Mouthing Off: Jimmy McDonald

Words by Blair Alley

5Boro has upped its game considerably in 2011, from its video production to the people behind the scenes, all its ducks are in a row for the release of its new video Join Or Die coming in February 2012. 5Boro’s hardest working am has got to be Jimmy McDonald. Every time you see footage of him, he’s charging the East Coast streets and his Web videos have been nothing short of full-length parts. We caught up with Jimmy to get the scoop on the current state of 5B, the enigma of Quartersnacks, the legend of Dan Pensyl, and much more.

First off, get us all up to speed with what’s going on with the 5Boro video, and have there been any team changes?

The video is coming out in February, we’ve been working on that for a while now. The team is the same, but we have a few new flow guys that are all super sick in New York. We have Rob Gonyon, Brian Clark, Silvester Eduardo, and Jordan Trahan. Those guys are all gonna have footage in the video and they’ve been skating really well lately.

Do you still refer to your flow guys as flow trash?

Yeah, flow trash.

That’s rad, it’s pretty much become 5boro’s patented label for flow kids. As a sponsored skater, how do you avoid the trappings of New York City nightlife? It seems like that burns out a lot of dudes that are coming up in New York.

As long as you have a good group of friends that are motivated to skate, you can stay out of it. All the 5Boro guys are down to skate. Half the guys on 5Boro drink now and half of them don’t. Joe Tookmanian never drinks anymore and Dan Pensyl hasn’t drank in two years. I drink or I don’t drink, either way, and then some of the flow guys don’t drink so there’re always dudes to skate with. There’re always guys to party with too.

Sounds like a good mix. Are you going pro when the video comes out?

No, I don’t have any plans for going pro. Maybe one day, but I don’t know.

Backside Smith grind, frontside 180 out. Photo: Taketomo