Billy Marks 20 Questions

Billy Marks

20 Questions

Billy Marks is one pathetic human. He loves to get people to do things for him, and not because his schedule’s so busy, but because he really enjoys giving orders. All day long Billy will push the limits of seeing what he can get away with, throwing endless “special requests” at his jobless friends: clean the house, wash the car, do the laundry, go grocery shopping, steal me worthless gadgets, drive me around town in my own car-all as a trade off for that extra product he orders up in his monthly packages. Yes, Billy loves to order others around-to say the least.

Billy is undoubtedly skating great at this point in his career, but he’s training to one day run his own scandalous empire. When the day comes that he’s putting in requests for others to do his tricks for him, it’s over. Billy, if you’re getting your friends to read this to you right now, you should really get off your ass and do something with yourself. As for you the reader, don’t expect to get anything in return from Billy-all you get is to observe some really amazing skateboarding from the world’s laziest skateboarder.-Mike Sinclair

1. What’s a normal day like for Billy Marks now versus back in 1999?

Lately it’s been wake up, eat, and go straight to the Xbox 360 for a few hours. Then eat again, play pool, and then play poker all night. It’s usually myself, my girlfriend Jennifer, a bunch of her friends, Brian Young, and my friend Nolan.

In ’99, I’d get up, skate the Corona park, then go to work ’til like midnight, and then try to skate after that. Or else go to sleep and wake up early to go skating.

2. What was your first video part?

It was in the Progression video, number five. I was psyched ’cause I never thought I’d have a part in a video. I didn’t even think my part was that good.

2A. Looking back at that part, what would you take out?

I’d take out the whole thing. I probably wouldn’t have done the video, especially the song. I didn’t even pick it.

3. Which is your favorite TWS video?

Feedback. I watched it every day for like three months when I was starting to get good, so it was pretty inspirational. It had the best parts-Reynolds, Arto, Rowley, Muska. It’s one of the best videos, and it has good music.

4. Have you ever thought about changing your style overnight?

Well, I guess it kinda did. I wore kinda baggy pants. I was probably the first skater in my school to wear tight pants. I remember people at the skatepark making comments about my pants.

5. If a fan wanted to find you in your hometown of Corona, where might they look?

Definitely Santana Park. Or Taco Bell. Maybe Wal-Mart. I don’t really go out that much-I usually stay home and just hang out.

5A. What’s the fascination with Corona? What do you like about it so much?

Everything. This is my home. My parents are here and so are all my friends. I’m buying a house in Corona with my girlfriend. It’s gonna be so fun to have a nice, new house. Then there’s also the skateparks. And I can’t forget the Grimes. I think there’s one in every city. You know, he’s the homeless kid who will do anything for product. He does it all-the maid, the gardener, the pet groomer, the pooper scooper, the personal assistant, and the alcoholic. He’s crazy and the illest MC.

6. How did you get on Toy Machine?

After I got kicked off The Firm, I had a bunch of footage I filmed for The Firm video, and I just used it as a sponsor-me tape. I decided to use it for a Digital video part. I thought it would help me get a board sponsor. I also gave a copy to Ed |Templeton|. I met Ed like a year before that, so I kinda knew him. Anyway, he was psyched on my video and so was everyone else who was on Toy, so he put me on. He was bummed I used all that footage for a Digital video ’cause he wanted to do another Toy Machine video, so I told him I’d get even better footage to make it up to him.

7. How long have you been a professional skateboarder? A what’s the worst thing about being one?

For about three years now. I’ve been skating for about ten years altogether. It might sound weird, but for me the worst part is the traveling. I’m not really into sightseeing. So if I’m in Europe or Spain and I’m not skating, I’m hating life. I like being home and just relaxing and hanging out with my girlfriend and all my friends, playing poker and stuff.

7A. When skateboarding is over, do you want to go back to working at the bowling alley or would you like to be a team manager or filmer?

I really have no idea what I’ll do after skateboarding. I suck at filming, and I hate the bowling alley and sucked at that job. And I wouldn’t want to be a team manager ’cause they pretty much suck-just kidding, Mike, Brian, and Kevin. It just seems like a stressful job.

8. Personally Bill, I don’t think you have the patience for either job. How come you talk the least on tour?

I do? I don’t think I talk the least on tour. How can you tell me I talk the least? You’re always telling me to shut up. Just wait ’til you get Matt Bennett on the trips-he never talks.

8A. What do you take with you on tour?

Computer, video cameras, PSP, cell phone, two or three iPods, Bose speakers, toothbrush, snacks, clothes, three pairs of shoes, about seven boards, extra wheels, bearings, hardware, and a lot of money, just in case we get by a casino or roll the dice during a long drive.

8B. Have you ever taken a girlfriend on tour?

Yes, I have. And it was the funnest trip I’ve ever been on. People might think it was sketchy, but she didn’t complain or anything. She was actually a lot of help getting things for the whole team, like waters and stuff. She was there to keep me in line, make sure I was awake and ready to go in the mornings.

8C. How do you get amped up to skate when it’s just you and your girlfriend and one of her girlfriends?

Hey, there were other people skating too. And I tried some gnarly tricks that day, so stop hatin’ on my girlfriend. She just wanted to go watch me skate, and we brought our friend Hannah to hang out. It was just like any other skate day, but instead of the kid who doesn’t skate, who you’d usually bring and just tags along, it was my girlfriend. People bring friends or dogs skating with them. I bring girls-deal with it.

9. How crazy is the Split team?

Well, the Split team isn’t that crazy. Shetler is calm and chill all the time and down for whatever, Rakestraw is usually naked, Brian Young is sketchy and bleeding from the nose, Johnny is always losing his mind for some reason, but Terell… holy shit, he’s f-king insane. One time we were all trying to sleep in the van after driving like ten hours, and he had his headphones on, rapping. The van was totally silent except for him freestyling to whatever it is he had on in his headphones. He is the loudest, wildest person ever. He’s my favorite person to go on trips with. And he rips.

10. Have you ever seen Pat Rakestraw naked?

One time on a Split Hawai’i trip there were a bunch of girls hanging out in his room, and he just wasn’t feeling it. So we were out on the balcony hanging out, and he was like, “How much will you give me if I just go in there and hang out naked? I was like, “Fifty bucks.” He was like, “Fifty?” I said, “Well, let me see what I have.” “Okay, give me twenty,” he said, and before I could even hand it over, he goes, “F-k it, I’ll just do it.” Before you know it, he was hanging out naked. Naked Rake chilled for about an hour and a half, then he went to bed.

10A. Has Ed Templeton ever wanted to paint you in the nude?

No. Well, I mean, he probably does, but he’s never told me or asked me.

11. When was the last time you felt like you were going to get kicked off of one of your sponsors?

Jamie always gives me a hard time about getting footage and ad photos, so that kinda makes me nervous. And sometimes I don’t talk to Ed for like months. That scares me, too. I don’t know if they would really kick me off. I get stuff done and I’m a pain in the ass to deal with.

12. If you could tell kids one thing about getting sponsored, what would you tell them?

Don’t rush into things and try to be sponsored by the first sketchy company that wants to give you stuff. I did that, and I still get shit for it today. We don’t have to mention the name of the company, but it was a really stupid decision on my part.

13. Who do you think will pop up in a Tech Deck ad next?

I don’t know. That’s hard to predict. Hopefully it isn’t me-that would suck. I don’t wanna throw any names out there. I don’t want people getting bummed on me.

13A. I hear Tech Deck ads are where old pros go to die.

That’s funny ’cause that’s what I’ve been told, too. I actually talked to Jake Phelps not too long ago, and he asked me if I ever wanted to be Skater Of The Year, and I said of course. Then he said, “Start getting shit done then, S.O.T.Y. or Tech Deck ad? You pick.”

14. Who’s dirtier, Pigpen or Dirty Billy?

Pigpen from Charlie Brown? I’d say Pigpen. Dirty Billy isn’t that dirty, it’s just a nickname. If it’s Pigpen the skater, I’d have to say I’m dirtier ’cause I don’t want to get my ass kicked.

15. Why does your house smell like complete shit?

‘Cause it’s currently a party house. I don’t care about this house ’cause I’m just renting it. The house I’m buying is going to be completely different. It’s gonna be just me and my girl. And maybe my friend Nolan. We’re not going to have crazy parties all the time. It’s gonna be more like a family home, with a few parties here and there.

16. What exactly is a planter wart? How long has yours taken you out for?

It’s a wart on the bottom of your foot that grows from the inside. It grows its own blood vessels and oxygen feeds it. So it just keeps growing and getting bigger, and it hurts like a bitch.

I’ve had it for like three months, but it just started getting bad during the last month or so. I went to the doctor, and they said it just takes time to get rid of. I have to put acid on it a couple of times a day ’til it just dies and blisters off. They’re pretty f-ked-up looking. Ed Templeton told me he had one, and they got rid of it real fast. It’s almost gone. By the time you read this, I’ll be 100 percent better.

17. You have a pro shoe coming out for Fallen. Why should someone buy it?

Yes, I do. They should buy it ’cause it’s pretty much the best skate shoe ever made. I can’t take all the credit ’cause it was mostly all Jamie. I just told him what I like in a shoe. I think my shoe will skate really well, and it has good padding. I think it’s gonna be the only Fallen shoe with an air pocket. And they’re not all stiff-they’re easy to break in.

17A. Can you name a pro over 40 with a shoe?

Neil Blender? I don’t know. Does Lance Mountain?

18. Have you ever heard the rumor of a certain professional receiving a sexual favor and then, all of a sudden, the girl stops in the middle of the act to let the certain someone know how stoked she is to be pleasuring this certain professional skateboarder?

Oh yes! |Laughs| I have heard of this rumor. Actually, I think it happened to a friend of mine. So if you’re a skateboarder and can do bluntslide 180s on tranny, it just might get you laid.

Editor’s note: Actually, we heard she liked his stalefishes.

19. What’s the worst thing you ever bought?

Probably the TVs in my car. They were expensive, and I barely ever use them. They’re mostly for looks. Sometimes I watch skate videos before I skate, and my friends always want to play PlayStation, but I’m sure I could’ve spent the money on something smarter. I just wanted TVs for a long time.

20. And the most expensive thing you ever threw away?

This white couch that still isn’t paid off yet. It’s where the bum sleeps, the drunks pass out, and the wet animals run all over and sleep when it’s raining. When I get into the new house’t know if they would really kick me off. I get stuff done and I’m a pain in the ass to deal with.

12. If you could tell kids one thing about getting sponsored, what would you tell them?

Don’t rush into things and try to be sponsored by the first sketchy company that wants to give you stuff. I did that, and I still get shit for it today. We don’t have to mention the name of the company, but it was a really stupid decision on my part.

13. Who do you think will pop up in a Tech Deck ad next?

I don’t know. That’s hard to predict. Hopefully it isn’t me-that would suck. I don’t wanna throw any names out there. I don’t want people getting bummed on me.

13A. I hear Tech Deck ads are where old pros go to die.

That’s funny ’cause that’s what I’ve been told, too. I actually talked to Jake Phelps not too long ago, and he asked me if I ever wanted to be Skater Of The Year, and I said of course. Then he said, “Start getting shit done then, S.O.T.Y. or Tech Deck ad? You pick.”

14. Who’s dirtier, Pigpen or Dirty Billy?

Pigpen from Charlie Brown? I’d say Pigpen. Dirty Billy isn’t that dirty, it’s just a nickname. If it’s Pigpen the skater, I’d have to say I’m dirtier ’cause I don’t want to get my ass kicked.

15. Why does your house smell like complete shit?

‘Cause it’s currently a party house. I don’t care about this house ’cause I’m just renting it. The house I’m buying is going to be completely different. It’s gonna be just me and my girl. And maybe my friend Nolan. We’re not going to have crazy parties all the time. It’s gonna be more like a family home, with a few parties here and there.

16. What exactly is a planter wart? How long has yours taken you out for?

It’s a wart on the bottom of your foot that grows from the inside. It grows its own blood vessels and oxygen feeds it. So it just keeps growing and getting bigger, and it hurts like a bitch.

I’ve had it for like three months, but it just started getting bad during the last month or so. I went to the doctor, and they said it just takes time to get rid of. I have to put acid on it a couple of times a day ’til it just dies and blisters off. They’re pretty f-ked-up looking. Ed Templeton told me he had one, and they got rid of it real fast. It’s almost gone. By the time you read this, I’ll be 100 percent better.

17. You have a pro shoe coming out for Fallen. Why should someone buy it?

Yes, I do. They should buy it ’cause it’s pretty much the best skate shoe ever made. I can’t take all the credit ’cause it was mostly all Jamie. I just told him what I like in a shoe. I think my shoe will skate really well, and it has good padding. I think it’s gonna be the only Fallen shoe with an air pocket. And they’re not all stiff-they’re easy to break in.

17A. Can you name a pro over 40 with a shoe?

Neil Blender? I don’t know. Does Lance Mountain?

18. Have you ever heard the rumor of a certain professional receiving a sexual favor and then, all of a sudden, the girl stops in the middle of the act to let the certain someone know how stoked she is to be pleasuring this certain professional skateboarder?

Oh yes! |Laughs| I have heard of this rumor. Actually, I think it happened to a friend of mine. So if you’re a skateboarder and can do bluntslide 180s on tranny, it just might get you laid.

Editor’s note: Actually, we heard she liked his stalefishes.

19. What’s the worst thing you ever bought?

Probably the TVs in my car. They were expensive, and I barely ever use them. They’re mostly for looks. Sometimes I watch skate videos before I skate, and my friends always want to play PlayStation, but I’m sure I could’ve spent the money on something smarter. I just wanted TVs for a long time.

20. And the most expensive thing you ever threw away?

This white couch that still isn’t paid off yet. It’s where the bum sleeps, the drunks pass out, and the wet animals run all over and sleep when it’s raining. When I get into the new house, I’m getting rid of it. My friend Travis wants to buy it. I’ll sell it real cheap. If anyone else wants it, hit me up.

EXTRAS>>>

When did you get your first paycheck from skateboarding?

I think it was an etnies check like five years ago. It was like 500 dollars.

How often do you party in Hollywood? Ever seen The Muska in the Hollywood streets?

Never. I go to video premieres every once in a while, but that’s usually it. Never seen The Muska, either-I just recently met him for the first time at the Active Blingfest.

Did you finish high school?

Yes, barely. I got like all Ds, I think, and almost failed Language Arts. I had to get like an A or B on my final to pass. I know I failed that test, but somehow I still graduated.

What did you hate about high school?

Everything. I wasn’t into school at all. Everyone was idiots. All the jocks and hicks thought they ran the school.

Will you be skating when you’re 40?

Hopefully, if I’m not too f-ked up. I’ll probably be on a mini-ramp every day. Or at the Corona parks.

If you had the chance to meet the president or Michael Jackson, which would you choose?

Well, Michael does have that Neverland Ranch place, and I heard he gives good head. I really don’t care for the president that much. I guess I have to pick Michael, ’cause he’s just all about the children. And I love rollercoasters.

If you could send your girlfriend to a sexual techniques school, would you?

|Laughs| No. She definitely does not need to go to a school for that. She’s the best at what she does. You should ask her that question about me. She better tell you the same or I’ll have to slap a bitch. Just kidding, but for real…

Have you ever spied on a girl you didn’t trust?

Nope.

Do you skate better with or without sex?

When I’m at home, I’ll say yes. When I’m on a trip, I say no. ‘Cause I don’t get any on trips, so I guess it just depends. Can you even ask these kinda questions in TransWorld? This is turning into some like porn interview.

What did you eat today?

Taco Bell for breakfast-a bean burrito with no onions and a spicy chicken taco. Then I ate McDonald’s-a grilled chicken California cobb salad. I ate my girlfriend’s croutons-she was bummed. That’s it for now.

Who are your sponsors and who would you like to give thanks to?

I skate for Toy Machine-buy my boards!; Fallen-buy my shoe!; Thunder-buy my trucks!; Split-buy my pants!; Spitfire-buy my wheels!; Bones Swiss; and Active.

I’d like to thank all my sponsors, my parents, my girlfriend Jenn, Mike Sinclair, Brian Young, Ed Templeton, Jamie Thomas, the Fallen team, Toy Machine team, Split team, all my friends, the Grimes for cleaning my house, Carter Gibbs, Mic-e Reyes, Jasin Phares, Nick Pappas, and Shane Wallace.

Who would be a better president of the United States Of America: George Bush or Brian Young?

Brian f-king Young. He can handle almost anything. If he was president, there’d be wiener dogs running all through the White House. He’d sell shit off the walls, throw constant parties, and he might actually get laid.

When was the last time you pissed off Josh Harmony?

I can’t remember. Josh is too nice to be mad at someone. I think he was pissed at me one time for some weird reason. He was like really mad at me ’cause he thought I said or did something to make him upset. Wait, hold on… I just called Josh, and he can’t remember any time he was pissed at me. He said if there was a time, it would have been on a long tour we were on where everyone was pissed at each other. You should’ve asked when the last time I pissed Johnny off was.

ouse, I’m getting rid of it. My friend Travis wants to buy it. I’ll sell it real cheap. If anyone else wants it, hit me up.

EXTRAS>>>

When did you get your first paycheck from skateboarding?

I think it was an etnies check like five years ago. It was like 500 dollars.

How often do you party in Hollywood? Ever seen The Muska in the Hollywood streets?

Never. I go to video premieres every once in a while, but that’s usually it. Never seen The Muska, either-I just recently met him for the first time at the Active Blingfest.

Did you finish high school?

Yes, barely. I got like all Ds, I think, and almost failed Language Arts. I had to get like an A or B on my final to pass. I know I failed that test, but somehow I still graduated.

What did you hate about high school?

Everything. I wasn’t into school at all. Everyone was idiots. All the jocks and hicks thought they ran the school.

Will you be skating when you’re 40?

Hopefully, if I’m not too f-ked up. I’ll probably be on a mini-ramp every day. Or at the Corona parks.

If you had the chance to meet the president or Michael Jackson, which would you choose?

Well, Michael does have that Neverland Ranch place, and I heard he gives good head. I really don’t care for the president that much. I guess I have to pick Michael, ’cause he’s just all about the children. And I love rollercoasters.

If you could send your girlfriend to a sexual techniques school, would you?

|Laughs| No. She definitely does not need to go to a school for that. She’s the best at what she does. You should ask her that question about me. She better tell you the same or I’ll have to slap a bitch. Just kidding, but for real…

Have you ever spied on a girl you didn’t trust?

Nope.

Do you skate better with or without sex?

When I’m at home, I’ll say yes. When I’m on a trip, I say no. ‘Cause I don’t get any on trips, so I guess it just depends. Can you even ask these kinda questions in TransWorld? This is turning into some like porn interview.

What did you eat today?

Taco Bell for breakfast-a bean burrito with no onions and a spicy chicken taco. Then I ate McDonald’s-a grilled chicken California cobb salad. I ate my girlfriend’s croutons-she was bummed. That’s it for now.

Who are your sponsors and who would you like to give thanks to?

I skate for Toy Machine-buy my boards!; Fallen-buy my shoe!; Thunder-buy my trucks!; Split-buy my pants!; Spitfire-buy my wheels!; Bones Swiss; and Active.

I’d like to thank all my sponsors, my parents, my girlfriend Jenn, Mike Sinclair, Brian Young, Ed Templeton, Jamie Thomas, the Fallen team, Toy Machine team, Split team, all my friends, the Grimes for cleaning my house, Carter Gibbs, Mic-e Reyes, Jasin Phares, Nick Pappas, and Shane Wallace.

Who would be a better president of the United States Of America: George Bush or Brian Young?

Brian f-king Young. He can handle almost anything. If he was president, there’d be wiener dogs running all through the White House. He’d sell shit off the walls, throw constant parties, and he might actually get laid.

When was the last time you pissed off Josh Harmony?

I can’t remember. Josh is too nice to be mad at someone. I think he was pissed at me one time for some weird reason. He was like really mad at me ’cause he thought I said or did something to make him upset. Wait, hold on… I just called Josh, and he can’t remember any time he was pissed at me. He said if there was a time, it would have been on a long tour we were on where everyone was pissed at each other. You should’ve asked when the last time I pissed Johnny off was.