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
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.
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.
Check out Jason’s new piece in ‘Til The Wheels Fall Off with the owner of Stoner’s Skateboards, Steen Stoner.
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!
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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!
Who are your top 5 favorite skateboarders? Dan Drehobl, Peter Hewitt, Daewon Song, Tony Trujillo, and Mark Gonzales.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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!
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.
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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