Tony Tave 20 Questions

Words Mackenzie Eisenhour

Wake Up Call

1. What is the first thing you do every day?

What, like my morning ritual? Nothing too crazy-get up, take a piss, take a shower, then head out. Dude, I don’t even know what I do. It’s seriously different every day. I don’t eat breakfast-ever. I don’t know why. I just never do. Maybe some leftover mac ‘n’ cheese or old pizza or something, but usually nothing. I don’t need it. Other than that, I live spontaneously. It’s usually somebody calling on the phone that wakes me up though. Today that person was you. I’d say most of the time that person is Lee |DuPont|. I even screen his calls sometimes if I’m too tired. He calls here a lot.

2. What do you spend more time in, your car or a school?

I graduated from El Toro High School last year, so I guess the answer to that question would be my car now. I definitely log some miles driving that thing around.

3. How did you get on Element and C1RCA?

I had a photo riding an Element board for some reason. It was like a C1 ad or something. I don’t even remember how I got the board, but they called me up and wanted me to ride for them. So I guess I just got lucky.

Actually, now I remember. Colt |Cannon| had given me the board and they’d asked about me. I’d been on flow for C1RCA at that point for a while and then got on C1RCA officially, too. I was actually going to try to get on à‡S when I had been on C1RCA flow for a while, just for a change of scenery, but then that was when C1RCA offered me a real spot on the team. I guess the team managers from à‡S and C1RCA had some sort of little argument over it. Finally they had |Mark| Appleyard call me, so I got this random number out of the blue while I was driving and it was like, “Hey, it’s Appleyard, you want to get on?” I was like, “All right, sure.” What was I gonna say, right?

4. Do you have a best Lee DuPont story?

They’re all the best Lee DuPont stories. He’s mean to me a lot. Not mean-mean, but he busts my chops all the time. He’s always giving off attitude, you know? But always in a funny way. He just pokes at me all the time-like maybe some dumb stuff that I’m saying or something. He was just doing that yesterday. Like we’ll be talking about my part and I’ll say something stupid in the middle of the conversation and he’ll start hating on me.

5. What was your first real setup?

Well, I had two of those little Nash deal things, and then my first real setup was one of those World Industries battle boards. Like Wet Willy and Flameboy in some sort of battle. It was your standard little-kid setup. It was funny, though; I never wanted to do noseslides or tailslides because I didn’t want to mess up the graphic, you know? I had rails on it, too, to protect that middle graphic. I was lovin’ it.

6. Who taught you your first trick?

Probably my stepbrother. We used to skate around in front of the house. I remember learning kickflips, but for like a year I couldn’t do it without doing a sex-change kickflip. I could never keep my body from turning. Eventually it just started working.

7. Does anything change when you turn professional, other than the checks?

I don’t know. I never really think too much about that side of things. I mean, what? Do you get a bigger car or something? Go on more trips? The whole “vibe” changes, though. I mean, you obviously need constant coverage and just cultivate some sort of business skills to deal with it all. I’m sure you have to put up with a lot more people on the business side and be able to look out for yourself. It kind of sucks, but you gotta do what you gotta do. There are definitely worse jobs out there, by a long shot.

8. What would you do if you won the lottery?

How much would I win? Like 150 million?

Sure.

All right. Let’s say I won 150 million. The first thing I’d do would be to buy Mike Tyson’s house |laughs|.

Why? Does he live near you or something?

No. I just saw it on Cribs and it looks sick. I’d pbably become a polygamist and buy a whole bunch of wives. Waste the rest on a bunch of ice. Definitely build a skatepark inside the house. Put platinum coping on all the obstacles |laughs|. I’d probably buy a couple McDonald’s, too, just to keep some money coming in. They’d have to have real golden arches on them, though |laughs|.

9. Who is Tony Tave most compared to by his friends?

Who am I compared to? Like a movie star or something? I don’t know, man. I think everybody is really his own person. I’m not really compared to anybody. I don’t have too many real friends anyway. You go to parties and have acquaintances, but when it comes down to kicking it with the homeys, I only have a couple really close friends. I got my good friends Jason, Dan, and Andrew. Other than that, I just end up hanging out with the C1RCA dudes a lot. They don’t really compare me to anybody, either. Basically, everybody’s different.

10. What do your parents think about you riding a skateboard for a living?

I think they’re stoked. I hope so. They’re down. My mom’s stoked. I get free stuff and travel and all that. I think they can see that skateboarding has given me a lot of opportunities other kids don’t get.

11. What is the best and worst thing about Lake Forest?

Well, the worst thing is that Lake Forest is infested with “bro trucks.” You’ll be driving down the street and all of a sudden there’s some dude in a truck with fifty lights beaming away at you in your rearview, blinding you as you drive. That dude eventually disappears and then there’s the exact same truck right behind that dude. It’s so bad. Going to El Toro is horrible. There are two freeway exits to go eat lunch at there, and all you can see are lines of bro trucks creeping up the hills off the exit ramps on both sides. There’re lines of them climbing off-road into the distance. The best thing is-let me think-the Sole Tech park, for sure. They need to ditch that elbow and kneepad rule, though.

12. Who do you see as the ideal pro?

Jerry Hsu. I just saw his part in the enjoi video. It’s seriously insane. I’d say Jerry’s ideal ’cause he’s so original in the way he skates and the tricks he does. Other than that-Peter Ramondetta. That dude is a professional skateboarder. People don’t even know. He’s seriously amazing. He can do whatever he wants. He has so much commitment. Watch when the C1RCA video comes out. That part is going to be stupid-it’s going to blow people away. There’re so many other dudes out there that I should mention, but I’ll stick with those two for now. I can’t think of anyone else right now.

13. How long do you think an am should stay an am? Is there a limit?

I don’t think it should happen-I mean turning pro-until you really, really believe you want it and are ready to put in the work for it. There have been so many companies that turned whoever was hot at the time pro and the dude just fizzled out or got in party mode and stopped skating within two years of getting a deck. I think both the skater and the company should be ready and committed to do it for real, if it happens at all.

14. Have you ever won a contest?

Hmm. I think so. I won some etnies opening-day thing a few years back. I won some CASL contests back in the day, but I don’t know if they count.

They all count.

They all count? Well, there you go. I got a couple trophies up on the mantelpiece.

15. What is the biggest check you’ve ever cashed?

Probably this photo incentive check that had all this back pay on it. It was like 9,000 or 10,000 dollars, I think. It was pretty nice. I can’t complain, it felt tasty.

16. What trick have you resigned from ever doing again, or at least doing right?

Tre flips. Those things just kill me. I can get ’em right once in a while, but it’s just never on lock. I used to do the pressure flip kind, you know, where it’s like all in your back foot, and I think that’s what caused the problems I have with it now. I could seriously have the absolute best day of skating and try one of those and flip out or just get super pissed.

17. Favorite video part of all time?

That’s a tough one this early in the morning. But I guess Guy Mariano would be up there in Mouse. That Danny Way DC part was out of hand. There’re so many that I’d love to put in, but I can’t even mention them all. I think anytime somebody puts together a whole video part, it’s pretty sick.

18. Best musical selection for a video part as of late?

Antwuan |Dixon|’s part was super sick. I liked that one. He had that Biggie track in there, and it just hit right with the skating. I’d have to sit down and go through all my videos. My memory is cloudy right now. I know there are a ton of good ones.

19. Who spends the most time skating that you know?

Mike Barker. That dude will just go on and on forever, man. It’s unbelievable. Every session you’re at with the dude, he’s always the last one skating when everyone else is done. I don’t skate with him that much. But every time I see him, he’s just got that look in his eye. He’s a skate rat. He’s about to blow up. For sure-he’s amazing.

20. Is skateboarding a sport? Why or why not?

No. I don’t think skating can ever be categorized as a sport. It’s something we do for fun, and a lot of the companies and contests and all that might make it look like some sort of sport, but it really isn’t and never will be. We just don’t have the rules and the jerseys and all the other bonding, team-spirit sh-t that basketball and football have. We don’t have practice or forced exercises. We have our own little world. The sport part is just something that somebody outside our little world might see. At least, that’s the way I look at it. That’s my two cents.

Extras:

“You go to parties and have acquaintances, but when it comes down to kicking it with the homeys, I only have a couple really close friends.”

“There have been so many companies that turned whoever was hot at the time pro and the dude just fizzled out or got in party mode and stopped skating within two years of getting a deck.”

“We just don’t have the rules and the jerseys and all the other bonding, team-spirit sh-t that basketball and football have.”

Let’s see here… Recent graduate of El Toro High School. Perfect flick-switch and regs. A deep hatred for over-head-lifted off-road vehicles. A dream of building a skatepark in Mike Tyson’s house. Another dream of owning a couple McDonald’s franchises. A couple CASL trophies on the mantelpiece. A strong advocate of individuality and work ethic. Admits to rails on a Wet Willy complete. Even a solid opinion on whether or not skateboarding will ever be qualified as a sport. Tony Tave is your average, not-so-average, teenage wastelander out of Lake Forest, California, gearing up to ride a skateboard for a living. This is what he had to say when I woke him up this morning.sly have the absolute best day of skating and try one of those and flip out or just get super pissed.

17. Favorite video part of all time?

That’s a tough one this early in the morning. But I guess Guy Mariano would be up there in Mouse. That Danny Way DC part was out of hand. There’re so many that I’d love to put in, but I can’t even mention them all. I think anytime somebody puts together a whole video part, it’s pretty sick.

18. Best musical selection for a video part as of late?

Antwuan |Dixon|’s part was super sick. I liked that one. He had that Biggie track in there, and it just hit right with the skating. I’d have to sit down and go through all my videos. My memory is cloudy right now. I know there are a ton of good ones.

19. Who spends the most time skating that you know?

Mike Barker. That dude will just go on and on forever, man. It’s unbelievable. Every session you’re at with the dude, he’s always the last one skating when everyone else is done. I don’t skate with him that much. But every time I see him, he’s just got that look in his eye. He’s a skate rat. He’s about to blow up. For sure-he’s amazing.

20. Is skateboarding a sport? Why or why not?

No. I don’t think skating can ever be categorized as a sport. It’s something we do for fun, and a lot of the companies and contests and all that might make it look like some sort of sport, but it really isn’t and never will be. We just don’t have the rules and the jerseys and all the other bonding, team-spirit sh-t that basketball and football have. We don’t have practice or forced exercises. We have our own little world. The sport part is just something that somebody outside our little world might see. At least, that’s the way I look at it. That’s my two cents.

Extras:

“You go to parties and have acquaintances, but when it comes down to kicking it with the homeys, I only have a couple really close friends.”

“There have been so many companies that turned whoever was hot at the time pro and the dude just fizzled out or got in party mode and stopped skating within two years of getting a deck.”

“We just don’t have the rules and the jerseys and all the other bonding, team-spirit sh-t that basketball and football have.”

Let’s see here… Recent graduate of El Toro High School. Perfect flick-switch and regs. A deep hatred for over-head-lifted off-road vehicles. A dream of building a skatepark in Mike Tyson’s house. Another dream of owning a couple McDonald’s franchises. A couple CASL trophies on the mantelpiece. A strong advocate of individuality and work ethic. Admits to rails on a Wet Willy complete. Even a solid opinion on whether or not skateboarding will ever be qualified as a sport. Tony Tave is your average, not-so-average, teenage wastelander out of Lake Forest, California, gearing up to ride a skateboard for a living. This is what he had to say when I woke him up this morning.