The Am Issue

AMATEUR HOUR

If your only fantasy in life is to become a pro skater, if you’ve found yourself in the middle of heated how-many-boards-can-you-ollie debates, and if you idolize your favorite skaters like Greek gods, you’ll fit in quite nicely this month. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing, you’ll have to keep reading to find out. Send us an autograph to twshasmail@yahoo.com or myspace.com/transworldskateboarding. Or mail us a stalker letter to: TransWorld SKATEboarding

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We’re giving the obsessive author behind the Letter Of The Month a Joey Brezinski pro model from Clichà‡ and one more pro to fan-out on.

LETTER OF THE MONTH TransWorld, I think skateboarding gave me some sort of weird disease or something. I’m like a normal skater who thinks, breathes, eats, and drinks skateboarding, but I have this little problem. It’s just whenever I’m around my favorite pros (like at contests or autograph signings) I get this uncontrollable urge to touch them. Not like in an I’m-totally-weird way, but just in an I-just-want-to-touch-you-real-quick way. I might have a mental touching disease or something. Have you ever heard of this?

It’s like when I saw Arto Saari at GvR last year. I was walking by, saw him, gave his arm a little squeeze (but only for a second or two) and then walked away. I didn’t say anything and I don’t even know if he turned around, but I just had to put my hand on him. After my encounter, I sat there and stared at my hand for like ten minutes thinking, “This hand touched the dude who front boarded El Toro, who just got the cover of TransWorld, and who has one of the best styles in skateboarding.”

I’ve been touching pros for like two years now, so I’ve got a good list going. I poked Greco in the arm; patted Rob Gonzalez, Jon Allie, and Mike Carroll; and even got to high five Reynolds once. Hopefully, pros won’t think I’m crazy-I just want be down with them, you know? So, do I have a problem? Has this happened to anybody else out there? Please don’t think I’m a freak.-Ryan Fields, Bakersfield, California

Your little problem could be one of two things: You’ve either plain lost it, or you’re just an amateur at fanning out. As long as you’re not lurking outside of pros’ homes or building pro-worshipping shrines in your room, we’ll assume it’s the latter.

GOING PRO HO I’m twelve years old and I have a question. I started skating three months ago and I was wondering if you think I have a chance to make it as a pro (I learned how to ollie in two months). It doesn’t matter to me what you say, I will still try no matter what, but I just wanted your opinion. Keep up the good work with your magazine.-Nicolas R., Washington, DC

Well, according to our Will I Ever Go Pro? guidebook, if you learned how to ollie in two months, you must pop them at least thirteen-and-a-half inches high to have a pro career. At least eight inches will get you am status (not bad), but if they’re under six inches, get ready for a sh-tty mall-store sponsorship, a beer belly, and eventually becoming that one old guy who lectures kids at the skatepark about how skateboarding has “changed.”

TRANSICTIONARY ‘Sup, guys. I’m curious why your mag is called TransWorld? I mean, what does TransWorld even mean? Don’t get me wrong, I love TransWorld and everything, but why did you guys name it that?-Austin Lincoln, Nebraska

Trans means across or through. World means the planet Earth. Put the two together and what do you get? For a more in-depth and less sarcastic answer, check out our 25th Anniversary issue sitting on newsstands now-it’ll provide you with everything you’ve ever wanted to know.

SKATE AND CREATE I’m just another one of your attention-hungry fans who wants to voice their opinion in your magazine (yeah, it’s one of those letters again). I have been reading your magazine for about a year and skating for about two years. I love youmagazine, but I’m starting to get bored. I’m sick and tired of all the pictures of rail tricks. Most of the pictures that I see in your magazine are of these really great skaters on a massive handrail doing the same thing as all of the other rail pics.

Where is the creativity? Some of your pictures have creativity, but the others are all trying to appeal to the masses. I would just like to remind you that skateboarding isn’t supposed to be about appealing to the masses, it’s supposed to be about expressing yourself. I’m bored because your pages lack creativity and heart. I love seeing crazy stuff like the mega ramps and huge gaps and airs over stuff. That is creativity. It doesn’t take much to find a handrail, but when someone finds a gap or airs over something, it makes me want to go outside and find stuff like that. Thanks for hearing me out, and I hope you take my advice.-Spencer Kohn, Mount Kisco, New York

You sure you sent this to the right magazine? Before this issue, it’s been more than a year since we ran a handrail cover. And in the last issue, we ran less than five handrail photos. Remember, we spell our name T-R-A-N-S-W-O-R-L-D, not T-H-R-A-S-H-E-R. Take a look again, and we’re sure you’ll see things our way.

BRIGHT IDEA I’m sitting in Geography class and it’s boring as hell. We found out that it took Thomas Edison hundreds of tries to make a working lightbulb and when he finally made it, the result was brilliant and one awesome payday. I just thought that this really relates to skateboarding. You try to land a trick-a boneless, for instance-and it takes you 1,000 frickin’ tries to land, but when you finally land it, it’s an awesome result. Especially for a short fat kid in the seventh grade-it gives you bragging rights.

So, I was thinking, even though making a lightbulb isn’t skateboarding, Thomas Edison and other scientists had what it took to be a skateboarder because they had the passion and the guts to be embarrassed in front of everyone when their invention didn’t work. Also, I love this magazine stuff, and on my top five things I want to do when I grow up, becoming a magazine editor is number two. I was wondering, who do you have to talk to and what do you have to do to be able to work at a magazine? And how long do you have to go to college for to be able to work at a magazine?-Jacob Schieber, Portage, Wisconsin

We’ll ask our intern, Zac. Hey Zac, how’d you get a job here? “Uh… I was taking photos and uh… like, taking classes and uh… I met the right people… and uh… asked about an internship. And uh… now I listen to the editors and uh… do what they tell me to do.” Thanks, Zac, spoken like a true genius.

FULL BLEED Hey, I got your latest TransWorld magazine, and while I was reading the We’ve Got Mail section, I turned the page and I’m pretty sure there was blood on it! I don’t know what else it could be besides that. And I know it’s not a picture-trust me. Is there anything you can do about this? It’s disgusting.-Mark, via e-mail

That’s just how raw we are, bro-our magazine bleeds skateboarding. Just be glad we’re not so raw that we crap skateboarding. That’d be a lot worse to find on a page.

FREESTYLE FOR SALE I’ve been reading your mag for about a year and a half, and I really enjoy it. However, I have one complaint. Where’s the freestyle? Come on, freestyle isn’t dead! Search “freestyle skateboarding” on YouTube and you’ll be amazed at how many videos come up. There are still companies. Ask Nate Sherwood, he rode for two of them: Capital and Casper Industries. Unfortunately, those companies are defunct, but Meta, Creations, Decomposed, SK8kings, Small School, Eastbilt, Outlook, Chaos Brothers, and even Powell keep it alive. There are still contests (the U.S. Freestyle Championship is coming on May 19 in Baltimore at Charm City skatepark). And there are all the kids who see a video and get inspired to try it and start riding freestyle. So, there are freestylers out there. My question is, why is there no freestyle coverage? Same with longboarding-where’s the love for the big board bros?-Ronald Vader, via e-mail

We saw The Gonz killin’ the Brooklyn Banks on a longboard and absolutely loved it. Get The Gonz to enter that freestyle contest and you might have something here.

FASHION SHOW Hey, my name is Kyle and I’m thirteen. I get yelled at for my grades and how I’m all skater and crap. Well, know what, TransWorld? I am! And I’m proud to be a skater. I know I won’t ever make it in the business, but I’m proud to be doing something that I truly love. Timmy (my friend) got me into skateboardin’ when I was in the 6th grade and now I’m crazy ’bout it. We all have our own boards and I love mine (Flip). I ride a Rowley board and I’m just happy every day. Well, here comes my problem: My friends get on my case ’bout how I only have two AC/DC shirts, no skate pants (I don’t like all that tight sh-t), and I only have one Fallen hoodie. Well, now I’m sick of it and I’m done letting it get me down! So, I say to everyone who doesn’t have all the clothes of a skater but has a passion for skateboarding, stick with it and just be happy.-Kyle Barry, via e-mail

Looks like it’s time to take a look at our Will I Ever Go Pro? guidebook again. Lets see here, a Rowley board, two AC/DC shirts, and one Fallen hoodie, you say? You’re in luck. You’ll soon 360 flip El Toro, get sponsored by T.G.I. Friday’s, be forced to wear at least 37 pieces of flair when you skate contests, but never have to pay for a meal again.

GETTING FACIAL I wanted to mention something to you guys that I always find really funny in your mag. I thoroughly inspect every picture and article, and I love to look at the skater’s faces while they are nailing some huge trick. Check it out sometime. I’m not dissing anyone or anything, ’cause I know I make totally weird faces when I skate, too. I think it’s real fun to look at, and I hope you guys check it out sometime too. Skate or die.-Tim H., via e-mail

Congratulations, you just won the award for Creepy Letter #2 in this month’s We’ve Got Mail.

KIDS ON VIDS Personally, as much as I love reading the video reviews in the magazine, I’ve always wanted to review a skate video for TransWorld. I know what you’re thinking, I’m some sixteen-year-old chick, so what could I ever know about the skateboard world? I may not know everything, but I know enough to know Krux has a new video coming out in April, Element in June, TransWorld in July, Mystery sometime this summer, Volcom this summer as well, Skate Mental in December, Habitat this fall, and Adio has yet to release a timetable. All I’m asking for is a chance. What do you say?-Kayla Warren

Geez Kayla, you’re like a skate-video stalker. How about you start with a Sk8mafia Saturday (pick any one from May), e-mail it to us, and we’ll go from there.

LACE OF BASE I have an issue with the shoelaces on my feet. Whenever I’m skating, they tend to snap or bust or just fall apart. That leaves my right shoe (I’m goofy) pretty loose, and that sucks for doing tricks. I mean, it happens quite often. Is this an average problem? I have my shoes laced that “no-tie” style, but is there like a secret Chinese method or industrial laces or something? Or am I just skating in some crazy mixed-up way? It seems like I’m the only person I know or see who suffers this. Not to complain, but can you help me out? Thanks.-Daniel P., via e-mail

Broken shoelaces have been a problem since the first ollie. Try putting a little superglue or Shoe Goo on your laces where they’re starting to tear and that should hold them in place and give them a much longer life.

ylers out there. My question is, why is there no freestyle coverage? Same with longboarding-where’s the love for the big board bros?-Ronald Vader, via e-mail

We saw The Gonz killin’ the Brooklyn Banks on a longboard and absolutely loved it. Get The Gonz to enter that freestyle contest and you might have something here.

FASHION SHOW Hey, my name is Kyle and I’m thirteen. I get yelled at for my grades and how I’m all skater and crap. Well, know what, TransWorld? I am! And I’m proud to be a skater. I know I won’t ever make it in the business, but I’m proud to be doing something that I truly love. Timmy (my friend) got me into skateboardin’ when I was in the 6th grade and now I’m crazy ’bout it. We all have our own boards and I love mine (Flip). I ride a Rowley board and I’m just happy every day. Well, here comes my problem: My friends get on my case ’bout how I only have two AC/DC shirts, no skate pants (I don’t like all that tight sh-t), and I only have one Fallen hoodie. Well, now I’m sick of it and I’m done letting it get me down! So, I say to everyone who doesn’t have all the clothes of a skater but has a passion for skateboarding, stick with it and just be happy.-Kyle Barry, via e-mail

Looks like it’s time to take a look at our Will I Ever Go Pro? guidebook again. Lets see here, a Rowley board, two AC/DC shirts, and one Fallen hoodie, you say? You’re in luck. You’ll soon 360 flip El Toro, get sponsored by T.G.I. Friday’s, be forced to wear at least 37 pieces of flair when you skate contests, but never have to pay for a meal again.

GETTING FACIAL I wanted to mention something to you guys that I always find really funny in your mag. I thoroughly inspect every picture and article, and I love to look at the skater’s faces while they are nailing some huge trick. Check it out sometime. I’m not dissing anyone or anything, ’cause I know I make totally weird faces when I skate, too. I think it’s real fun to look at, and I hope you guys check it out sometime too. Skate or die.-Tim H., via e-mail

Congratulations, you just won the award for Creepy Letter #2 in this month’s We’ve Got Mail.

KIDS ON VIDS Personally, as much as I love reading the video reviews in the magazine, I’ve always wanted to review a skate video for TransWorld. I know what you’re thinking, I’m some sixteen-year-old chick, so what could I ever know about the skateboard world? I may not know everything, but I know enough to know Krux has a new video coming out in April, Element in June, TransWorld in July, Mystery sometime this summer, Volcom this summer as well, Skate Mental in December, Habitat this fall, and Adio has yet to release a timetable. All I’m asking for is a chance. What do you say?-Kayla Warren

Geez Kayla, you’re like a skate-video stalker. How about you start with a Sk8mafia Saturday (pick any one from May), e-mail it to us, and we’ll go from there.

LACE OF BASE I have an issue with the shoelaces on my feet. Whenever I’m skating, they tend to snap or bust or just fall apart. That leaves my right shoe (I’m goofy) pretty loose, and that sucks for doing tricks. I mean, it happens quite often. Is this an average problem? I have my shoes laced that “no-tie” style, but is there like a secret Chinese method or industrial laces or something? Or am I just skating in some crazy mixed-up way? It seems like I’m the only person I know or see who suffers this. Not to complain, but can you help me out? Thanks.-Daniel P., via e-mail

Broken shoelaces have been a problem since the first ollie. Try putting a little superglue or Shoe Goo on your laces where they’re starting to tear and that should hold them in place and give them a much longer life.

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