S katers are perhaps the raddest people to ever walk
the Earth. The Skate Culture has become so huge, so
massive, that everwhere you turn, it's there. The clothes,
the look, the attitude, the vibe, the revolution, it's
there. For those those who have forever been linked
to skatings history, for you it has been a lifestyle
of radicalness attained by applying a technique that
overcomes any obstacles in it's path. By using suburbia's
concrete as a canvas, you paint your own picture with
your own style. Skaters use things like nobody before
them, and nobody since. A in-animate object that is
used to sit on gets another use out of it's substandard
exsistence as a skatable object on which it becomes
a part of THE NOW!. Skating is an homage to a society
in which a skater sees beauty in things that other people
see as an ordinary objects intended for one use, and
one use only. Skaters are the true champions of taking
the utilitarian ethic and throwing it out the window.
When I was first approached to give some music for Thrashers
Magazine Skate Rock Volume I was thinking yeah, that's
cool. Skate Rock? Why not?
made by skaters who really skate for skaters unlike
Henry Rollins (who claims to be real skater). I 'm talking
about people like Cab, Mike Smith, and Brian from J.F.A.
(who really got down and dirty in the deserts looking
for fullpipe madness and where the heat melts your brain
awhile taking out your cars' radiator with no help around
for miles). To me, that is the true spirit of Skate
Rock; the guys who made the music were superstoked to
be skating and make music that did not cater to one
crowd of punks, rockabilly, metal, hesh, rap, hip-hip,
or whatever. It was made by skaters for skaters. Period.
No thrills or special $100,000 productions. Just balls
to the walls Skate Rock that was entertaining and rockin'
at the same time. It was rad to be part of the whole
deal but, at the same time, I always hated labels of
any sort. This caused me to grow wary and tired of Skate
Rock. Music is music. Is this all I'm ever gonna be
known for... SkateRock? That's too limiting for me.
I kinda tripped on it for a while during the vertical
meltdown of the early 90's. I kinda thought, this is
all I'm ever gonna be known for... skateboarding? I
wrestled with it for years skating more and more while
creating music fell to the sidelines. I only played
when the occasional show popped up here and there. When
I had my kids I was playing a lot of guitar and lil'
Jesse would always hold my amplifier for balance while
bopping to my chordal craziness.
soon realized how much I missed playing music. I started
playing more and more (although I did not let it take
over skating). I got Jesse some drums and we would play
music in the garage with me playing my songs with the
li'l guy banging away on drums. It was great! Later,
Jesse asked me if skaters made music and I told him
all kinds of people make music. Anyway, one thing lead
to another and I showed him some of the early SkateRock
tapes we were on and played it for him. He was stoked
to hear T.S.O.L. (Ron Emory rips pools!), Bad Mutha
Goose, The Faction, and all the other great bands on
the 8 or 9 volumes. I am 40 now if you can believe it
(I can't!). I never would have dreamed when I was 12
that I would be still skating after all these years.
Back then I wanted to play guitar soooooooo baaaaadddddddddd.
did not really learn until I was 18 or so. Making music
with my friends meant alot but, it meant a whole bunch
more knowing that they all skate. Tracy Robar my other
guitarist has been to Pipa Grande with me and has rode
countless pools. My bass player Mark Cole still rides
the smaller parks and is in the background of my Santa
Cruz poster at the Dolphin Pool. I wouldn't have it
any other way. So in the summer of 2002 I was at-ease
with Skate Rock. I don't mind the label now beacause
I am proud to be a skater and even prouder looking back
on all the stuff I've done over the years and all the
people I've met through skating. Skating has made me
what I am today. The friendships that go with it all
from 20 some odd years ago still sticks fresh in my
mind. All my friends have shaped me in some form or
another as well as skateboarding.
Live tommorrow today!