This be Ed Blab 2, conducted by kids just like you...or maybe actually you.
One Man Demo: Which Emerica team rider would you most wanna do a nude painting of?
Leo Romero, cuz I like little Mexican boys. Just kidding.
peterpod: I'm 27 now, and after 15 years of skating, my knees click and clunk and feel like they are about to collapse into tiny little bits. Are your knees fucked? Does it affect your skating? What injury would make you stop skating?
I feel pretty fortunate that I've never had too many knee injuries. I did tear a ligament last year, which took me out for six months. But once I started skating again, it didn't bother me. I've never had any knee surgeries or anything, but I came from an era of not jumping down giant things. I went through that phase, but now I'm back to skating small things.
livetoskatetx: Have you ever tried to fart really hard around friends and a little surprise popped out?
No. I did in class in high school one time, but not around friends. By the way, that is called an Oops Poops.
TylerDurden: I noticed you have some pretty unique music in your video parts. How do you go about selecting a track to skate to?
I usually want something with a good, fast beat. It makes the part more exciting and fun to watch. I like stuff with more distortion, which is why I've used Sonic Youth a bunch of times.
Moohaumed: You said you don't wear deodorant because you don't believe in putting chemicals in your body to make you smell good. Does that mean you don't use soap, shampoo or toothpaste either?
No, I use soap and shampoo from the health food store. I would use deodorant if I cared enough to, I just don't want to put anything containing aluminum in my body.
deicide: Would you ever put Johnny Layton on a diet? I've seen him, and he's getting fat!
No, that's up to him.
scattermyribs: Something about you I've always found to be really gnar is no matter how many different phases you've lived through since you started skating, you've always stayed true to who you are, and what you believe in both skating and art (which I really love). My question is, what were--and are--your biggest influences in skateboarding and your unique style of art?
As far as skating goes, I always mention the Gonz. I saw him skating around Huntington Beach when I was a little kid, and he blew me away. When I was starting out, Chris Miller's style on vert is what I wanted to emulate on street. My art influence came from just looking at books at the mall, sadly. Later, I was fortunate enough to travel and see a lot of great art in-person.
emericatwinx: How hard was it to become an artist? What did it take? Classes, schooling or self-teaching? I am starting to consider becoming an artist myself and would like to know.
I'm just self-taught. I never went to school, and I advise the same to anyone. You don't have to take a course. Art is not about being good, it's just about doing it.
ILOVEMERICA: Have you ever imagined that there was no such thing as Earth? That there was nothing in the universe, nothing at all? Wouldn't that be weird?
No, I have not imagined that. I've thought about t a lot of stuff, but not that there was no Earth. This planet isn't a mistake, but what grew on it is just a chance occurrence.
ILOVEMERICA: Have you ever smelled your towel after a shower and it smelled weird?
Andrew: About how much did the fattest person you've ever made love to weigh?
I've never made love to a fat person. I haven't had sex with enough people to talk about sex that way.
cal24d4life: What's your favorite color / kind of poop?
Green, I guess. I name all of my poops Lenny Squigafonte.
ProudlyPinoy: If you could go back in time, what year would go back to, and why?
It would be fun to go back to the Old West, around 1875, just to see what the real Old West was like. Or maybe a little bit earlier, to the Lewis and Clark days, before America was turned into a gigantic trash can.
emericanagent: When you're drawing out ideas for ads or graphics and such, do you listen to any sort of music or anything to help get ideas flowing?
I usually listen to NPR when I'm painting or drawing. If not that, then just a big mix of music--everything from Bob Dylan to Slayer.
emericanagent: Do you think there are aliens in Area 51?
No, I don't believe in aliens. I believe they could exist in theory, but not on planet Earth. I think they were made up in science fiction, got blown out of proportion and people believe in it, like dumbasses.
emericanagent: If you had to choose between French kissing an old man who had a crush on you or a hobo barfing in your mouth, which wood you choose?
Frenching the old man. I don't subscribe to your ageism.
skatebaker: Have you ever tried anything at El Toro? If you have, what? If you haven't, will you ever attempt it?
No, I haven't, and I probably never will at this point in my life.
skatebaker: If you knew that you had a week to live, what would you do?
I don't know, probably hang out with Deanna, eat food, and have sex. Just do what I normally do. Maybe go somewhere interesting, like Africa or an island, and blow some money. I'd like to try to get eaten by a shark before I die.
The interview is over. Don't ask any more questions.