3.04.2009

chrome ball incident #231: young man blues










i got an email from a friend of mine calling me both "an idiot" and "a retard" for not having this interview up here yet.

i honestly thought it was posted elsewhere.

he's assured me, amid further abuse, that its not.

gotta thank my man smorales for uploading this rarity. super good.

17 comments:

chops said...

always wondered, is the arizona trip he refers to getting him kicked off thunder the same trip that's in sick boys?

hmmm.... don't know.

Royce said...

Nods head and smiles.

cluglife said...

Damn. Thats a combo. Im thinking you got David Carson as art director, Spike as photographer, Thomas Campbell as interviewer and Julien Stranger Skating. Thats alot of talent.

Keith said...

sick interview. Interesting timing. Natas had already left SMA to start 101, Pre Underworld.

smorales said...

That guy just wouldn't shut up back then! Awesome.

Anonymous said...

That has to be one of the best interviews i have ever read. When he was talking about books he mentioned charles bukowski so i had to look up some of his stuff and i came across a poem he wrote about STYLE when i heard this i knew this wasn't a coincidence but fate. I had to make this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHq_UtZ90jk

smorales said...

if you haven't read bukowski you are kind of blowin' it, in my humble opinion. Great video.

Anonymous said...

i guess being 17 you dont get introduced to bukowski till you read a 18 year old julien stranger interview :)

chops said...

seriously, cluglife. an amazing crew on this one. and it shows.

nice vid, anonymous. i remember reading my first bukowski book, ham on rye, at age 16 specifically because jason lee said it was his favorite book in his am check-out a few years earlier. a few of us have spoken on this before but an overwhelming majority of my favorite musicians, directors, authors and artists I learned about through skateboarding... the ultimate gateway drug.

jason from oz said...

what year is the interview?

Anonymous said...

I think 93-94? Funny about Bukowksi, cause I had just finished reading my first book by him "Ham on Rye" couple months before reading the interview. It validated to me in some strange way that I was in good company.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting that shit. One of the first dudes to really start pushing board design (wheelbase & nose length) and switch skating. And shit, besides Gonz, one of the only ones still hitting it pro status as hard as he was 10 yrs ago, for that age bracket. That's what you call a true skateboarder. Good job noticing the Carson/Spike/Campbell, Cluglife! I needed to be reminded how fucking cool we are. "Skateboarders are the only real outlaws left"-Russell Means

chops said...

1992, Jason.

TN said...

I was skating a ledge here in SF yesterday. An older lady walked up and saw me skating, but didn't see what board i was riding. She asked if I ever skate Anti Hero, which made me wonder how she knew about such a thing. I showed her my board, a Julien model, and she said "That's my son, he used to skate around here when he was younger." It was Julien's mom.

Giles said...

i remember reading somewhere that he built the ramp down in venice. that blows my mind. he would have been like 16. so rad that someone with roots that deep still kills it. anyone know if there is any footage of him missing from the interweb? i seem to recall a bit of him in worldwide distribution (?), an old deluxe video.

chops said...

damn, tn... seriously crazy. that shit had to have blown your mind.

TN said...

it really did, chops. i mentioned cardiel to her as being a favorite of mine,as well as her son and antihero,in general. She said, "John and him are serious buddies. Serious buddies." She told me that she carved Stranger in the ground near the spot 30 years or so ago. Solves the question of whether or not Stranger is his real last name, as I've heard otherwise.