Chris is a skater and Editor of nyskateboarding.com
It’s because of skating I picked up a camera. In high school I made stick figure sequences in my notebooks.
My friends and I found out you could use Microsoft Powerpoint to animate stick figures. Over time my interest in art evolved and I learned more
I wasn’t naturally gifted. I just had to be stubbornly persistent and push myself for every little bit of progress.
Skateboarding laid the foundation for me to be like “well, I fucking suck at this but I’m still having fun so I’m gonna keep doing it anyway.” I skate and make art because it makes me happy, you know what I mean?
It’s strange because people watch you skate and people view your artwork but it all starts as something that is inherently for you. Without skating or art, I’d be a total psycho wreck of a person, they keep me sane and grounded.
Ed Templeton was the first pro I was exposed to. His Smith grinds and Ompossibles became my favourite thing ever. When I found out he made the drawings for Toy Machine it blew my mind, I was like whoa you can do that?!
I had no idea about Natas Kaupas or Gonz at the time, I just looked up to Ed so much. It was like here’s a dude who shreds and gets to create these cool little characters. I got turtleboy tattooed on my left arm. I met the Templeton’s at KCDC this month and I had to consciously remind myself not to fan out!
The No Comply Network is such a great thing. We need more of it.