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Skate Nerd: Bobshirt Interview

Catch up on all the Bobshirt interviews here!

We teamed up with our good friend Tim Anderson a while back on skateboarding.com to showcase his awesome video series known as Bobshirt, which features legendary skaters talking all about their careers, mainly focusing on the skate-nerdy side of it all with lots of talk about graphics, video parts, teammates, etc. What started as a passion project has become a highly anticipated series amongst the skate nerds of the world that can't wait to see who he interviews next. I wanted to flip the script and interview Tim this time about his love of 90s skateboarding and shed some light on the man behind the camera. Thanks, Tim! —JAIME OWENS

What's so great about the 90s skateboarding era? Why do you think there's so much nostalgia? Are we just old fogies that can't change with the times?
That era was a mess; it's amazing anything survived from back then—small companies with even smaller runs of product. So few people skated at that time. It was like you were in on some secret. Honestly though, whatever era you come up in should be the best era for you, because skateboarding is awesome, no matter what year you start.

What are some of your favorite memories of skating NYC during that time?
One day, I sprained my ankle at the crooked benches downtown and landed in a pile of vomit. It sucked. Then seconds later, from around the corner, comes Keenan [Milton], Steven Cales, Huf, Gino… and all I can think is, "Great, my idols are here and I'm laying in puke with a torn ankle." Keenan and Steven skated right over to me, helped me up and straightened me out. Also watching Anthony and Wenning come up was quite a sight…

Tell me about the beginnings of Bobshirt and how it started as a blog?
First it was guymariano.com. He was gone and never expected to come back. I started the site because I just wanted to put all the good old video parts in one place online, like Gino's Snuff part, etc. This was pre-YouTube. Then Guy made a comeback, so I decided to change the name to Bobshirt, which is a nerdy reference to the early days of World. People thought Guy sued me or something, but that didn't happen. He probably wasn't even aware of the site. Honestly, I don't like the name Bobshirt. I chose it on a whim, and if I knew it would still be going some 12 years later, I probably would've thought it through a bit more [laughs].

Gino was your first video interview. How did that come about? How nervous were you?
That was my wife Sarah (Deckaid). It was her idea to take photo portraits of old pros holding their classic models for the Deckaid Show. So when we went to shoot Gino, I thought I'd try interviewing him while we were at it, and I brought some nostalgic items from his career. I was super nervous. That interview was a mess; no tripod, the camera work was terrible and I mumbled my questions because I'm a social wreck. Luckily two years later, I got to interview him again and it went a little smoother.

You use a lot of rare boards and videos in your interviews, did you have an insane collection or do you borrow boards just for the interview?
I do have a bit of a problem when it comes to old skateboards; however, sometimes my friends lend boards from their collections for the interviews, like Chris Davis, Mike Regan, Chris Corso and Steven J. Feltchinger.

The interviews have gotten longer. Gino's first interview was only nine minutes and now they are around an hour and it still goes by fast. Gino even got a second interview.
Due to a generally decreasing public attention span, long content is hard in this day and age, but the interviews naturally keep getting longer as I push the envelope on how much I can nerd-out with these guys. When they started reaching 25 minutes or so, I thought people wouldn't fully watch them, but they did. The Kalis one was almost an hour and it still seemed to keep people interested.

Are you amazed that you know more about certain dudes' careers than they actually do?
[Laughs] Yes. They were busy living their lives and skateboarding while I was busy watching them and remembering all the nerdy details…

You mentioned your wife Sarah has her own skate project (@deckaid) where you guys do classic board shows for charity. Talk about the details of that.
Like many collections, mine was obscured in personal storage. Sarah had the idea to bring the boards out for others to enjoy in the name of charity. Our shows in NYC, Boston, Philly and D.C. have raised decent money for youth in need. We collaborate with notable artists to reproduce legendary graphics as limited edition prints, like Keenan's first Blind graphic by Sean Cliver. Each show is unique, as we partner with other collectors to keep the exhibit fresh, and with the participation of multiple photographers, our photo portrait series continues to grow. It's a lot of work, but is always a good time and for a good cause.

If you could only do one more interview, who would it be…ok, maybe two?
Rob Welsh…. Kareem…. Rick Howard.

Catch up on all the Bobshirt interviews here!