Interviews

Tommy Wray Interview

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Words and Photos: Bryan Friesen

READ THE INTERVIEW HERE


Joel Meinholz Interview

I have been stoked on Joel’s skating for a long time. So, when there were, what seemed to be long periods of time that new footage of Joel was hard to come by, it left me wondering when I would get to see more. Then, in 2010 when Welcome to MIA, the MIA Skateshop video came out, I was pleasantly surprised to see that Joel was skating just as hard and raw as ever. Since that time, Joel seems to be everywhere. Between new footage, new sponsors, and promoting events through IamYourVillain & Bum Rush The Spot, he seems to be unstoppable. – Nicks

Read the interview here


Action Sports Now Photographer Interview/ 1-Year Anniversary

Today is No Comply Skateboard Mag’s 1st Anniversary, and coincidentally, an interview that I did recently with Carl Wallin over at Action Sports Now went live today. I am really stoked on the interview…it feels really good to be appreciated for all of your hard work, rather than used. I have met a lot of really cool new people over the last year, and even reconnected with some old friends that I hadn’t seen in years! Thank you to everybody that has supported me and No Comply over the last year. I’m looking forward to lots of new things to come in 2012. – Nicks.


Alex Peavey Interview

I originally met Alex last year at the Ring of Fire Skate Jam/ Contest at the (now defunct) Ghetto Skate Facility in Zephyrhills, Florida. Then I ran into him again at the 3rd Annual Ghetto Bowl Bash back at the end of April. Alex won the 18 & Up Sponsored Division that day, and came real close to taking the “Best Trick” as well. Alex is a ripper and one hell of a nice guy. He was also cool enough to set aside some time to do this interview for the mag. Keep your eyes on this dude, because he is coming up fast. – Nicks.

Peep the interview here.


Mind’s Eye: Matt Roy

     When I called Matt a few nights ago to interview him for this Mind’s Eye piece, I had a list of questions that I was prepared to ask him. Most of the questions were pretty standard, but I figured that they would be good starting points that would lead to questions that I hadn’t thought of. Anyway, when Matt answered the phone, he told me that he had just put his daughter down to sleep and that he would have to be somewhat quiet. This immediately led into an organic conversation that lasted over 30 minutes, which, after I hung up the phone, I realized I had never asked him a single one of those questions. So, that being said, I will give you some background information on Matt and cover some of what we talked about. In the end though, as is the sign of any passionate and talented artist, I will let Matt’s work speak for itself.

     Matt Roy is a snow skier from New Hampshire, snow skiing he says was his first true love. When Matt was a kid he wanted to make ski movies, so he mounted an old VHS video camera to his helmet…you know, the ones that weigh like 25 lbs!  Obviously Matt knew from day one that you have to do what you have to do to get the shot. When Matt was about 8 or 9 he discovered skateboarding, he skated until he was about 15 and quit. It was also in this period of time that Matt picked up his mom’s Pentax K-1000 for the first time and started shooting photos of his friends. Unfortunately, all the film from that era is missing, which seems to be something that happens to all of us at one point in our lives.

     Anyway, fast forward several years, Matt leaves the northeast for the tropical climate of Miami, where he eventually begins working as a personal trainer. Matt is still a full-time personal trainer, which he is also very passionate about. But about 5 years ago Matt started wakeboarding and also went in to MIA Skateshop and bought a new setup to start skateboarding again. I guess not being able to snow ski as much as he wanted to was starting to get to him.

    Apparently the wakeboarding and skateboarding also sparked Matt’s photographic fire. He bought a 20D and started taking it wakeboarding to shoot photos for trade on getting pulled behind the boat, and he also started taking it to the old MIA Skate Park (R.I.P.) to shoot. Eventually, Matt started hanging out with and shooting photos of Abe Bethel and Rene Perez at the park, which led to countless hours of watching online tutorials, experimenting, and a ton of trial and error…photography was consuming him.

     As you can see from the photos below, all that time and passion has translated into some amazing photography. Matt’s skateboarding photography has been featured in Focus Skate Mag, Lowcard Mag, and FTK Mag (snagged the cover shot in the most recent issue). Matt says that he doesn’t want to make a career of photography (for now at least), he is focused on training, being a dad, and juggling a busy schedule, although he said that he is getting more and more phone calls to go shoot all the time. This also allows him to focus on shooting subject matter that he is comfortable with.

     Matt shoots and skates with the MIA Skateshop team and other Miami locals on a regular basis, which keeps him involved in skateboarding. Make sure to key your eyes peeled, lots of good things to come. In the meantime, enjoy this gallery of photos, all of which really epitomize the Miami skateboarding scene. – Nicks

Check out all of Matt’s work at Matt Roy Photography

All Photographs © Matt Roy Photography

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‘Til The Wheels Fall Off: Stoner’s Skateboards

Check out Jason’s new piece in ‘Til The Wheels Fall Off with the owner of Stoner’s Skateboards, Steen Stoner.


Mind’s Eye: Ben Kilpatrick

Being a photographer myself, I am constantly checking out other photographer’s work. There are a ton of really good photographers out there, but, it is only once in a while that you come across a photographer’s work that just blows your mind. I recently discovered Ben Kilpatrick’s photography…and, Ben’s work is definitely “Mind-Blowing” caliber. I have been wanting to do a feature on the mag from time to time, showcasing photographers, filmers/ videographers, artists, and their work, so I figured this was the perfect opportunity to start. I contacted Ben with my idea and he was stoked on it, so here we go!
 
The name of this new feature is “Mind’s Eye”. The “mind’s eye” was a term that Ansel Adams used to describe the ability to visualize the final image before even shooting the photograph. This type of “sixth sense” ability, I believe, translates across all disciplines of art, and is the sign of a truly talented artist. – Nicks
 
“In my mind’s eye, I visualize how a particular… sight and feeling will appear on a print. If it excites me, there is a good chance it will make a good photograph. It is an intuitive sense, an ability that comes from a lot of practice.” – Ansel Adams  
 
All Photographs © Copyright Ben Kilpatrick Photography
 
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Matt Macmillen, Frontside Hurricane.

 My name is Ben Kilpatrick. I am from Tallahassee, Florida and have recently made the big move to New York City. If you live in Florida and haven’t skated in Tallahassee you need too. Really underrated! So many good spots, and most barely touched! I’m currently sitting in the dungeon room in my rad ass cousins apartment missing my moms amazing cooking/baking and my awesome friends back home. waaah wahhh. haha. Trio for life! 

Jerry Yates, Backside Kickflip.

  Anyways, my mom bought me a little point and shoot camera in 12th grade to take pictures of all my friends and stuff during the last few months of school. I used it a lot and really enjoyed it inside and outside of school. A few years later i decided to start saving up for a dslr and bought an entry-level canon. I was hooked. I worked overtime all summer that year and bought a few lenses and a flash. Since then I have upgraded a few times. I’m currently using a Canon 5D and 1DIII for cameras. For lenses I’m using a 10-17 Fisheye, 17-40L, 35L, 50 (1.4), 70-200L. I also have a variety pack of flashes. Dudes keep knocking over my sunpak 120j’s so I’ve just got to settle for the cheaper flashes. I have been shooting for about 4 years now. 

Eby Ghafarian, Window Frame 50-50 to fakie.

   The most inspiring person always points back to my mom. She is a damn hard worker and is extremely motivated to do what she loves. So that keeps me motivated to push myself. Eby Ghafarian (owner of Naysayer Skateboards www.naysayerskateboards.com) is another inspiration for me too. He has a ton of drive and uses his long hair and vegan powers to skate 15 hours a day, stay up until 5 am working on stuff and then sleeping for 2 hours and doing it all over again. He is not human. No lie. And then you have ill ass photographers like Bradford, Herzmann, Ying, and others. Shout outs to Tallahassee! – Ben Kilpatrick

Richard Quintero, Frontside Tailslide.

 Make sure you check out more of Ben’s amazing work at www.benkilpatrick.com and stay up to date with all of his adventures at www.benkilpatrick.tumblr.com. Also, be sure to pick up a copy of the June 2011 issue of Thrasher Magazine on shelves now, and check out Ben’s Skater’s Eye!

Johan Stuckey, Frontside 5-0.
 
Apparently, Ben is also a naturally talented filmer as well. In his last few months being in Tallahassee, Ben compiled so much footage with his GoPro filming all of his friends that he decided to put it all togther into a homie video entitled Panhandlers. Take a look at Jerry Yates and Matt Macmillen’s parts.
 
 
 

Keith Baldassare I.S.T.I.A. Interview

Take a look at the Keith Baldassare Interview over at I Skate Therfore I Am.

Keith Baldassare, Over the Hip to Frontside 5-0, OSP, 2011.


Focus Skate Mag “Q & A” with TJ Harris

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 Make sure you read this “Q & A” with Orlando ripper TJ Harris over at Focus Skate Mag. TJ is coming up quick…having a park like Midtown as an incubator doesn’t hurt either.


Nick Murphy Interview

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Interview and Photography by Nick Nicks (except where noted).
The first time I saw Nick skate was at the Creature/ Santa Cruz “Saints & Sinners” Tour demo at Orlando Skate Park (OSP)  this past October. He was charging so hard, it was hard not to notice! The following month I was back at OSP for the launch of the Demon Seed “Brewery” Pro Model line of boards and was again super-stoked on Nick’s skating. I asked Rich Payne who he was, and he said “Oh yeah, that’s Nick Murphy, he rides for Demon Seed, he rips”. At the end of the night, Rich introduced me to Nick, and just like that we were Facebook Friends For Life (FFFL)! No, seriously, I did hit Nick up on Facebook, because I knew I was going to want to shoot photos and do an interview with him at some point. Then, back in December, just a few weeks after I started No Comply Magazine, Nick was asking me about the mag one day, we chatted for a little bit, decided to do the interview and that was that. Anyway, I am still very new at this interviewing thing, so I don’t know if it is normal to get so many sick photos in such a short period of time, but when you skate as good as Nick does it definitely makes it easy on the photographer. So, enjoy the photos and the interview and watch out for Nick because he will be skating past you at 100 mph!

How old are you? I’m 20 years old.

Where are you from originally? I am from the “City of Champions”, Brockton, MA.

How long have you been skating? Since I was 6, so 14 years.

What brought you to Florida? I was going to school at Boston Architectural College and I felt like it just wasn’t working out at the time. I needed a change and my brothers were already living in Apopka, Florida, so in December of 2009 I moved down and moved into my oldest brother’s house.

Who are you currently riding for? I ride for Demon Seed Skateboards, Orlando Skatepark (OSP), Guano Wheels, and Percent Apparel

Kickflip to Fakie, OSP.

So, tell me the story about  how you got on Demon Seed and OSP? Well, it was last summer (2010) and there was a Vans Warped Tour Qualifier and Demon Seed Best Trick Contest at OSP. I ended up qualifying for the Warped Tour and I took first place in the Best Trick! I won the Best Trick Contest with a pivot to fakie on the vert wall at OSP (Which, by the way, is insane! If you have seen this vert wall, you know why!). After I stuck the pivot to fakie, I was trying a blunt to fakie, I popped out too far, landed too low on the tranny and slammed straight to the flat. I just remember waking up to people asking me how many fingers they were holding up. The helmet that I was wearing was a souvenir plastic Boston Red Sox batting helmet, and it just shattered. So, Demon Seed and OSP pretty much put me on right after that.

5-0 to Fakie in the deep end of the OSP pool!

Do you have a day job? I have had a few different jobs since I moved to Florida. It has been really rough finding something decent that pays well, especially nowadays. I am currently unemployed, but I have something in the works that basically allows me to be my own boss and pays really well. I think being my own boss is going to work out better for me.

Feeble Grind through the corner, SPoT Bowl.

What’s on the radar for Nick Murphy? My dream, just like a lot of skateboarders coming-up, is to go out to California and see how far I can take my skateboarding. Transition is definitely my strength, but I would like to take my street skating to new levels, so that I can be an even more well-rounded All-Terrain Vehicle. I love skating anything and everything, if it’s fun I’ll skate it. I definitely want to go back to school for architecture or art at some point also. I took architecture and art classes in high school and I really liked it, so I would like to do something with that. Other than that, just keep skating and have fun…I don’t ever want to stop skating!

Gap up to Tailslide, OSP.

Who are your top 5 favorite skateboarders? Dan Drehobl, Peter Hewitt, Daewon Song, Tony Trujillo, and Mark Gonzales.

Wallplant, SPoT Bowl.

What’s playing on your ipod right now? Audioslave, but I listen to everything and anything if it’s good. I listen to hip-hop, rock-n-roll, whatever. Probably my favorite band of all time would have to be The Beatles. My parents and especially my uncle used to listen to The Beatles all the time when I was growing up.

Wallride, SPoT.

Any last words, shout-out’s, thank-you’s? Yeah, first and foremost, I would like thank my parents for being supportive and my brothers for teaching me how to skate. When I was growing up, we had a “wicked awesome” 6 ft mini-ramp with an 8 ft extension with pool coping and a 4 ft spine in the backyard. I would also like to thank Johnny King at OSP, Wade at Demon Seed Skateboards, Keith Whetstone at Guano Wheels, Shawn at Bikebarn Skateshop in Whitman, MA (first shop sponsor), Dave at Skater’s Edge, No Comply Magazine for the interview, and last but not least, Dutch Masters & PBR!


Tyrone Olson Interview

Tyrone, Photo_Peterson

Tyrone Olson has been skating hard for 26 years now, and according to him, he doesn’t have any plans of slowing down. At 35 years young (I like to say it that way because I am also 35…makes me feel better), Tyrone is still really stoked on skateboarding and is skating as hard as ever. I have always really liked Tyrone’s skating and in the process of doing this interview, I’ve realized that he is a really cool & down-to-earth dude, that just wants to skate, cook, hang out with his friends, and be happy. Tyrone has come full-circle in his life. He lived the crazy professional skateboarder life in California for a bunch of years, having skated for companies such as EVOL, Osiris, and Arcade. Now, Tyrone is back to his roots in Wisconsin, where he is still doing the things that he loves and living his life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Age? 35

Where are you living? Madison, WI

Current sponsors? Legion Skateboards, Last Resort Wheels, and Westside Skateshop

What’s the story behind the nickname T-Bone? I’ve been called that since I was a little kid, I think my uncle started that.

How did you get hooked up with Westside Skateshop? I met John Montesi in San Diego at the ASR trade show a long time ago. I kicked it off really well with John and Nick Matlin, they have been good friends for many years now.

50-50 Grind, Photo_Peterson

So, you are doing snowboarding lessons these days? Yeah, I just got a job teaching snowboarding at a Ski Resort call Tyrol Basin here in WI, it’s about 20 minutes outside of Madison. This is my first year, so it should be real fun.

You lived in Salt Lake City for a little while, did you do a lot of snowboarding there? Yeah, I lived in SLC for about 2 years. I worked at Snow Bird and the Canyons Ski Resort as a cook. So yeah, everyday I was riding. I got on the game show Jeopardy while I was living there doing a snowboarding trick for their show, kind of cool!

Crooked Grind, Photo_Peterson

You went to culinary school several years ago and you now work as a catering chef right? Yes, I work at the Alliant Energy Center setting up banquets and shows. The company I work for is called Centerplate Catering.

Tell me about the clothing line that you have in the works. A friend of mine that has a shop called No Comply is down to get something started. It’s not up and running yet, but soon.

Tuck-Knee Transfer, Photo_Peterson

I know you like skating in Chicago, how often do you get down there? Well, when it’s nice out, every other weekend.

Did you skate The Turf when you were growing up? For sure! I used to skate there every weekend with Dave Mayhew, that place was the bomb. Save the Turf.

What’s up with The Turf, are they going to be able to save it? I hope so! Maybe Tony Hawk would help to save it…please Tony we need your help.

What do you have planned for the future? Well, just keep doing what I love and stay in the game. I’ve been skateboarding for 26 years now and I’m never going to stop. My plan is to just be happy and take care of business, that’s about it.

Proper Frontside Flip, Photo_Peterson

Shout-Out’s? Yeah, I would like to thank my girlfriend Ashley and Cory for taking photos, Blake, Purea, Jack, Nick, Shane, and Channing for filming. Shout-out to all my Appleton, Oshkosh, Milwaukee, and Madison friends,WESTSIDE Skateshop, Last Resort Skateshop and Wheels, Dave Mayhew and all of my Cali friends. Also, I  would like to thank the Pipe Skatepark, Cream City Skatepark, 4 Seasons Skatepark and Joe Booth from stillnotsponsored.com. Finally, last but definitely not least, big shout-out to Bart and to Frankie Hill from Legion Skateboards! To all of the skateboarders and fans that have always been down for T-bone, thanks! Skate or Die!

Check out this cool video from www.stillnotsponsored.com,  great stories and sick skating! Hell yeah Tyrone!


Tillman Hazelton Interview

    I just recently met Tillman and I caught up with him yesterday @ the Ghetto Skate Facility to shoot photos and do this interview. Tillman just turned 15 recently, but rips with the speed, style, and finesse of a professional that has been doing it for years! Not to mention, he is also a really cool kid. He is wise beyond his years and has already sworn off people that have bad attitudes and trash-talk. He knows that there is no time for that crap, Tillman just wants to skate and have fun…attitude-free. Keep an eye out for Tillman, because his skating will blow your mind!

 

Backside Smith Grind. Photo_Nicks

Where do you live?

I live in Zephyrhills, FL it’s about a 30 minute drive from Tampa.

How old are you?

I just turned 15 on October 14th.

How long have you been skateboarding?

I have been skating for about 3 and a half years.

Beanplant to Tail. Photo_Nicks

Who are your current sponsors?

I’m on Ghetto Skateboards, Ion clothing, and I’m (flow) for Bones wheels!

What is your current board set-up?

I ride a 7.75 Ghetto deck with Mob Grip, 139 Independent trucks of course, they’re the best, and 56 mm Jimmy The Greek Bones wheels with Bones Reds bearings!!

So, you are a really talented transition skater, do you skate street as well?

Well, I never really skated anything until I moved here and was sitting in Sonny’s BBQ eating ribs and saw an ad for The Ghetto Skate Facility and begged my mom to take me. Once I was there I loved it and I was there every time I got the chance. So, yes, I’m very talented at transition, but lately I have been skating more and more street but my true passion still is with transition!

Bluntslide. Photo_Nicks

Do you ever skate the vert ramp @ SPoT?

 I do go to SPoT almost every Tuesday and play on the vert a little, but not much. I will be starting to skate it more though as soon as I make it out to one of the vert jams that have been going down there.

Have you skated in a lot of contests? Do like contests?

 No, I don’t tend to skate too many contest. So far a total of like 6 and I do well in them, but i definitely don’t like them. I feel that there are always too many people who come to them their bad attitudes, which really bums me out and makes me want to not even skate.                                                                                                 

What kind of music do you listen to?

 Well that depends on if  I’m skating or not. If I am skating I like to listen to fast heavy music like Slayer or Iron Maiden. If I’m not skating I’ll tend to listen to Lil Wayne.

Backside Boneless. Photo_Nicks

Who are your skateboarding influences?

 Oooohh man one person and one person only Chris Lehman. He kills it when he is skating any ramp of any size he is great!! I tend to get told i skate like him which really makes me feel good about my skating!

Do you have any plans for the future?

Well not really, I do plan on going to college no matter what happens, but I do want to take my skating as far as possible.

500 mph Frontside Smith Grind up and through the Chunky corner! Photo_Nicks