BACK IN THE SPOTLIGHT PART 7
The reality is though, however good you are, there is always some little bastard coming up that is better than you, has a better image or simply played the game better and sucked up to/sucked off the right team manager... Regardless of how long your time in the sun is, most people don't ever get there, so sponsored skaters are put on a pedestal for all the kids to look up to. Some thrive on this, others crumble under the pressure and some just start to fucking hate the thing they once loved. We hit up some skaters that were a staple fixture in the skate world not so long ago to see exactly where they disappeared to and what they are up to now. We have had such an overwhelming response that we've had to split this article into a few parts or it'd end up being longer than the bible.
1. When and why did you decide to throw in the towel on being sponsored, or did someone throw it in for you?
2. Do you miss it at all? How is post-skating / real life treating you?
3. How much are you skating these days? Any chance of a comeback?
I do miss traveling/skating, but I do remember how hard it was to be on tour sometimes. It’s not like we had much time to do anything else but skate and travel to the next demo. Post skating has been fun, when I’m not hurt of course. It’s good now just to roll around with your buddies and do whatever, whenever, and there’s so many places to skate now!
When I’m not hurt I’ll try to roll around a 2-3 days a week and try to squeeze in a vert session at Vans’ Combi. I don’t know about a come back, but I’m hoping to enter the legends/masters Vans Pool Party at some point. I am re-releasing a board with http://greenissue.com (guest star artist on that graphic…) and Powell Peralta this next year, which will be in collaboration with Walt Pourier and http://strongholdsociety.org to possibly open up a new skate park on a Native American reservation!!
If it’s ok I’d like to give a shout out to Ray Ray, Lil Steve, Sad Eyes, Marco, The Dune, P-Hutch, Walt Pourier, the Green Issue family and Sep at New Balance Numeric, and Dan Sparagna and Arto for photos!!
It took stepping away from skateboarding for a few years for me to miss it. I skated for a lot of great companies and have great memories. I have more fun now skating than I've had in a long time. I'm always going to skate, it's always in my mind.
I skate as much as possible, years later tricks I did from mid 90s are still fun. Comeback? For what, I'm happy doing what I do and skating when I can. Everyone's version of a comeback is different.
I miss it Big time. I really miss all my old friends. Just getting together cruising around. Feeding off each other's energy. We would push each other to be better. In a positive way. Our crew was tight and reliable. We had each other's backs. We never bothered anyone. But, if anyone would try some funny stuff with us, we stood our ground. We truly cared for one another. We would never let anyone get taken advantage of or get hurt. We were skating when it wasn't cool. We were the outsiders. No one got us, but all of our friends understood each other. We had a lot In common, not only skating but growing up in New York City. Post life?? Hahaha you mean life? I lucked out. Met a great woman got married and have 2 incredible kids. I'm very happy. I sometimes think about skating and I'm like wow... that was a long time ago. I forget sometimes. But when I do remember It's nothing but memorable times. We were a part of NYC's skateboarding street culture at that time and I will never ever forget. We skated the streets and owned them.
I skated with my daughter today! She has a scooter and we went cruising around in Downtown Manhattan. It was so much fun. Kinda like the old feeling I used to have but better. She has a good style too. I couldn't believe it. We used to own the streets. Today I was sharing them with my daughter. It was incredible. I should've worn a helmet too!! Hahahah. I think of making a little comeback. I'm still in decent shape. I play a lot of soccer these days. I want to shoot some tricks I've been thinking about. All I need is a video camera... Wait a minute! I have one on my phone!! Thanks MuckMouth! Peter Bici NYC Alumni
Do I miss it at all? Of course I miss going out and skating with my friends and being carefree. It’s funny how much you take it for granted once it’s all over. Once I joined the real world, I rarely found time to go skate. I would skate sometimes after work but eventually as time went on, I found myself skating less. Eventually I got on my board once in a blue moon. It took me a while to actually transition myself from the skate world to the real world.
As for a comeback, probably not. Kids are way too good these days. I still keep up with videos on Youtube and I see the progression of skateboarding. Some of these tricks that they are doing are insane! I’m happy where I’m at these days, I guess things do happen for a reason and you just got to roll with the punches.
I miss it and have sudden urges then my shins start giving me funny looks.
I always told myself at a young age that I didn't want to be that washed up dude getting washed up dude sympathy points.
I definitely miss it, it was a special time in my life. The original NYC crew was tight, we all looked out for each other like family. Life is good now, I'm a commercial fisherman and have two sons, my oldest Cyrus is a skater and we live In Hells Kitchen, NYC.
I try and skate when I have time, I need to start skating more with my son, he's always trying to get me on the board. I don't see a come back in my future, I like to skate without pressure.
My life after skating was fine, I became a rave promoter, then I was a Capoeira Angola teacher and travelled around brazil. I got two sons who skate a lot; bowls not street. I am a sparky.
I skate all the time with my sons, but the vert scene in London is dead. Check out the Brixton ramp, Consortium is trying to breath life back into the vert scene. If you mean competitions, I am open but would have to up my game. I love skating and I just learnt backside smith grinds. Later. Hope this is ok, Lucian
As for the future, I just want to skate more with my bros, chill, drive fast in cars and maybe do some masters or veterans contests - they look really fun! Just lovin' my kids and being stoked!
I do miss the people... and the scene in general, especially when I read Danny Sargent’s words! He was a big influence on me, and I am happy to know he is still ripping. The early 90’s in SF were really fun, and probably my favorite time in skateboarding. I met so many cool people, and there was some amazing creativity going on back then. Post skating/real life is excellent. I am married (no kids, but a couple of deranged cats) and manage two metal finishing companies. I also occasionally make specialty cakes. I went to culinary school to study the French method of chocolate making, but somehow ended up making cakes after graduation. I am obsessed with motorcycles, Baroque musical instruments, Chelsea FC and horror movies. Life is good.
Steve Douglas was kind enough to send me a board, so I get a touch in here and there when I can. No comeback in the works, but I can still bust out some tricks.