Disclaimer: The kids’ questions have been edited for punctuation, grammar, etc.
RBFemericaskaskater: There have been some rumors floating around that these are the Ellington 2 shoes. Are they? Or are they just custom Double-E’s?
Yeah, those were early samples of my second shoe. It’s a little different from that, but not too much. It has a rubber toe and it’s super light. It’ll be in shops in February 2005.
templeton4emerica: I’m 10. I really look up to your skating and I think you have come a long way. What do you like and dislike about your old home, Alaska? Thank you for being a really good influence.
You’re welcome, little dude. Alaska was good during the Summers, because it stayed light for so many hours and the weather was good. The bad part was the exact opposite during the Winters, cold and dark. We had to skate underground garages with two jackets, two pairs of pants, gloves and beanies. But I wouldn’t have changed anything. I’m glad I grew up there.
HEATHFAN: Are you currently working on any other skate videos?
Yep, I’ve been filming for the new Baker video that we haven’t named yet. It should be out in Spring 2005. I’m really psyched on the way it’s coming along. So far, I think it’s my favorite part I’ve put together.
BladerHater101: Have you ever been scared to do a trick and pussed out of it, then gone back and landed it easily and be like, "Shit, that was nothing!"?
Actually, it just happened the other day. I went to Reno, Nevada to try these two big ollies in a row. The first time I went there, I couldn’t do it at all, then I went back a week later and did it pretty easy.
jim-e merica: Erik, what do you do in your downtime when you’re not skating?
Lately, I’ve been building things at my house. Me and a couple friends just finished this outdoor roof/gazebo. Under that, we built a wood deck with a concrete table for a barbeque. We’re getting pretty good at it. I’m surprised.
xSkateEmerica89x: Why did you decide to leave Zero?
It was a pretty tough decision. Jamie had helped me out so much over the years. I don’t think I’d be where I am now if it wasn’t for him. But in the end, it was right for me to leave and be a part of starting something new (Baker) with my friends.
mongoisforfags: Mr. Ellington, I just want to tell you that the first couple of times I saw This is Skateboarding, I never got past your part to see Senn or Bossy. This is because I was out skating. Your style is incredible, your trick book must be 1,000,000 pages, and you are the gnarliest mother****er around. I am so inspired by your skating. My question is: Who influences and inspires you? Keep doing your thing.
Thanks a lot, man. I wish it was 1,ooo,ooo pages. I get most inspired by my friends, and I think my skating was influenced by the people I looked up to when I was younger.
Solid Sessions: Hey, hey. Let’s see. Um...Marlboro or Camel? Coors or Bud?
Camel and Coors.
ZEROskater: So, what got you into skating, and are you glad you took that path?
I started skating because I saw my friend doing it and it looked fun. I’m definitely glad, cuz if it wasn’t for skating, I wouldn’t have met my wife or all my friends. I couldn’t have bought my house or traveled the world. It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me. Keep skating.
ILOVELIFE: I live in Salem, Oregon and it rains so much. I heard you grew up in Alaska. Did you ever build ramps in your garage when it rained? Do you have good tips? I really enjoy watching you skate in the videos. I am sad I was sick when the Baker team came here. Your backside flip, frontside flip, big spins and your pro shoes are really, really good. Good luck with the new baby. Sincerely, Will Jones
Thanks, Will. I appreciate that. I built a couple of launch ramps, but they kind of sucked. I know that Thrasher always has ramp plans and stuff like that you can get. Or you can get a crew of your friends and maybe some parents and approach the city about an indoor skatepark. If you bug the city enough, they’ll listen.
Carter: I have been skatin’ for, like, two years and I’m getting nowhere. Any tips on landing tricks like kickflips or backside heelflips? Oh, and you’re one of the reasons I’m still skatin’, because of your style and kick-ass shoe. U rock. Carter of Hillsborough, New Jersey
Keep at it, man. I skated for about two years before I learned how to kickflip. It just takes practice. When I do kickflips, I put my front foot just under the front truck bolts and off to the side a little. When you pop, kick up and out. About the backside heels, I’m not very good at them, so you’ll have to ask someone else. Good luck.
zak: Hey, I’m just wondering since your first shoe was such a success, what are your favorite colors from the old and new colors? Zak, Buffalo, New York
I liked the chocolate/tan ones and the red/greys. Oh, and I’m remaking the red/greys for all of you who didn’t get them before.
ChaLk: Hey Erik, how’s it going? That’s not my question. My friend was telling me he read that you shoot heroin into your arm. Is that true? I don’t think it’s true, but if it is, that really sucks, man. P.S. You rock, too.
No, that’s not true. In the past, I’ve gone a bit overboard with drinking, and, unfortunately, drugs. I can’t think of a certain reason I got into those types of things. The older I get, the wiser I get, is all I can really say.
DR.GONZO: Erik, how old were you when you first got sponsored and when you went pro?
I think I was about 16 when I first got sponsored, we started a company called Balance in Arizona. I turned pro for Zero when I was 21.
bryan_herman_kicks_ass: Hello, Mr. Ellington. What do you love about skateboarding the most, and why? Sam T., Queensland, Australia
Overcoming something that you didn’t think was possible for you to do. I think that’s what makes me the happiest.
Marka: I love to BBQ. If we walked up on you when you’re q’in’, what would probably be on the grill?
Most likely, skirt steak marinated in butter, garlic and rock salt. It’s this Brazilian-style beef that Luciana taught me. Oh man, tomorrow I’m putting in this massive grill I bought. It’s tight! Happy birthday to me.
Jack: What are your favorite bands?
Guns n’ Roses, AC/DC, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ozzy, Danzig, 2pac, Cool Breeze, Rolling Stones, Queen, Outkast.
*r@cheL*: Hey, Erik =) I just started skating a while ago, and I have seen your stuff. You are really, really good. Do you think you are going to want to have kids in the future? How many? Girls or boys? Ya know, that kind of stuff. You are the coolest ;) Luv, Rachel of Enid, Oklahoma.
I think I would like a little girl, then a boy. We’ll see what happens, though.
legendz: Hello, Erik. When will you be back to NiterÃƒÂ³i , Rio de Janeiro? We are waiting for you, man!
Very soon-I can’t wait. Tell everyone I say, "What’s up?"
jim-e merica: Erik, are you starting to stress out looking at all of these Blabs and trying to answer the best ones?
Ellington_rules86: Hey Erik, I was wondering who some of your favorite up-and-coming skaters are?
John Colbert (aka Lil’ Flip), Mike Reno, Shane Cross, Little Jimmy, Benny Fairfax. There’s more, but I can’t remember right now.
EmericaAndVine: When were the og Piss Drunx days? Who were you riding for at the time, and how did you come upon the people that are your (Piss Drunx) family today?
We met in Huntington Beach around 1999-00. We all lived within, like, 100 feet of each other’s apartments on Warner Avenue, so we’d just skate, drink and party. We started Baker there, and I got on Emerica around that time, too. It was definitely some of the funnest times ever.
evanmc: Erik, who brewed better booze, you or Lance (Dawes)?
Ha-ha. We never got around to it, but I’m sure I’d win.
templedown: What was the very first skate vid that you saw when you were growing up? Nick Colorado
H-Street Shackle Me Not.
Ali Boulala #3: What shoe company did you ride for before Emerica and Axion?
Emerica was the first shoe company I ever got shoes from. I was on flow, but the old Team Manager kicked me off for wearing some jacked old Nikes at the Tampa Am contest. I got shoes from Axion, then Justin Regan and Andrew asked me to ride for Emerica again.
Emeruca: Erik! Dude, I just got in from sk8in’ and was listening to some Guns n’ Roses tracks. I was listening to "Sympathy for the Devil" and then I thought of you and was like, "Damn! This shit would sound sick as f*** if Erik used it for Baker 3!" So, I came here to ask you about that. What do you think about that song?
It’s amazing. I actually tried using it in my Emerica part. It was a little slow, but it looked sick.
HEATHFAN: Whoa, this is the last day to Blab a question. Did you enjoy this interview?
Yep, all five hours of it. Thanks to everyone for the support. Keep shreddin’!-Erik Ellington