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.
The Ghetto Skate Facility in Zephyrhills has extended hours right now through the end of the holidays. Check out all of the details here. Get out there and skate one of their bowls!
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!
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
Ghetto Skateboards hooked us up with their brand new “Deadwood” graphic deck, 4 different t-shirts, a pair of their Ghetto jeans, and a bunch of stickers. The “Deadwood” graphic decks are brand new and feature original artwork by a Ghetto Skate Facility local. Ghetto’s decks are 7-ply maple and are 100% made in the USA, which translates into the highest quality skateboard decks. The graphics are also very crisp and clear, no fuzzy crap here. The t-shirts all feature simple, unique, and refreshing designs…my personal favorite being the “Afro-Skull” graphic. Oh, and did I mention that Ghetto screenprints all of their own shirts? Yeah, they do. The jeans are also really top-notch. They are made with a little bit of spandex material, which creates just enough flex that you don’t have to worry about your jeans getting all bunched-up while you are skating. If you are a skateboarder, you know what I’m talking about and it’s annoying to constantly be re-adjusting your jeans. So get a pair of these jeans and don’t worry about it ever again! The people over at Ghetto Skateboards are all really cool and down-to-earth, just like their skatepark, the Ghetto Skate Facility. If you live in the Tampa Bay area and you have not skated the Ghetto Skate Facility, you are really missing out! Check out Ghetto Skateboards and the Ghetto Skate Facility for more.
Sunday Ghetto Skate Facility session with Tillman Hazelton, CJ Stadolnik, and Asher Builin Lakes. Look for No Comply Magazine’s first interview featuring Tillman Hazelton this week!