The Nine Club with Eric Dressen
This week's episode of The Nine Club sees triple OG Eric Dressen sit down to discuss starting up skating in the 1970s, skating for Alva, Dogtown and Santa Cruz, filming his Speed Freaks part in two days, being a 'stand in Dagger' in Thrashin', dealing with injuries, mongo pushing in Savannah Slamma, how the Salad Grind came about and loads more.
Dressen is someone who has been a sponsored skater on some level in every decade since the 1970s and has the calibre of story you'd expect from someone who's been in the mix with skateboarding for that amount of time, while still managing to come across as incredibly humble and stoked on the situation he is currently in.
"I'm pushing mongo...son of a bitch, goddammit!"
"This week on the show we’ve got Eric Dressen discussing starting skating at 8 years old, asking Tony Alva if he can skate for his team, auditioning for the movie Thrashin’, getting on Dogtown, filming his “Speed Freaks" part in 2 days, leaving Dogtown for Santa Cruz, getting 3rd in the Savannah Slamma contest, getting let go from Santa Cruz, how he got into Tattooing, getting back on Santa Cruz, traveling for tattooing and skating, how the salad grind came to be and much more!"
While you're here - and if you've made it down this far - press play below for a dose of absolute charging in Dressen's section from the 1998 One Fifty One video Too Loud for the Crowd, my personal favourite Dressen part, there really isn't any fucking with Burnside and Battalion of Saints! Then check out Grosso's Loveletters to Dogtown 2.0 parts one and two, which includes plenty of Dressen footage.