I have to ask you about skating in New York and the east coast. What was that like growing up?
Well I grew up just west of NYC in Clifton. Clifton has a unique landscape.
A little grimey, a little suburby, pretty diverse. There was incredible spots to skate around here, and a very healthy scene in the early to mid 80’s. Of course once I was old enough to go into the city, it was on.
Kid in a candy shop. Winter sucks.
That shot of you doing the backside ollie on the quarter in front of the Twin Towers by Mike O Meally is a serious banger.
How did that go down?
The Backside Ollie?
Well That lot was an abandoned BEDT facility.
Went to shit in the 80’s. People started skating it in the mid to late 90’s.
We called it “SkankyTown”. It was a big graffiti spot and tons of homeless people lived back there. It’s right on the water. Dead bodies would turn up every now and again.
Quarter Pipe got built and photo got shot. Pre 9/11, obviously.