THE SAME 5 QUESTIONS
Q: Where are you right now?
In my home office (in Oceanside CA) right now working on the Skate Crate Kickstarter campaign, then going to try and roll around a bit on my backyard ramp, then going on a radio show in a little bit to plug Skate Crate….then to “back to school night” with my son.
Q: Where did you grow up?
I grew up in a suburb of Sacramento called Roseville. Nor Cal! That’s where I started my first company called Blockhead Skateboards in 1985 in my parents garage. I’m going to date myself but I started skateboarding in 1974 at 10 years old and I always had a place to skate because I was always building ramps. In 1989 I moved to Southern CA and built the ramp they call the “Blockhead Ramp” which was skated by every Blockhead rider including Omar Hassan and Rick Howard and hundreds of other skaters. I still have the coping from that ramp on my current backyard bowl.
Q: What do you do for a living – what are your hobbies – how closely do these two overlap?
Well the only “real job” I’ve had is delivering pizzas before I started Blockhead, then I started Invisible and Sixteen skateboard companies. From there I moved on to Video and TV production, one of my favorite gigs was being creative director on the show Built to Shred where I got to design all kinds of fun things including a “tree fort” halfpipe 20’ up in a tree at the Volcom house. Then there were also ramps on tanks, vintage playground equipment, airplane wings and even “wall ride of death” over Tony Hawk’s swimming pool. Now in searching for another good blend of my hobbies and doing something to provide for the family I started Skate Crate. I plan to have some fun with it and do limited artist series, art shows and a web tv series featuring some “out there” ideas, we’re really pushing the DIY aspect of Skate Crate.
Q: When did your relationship with PF Flyers begin?
Jason Adams turned me on to PF Flyers when I started Skate Crate, I wasn’t tuned in to the whole thing as I rarely go shopping and when I do it’s usually at a thrift store. I’ve always been into vintage style and PF’s are a perfect fit…and such a perfect fit for rolling down the street on a vintage inspired Skate Crate.
Q: What is your life motto?
I think I’ll have to steal one from my grandfather who made me my first skateboard out of an oak shelf he salvaged from an old post office. He would always say “If you don’t have what you need, use what you’ve got”. He once made a farm tractor entirely out of salvaged auto parts.
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Photos by Joe Picciolo