So to start off, we’re here on the Supra Chino tour in Barcelona with you, Oscar and Dee rocking a new signature colourway each. Where has the tour been through so far, and what spots have been stand-outs?
B: The standout spot so far is definitely Paris – because Paris is Paris – and here for sure. But we hit a few little spots in between, Avignon, Marseille. It was fun, it was really cold though so I didn’t see much on the way, I was just bundled up in the van…I was ready to get to Barcelona by then. But the skatepark in Avignon, its rad. I really like that skatepark, the kids were cool, it was mellow. It was really windy but the place was sick. And yea, being in Paris!
How does the shoe feel compared to previous Supra models?
It’s a new shoe pretty much – I mean it’s a Supra so it has the same feel, but the Chino is a souped up Pistol. If you’re a Supra fan you’ll know we had the Pistol back in the day, but we had complaints that it was too thin and it’d blow out quick. So this is basically a newer version of the pistol; a simple, basic, authentic skate shoe that a lot of people should be able to relate too. It’s the shape that everyone’s going for nowadays.
You were involved with We Are Blood, which I wanted to ask you about; a video with a massive production budget which feels more like a big budget documentary than a skate video. How was the experience of that compared to filming for a more straightforward video?
That was insane! It was pretty wild. The funny thing was that Ty (Evans) hit me up way more than I expected and I didn’t actually get out on too many missions with him, just for the fact that I always have a lot to do. You know, as a skater you’re always like “Should I go out and get footage with this guy for this project, or this guy for another project”, and it’s a struggle getting footage for your other sponsors. I knew he was filming for something, but I didn’t know it was going to be this big of a project so I missed out on a bunch of trips – like the US trip they did, that looked rad. But what Ty did with the whole video looked sick. I did go to Dubai with them, Mountain Dew hit me up last minute to see if I wanted to go out and cruise with them for a couple of weeks. It was insane dude. I went to Vegas and Vegas was the first time that I saw the level of production; the camera equipment and whatnot, I was like “This is next level!” So it was a cool experience, way outside the box but with a good outcome. It’s different – it brings skateboarding to the everyday person that has no clue what a skateboard is. I think that’s a good thing and a bad thing because now everyone knows what we’re doing…