment on.

FSP: Most teenagers grown up skateboarding and mimicing the favorite pros or ams, was there any skateboards in the industry who had an impact on you?

IS: Yea, a lot.... but the most impact as a teenager Matt Hensley and Mike Valley for sure...

FSP: What did you like about Matt Hensley that was different from all the other professional skateboarders?

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IS: I was on a family trip to Miami and went to a skate shop, I was pretty blown away because it was a bigger shop than I was used to seeing, then I looked in the glass case looking at stickers and stuff and saw a video box with a red double cross on it and for some reason was super drawn to it so asked my family to buy it for me and the whole video blew my mind.... it was like a world I if always been waiting for the music the skating and all, Matt's skating was just so awesome and easy for me to relate to.... because I was just skating in front of my house on little ramps and down sidewalks.... like being justified for what I did and loved at the time.....

FSP: Was the video Hocus Pocus or Shackle Me  Not?

IS: Hocus Pokus

FSP: Have you looked at some of the recent skate videos in the last 5 years?

IS: yea man, skating is intense these days.... happy it looks fun again.

I guess more than videos I watch on Instagram and websites these days

FSP: How do you compare videos of yesterday and videos of today!?

IS: I don't really... I kinda like it all

FSP: Okay, fair enough! Are you still running Shibuya Wild Cats?

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entering a world of color

IS: I am still doing that!

FSP: What is Shibuya Wild Cats about?

IS: I had just had a falling out with my previous brand and was running at night in Shibuya, I don't really like running so much so I was listening to music and kinda like freestyle walking and thinking about stuff and about my life in shibuya, as I was running wild a cat ran in front of me and made eye contact with me... I thought hey we are the same... name popped in my head and I felt inspired ran home and drew the original design

FSP: How has the company changed from that moment until now?

IS: Not sure I would call it a company. I mostly use it as a like a personal uniform, people who like it and I like what they do then I make them one too. I am just try to keep it steady and small.

Isaac's collection of his paints

Isaac's collection of his paints

FSP: Do you have a website?

IS: nope! If I wearing something and a chef or bartender or someone asked me how to get one then I make one and deliver it.

FSP: That is pretty impressive a customer would have to remember that kind of service.

IS: It's fun that way, and if it is not fun then it loses its meaning to me!

FSP: What do you guys make besides t-shirts?

IS: Basic stuff, stickers shirts and beanies mostly. I have been so focused on my school and my paintings the last few years I have tried to make things. And just make things that I want to wear. If someone asked me for one make one for them.

FSP: What kind of people can you see wearing your clothing?

IS: Most people are creative types, interested in or living in Shibuya, or people who like cats

FSP: Are you guys looking to sponsor?

IS: That actually would be fun!

FSP: What does the future hold for Shibuya Wild Cats?

IS: Not really sure, but I look forward to seeing it's progression, that's why I like it.

FSP: How did you get into art, was it at an early age or later on in life?

IS: My father is an artist so I been painting from age one!

FSP: What kind of art work has your father done or what kind of artist is he?

IS: He makes all kinds of art, huge concrete installation works.... but I view him as a painter.

Also this is my dads art site: tomschulzartist.com

FSP: Do you and your father ever give each  other advice on each others art work?

IS: We give each other context, meaning, support, influence.... motivation... relevance

FSP: What does your father think about the contempory art scene or does he even care?

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a painting of a cat

IS: I will ask him.............. He said, "First of all - I believe that an individual's expressions are valid expressions. Society's cultural valuation of those expressions is pretty much meaningless. That said, there is a system of art that exists. It is a business for most, and an avocation for many.

Once you enter the arena called art and call yourself an artist, then there are parameters - rules such as they are.

If you work inside the parameters, you are available for criticism.

That's cool - gotta get some coffee.

An artist can pretend that critical opinions don't matter.But they probably do. I don't go for the whole Masters thing, but art is a form of athleticism - we need to keep at it as artists. It is a long distance race. Beauty is vast and nuanced, but making ugly shit just to be critiquing norms of beauty kinda sucks. And finally: why judge something in the little moment? If you're gonna judge, at least do it in the big moment so that you have some context".

FSP: Interesting, How has your art work changed over the years Issac?

IS: Being that I have been making art my whole life and that when I make art it feels like an experience and every time feels like a new experience then my art feels like it is always changing, how it changes seems to depend on the world around me.... and a whole lot of worlds and end experience I may never understand but sometimes on a good creative day feel connected too and then maybe understanding is not that important

Events like 911 and 311 earthquake both impacted the work I was doing, living in San Francisco, Hawaii and Tokyo also have had huge influence on how I paint, I feel like I am always painting and sometimes I actually paint.

FSP: Have you had any commission in the last couple of years?

IS: I am not really available for commission, but when people ask me do something. It feels right I try my best to do it, or a collaboration that really is a collaboration then I will do it.

Shibuya Wildcats

Shibuya Wildcats

FSP: have you collaborated with any Japnese artist recently?

IS: sketching and chatting mostly

FSP: Would you say it is enjoyable working with other artist for the most part?

IS: I love working with people from all walks of life

FSP: Have you ever done any live performances with painting or drawing?

IS: Yes, I love painting and drawing live.

FSP: Is there anything that you don't like about it?

IS: Takes a lot of effort and energy to do so If there is anything I don't like is when someone asks me to paint for their event and act like they are doing me a favor.

FSP: I know what you mean! How do you handle that?

Isaac Schulz cruzs over obsticles artisticly

Isaac Schulz cruzs over obsticles artisticly

IS: Ignore it if I think I will have fun, politely decline of I think I won't. And that seems to be the best approach!

FSP: Where do you see the art world in the next 20 years?

IS: I see the art world the "same" in 20 years as it was "same" 20 years ago and "same" as I can look back or look forward.... art is necessary, art buying is not. I just do it because I must and I don't think I spend very much time in the art world other than the world that art creates. But yet I look forward to seeing all that artist make and think often of what the world will be like in 20 years.

FSP: Is there anything that needs or should change with in the so called art world? Maybe a system, traditions or even points of view?

IS: I have been thinking a lot about your question, I am a little dismissive of the so called art world.... when I was younger that was my only dream was to be a famous artist. and now I slide around lightly with as you say the so called art world, simply as I can say is that I am lucky enough to be raised an artist, by fate luck or chance skateboarding.... and have spent my whole life pushing that and chasing that and being that.... the that is the art world that I am interested in.

I love deadlines and challenges and pressure, it's part of life especially in our times but the thing I treasure most in this life is creativity so I learned how to live as an artist without having to sale my "art" directly at the same time everything I do in life is all about that "art". It's a voice a dialogue a way of life a way to connect to life itself. Buying art is pretty fun as well I just bought a painting last night at an opening.

Isaac enjoying the company of Mike Vallely and a friend in Tokyo, Japan

Isaac enjoying the company of Mike Vallely and a friend in Tokyo, Japan

FSP: What painting did you buy?

IS: My favorite one, buying art that you like feels so rewarding

FSP: Is there ever a negitive side to buying art?

IS: Don't know, I just started recently

FSP: Do you only buy paintings or are you also into other kinds of art?

IS: I have only bought two so far and they are both drawings!

FSP: What famous art would you like to buy if you could?

IS: I would buy Mona Lisa, so I could say.... so yesterday I bought the Mona Lisa!

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water colors

FSP: I hear you! Are there any statements that you would like to make before we end this interview?

IS: No but thanks been fun, hope we can go skate together sometime!

FSP: Great interview and thank you for this opportunity.

Images provided by Isaac Schulz

Interview provided by Jahbarr S. Hyles and Isaac Schulz

04/2016

She's more than a pretty face, she is Ann Tot!

She's more than a pretty face, she is Ann Tot!

FSP: Hello! What is your full name and age?

Ann Tot: I'm Rachel Ann Jumawan, I am also 28 yrs old!

FSP: You are 28? Wow, you look a lot younger, good for you. Where are you from?

Ann Tot: I'm from Manila, Phil! And thank you, i'll take that as a compliment!

FSP: Do you actually skateboard or are you a fan of the activity?

Ann Tot: I skateboard actually, it is my stress reliever!

One of those days!

One of those days!

FSP: When did you start skateboarding?

Ann Tot: About 2yrs ago

FSP: So, you started skateboarding at 26 years of age! Did you have any family members or friends that helped you get into it?

Ann Tot: Yes, one of my friends!

FSP: What got into skateboarding at 26 rather than you getting into it at 16 years of age or even younger?

Ann Tot: Actually, I was twenty when I first started skateboarding. But then I had my 2nd child, so I had to stop! And about 2yrs ago, I started playing again.

FSP:
Who do you normally skateboard with?

Ann Tot: I skate with my friends mostly!

FSP:
What is it like skating in your area in the Philippines?

Ann Tot: Nah, only few areas are given a priviledge to have a skatepark. We play and skateboard in the streets.

FSP:
What tricks or obstacles have you been skaing?

Ann Tot: I'm learning the flip tricks on flatground and slides on the flat rail.

Just hanging out!

Just hanging out!

FSP: I know very little about the skate scene in the Philippines. What are some of the products and supplies for skateboarding that come from the Philippines?

Ann Tot: DBH board , Bamboo, Submanic which are our local skatebrands here.

FSP: I was told that your country makes several different brands of shoes, is this true.

Ann Tot: Yes ..there's World Balance which is a new brand too! And the Marikina made shoes which is proven to be a high class & quality product!

FSP: Do you know or have any friends that are sponsored by these companies?

Ann Tot: I'm sorry but they have different company sponsorships!

FSP: Okay! Is there something about Filipino skateboarders that is different from skateboards everywhere else?

Ann Tot: We support our fellow skaters, treating each other as a brother and sister.
We unite as one big family not by blood but by skater friends smile emoticon

FSP: That sounds really positive, I wish other skateboard communities were that way.

Ann Tot: I wish that too smile!

Good laughs with friends!

Good laughs with friends!

FSP: I am dying to know, what was the first skateboard video that you saw?

Ann Tot: It was Akuma's Game Of Skate! Our fellow skate friend sponsored by We Legendary smile emoticon

FSP: It is interesting that you were inspired by a game of s.k.a.t.e. video! What does your family and friends think about you skateboarding? Do they find it hard to understand because you are a woman and because of your age?

Ann Tot: its not just skateboarding, its about bringing the best out of me with the tricks and about how it relieves me from stressful days. Ahh .. They just concern but they support me with this extreme sports.

FSP: Okay, it sounds like you use skateboarding as a tool is this true?

Ann Tot: As a tool to reach happiness! It also inspire me how to deal with pain, it teaches me a lot of things!

FSP: You say that you recently broke your phone, how did that happen? Was it from you skateboarding?

Ann Tot: No .. Ahh it accidentally slip out of my hands!

FSP: I see, have you had any accidents from skateboarding?

Ann Tot: Yep .. Not really bad slight sprains!

FSP: What do you do to pass the time when you are hurt and not skateboarding?

Ann Tot: Some sort of stuff business! As in makin' skatebags when i'm not playin g on my skateboard!

FSP: What kind of skateboarding bags and is it a company?

Ann Tot: No .. I made it myself!  I'm selling it for a low price .. It is a kind of a sackbag that fits a complete skateboard!

FSP: Does the product have a name?

Ann and her son!

Ann and her son!

Ann Tot: None, sir! It is just known as my little creation!

FSP: Any plans to make a business out of it? Also, if so what would you name the company?

Ann Tot: Yes, I have a plan to have my own skateshop in the near future! Maybe in two or three months from now! It's not a company but  a small business, it is .. I will name it "2nd skateshop"!

FSP: Sounds like you have something up your sleeve. That is great, you should always have a plan in life. Willy Santos is from the Phillippines. Have you ever met him?

Ann Tot: Yes,  He had his own shop too .. Our local skatebrands .. Are very proud of him!

FSP: Wasn't his shop half skate shop and half barber shop?

A rainy day at the skate park!

A rainy day at the skate park!

Ann Tot: All that I know is that he has a skateshop!

FSP: Okay! How tall are you? Fillippina girls can be very short sometimes.

Ann Tot: Sorry for that. I'm only 5'2! I am small but terrible!

FSP: That is okay! Small things can pack a big suprise! Do you have any pretty and single Fillippina friends? Fillippina girls are actrative. I am single and I don't have any childern!

Ann Tot: I have many friends!

FSP: Do you have any friends who are between the ages of 30 and 45? I like cougars(older women) too! Tell them to add me on facebook and I could visit them in a few months. We could make magic together. Are there any place that you would like to visit in the future for skateboarding or sight seeing?

Skateboarding  on an Island with Ann Tot!

Skateboarding on an Island with Ann Tot!

Ann Tot: Yes, of course! I'm an adventurer seeker!  I like to travel around Phillippines, just to play and meet knew friends.

FSP: I haven't been to the Philippines yet but soon. Which city is the best for skateboarding?

Ann Tot: I Hope to see you soon. Every city here has their own spots , but it is not a skate park kind of place! And the best is.......you are meeting friends and making new friends too.

FSP: And that is what skateboarding should be about. It was great talking to you Ann Tot and thank you for taking part in our interview.

Images provided by Ann Tot

Interview provided by Jahbarr S. Hyles and Ann Tot

02/2016

 

Torrey Franklin

Torrey Franklin

FSP: What is your full first and last name?

TF: Torrey Franklin, no middle name.

FSP: Where are you from?

TF: Rockford illy baby...Midwest state of mind.

FSP: How old are you?

TF: Naw im good..i dont mind....im 38...the youngest of five....and im a cancer.

FSP: You used to skateboard many moons ago, how did that come about?

TF: Good question....I guess because I was in C.A.P.A and around all white kids in  school....all my friends skated.

FSP: What year was this?

TF: I started about 89 or 90 until I broke my knee in 92.

FSP: How did you break your knee?

TF: On this kind of pyramid ramp doing a transfer ollie....snap!

FSP: What park was this at exactly?

TF: Rotation station

Big and Small

Big and Small

FSP: The ledgendary skate park of the 80's and 90's! They used to have NSA(National Skateboard Association) contest there. After you broke your leg, is that what got you into art?

TF: Yep! I was in bed for three months!...nothing to do but draw shit.

FSP: What ideas were floating around in your young head at the time?

TF: art wise? Well to start my own skate company, designing my own graphics....I was sooooo inspired by Andy Howell (new deal). I loved and still do love his artwork.

FSP: His art work still has that Andy Howell appeal to it. The original New Deal team was an awesome company because the pros were allowed to do their own graphics. Have you checked out Andy Howell's recent work?

TF: Like last year I looked him up...he's a grown ass artist now.lol

FSP: What other artist are you into?

TF: Justin bua,cbabi....Basquiat of course....Todd macfarland...Van gogh....Matisse...

FSP: What is your defination of art?

TF: Anything that is created....which takes your geniune time and effort...meant to inspire,sell,or just create.

FSP: Is there a such thing as bad art or horrible art?

TF: Of course.....assembly line....hobby lobby art....cheap....no feeling.

FSP: What keeps you away from that kind of art?

TF: When people tell me "your art isnt like other 'BLACK ARTIST' "...or "your art has so much feeling in it."

Thats the reaction i fiend for...it drives me.

When people see a portrait I've done for them and start crying....as an artist thats the dopest feeling to me. If I don't think my shit is the dopest art out...how can i expect my customers to think it?

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FSP: That's a great point of view! Were you ever influenced by the art with in the skateboarding industry when you skated?

TF: Heck yes...earlier! I did a lot of colorful, bold line stuff....like comic books or the 90's skateboard decks....now I still do bold paintings but now its more blended and I use shades a lot more.

FSP: What were some of your favorite board graphics from your skateboarding years?

TF: I loved all the Natas decks...how he always had that cat in them.

Ray barbees puppet deck was super dope....Andy Howells decks were inspiring....I used to draw his decks on my school notebooks. Salaman Agah genie deck was crazy....And last but not least....Jason lee....how he took all the cartoon characters and put them on skateboard decks and would mimic the Powell Peralta graphics was genius!

FSP: Have you checked out any skateboard graphics out lately?

TF: No

FSP: What type of approach from your own creative eye would you like to see on a skateboard deck?

TF: I guess, I would like to see more original ideas....more art done by skaters....its alot of artist/skateboarders. Retro graphic ideas would be dope too....remakes of old graphics. Did that make sense?

FSP: Yes, it makes a lot of sense! Did you like the Ever slick graphics back then, a lot of them were like a photo from a camera?

TF: Remember those supernaturals....the hologram toys? It would be dope to see 3d holograms on decks or like some dali paintings 3d hologram....crazy shit. But it might not be financially sound.

Sketch Pad Revolutionary

Sketch Pad Revolutionary

FSP: What do you like or dislike about skateboarding in the year 2016?

TF: The tricks are crazy technical now

FSP: Is that a like or dislike?

TF: A love really?

FSP: How is that? Explain!

TF: I just like to watch these kids attempt and do things that we never imagined of doing when we were young....nollies and switch stance things were big when i was skating...now these kids do everything switch stance.

FSP: What was your favorite trick when you skated?

TF: A 360 ollie heelflip over a box ramp....it looks so smooth....when done right.

FSP: What shoes did you like when you skated? Also what did you like about them?

Malcom X black ink drawing

Malcom X black ink drawing

TF: Nothing but vans....they felt like socks....they would unfortunately wear down on the side faster too. Etnies were too bulky...

FSP: What kind of clothing style or items did you like back then!?

TF: Blind big baggy jeans....any kind of shirt....maybe my Tommy Guerrerro was my favorite shirt.

FSP: What kind of Tommy Guerrero t-shirt was it?

TF: The San Fran 49ers logo , TG...remember that one.

FSP: Did you ever go to any demos in your early years?

TF: Yeah! I saw H-street at rotation station one night....I met Sal barbier, and Kris Markovich...I rode their dicks all night! I saw that they were regular people...and that they didn't land every trick.

FSP: What kind of art work have you been working on lately?

Female Vampire digital drawing

Female Vampire digital drawing

TF: A lot of blacks and whites,monotone stuff...I've been trying to perfect my shading and shadows.

FSP: You used to have a website, is that still present?

TF: I still own my domain name but the site is under construction. You can checkout at www.franklinstudio.carbonmade.com

FSP: Do you see any relations between the art world and the skateboarding industry?

TF: Yes, I think by mostly the westcoast artists and former skaters that are now artists tho....they use alot of cartoony bold line stuff in their art.

FSP: Are there any over rated artist out there today? If so how are they over rated?

TF: Tons and tons of overrated artist...Banksy is so overrated.....all he does is make stensils on shit and hes a genius....are you kidding me?!....its not what you know bro.

FSP: What do you mean by it's not what you know? Do tell! I want to understand more about this!

TF: "Its not what you know,its who you know". Banksy is in LA and the right person saw and took interest in his stensil art...thats how he got on.

FSP: As I have aways said, it's not what you know, it's who you know! There are a lot of gimics coming from both industries. Can you think of some and feel free to take your time to answer.

TF: It is a very true statement

FSP: Where has life taken you in the last ten years?

TF: To decide that art is life...this is gonna make me or break me. I'm gonna be an artist, period.

FSP: What percentage of your work is produce with the help of computers?

TF: Mostly my comicbook art...ive gotten really good with the digital aspect of the game....i get alot of love from my peers....maybe 64 % is digital.

FSP: What do you think about artist that look down upon the useage of computers and contempary tools?

TF: It is whack really because its all art....painters hate sculptors....graphic artist hate contemporary artist....street skaters hate freestylers....everyone hates rollerbladers,lmao. Naw,but seriously i think its all art...anything you genuinely invest your time in to create something for someone or the masses to view or buy or whatever is an art form. Hairstylists are artists just like im a artist,feel me?

Wonder Woman my way (digital drawing)

Wonder Woman my way (digital drawing)

FSP: I understand completely but it seems like a lot of people just don't get it. They must see something as wrong or unfit!

TF: We as humans try to destroy anything we don't understand...

FSP: I agree we all do this in some way or form or fashion. What do you think about artist crossing over just because of a paycheck is there. It seems to be the thing to do in order to stay relevant?

TF: Bills don't stop coming and the rent man needs to be paid every month....get it how you live. And you can quote that...life to short and people got kids to feed and shit...kids cant eat principles,yet alone understand that shit....i hope i sell out,sell completely out of stock!...ill laugh all the way to the bank.

FSP: Everybody has their limits, what kind of art or actions won't you do for a pay check?

TF: Garbage...i'll be more specific later

FSP: I remember watching Powell Skateboards video Celebrity Tropical Fish at your house on the VCR many moons ago. What skateboard videos stand out in your head from years ago and why?

TF: That one and Blinds video....Guy Mariano spot. Chris breenan was dope and Jason Lee of course.

FSP: Are you talking about Blind's video Dayz?

TF: The one where they were riding in the car and "lowrider" was the music. Guy mariano skated to "abc" Jackson 5!

FSP: That is the video! It is such a classic!

TF: Hell yeah, love it

FSP: Is there anything that you want to say to the public before we end this interview?

TF: "Inspire and be inspired..." and "create as much as possible....because when your sleeping someone,somewhere is up painting."

FSP: Great and thank you very much for taking out the time for us to have this interview.

Images provided by Torrey Franklin

Interview provided by Jahbarr S. Hyles and Torrey Franklin