Top Five: Dan Drehobl

Top Five
Dan Drehobl

Best Times To Have A Smoke:
1. First thing when I wake up.
2. In the morning with a cup of coffee or at night with a beer is mandatory. Can’t enjoy either without a smoke.
3. After a meal.
4. Pretty much whenever.
5. Last thing I do before I go to bed. I don’t smoke in bed anymore, though—apparently not a very good idea.

Worst Times To Have A Smoke:
1. In the shower?
2. While surfing. Maybe that’s why I don’t surf.
3. While pumping gas.
4. At church? I wouldn’t know, just guessing. I don’t go to church.
5. When I’m lying in a hospital bed dying of cancer. F—k it, got a light?

Video Parts:
1. Phil Shao—Schmitty’s video.
2. The Gonz—Video Days.
3. Busenitz—any of ’em.
4. Daewon—Skate More.
5. Jerry Hsu—Bag Of Suck.

Best Skaters Of All Time: (This one is really tough, butI’ll deal with it. It might change tomorrow but probably not.)
1. Mark Gonzales
2. Jeff Phillips—total ripper, I really wish that dude hadn’t killed himself.
3. Phil Shao—yeah, it’s sentimental because he was a good friend of mine, but actually it’s just true. I know it’s cliché and almost nobody reading this will know what I’m talking about—you just had to be there, I guess. He was the one of the most amazing and smartest people I have ever known and by far one of the best skateboarders I have ever known. I’m still trying to deal with living without that dickhead around.
3. Sean Sheffey.
4. Mike Carroll.
5. I’m going to leave this one empty. Time changes everything and dudes are setting their own bars every day and I love it. Sometimes life can be sorta beautiful and not suck so bad.

Things About Skating That Just Suck:
1. Fashion trends—it’s been going around since the start, and it’s always been lame. We’ve all fallen victim to it at some point.
2. Popularity—it sucks seeing fifteen-year-old kids just getting into this sh-t and it’s like a popularity symbol for them. It’s always been a wave of coolness in and out. I never wanted to be the cool kid or anything—I always thought “that dude sucked. When I was growing up skating was dead and skaters were outcasts and we were fine with that and it helped define who we were as people.
3. The f—king Internet—I seriously think that the Internet might be the downfall of us all—our whole f—king society. Information should only be as accessible as we want it to be and the opinions of Johnny Dickwad matters to squat. Get off your computer and go skate.
4. Not Video Days—to me this should pretty much be the bible of skateboarding.
5. Did I say the Internet? F—k the Internet!

Slams:
1. I was trying a stalefish 180 over a spine when my front foot slipped off, I couldn’t let go, I got credit carded on the flat still holding stale and needed to get a bunch of stitches in my ball sack. On the positive side, I got to see what my testicles look like.
2. Broke my ankle doing an ollie on a mini ramp. My foot did a 360—totally rad.
3. I was trying to boardslide this little hubba in S.F. I accidentally landed in a feeble and stuck. I ended up doing a scorpion on my eye across about four feet of sidewalk. When I woke up the next morning my eye was sealed shut and oozing puss.
4. Slammed bombing a hill and did so many rolls I pinched my sciatic nerve in my back. I couldn’t walk for about three days and then for about a year every time I skated it would feel like I had gotten kicked in the balls.
5. I don’t know. It seems like every time I go skate I end up slamming.

Songs: (This is always changing, but this is what I’ve been listening to lately.)
1. New Order, “Love Vigilantes.
2. Q Lazzarus, “Goodbye Horses.
3. Belle & Sebastian, “Get Me Away From Here, I’m Dying.
4. Iggy Pop And The Stooges, “No Fun.
5. Morrissey, “You Have Killed Me.

Pains:
1. Headaches.
2. My back is kilng me.
3. Oh, my aching knee.
4. People talking in my ear.
5. Taxman.

Foods:
1. Pastrami sandwiches.
2. Mashed potatoes.
3. Roast chicken.
4. Lobster.
5. Chowder. What? I’m from Maine.

Things Having A Shoe Has Brought You:
1. HD flat-screen—I had no idea, that sh-t is so amazing. I never thought I’d have a big TV and that sh-t looks so sick, it’s pretty addictive. I’ve been watching the Planet Earth series on Discovery lately, and it just blows me away. I know, it’s a pretty pampered answer, but why lie? That sh-t is sick. It’s almost like having a movie theater in your living room. I wish I’d only waited a month and I could have gotten a 42-inch for the price I paid for a 37-inch.
2. Unbankruptcy—man, ever since Bush and his a—hole crony administration took over, they decided to make it almost impossible to declare. I went to see a lawyer about a year too late and he looked at me like I was out of my mind. I guess I’ve been living above my means. City living is pretty f—king harsh.
3. The old lady—no, I didn’t buy my girlfriend. But she’s thinking about buying some property here in S.F. and even though I can’t legally put my name on it without it being confiscated by the feds, at least all that rent money might be going to something other than turning into dust.
4. Legacy—I came from an antiquated time when getting a shoe was a pretty big deal. It’s a really good feeling to have a shoe with your name on it, and I can’t even explain how weird it feels to see somebody wearing them. To anyone who I’ve met wearing them, thanks a lot. I hope they worked out good for you. It makes me feel weird seeing people wearing them, though.
5. Having to deal with Ed Dominick—he’s the dude that’s running the company. Don’t even get me started with that dude, such a pain in my ass.

Worst Trends In S.F.:
1. Cost of living—you know it costs at least 1,000 dollars to rent a sh-tty depressing studio in the middle of the anus of San Francisco? I used to do that back when it was 400 bucks a month and I don’t think I can go there again. Getting robbed, insane neighbors, living in a rat cage—I just don’t think I can deal with it.
2. See above.
3. See above.
4. See above.
5. See above.

Reasons To Just Go To Pops Bar:
1. Schmitty—on the rare occasion when he’s not on some detox diet, he might ride his bike over there and meet me for a car bomb.
2. Becker—he’s basically married and raising a minature version of himself now, so the only place he’s going to meet me now for a few is a couple blocks from his house.
3. Two-dollar Hamms—it’s pretty much the only bar in the city that I can walk out of only spending twenty-dollars and it’s within skating distance, so I don’t need to deal with that high-roller taxi sh-t.
4. Bartenders—there’s a whole list of awesome dudes-dudesefs working the bar always willing to give me a free drink, and the jukebox is pretty decent.
5. Deluxe connection—who knows what “colurker you might bump into? Mic-E might even punch you out.

Superstitions:
1. Smoking is bad for you.
2. OCD is going to help you land that trick.
3. That being annoying and sucking at life is going to get you anywhere—nobody wants to see that sh-t. Go die somewhere else.
4. You really think throwing salt over your shoulder is going to do anything for you?
5. Sh-t happens, I’m not superstitious.

Classic Board Graphics:
1. Gonz—the one Blind board with a fish, a framed drawing of a girl’s face, some writing, and some other stuff on it.
2. Lucero—the jack in the box. First pro board I ever saw.
3. Randy Colvin—the velvet black-light one.
4. Lance Mountain—Future Primitive.
5. Any Antihero graphic.

Near-Death Experiences:
1. Fell over a waterfall when I was a kid. It was about twenty feet tall, and I landed directly on this huge rock. But I got lucky and got pulled out by this dude that just happened to be scuba diving there at the time.
2. Got hit by a car in the city. The dude was timing the lights on Fell Street and I was in the middle of the intersection when they changed. The trick is to just stay loose and roll with the hood. I hit the windshield and just flew over the whole rest of the car.
3. Frank Gerwer and myself were on a flight from Texas to S.F. when the hydraulics went out and the pilot couldn’t control the pitch of the plane. We got diverted to Salt Lake City for an emergency landing and when we got there, we flew around the city for about an hour in a total manual position before the pilot could get the nose down far enough to land. We were pretty much sh-tting our pants.
4. I had a knife put to my throat, got lifted out of my car by my testicles, and robbed in the Boston projects when I was a kid. No big deal, I was being an idiot.
5. Got pulled out by the current swimming at Bondi Beach. I started to panic and fight the current, was almost out of juice and decided to just relax and go with it. The current took me out to a place where it calmed down and I could swim back. Again, not really that big of a deal, I just don’t understand currents that well.

Things That Make You Laugh:
1. Funny sh-t.
2. My friends.
3. TV.
4. Idiots.
5. The fact that I’m pro.

Things That Make You Want To Go Skate:
1. Waking up and not feeling like total sh-t, pretty rare.
2. A good video part.
3. I might be dead tomorrow.
4. Traveling is always the best cure.
5. Nothing lately.
out by this dude that just happened to be scuba diving there at the time.
2. Got hit by a car in the city. The dude was timing the lights on Fell Street and I was in the middle of the intersection when they changed. The trick is to just stay loose and roll with the hood. I hit the windshield and just flew over the whole rest of the car.
3. Frank Gerwer and myself were on a flight from Texas to S.F. when the hydraulics went out and the pilot couldn’t control the pitch of the plane. We got diverted to Salt Lake City for an emergency landing and when we got there, we flew around the city for about an hour in a total manual position before the pilot could get the nose down far enough to land. We were pretty much sh-tting our pants.
4. I had a knife put to my throat, got lifted out of my car by my testicles, and robbed in the Boston projects when I was a kid. No big deal, I was being an idiot.
5. Got pulled out by the current swimming at Bondi Beach. I started to panic and fight the current, was almost out of juice and decided to just relax and go with it. The current took me out to a place where it calmed down and I could swim back. Again, not really that big of a deal, I just don’t understand currents that well.

Things That Make You Laugh:
1. Funny sh-t.
2. My friends.
3. TV.
4. Idiots.
5. The fact that I’m pro.

Things That Make You Want To Go Skate:
1. Waking up and not feeling like total sh-t, pretty rare.
2. A good video part.
3. I might be dead tomorrow.
4. Traveling is always the best cure.
5. Nothing lately.