The Chief? Skating a water feature? In Newquay town center? Yep, that exact scenario happened during a brief Fallen visitation last Spring, and the photographic proof graced the cover of July's magazine.
CJ chats to Jamie Thomas about his first Sidewalk cover, highlights of 2011 and his plans for the future below - read on...
Back in May yourself and the Fallen team came over to Britain for a three day demo based tour before heading over to mainland Europe. On the Sunday night after the Truro demo we managed to squeeze in some street and shoot some photos. Where were you when you found out that you had got the cover, and did you ever think a night rummaging around a Cornish town centre would pay off in this way?
When we shot it, you guys seemed hyped, so I was keeping my fingers crossed, but I was back in the States when I got the email. That night was really fun, it felt like the old days, going out and making something out of nothing. I was really hyped on how it came out.
Not the 'normal' street spot, you guys had to construct a makeshift kicker to get onto that shiny fountain, right?
Yeah, we found some junk on the side of a building, it was real sketchy, but that’s what made it good.
Newquay is a renowned party town in the summer months, did you guys experience any problems from wise cracking drunken onlookers?
Yeah, there were some drunks around, but they seemed hyped that there was some action as the streets were pretty dead.
Historically, most of your time in Britain, like many other travelling pro's, has been centered around demos in London and other major cities. How did you find your time in a totally different part of the country on the south coast?
It felt like I was in a completely different country, it was real scenic and it felt more like Ireland.
So 2011 has been a busy year for you guys with the constant travelling for the new Fallen video and The DGK/Zero "Fresh 'Till Death" tour across America. How has all the travelling been and what were some of the highlights?
Yeah, it’s been crazy. The first big trip of the year was to Istanbul for the ‘Road Less Travelled’ vid and it was amazing, one of the best trips I’ve been on in years. The Europe trip was a lot of fun too, but we were moving the whole time and in a new city every day. That’s always hectic and hard to enjoy the vibe of each spot. The Zero/DGK tour was cool, just touring with a whole different group. It was really fun, we all got along good and the demos were so much fun! I can’t believe the year’s over already. I guess time flies when you’re having fun!
What are your plans for 2012 as far as travel, video and magazine projects?
I’ve spent the last three months reorganizing my life, so I can have time to focus on skating and the Zero video. I really want to have a part if my body holds up. I’m also going on a few more ‘Road Less Travelled’ trips, which should be good. I’m just hyped to still be doing it, it feels like I’m getting old, so I’m trying to make the most out of every day.
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