So going back a bit to the knee injury – you’ve had to recover from ACL reconstruction a good few times now, and like you said there have been some other solid injuries recently. When you’re stuck in the recovery process, what do you do to kill time?
Usually I have projects, editing or something you know? Making little skate videos and stuff. A lot of editing, a lot of playing pool, and a lot of physio of course. If you think about it I’ve had seven ACL reconstructions now, so I’ve probably done more exercise than most other human beings. So I’ll do my exercise, go to the pub, drink beer, play pool…do the exercise again. I dunno, I feel like I’ve had my fingers in a lot of pies – sexually and creatively [laughs]. That’s one thing that’s always good to pass the time! And filming tons of shit too, a lot of editing. Spending time in the music studio and stuff. Going to see bands, I love seeing bands. It’s second to skateboarding, but going to gigs all the time is awesome!
Yeah definitely! Following on from that nicely, what have some of your favourite Thrasher Skate Rock tour destinations been?
Australia! I organised and paid for the whole of Skate Rock Australia pretty much. Some sponsors chucked in some money, but it was pretty much out of my pocket. Phelps was pretty much like “Join a band”, and Nuge, Figgy, Richie and Tommy already had a band – called the LSDemons, which was instrumental – then Phelps was like “Yeah, just sing on it”. So we rehearsed for one week and I wrote all the lyrics to the songs, then I pretty much didn’t see them for a month so I just practiced over the live recordings. Then our first show, we hadn’t even been together for long and it was on. It was cool because they had a load of liquid acid.
I skate with this guy who builds skateparks in Australia called *name obscured by passing motorbike* and we’d had an argument a couple of months before. Then I saw him and he was like “Here’s a present” and gave me an envelope full of sugar cube acid, which we took for the whole trip. It was weird being in the suburbs of Australia where I grew up, on a weekday, with everyone tripping on acid [laughs], it was pretty sick man. I was meant to drive the van all the way, but the Nuge, somehow always takes that over. Somehow we got it done, and I think that was the best Skate Rock video that they’ve done; it really set the pace for the following Skate Rocks. I haven’t been on one since, not with that band, but new stuff’s on the horizon…
Good shit! So you’ve been with Baker since the beginning – how does it feel seeing it rise to the place of prominence within skateboarding that it has right now?
Oh man! Baker has just stayed the same pretty much. It was an idea from a bunch of pals who wanted to get away from the industry pretty much, and we took skateboarding into our own hands. I mean Andrew Reynolds left Birdhouse at the peak of it, to stop and give us all a chance – the boss is the boss for a reason – and to see Baker get to where it is? It deserves it. It’s stayed exactly the same, you know? We loved Anti Hero, stuff like that, it’s just a different way of, I guess I’d say modernising a part of Anti Hero in a way and just making sure that we keep the ghetto kids in the loop. It’s a multi-cultured team, made up of all the people that we think are real, so it hasn’t really changed at all. I mean people have left, people have faded away, but they’re still in the crew. It’s cool that Deathwish started, and it’s still all family – the Baker/Deathwish tours are the funnest tours I’ve ever been on. Everyone looks out for each other, everyone’s fucked up and everyone rips. It’s all laughs – Baker’s like a joke, we just think everything’s fucking funny. Andrew’s sense of humour, even now he’s sober, it’s all funny; he loves to hear the stories, he lives through us and we live from him.