Supra invited us out to Paris to join their WE ARE SUPRA European tour. We managed to grab some time with Spencer Hamilton to discuss yoga, conspiracy theories, Canadian skateboarding and more.
How’s the tour going so far? Having a good time?
Yeah it’s super fun.
Where have you been so far?
We went to Lisbon first, then we drove to Porto, from there we flew to Brussels and took the train to Paris. It’s been a nice mix of traveling.
Europe’s good for that. How are the new guys, Windsor James & Clint Walker, settling in?
It’s awesome. I’ve known Windsor from before so it was a pleasant surprise to have him. Clint I’d never met, but I heard he was getting on, we just went on a Pacific Northwest trip with him, he’s fucking awesome.
Seems like a lot of people on the internet have decided that they don’t like him…
Which is funny because I don’t really submerge myself into all that kind of stuff but I do remember hearing something like that. Since meeting him, and I guess it’s similar with Lizard too, some people just can’t stand him, but being around them both is awesome. They’re never bummed out, they don’t do anything wack, they’re fun loving, always down for shit and rip at skating – they fit all my requirements!
How does yoga help with skateboarding? Is it something you do with skateboarding in mind?
I do it for life in general, but also for skating yeah. I think at this point anything I can do that will help me skate a little better, more consistently and on a regular basis, I’ll do it. It seems to be helping! Being a skater there’s always the guys that say ‘you should try yoga’, ‘have you tried yoga?’, ‘you got to try yoga!’ – for ten fucking years I heard that and never tried it. A friend of mine has a studio in Vancouver and once I broke the ice I realised it was something I should be doing a whole lot more. I had this mental block of not wanting to go into some room and stretch with a bunch of people when I could just be at home stretching, but you never really do an hour and halves worth of stretching when you’re at home because you’ve got a million and one things to distract you. I fell in love with it after the first class, I was like ‘this is the shit’. I don’t like going to the gym by myself because it’s boring as shit, but at least in a class you’re with people and everybody is feeding off each other’s energy or you’re just submerged in stretching and breathing.
“there is definitely a lot of shit on the internet that is more beneficial for you to ignore.”
How did you first get into conspiracy theories?
I think 9/11. At this point in my life, not to say I have abandoned that train of thought, but to a certain extent you grow up and start reading a little bit more. With a lot of that stuff there’s a confirmation bias where you begin to pick evidence to support a point of view you’ve decided on in advance, as opposed to looking at all the evidence. Without getting into specifics of certain theories or events, I think as you get older you grow up and start to realise there is definitely a lot of shit on the internet that is more beneficial for you to ignore.
Did you listen to the Bobby Puleo Tim O’Connor show, talking about all his conspiracy theories?
No, I’d love to know though!
I’d recommend it, it’s pretty interesting
I think people should be looking for the truth regardless of where that takes you, it should be paramount to finding what is actually going on. Sometimes you just can’t know, there’s two sides to every story and they can both be controversial or untrustworthy, what are you going to do? It’s cool when you’re young because you’re expanding your horizons and reaching out to ideas that maybe weren’t accessible before, so it’s very enticing.
Is there a fun conspiracy theory you still like to believe? For example in the U.K there’s a theory that MI5 funded a lot of 90’s British pop culture, people like Damien Hirst etc.
See those types of things are interesting, is the government known for doing things like that? I don’t know if you’ve seen Hypernormalisation?
I have yeah.
Stuff like that where governments are funding both sides of a debate and nobody can trust anything coming out of a government anymore because they’re funding all these various different things. Would it be that crazy? Is it possible, 100%. It is pretty nefarious when you think about it like that. I don’t know if there’s one funny one, honestly I haven’t given conspiracy theories much thought in a long time.