The morning after the Emerica MADE 2 video premiere in London we headed along to the team’s hotel to catch up with Justin Figueroa. With a screwdriver in hand and sunglasses on to avoid the welcome September sunshine, Figgy pointed to a patch of sick signalling the previous night’s festivities – we chatted about MADE 2, what it means to ride for a skater owned shoe company, how much of a legend Nuge is and more besides. Read on for the full lowdown, and keep your eyes open for a MADE 2 premiere near you soon.
Interview: Matt Broadley | Photos: Atiba Jefferson courtesy of Emerica
How has the reaction to the video been so far?
The premiere last night was the funniest one, the audience were shouting out all sorts of shit, it was tight!
Do you get different reactions at each premiere?
I went to the L.A one which for me was the best so far, all my friends were there, Collin ripped my chair out from under me after my part, flat backed me and broke all chairs in our vicinity. The Argentina one, they’re just psyched on whatever. But yeah, last night was fun.
How long were you filming for?
Three years. After MADE Chapter One it took me about a year to get ankle surgery. This one had it’s own unique injuries too.
“Stuff like dislocated elbows, ribs, and all that shit – I don’t give a fuck if I go back for those, they weren’t even that gnarly”
Was there much you couldn’t film because of injury?
Not really, I think I got everything done that I got hurt on. Or the shit I got hurt on, it wasn’t like I was dying to go back. If something like that happens usually I’ll just call it, depending on the trick. Stuff like dislocated elbows, ribs, and all that shit – I don’t give a fuck if I go back for those, they weren’t even that gnarly, more like a freak accident.
Were there any tricks in the video you had to battle for more than others?
All of them! The last crook yank was probably the longest that I’ve ever tried a trick. Just because I was scared and being a bitch. I tried that for about 4 hours in the dead heat, it was so fucking gnarly, I was so done. It was my third time at the spot – the first time I went I couldn’t pull the trigger, it was there but I couldn’t take it into the bank. The second time there was school so we couldn’t skate it, then the third time it just worked. I feel bad for the filmer and photographers sometimes for having to go out with me, they must be like “oh here we go again!”
Do you have a process when approaching a project like this, or do you just wing it?
I take it trick by trick. With Bake and Destroy and those kind of videos we just go out and skate and see what happens, but for the Emerica video every trick is something that I’ve thought about and wanted to do.