I’ve always been back and forth over the years. About 12 years ago I moved out there for 4 years, I’ve always had a strong connection with that city. My ex-girlfriend moved from LA to New York, so I moved out there with her, but we broke up so I moved back. Then I got a new girlfriend who also moved out to New York so I moved out there again for a while. Then we broke up and I moved back to LA. It’s a cycle I like to repeat. Really just the energy of the city brought me out there. I’d spent a lot of time in LA and I felt at the time it wasn’t bringing anything else out of me, and I felt at the time I had done everything that I could do. I like change; I’ve been moving my whole life. When I was living in LA I was travelling the world the whole time, I’ve almost never lived in one place. Even as a kid my parents would have me moving house all the time. It’s a hard habit to break… I love the energy of New York, I like not having to drive, I like going outside and being stimulated by all this creativity. I like city’s that attract creative people, and London is definitely one of those cities as well. Where there are artists, musicians, skaters, photographers, directors, all these different people create an energy that you can just feed off. That was my main driver for moving to New York, but then business and the universe ripped me back to LA again. I mean I own a house there and Supra’s there. I have a store with Angel my Supra partner. So when I went to New York with my girl, I had to be like: ‘Fuck it’ and I left a lot behind. The problem is that I’m the sort of person who won’t deal with what’s not in front of my face, so I left a lot behind there. That’s why when I went back to LA for two weeks to just to catch up, those two weeks turned into 2 years. I realised I had a lot of things to catch up on, like reconnecting with Supra and trying to connect all these products and art to the brand again.What’s your store called?
Factory 413.Is it mainly clothing?
It’s mainly Supra, some vintage stuff and some eyewear, but it’s mainly shoes. It’s on Fairfax a little bit down from the ‘street wear’ block where Supreme is.Where’s better for skating? LA or New York?
That’s a hard one. Spot wise LA is probably better. For being out and being stimulated? New York probably. I enjoy just skating down the street more than the best spot in LA, I just like skating the streets and getting hyped, it’s kind of a toss up in different waysLooking back over your skate career, what’s been your favourite part?
My favourite part was when I was homeless on the beach, skating for Maple and I had no idea any of this was possible. I was dead broke, I was homeless and I was just going for it. I left everything behind and just went for it with no idea what was going to happen. It was scary but at the same time it was still the best; it was so innocent. I mean there have been multiple eras and each has been the best in their own way. The Toy Machine days with Jaime and Ed, were also a really fun time. But the biggest legacy part was probably the Shorty’s years. They probably had the biggest impact. My formative years were the coolest because they made me who I am today. Without all the nothingness I think I wouldn’t be able to appreciate what I have now.Sam Ashley: Do you ever stay in touch with any of the Shorty’s guys?
We do stay in touch. But not kind of like on a weekly basis sort of thing. We’ve been through so much over the years that we’ll have a lasting bond forever. I heard Lil’ B is in jail, I don’t exactly no what for, but I heard that recently. I was kicking it with Steve Olson the other day, maybe about three months ago. He’s like full rapper now [Laughs]. Look him up on Facebook he’s the ‘Crazy Monk’ and he’s real spiritual and uplifting conscious kind of Rap. He was on this tour with him as like the rapper, another political activist speaker guy who speaks on conspiracies of governments, and a third guy who was a Yoga instructor. They came and stayed at my house when they were on this 3-man tour. It was quite an experience…Are you still in contact with Ed Templeton?
We talk all the time randomly and through Instagram, he posts some old photos of me and stuff. Ed made a super gnarly impression on me. Even before I met him I loved Ed, I looked up to him a lot. I was homeless and he hooked me up through Toy Machine, and I ended up moving on to his and Deanna’s couch. That was funny I think I just tortured them for a few months… Those are good memories. I think I was like a science project for them. Some sixteen year old kid coming home wasted and being like ”AGGGGHHHH” and them just staring at me. I was trying to cook chicken in their house and stuff and they would be freaking out.What’s next for you?
Just the continuation of life you know? Just to be able to create these products. Eventually I really really want to start my own thing, it will be a multiple product thing, from boards to clothing but not shoes – I’ll stick to Supra. I just want to create art, keep skateboarding, designing footwear and making things, having visions in my head and wanting to manifest them into reality and not being scared to follow through with ideas. Just doing it, that’s what I plan on doing.Thanks Chad.