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Adrian McElhaney Interview

08 January 2013, 05.17 | Posted in Skateboarding | No comments »

Adrian McElhaney has been skating for Natural Koncept since 2006. He’s added so much diversity to the team with his amazing switch pop and overall technical madness! I spoke with him a couple weeks before he moved to NYC.  For more on Adrian check out his part in the last Natural Koncept’s release “Creepin’ for Life.”

Where you living now? How long you been living there?

San Diego. It’s where I was born and raised, been here pretty much all my life.

Tell us a little about the 30 day “Creepin’ for Life” USA premiere tour. What’s it like to be with Dave Davis & Chris Kays on the road.

So much goes on within ONE day with the Natural Koncept crew, let alone THIRTY days! Everyday was an adventure whether we were in the van, skateboarding the streets, or out on the town. The tour was around winter time so we didn’t always have the best weather. I really liked it because SD always has the same sunny weather. This tour was full of snow, rain storms, and a few sunny days. We were fortunate enough to skate all the dope indoor parks that each of the cities we stopped at had to offer. I love Davis and Kays! Two completely different dudes, but they both are awesome. Kays is smooth and more on the quiet side. He’s always down to have a good time and rips every single spot he skates whether it’s transition or street.  Davis on the other hand, has A LOT of energy! He’s the type of guy that within a few minutes after meeting him, you already feel like you’re good friends. He is always saying or doing something funny and likes people around him to have a good time. Not to mention he has an undeniable skill on the skateboard.

frontside pop shuv. bankers hill photo: ryan wagner

frontside pop shuv. bankers hill photo: ryan wagner

Your pro model is poppin’ off in the shops. Congrats on that. That Katch graphic is so sick. “Irish Voodoo”

Thanks a lot! It’s exciting having a pro model board out in the world. I’ve been getting some great feedback about the graphic that Katch created. Katch wanted my input on the graphic. Since I’m half Irish, I told him that I wanted to incorporate my Irish roots. I came up with the idea of having clovers, but I didn’t have any idea of how to use them. Katch thought that it might be too cheesy using clovers. After sending me a few sketches, I knew that it could work and that Katch was on the right track. We were both hyped on the finished product.

switch bs 5-0. el cajon. photo: ryan wagner

switch bs 5-0. el cajon. photo: ryan wagner

Who were some of your biggest influences skateboarding.

When I first began skateboarding, my biggest influences were my brother and my friends that skated. I had a solid crew that I skated with everyday. As I got older, I started paying more attention to the skateboard magazines and videos. I really enjoyed watching guys like Andrew Reynolds, Stefan Janoski, Chad Muska, and many others.

portrait. mission hills. photo: ryan wagner

portrait. mission hills. photo: ryan wagner

What’s a day in the life like in SD?

Lots and lots of good Mexican Food.

crooks. ocean beach. photo: ryan wagner

crooks. ocean beach. photo: ryan wagner

SD has been good to you. You gonna miss the beach? the babes?

SD has been good to me. I love it here. The lifestyle here is pretty good, but it’s time for a change.  As far as babes go, my girlfriend is a super babe so I won’t be missing them. Honestly, I don’t think I’ll miss too much of San Diego besides my friends and family. SD is always the same and isn’t going anywhere. I know I’ll be back someday, but for now I have to move on and see what else is out there.

You are moving to NYC. You hyped? What’s your gameplan on the move?

Yeah, I’m moving out there with my girl. I can’t wait!! I am so hyped! I’ve wanted to live there for years now. My girl and I made a plan and are sticking to it. I’ve been to NYC at least four or five times now. Everytime I’m in the city, I love it. I have some good friends out there too which is a plus. My gameplan is to skate hard and as much as possible. We are moving in the winter so I may not be on the board as much as I would like, but that only lasts for a few months. NYC is amazing for skateboarding!  Other than that, looking forward to sightseeing, visiting new cities like Boston and D.C., networking, and enjoying the city.

NK is doing a Mexico City tour in 2013. You stoked?

That’s going to be such a good trip. I’m really looking forward to it. It’ll be my first time leaving the country with the NK team. I have three really good friends that live in Mexico City. It will be awesome to reconnect with those guys. I went on a Mexico City skate trip with a few friends back in 2010. There are so many skate spots there. NK will be able to get a lot done for the new video.

adrian "irish voodoo" graphic by katch1

adrian "irish voodoo" graphic by katch1

Sponsors. Who’s hookin’ you up?

I’m getting hooked up from Osiris Shoes, IMKING Clothing, Route 44 Skate shop, Pull-In Underwear, Natural Koncept Skateboards, and YOYO Bearings. These companies have been so good to me for years now and I’m very grateful for their support.

Shout outs?

I’d like to give shout outs to all of my family, friends, and girlfriend for their support. It doesn’t go unnoticed and I appreciate you all.  Special thanks to Transworld Skateboarding for their support as well.

fs crooks. san diego. photo: jason hainault

fs crooks. san diego. photo: jason hainault

Patrik Wallner’s Visual Traveling Update – Myanmar

07 January 2013, 19.08 | Posted in Skateboarding | No comments »

Visualtraveling_Myanmar_Screen_Grab_Shot_LOWQ_352P1Patrik & I visited Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China for the first time together on a skate trip for his film Translations back in 2008.  He has been on a terror since than filming, exploring, skating & making epic films documenting his travels travels literally throughout the globe. It’s awesome!

I am inspired by Patrik’s perspective on life.

Check out this powerful clip from Patrik’s recent trip to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.

Definitely check out his site: Visual Traveling

Dose – Network A. Timbo interview.

29 December 2012, 01.16 | Posted in Skateboarding | No comments »

I was stoked to hook up with Timbo for an interview on Dose.

photo: Blair Alley

photo: Blair Alley

JZ interview with MILK Studios

04 July 2012, 02.19 | Posted in Skateboarding | No comments »

jz cops

MILK brought me in for an interview about NK’s 3rd film release
“Creepin’ for Life.”

Boner Interview on Canadian TV News!!!

07 June 2012, 02.38 | Posted in Skateboarding | No comments »

boner - canadian embassy - DC

Boner is the only person in the world to ollie the Canadian Embassy 21 in Washington DC.

Check it out on Transworld Skateboarding.

Katch1 Interview – Transworld Skateboarding Magazine – June 2012

21 May 2012, 08.13 | Posted in Skateboarding | No comments »

Katch1 Interview by John Mcguire – Transworld Skateboarding Magazine – June 2012

“Creepin’ for Life” Movie Release Party @ WIP .. NYC!!!

20 March 2012, 03.17 | Posted in Skateboarding | No comments »

The release party for “Creepin for Life” took place at the exclusive WIP nightclub in NYC – Wednesday March 14th.
DJ Mesh Luxx & DJ Sinatra ripped it up on the turntables! Everyone received a copy of the DVD and the movie looped all night on the big screen. The madness went on til 4am. A big shout out to Barry & Stafford at WIP for making this event possible!

NaTuRaL KoNcEpT “Creepin’ for Life” Screening – Electric Room !!.:.!!

20 March 2012, 01.38 | Posted in Skateboarding | No comments »

It was an exciting week with the release of Natural Koncept’s “Creepin’ for Life” video. A proper screening took place at the Electric Room, under NYC’s elite Dream Hotel. Nur Khan & I hosted the party. The Muska, Harif, Rassi from Milk Studios, Majors, Victoria Secret models & more came out to support! DJ Elle Dee handled the beats. It was a night to remember for sure.

NYC Crew in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

27 February 2012, 07.03 | Posted in Snowboarding | No comments »

Photos: Cmart Story: Josh Zickert

New York City posse visits Jackson Hole.
The crew: Rassi Mazdack, Jamie Biden, Chris Martin & Josh Zickert.

After a mild mishap in Chicago we finally arrived in Jackson, Wyoming. A quick stop at the Boardroom, Jackson’s finest local skate/snowboard shop, and we were off to the Inn at Jackson Hole in the Teton Village where we would be spending the next 5 days riding the best mountain in North America!
We took a walk over to see Zahan at the marketing dept. to pick up our lift tickets. Than grubbed food at the Mangy Moose and threw back some drinks with the locals while Kinetix, local Denver band, rocked the house til 3am. The vibe was peaking since it was dumping outside!
We actually had met Travis Rice in NYC at his Asymbol gallery opening at Milk Studios. Lucky for us he was in Jackson and he made a phone call & hooked up the early tram the next morning and it was on like donkey kong! Travis, Evan Mack, Pat Moore & Danny Zapalac met us at 8am the next morning with 17 inches of fresh snow on the ground. It was insane! Pillow Country! Pillow’s everywhere! We were making turns chest deep, thrashin’ thru the trees and even closed our day with a backcountry hike that led to some amazing terrain.
Two hours before sunset we met up with Bjorn Leines & family at Travis & Evan’s house just south of town. Had a beer and played some pool at the crib while Bjorn, Pat & Travis handled a few interviews in the studio & than drove 20 miles, parked the trucks & pulled out all 6 snowmobiles for a 10-mile sled ride to Granite Hot Springs. Along the way we saw elk, moose, deer & bighorn sheep. This natural hot spring was built in the 1930’s and is nestled in the Gros Ventre Mountains. This place is fu#%’n amazing! After some snacks & booze we packed up and blazed back to the trucks as the sun fell behind the Tetons.
The next few days we shredded the mountain, did more hiking & visited the smoke shacks & caves, and even participated in some swing dancing at the famous Wort Hotel. The final night we met back up with Travis, Pat, Evan, Danny & Mike Parillo for a farewell dinner. The night ended with a few games of pool at the Cowboy Bar, which is the coolest place ever! Saddles line the bar and they have a taxadermic grizzly bear that someone had killed with their bare hands in 1950! For real.
Thanks to Claire Johnson at Asymbol Gallery for letting us skate her ramp, Zahan at Jackson Hole & Travis Rice & crew for making this trip so epic! The NYC crew is coming back next year….sure hope it dumps again!

Natural Koncept “Creepin’ for Life” USA tour – part 1

16 February 2012, 03.24 | Posted in Skateboarding | No comments »

Check out the first 1o – days of this month long USA tour.  Started if off in NYC and finished it up in Los Angeles.

Check it out @ Transworldskateboarding.com