One of the biggest surprises around the adidas Away Days premieres was the introduction of two notable new riders to the already amazing adidas skateboarding program: Marc Johnson and Daewon Song.
We got to sit down with Daewon at the London premiere for a chat on “what else is out there”…
Interview: Jan Kliewer & Matt Broadley | Pics: Rory_Photo
How long ago was it clear you were getting on the team?
I signed with them around the beginning of March, but we tried to keep it low key until the premiere. With social media everyone is like ‘hey check out my shoes’ and people are like ‘oh, ok’, in just putting it out there there’s no surprise. There’s no element of surprise anymore these days, when you can get that it’s like an old magic trick.
I think that’s what adidas wanted to do, and the feedback has been really good. At the premieres people are surprised like ‘oh what the hell?!’ Through time it’s not as much of a surprise, if you go online people are talking – and there’s both negatives and positives. That’s just the way it’s going to be, people don’t understand the situation and my story that led to the change. I can explain to everybody, but I can’t tell physically tell everybody. People come on my Instagram and they’re so angry, so I just ask them ‘why are you so angry?’
»I was with something for 19 years and then it changed on me. I put 19 years of my career into a place where the rug got pulled from under my feet«
Is that true? I must admit I’ve not checked your Instagram in the past couple of days, do you get a lot of bad comments?
You’re going to get bad comments because people have almost been prepped for that, because there’s so many antis, but they don’t understand that we’re in changing world. I told the guy on Instagram that I respect his opinion, because I respect everybody’s opinion, there’s certain things that I changed in my lifestyle and certain things I don’t support and if he doesn’t that’s fine. He doesn’t realise I was with something for 19 years and that it changed on me. I put 19 years of my career into a place where the rug got pulled from under my feet and it wasn’t the same place anymore. So if you want to talk about people who don’t know what they’re doing and don’t care about skating, that’s why I had to get out of there.