Nobody Special – Enrique Lorenzo Enrique Lorenzo tells interviewer Seu Trinh about strip searches, learning English from cartoons, and how he wishes he had his own apartment.

Where are you originally from? Barcelona, Spain.

How long did you live there? Until I was eighteen.

Then you moved to America? Yep.

How is living in Spain different than America? The weather. Over here, pretty much the whole year it’s warm. Over there, it’s cold in the wintertime–really cold. It snows, and it rains a lot. The food, too. There’s not as many fast-food places in Spain.

The food is different? There, everyone eats at home. Everything is homemade, so it’s better. The whole family gets together at the house for lunch and dinner. Over here it’s crazy–you work or you’re on the road, and you go through a drive-through.

Over here, there’re crazy little kids. They see too much violence, they watch too much TV. In Spain, we only have seven channels, and any of those channels is terrible to watch. So the kids never watch TV there. That’s why everybody is always doing something else besides watching TV.

We don’t have gangs there. We have terrorists though. They put bombs in cars. One day they put a bomb in someone’s car that killed a lot of people in a mall near my house.

Why do you guys have terrorists over there? Because there’re little states that used to be another country, and they’re trying to get their independence back. So they’re putting bombs all over the place, shooting people–mostly people from the government. Then we have Nazis and skinheads, too.

I guess, it’s just different. I grew up there. It’s crazy to me to see how people act in the U.S., because I’m not used to it. When I try to act like them, I always do it the wrong way. People think, “This one is crazy. What the hell is he doing?” I’m trying …

To fit in? Not to fit in, I’m trying really hard to learn how everything works.

So, do you like it so far? Yeah, I’m having a lot of fun. A lot of people are helping me out, like Julio de la Cruz, Rodney Mullen, all the World guys, Kareem Campbell, Shiloh Greathouse, Daewon Song, and Soc Socrates Leal. They help me a lot with anything I need–like if I have an emergency. I went to the hospital once, and I didn’t have enough money to pay the bill. Socrates helps me a lot, teaching me the language, telling me what I have to do, how to say things, and he introduces me to people.

Why did you go to the hospital? I dislocated one of my fingers. I had a nasty fall.

So getting sponsored and living in America has been a good experience for you? Yeah, but no good experiences with girls yet. I guess you’re not going to find a nice girl at the club.

Why do go to clubs? To have fun, drink a little beer.

So you’re single? Yeah.

What else do you do? I used to go to church all the time, but now I’m going to the devil’s bed. But I’m trying to quit all that–I’m trying to be good again.

Are you religious? Yeah, but I’m not practicing. I believe in God, Jesus, but I’m not doing anything about it.

How did you decide to come to America? That is a crazy question. I was thinking, “Damn, I want to go there and skate those spots.”

Did you just decide to pack up and get on an airplane? It’s a long story. I don’t even want that question. It’s important, but it’s personal.

How did you learn to speak English? Watching cartoons every morning–Ducktails, Tailspin. Basically from TV.

Are you staying at Julio’s house right now? Yeah. It’s pretty fun, but he’s never quiet. He’s always talking, talking, talking, talking–underwater he’s still talking. Enrique laughs. No, he’s pretty cool, I like Julio.

Do you consider America your home? Temporarily.

Do you still consider Spain your home? Both. I got used to living here, I like it here, but I miss family. I miss my dog.

What’s your dog’s name? Coco.

So you don’t have any family out here? I have an aunt in Texas, but I’ve never met her.

What’s going on with your working visa? World Industries is helping me. We took all the papers to a lawyer. They’re working on it; little by little, we’re getting somewhere.

Is it hard not having a working visa living in America? Yeah, it’s real hard. I can’t get a Social Security number, an apartment, a driver’s license, nothing. I would like to have my own place, instead of going all the time from house to house on a couch tour. I have too much stuff to be carrying it around.

What kind of car are you going to get when you get your working visa? I’m gonna get a piece-of-shit car, so I can crash it into a nice car, then sue the fool. Then I’ll be able to get a nice car.

Perfect, the American way. Yeah, just sue everyone.

What is skateboarding to you? It’s like breathing. I’ve been doing it for so long that if I don’t do it, I will feel crazy.

So do you skateboard a lot? I try to skate every day, but it’s hard to find a ride. Then you go to the spot and get kicked out–you know how it works.

Who do you skateboard with? Daewon Song, but because he’s working on the Matix team for the trade show, I skate with Fabian Alomar, Julio de la Cruz, Chico Brenes, Lee Smith–people that live around Julio’s house.

Tell me about something good that’s happened to you because of skateboarding? Getting hooked up with World, Stamina, and Axion; meeting a lot of people; having a lot of friends; traveling.

Tell me about the worst thing skateboarding has done to you? The worst thing is keeping me away from my family. But it’s up to me. I could be there, but I prefer staying here. I’m finding out how the whole skateboard industry really is–it’s pretty crazy. I didn’t know anything about it until now.

Like what?

I don’t like talking over the phone. I don’t like phones. I don’t like pagers–I hate those things. Answering machines, too. Not knowing the language, it’s hard for me to talk on the phone.

What was the question?

The worst thing skateboarding has done to you? J.B. Gillet’s feet. No, everything is going pretty good. There’s nothing bad about skateboarding.

What do you do besides? I play soccer, hang out with my friends, go out, and all those things. Lately, I’ve been swimming a lot, going to the beach, playing a little tennis with J.B., Julio, and Bruno Julio’s brother.

Do you like being a pro skater? I’m happy.

Do you deserve an interview? No. There’s some other heads out there that are sick. Why me? I’m nobody. I’m just one more. I’m nobody special. I’m just trying to skate and have fun, that’s it.

Do you think there’re a lot of pro skaters out there right now? Yeah. A lot of good skaters out there.

Do you think there’re more good skaters than bad? I don’t know! What kind of question is that? Are you making one of those statistics things? I just came to this country. I don’t know that shit yet.

How long have you been in America? Three years.

When’s your anniversary? It think it was June 24.

Happy three years in America. Thanks. Where’s my present?

This interview is your present. Thanks. Remember when I met you, you were picking on me.

What?

You were always calling me, like, “What’s up, f–kface.”

I never said that. Yeah, I have it on my list. I wrote it down. Enrique acts like he’s reading off a list You called me f–kface–1996. In the beginning, a lot of people talked shit about me. I think I’m pretty friendly, so why are they treating me like shit if they don’t know me?

Are there any experiences in particular you want to talk about? No, I don’t want to make anyone feel bad.

Do you think everyone gets treated badly in the beginning? Yeah, everyone’s been a T-dog before. But some people were nice to me in the beginning.

Was I ever nice to you in the beginning? Never. I got lucky, though, a lot more people have been nicer to me than dicks to me.

Has anything you’ve dreamt of come true? Yeah, a lot of things. I got a dog, I’m healthy, and I’m still expecting more.

What are you expecting? I can’t tell you.

Why? Is it a secret? No, it’s just personal.

Anything you dreamt of that hasn’t come true? Yeah, that’s what I’m waiting for.

What’s the hardest thing you’ve had to deal with in the United States? Immigration. I’ve been in immigration for three hours in my boxers. They asked me all kinds of questions about drugs, guns, if I’ve ever been arrested. They looked in the insoles of my shoes.

Why? They thought I had drugs. They looked at my passport and saw I had a visa from a month ago. They told me, “Grab your bags.” I went to another office, where there were two people. I gave them my airplane ticket and my passport, then they made me wait for an hour, and after that I had to go into another room. They made me open my bag, and they looked through everything. They made me take my clothes off. It was crazy. They asked me about stupid shit, like, “What are you doing here?”

Do you think you’ll ever get a pro-model shoe? No.

Do you think you deserve one? No.

It’s your free minute, say whatever you want. Now that I know how to speak English a little bit, I’m able to talk shit; I don’t like that. I wish I never learned how to speak English. A lot of times I’m not even thinking about it, and I’m talking shit. Sometimes I feel bad, like, “What did I say?” I have to think more and try to be a better person.

Also, don’t get a big head. Maybe you’re the best at what you do, but if you have big head, if you treat everyone like crap, who’s gonna like you? Who’s gonna want to be like you?

I don’t really have too much to say. I told you, I’m not even the right person to be doing an interview right now. But thanks a lot for doing it, it’s going to help me a lot.

That’s it? Yeah. You’re done with me now, we’re probably not friends no more.

Yeah we are.

Enrique Pull Quotes

“I believe in God, Jesus, but I’m not doing anything about it.”

“I don’t like talking over the phone. I don’t like phones. I don’t like pagers–I hate those things. Answering machines, too.”

“I’m nobody special. I’m just trying to skate and have fun, that’s it.”

b> Yeah, everyone’s been a T-dog before. But some people were nice to me in the beginning.

Was I ever nice to you in the beginning? Never. I got lucky, though, a lot more people have been nicer to me than dicks to me.

Has anything you’ve dreamt of come true? Yeah, a lot of things. I got a dog, I’m healthy, and I’m still expecting more.

What are you expecting? I can’t tell you.

Why? Is it a secret? No, it’s just personal.

Anything you dreamt of that hasn’t come true? Yeah, that’s what I’m waiting for.

What’s the hardest thing you’ve had to deal with in the United States? Immigration. I’ve been in immigration for three hours in my boxers. They asked me all kinds of questions about drugs, guns, if I’ve ever been arrested. They looked in the insoles of my shoes.

Why? They thought I had drugs. They looked at my passport and saw I had a visa from a month ago. They told me, “Grab your bags.” I went to another office, where there were two people. I gave them my airplane ticket and my passport, then they made me wait for an hour, and after that I had to go into another room. They made me open my bag, and they looked through everything. They made me take my clothes off. It was crazy. They asked me about stupid shit, like, “What are you doing here?”

Do you think you’ll ever get a pro-model shoe? No.

Do you think you deserve one? No.

It’s your free minute, say whatever you want. Now that I know how to speak English a little bit, I’m able to talk shit; I don’t like that. I wish I never learned how to speak English. A lot of times I’m not even thinking about it, and I’m talking shit. Sometimes I feel bad, like, “What did I say?” I have to think more and try to be a better person.

Also, don’t get a big head. Maybe you’re the best at what you do, but if you have big head, if you treat everyone like crap, who’s gonna like you? Who’s gonna want to be like you?

I don’t really have too much to say. I told you, I’m not even the right person to be doing an interview right now. But thanks a lot for doing it, it’s going to help me a lot.

That’s it? Yeah. You’re done with me now, we’re probably not friends no more.

Yeah we are.

Enrique Pull Quotes

“I believe in God, Jesus, but I’m not doing anything about it.”

“I don’t like talking over the phone. I don’t like phones. I don’t like pagers–I hate those things. Answering machines, too.”

“I’m nobody special. I’m just trying to skate and have fun, that’s it.”