Skateboarding Saves Q&A Series
On top of that, he’s an original artist that has his own style and lives in his own world.
He defines what being a Skateboarder is and is changing the world he created one hood at a time.
Thank you Mark for being you.
1. How long have you been Skateboarding?
32 years, started in ‘90 on a fish shaped NASH board when I was 5 y/o.
2. Who is your favorite Skater, why?
Rodney Mullen. We’re both Floridians, & I just have a lot of respect for people that innovate. Don’t think anyone can come close to Mullen when it comes to imagination & making up tricks.
It’s kinda like when u hear a dope cover song & think shit maybe this is better than the original… but they didn’t write it so u gotta give more cred to the person that thought it up & executed it first.
Are there skaters that do tricks Mullen created wit a lot more style… yeah, but u gotta respect the OG that invented that shit.
3. What’s the hardest trick you’ve ever landed?
When I was younger, I did blunts and nollie heels and big stair sets. Now I’m just working on losing weight to get my kickflips better.
4. Current Skate Shoe, why?
So I like the Nike SB Dunk High Elites. The built in ankle compression material is better for my ankles than traditional high tops, but I don’t particularly like wearing Nikes.
I recently got a pair of Fallen shoes that Nomad Skate Shop gave me a good deal on & I like em a lot. Only thing is they are lows & my ankles suck, but if I wrap my ankles & wear the Fallens they dope.
5. Best memory of Skateboarding?
There’s this part of the highway in ATL where I-75 & I-85 converge & it’s 8 lanes on each side at certain points, so 16 lane highway.
They call it the Downtown Connector. I always thought it would be cool to bomb but not possible to do. A few years back there was a huge fire under an overpass that cause part of the connector to collapse.
They shut it down for a while to re-build it, & I was like this is my chance. I couldn’t find anyone to go out wit me, but a spent a week planning & then I hit it 2 days before construction was done.
U can’t imagine the feeling of having a 16 lane interstate highway under ur feet to skate as u please.
6. Favorite spot to Skate all time?
A spot in my hood I call 4-signs, but it’s unknown & think I’m the only one that ever hit it. Other than that I’d say Coan Park the big 4 (or 5 depending on who u ask).
I can’t hit the bigs steps, but it’s basically in my backyard & there’s a lot of stuff to skate other than the big steps. If people are hittin the big steps it’s epic. Check the Thrasher Atlanta slama vid
7. Worst slam / injury?
Got a TBI bombin a hill in my hood. IDK what happened. I woke up on asphalt after an undetermined amount of time laying in the middle of the street.
Brain bleeding, enough road rash I almost needed a skin graft, broken collarbone… when I woke up there was all this grit in my mouth & I thought I’d broken my teeth.
Luckily it was just dirt, asphalt, glass, & other random street scum that had been imbedded in my gums & not my teeth.
8. Favorite Skate Video?
GX1000’s Roll Up
Cred: New Calm Reaction
9. Next footage drop?
Halloween. Skater Claus full length skate video. If u like old skool skate videos u gonna wanna see this shit!
10. Any creds, thanks, rants or anything else you wanna mention?
I rep too many things to mention, thanks to everybody that fucks wit me & u know who u are. I rep Wolf Pack all day, VSSC, UGMF, Anti Everything League…
IDK just fucks wit me & the people I fuck wit cuz we the truth.
I wanna live in a place where we protect our culture against corporate appreciation, but also don’t be gate keeping douche bags that intimidate youngens from propitiating the grow of the culture we have built.