You were around when skating was pretty much dead, so it must be kinda crazy seeing how big it’s gotten now. What’s your take on what skating’s become now with all the big contests and money involved?
Well, I think that if a guy’s consistent enough and good enough to enter those contests and do good, more power to him. What I don’t like seeing is these companies that were surf from day one getting into bed with all these corporate companies, or trying to emulate them in any way. It just kinda takes away from the experiences that I had where we were closing out corporate brands and all the outsiders before. So now when people embrace them, I’m just like, “What the hell’s gone wrong with it?” But then again, that kinda stuff is inevitable when it gets big. There’s a good and a bad, I guess.
Henry’s part from the ’92 Tim & Henry’s Pack Of Lies video is still insane. It raised the bar high back in the day.
This being the 30th Anniversary issue, what’s your best memory of skateboarding over the past 30 years?
Probably one of my best memories is when I was at the TransWorld premiere for Sight Unseen, and people were cheering for me. I thought that was pretty cool, because that reminded me of all the good, the bad, and hushed all the doubts I had. It was a big pat on my back, saying like, “You doubted yourself for so many years. Everybody doubted you, and here you are. You’re showing everyone you can still do it.” And that’s one of the reasons I liked that video part more than my Pack Of Lies video part. When I filmed Pack Of Lies, that wasn’t even the hardest I could’ve skated. I could’ve had a way better part. But when it came to Sight Unseen, I kinda knew from past experiences what to do, and what not to do, and I really tried my hardest. It was special to see all these people cheering for me after all I’d been through. And it was a TransWorld video. So that felt special to me.
“It was a big pat on my back, saying like, ‘You doubted yourself for so many years. Everybody doubted you, and here you are. You’re showing everyone you can still do it.'”
The world wants more Henry Sanchez. When’s your next comeback?
I don’t know. I’d have to have some time to skate and get my balance back. But the good thing about the way I skate is I don’t have to be all consistent. I can just work on certain things and then just kill myself with others [laughs]. It’ll be a good trick, but I won’t be doing it third try like Nyjah Huston or something [laughs]. More like 300 tries. He’s super crazy.