Hiroki Muraoka’s full part from Traffic Skateboards ‘Look Left’ video, released in late 2017, is now online courtesy of Theories of Atlantis. Hiroki’s section joins Kevin Coakley’s and Luke Malaney’s in residing online and offers up the opportunity to enjoy some particularly fast footed, creative use of spots in his native Japan. Obviously Traffic oozes legitimacy like a particularly rad scab that you haven’t looked after properly just after you’ve stepped out of the shower, so you should know that all of the above sections are worth a watch without us telling you! Go buy it on DVD if you can find somewhere with a copy still in stock, you won’t regret it…
To coincide with the section, Theories of Atlantis have also released a recent interview with Hiroki for ER Magazine, which you can see a brief excerpt from below the video and which you can read in full for more of an insight into how he got on Traffic, how he approaches spots and more.
Filmed by Yoji Mizusawa, Hitoshi Nagaoka, Colin Read and Marc Ohata.
Edited by Josh Stewart.
“I think there’s an image out there of you as a guy who’s able to balance skating as a sponsored rider and working a full time job to make a living, but isn’t that a rough gig?
Well the costs of living alone just on rent and food…if you don’t have any money, you can’t live at all, right? Since we can’t really make a living off skateboarding alone, it kind of makes you have to balance the two. But it’s not really a problem for me. I just skate all night after work until I go to sleep, and then skate like mad on Saturday and Sunday. I actually think I’m skating way more than if I just had some part time job and wasn’t being serious. It can be tough, but I think I actually like it. Maybe I just don’t mind the pain and exhaustion. Or maybe I just love skateboarding.
Yeah, somehow or other you’re always making moves and out filming, huh. You don’t ever think like “ah, I’ll take today off.”?
Probably not too much. One of the things I always want to do most is go out and film. Aren’t the most fun times when you’re doing something you’re most passionate about? Like it gives me a sense of accomplishment. Generally, I’m always going on my own schedule at my own leisure so there’s never a sense that I don’t want to do it. Like even if I know that I’m definitely not skating that day, I’ll be thinking about what I’m going to do instead whether it’s just chilling at home or drawing or something. Then the next day I know I’m definitely gonna be skating, even if I do get tired and am not really feeling going out to skate, I know I’ve already decided I’m going to so that’s what I prioritize. As long as it’s not pouring rain or I’ve got a cold or something, I’m generally out skating. Once you start thinking like “Ah I can go out and skate any other time,” it makes you not want to go out and get it anymore, and I’m not down with that.”