James Brockman Web Exclusive

In the journalist world, nightmarish tales exist of skaters that are “difficult to interview. They’re nervous, they’re shy, or just plain dumb. But I’ve yet to run into such a situation. I figured interviewing James Brockman would be a breeze. He drives a cop car, has his own signature jean coming out, and has found that elusive balance between partying and putting amazing skateboarding on film. An interesting guy, right? I even secured an eighteen-wheeler of cold ones and James’ friend Tosh Rice to get the conversation flowing. Well, even after careful preparations, James isn’t much for talking into tape recorders, he’d rather let his skating do the talking which has worked for him just fine. And if it ain’t broke…

Interview by Blair Alley and Tosh Rice

BA: What’s the worst thing you’ve done at someone’s house at a party?

(Laughter) There’s no way I can remember that.

TR: You know exactly what the worst thing was! We were just talking about it!

Well, it would have to be that.

BA: You ever peed in someone’s ice trays?

I haven’t.

BA: You ever peed in a beer bottle, sealed it, and put it in the back of the fridge?

No, but I have and gave it to a friend.

BA: You ever taken an upper-decker?

Not yet, I gotta find the right house. And I think this might be it.

BA: Who’s your favorite photographer to shoot with?

Shigeo.

BA: Why?

He’s the only guy I usually shoot with (laughter).

BA: What made you buy a cop car?

I don’t know. I bought it off Jamie (Thomas). I told him I wasn’t gonna get a car unless something happened and I randomly got one. So he was like, “Alright, I’m gonna sell you this just so you have a car.

BA: What’s the biggest advantage driving it? Do people think you’re a cop and get out of your way?

Yeah. Or they just start driving real slow and it kinda sucks.

BA: Have you ever gotten pulled over in it?

Yeah, once. I ended up getting a DUI, but I got off.

BA: How did you end up getting your own jean from Mada?

They called me one day and were like, “How do you feel about making your own jean? And they don’t have any jeans I like so I was psyched. I was like, “Sure.

BA: What do you normally wear?

Levi’s, but my Mada jean will be all tailored up the way I like.

BA: Do you still watch skate videos to get you psyched before you skate?

I don’t even think I own a skate video.

BA: What do you listen to then?

A lot of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden lately.

TR: The new Judas Priest?

Yeah, Angel Of Retribution. It’s so fuckin’ good, dude.

BA: How do you feel about the acquittal of Michael Jackson?

I don’t pay attention to that shit. Sorry, that’s East County slippin’ out.

BA: Describe El Cajon for someone that has no idea what it’s like.

Fuckin’ piece of shit.

BA: Then why do you still live there?!

I still live at home, dude. Free rent.

BA: What’s a good example of something sketchy that goes down in El Cajon?

I’ve seen my friend get jumped by a bum, trying to steal his skateboard bolts. He had them sitting on the ledge because his kingpin broke.

BA: What was the bum going to do with bolts?

I don’t know, he’s a bum. Eat them. The bum hit my friend when he turned around. Then my friend got a hammer out of his trunk and chased him down.

BA: What incentives has Shakas (Mark Delellis) offered you while filming?

Couple bucks or lunch. Or some tall cans.

BA: What are you favorite sushi spots?

I think I’m over sushi. I just like California rolls, I don’t think that counts as sushi.

BA: Since you always hang out in Pacific Beach, do you plan on moving here?

Hell no.

BA: Why not?

I’d get too caught up in the PB lifestyle. I don’t even live here and I’m down here everynight.

BA: What’s the longest you’ve been off your board due to partying?

No comment. Ie never blown off a filmer or photographer, though. I usually plan out the nights pretty good.

BA: What designates a night that you can party?

Any night, as long as I haven’t made any phone calls to filmers or photographers. I don’t have to do anything.

BA: What happens when they call you?

That doesn’t happen often (laughter).

BA: Who had your favorite part in New Blood?

I really like Allie’s part. Fuckin’ bad ass, dude. Motorhead. It’s just sick.

BA: If you could pick the next rider for Osiris, who would it be?

Garrett Hill.

BA: How do you feel about street grabs?

I think that shit’s lame. Leave it to the dudes that are sick at it. I had an airwalk in my part, but I was just fucking around. I was just trying to fuck with Tosh. I like doing grabs and all, but I’d rather see it from like tranny guys and pool skaters.

BA: You ever skate Washington Street?

Yeah! Place rips. So fun, I set up an old school board for that place.

BA: If you could put a skater on Zero, but he had to be black, who would it be?

Shuriken Shannon.

BA: That’s correct. What’s the next video you’re looking forward to seeing?

Baker. Definitely.

BA: What do you like to see in someone’s video part or when you flip through a mag?

Someone doing the shit they like to do.

BA: Where have you seen the hottest chicks?

Poland. Or the red light district in Amsterdam (laughter).

BA: Those hookers are all Eastern European, that’s why. What’s up with fake spots?

That shit’s lame.

TR: How do you feel about Scientology?

(Laughter) That shit’s worse.

TR: Word association: Guys in girl’s jeans

It’s alright.

TR: No! We’re talking about guys in girl’s Volcom jeans.

Ah, that shit’s gay. Am I just gonna sit here and say, “Wack to everything you throw out?

BA: Who’s your favorite skater?

Jack The Ripper

BA: Who’s your favorite prostitute killer?

Dustin Dollin. Did I answer those backwards? (Laughter)

BA: When’s the last time you were VIP at a club?

I think it was some Osiris party at Metal Shop. I think I got thrown out that night.

TR: Okay, here’s the real word association: Jim Beam

Warms the belly.

TR: Jack Daniel’s

Good.

TR: Camel Lights

Best.

BA: What’s your favorite slang term for a tattoo on a girl’s lower back?

I’d say slut patch, cum target.

TR: Tramp stamp

BA: I’d also accept cum catcher. What’s wack about skating? Is there anything that bugs you?

The image, that’s what I hate. You’re either hip-hop or punk, that bugs me. You have to be one way or the other, I think that’s stupid. How people can just switch from one way of dressing to the other.

BA: Which one do you fit into?

Neither, I’m just a skater.

And now, James’ unedited Top Five from the Am Issue:

People You Skate With
1. Mike Canarius.
2. Tosh Rice.
3. J.T. Aultz.
4. Jon Allie.
5. Chris Dobstaff.

Uses For Driving A Cop Car
1. Not getting pulled over.
2. People stay out of your way.
3. Speeding.
4. Crashing.
5. Scaring kids.Candy To Chip Your Tooth On
1. Taffy.
2. Payday.
3. Abba-Zabba.
4. Sugar Daddy’s.
5. Rocks.

Tricks In New Blood
1. Tony Cervantes—Heelflip body varial, Sports Arena.
2. Jon Allie—Backside noseblunt, Wobbly.
3. Garrett Hill—360 flip, Lake Forest double set.
4. Tony Cervantes—Airwalk boardslide, Brooklyn.
5. Jamie Thomas—180 nosegrind, Hollywood.

Tricks You Don’t See People Do Enough
1. Ollies.
2. Kickflips.
3. Grinds.
4. Slides.
5. Nollie crooks.

After-skate Beverages
1. Colt 45.
2. Bud Light.
3. Coke.
4. Soda.
5. Coffee.

Things You Were Told Not To Do But Did Anyway
1. Underage Chicks.
2. Drugs.
3. Drinking and driving.
4. Skating.
5. Hate Crimes.

When It’s Okay For A Skater To Wear Eye Makeup
1. Never.
2.
3.
4.
5.

Party Houses
1. The Donna.
2. 1644 Thomas.
3. My old house.
4. Clairemont house.
5. The Alley.

Ways You’re Going To Spend That First Pro Paycheck
1. We’ll see if it ever happens.
2. Chevy Chevelle.
3. Rolled tacos.
4. Candy.
5. Tattoos.

Things That Make You Go “Hmmm …
1. Questions.
2. Hot Dogs.
3. Cracks.
4. Stairs.
5. This list.

Tracks To Get You Inspired To Front Board A 20
1. Buck Cherry—”Lit Up.
2. Iron Maiden—”Flash Of The Blade.
3. Judas Priest—”Hell Bent For Leather.
4. The Doors—”Break On Through.
5. Turbo Negro—”Prince Of The Rodeo.

Life Lessons Learned From Skateboarding
1. Nothing.
2. You don’t have to get a real job.
3. You don’t have to get up early.
4. Cops suck.
5. Never follow rules.

Reasons For Not Having An E-mail Address
1. No Internet.
2. Don’t want one.
3. Wouldn’t check it.
4. Mail sucks.
5. Can’t read.
>5. Hate Crimes.

When It’s Okay For A Skater To Wear Eye Makeup
1. Never.
2.
3.
4.
5.

Party Houses
1. The Donna.
2. 1644 Thomas.
3. My old house.
4. Clairemont house.
5. The Alley.

Ways You’re Going To Spend That First Pro Paycheck
1. We’ll see if it ever happens.
2. Chevy Chevelle.
3. Rolled tacos.
4. Candy.
5. Tattoos.

Things That Make You Go “Hmmm …
1. Questions.
2. Hot Dogs.
3. Cracks.
4. Stairs.
5. This list.

Tracks To Get You Inspired To Front Board A 20
1. Buck Cherry—”Lit Up.
2. Iron Maiden—”Flash Of The Blade.
3. Judas Priest—”Hell Bent For Leather.
4. The Doors—”Break On Through.
5. Turbo Negro—”Prince Of The Rodeo.

Life Lessons Learned From Skateboarding
1. Nothing.
2. You don’t have to get a real job.
3. You don’t have to get up early.
4. Cops suck.
5. Never follow rules.

Reasons For Not Having An E-mail Address
1. No Internet.
2. Don’t want one.
3. Wouldn’t check it.
4. Mail sucks.
5. Can’t read.