Anthony Mosley Interview

Anthony Mosley

Interview by Eric

Where are you from, Anthony?

San Dimas/Chino Hills, California. Just L.A., basically.

Who do you usually skate with out there?

This kid Brayden (Szafranski) from Las Vegas, this kid Brian from Pittsburgh, and this kid Ryan Thomas from Arizona.

How’d you meet all those kids?

Well, I met Brayden when he came down from Vegas. He’s a super cool skater–real good. He just got on Emerica. And then Brian is a new Bootleg rider. He’s like sixteen and from back east. Then there’s Ryan–he’s on flow for Bootleg. He’s one of the new guys, too. He’s from Arizona.

Are you guys all rooming together?

I live right above them, and they live below me with Trainwreck and Shane Heyl. There’re always people comin’ out and skatin’–little (Brian) Herman, Knox (Godoy), and Evan (Hernandez).

What got you into skating?

Just goin’ down to the store and lookin’ at the kids havin’ fun–just olliein’ with a smile on their faces. I was like, “Whoa. Look at ’em–they’re havin’ a good time. I wanna try that.” So then I tried it and I’ve been doin’ it every day since.

How long have you been skating?

Anthony Mosley

Interview by Eric

Pull Quote: I just go out there and do whatever feels comfortable.

Where are you from, Anthony?

San Dimas/Chino Hills, California. Just L.A., basically.

Who do you usually skate with out there?

This kid Brayden (Szafranski) from Las Vegas, this kid Brian from Pittsburgh, and this kid Ryan Thomas from Arizona.

How’d you meet all those kids?

Well, I met Brayden when he came down from Vegas. He’s a super cool skater–real good. He just got on Emerica. And then Brian is a new Bootleg rider. He’s like sixteen and from back east. Then there’s Ryan–he’s on flow for Bootleg. He’s one of the new guys, too. He’s from Arizona.

Are you guys all rooming together?

I live right above them, and they live below me with Trainwreck and Shane Heyl. There’re always people comin’ out and skatin’–little (Brian) Herman, Knox (Godoy), and Evan (Hernandez).

What got you into skating?

Just goin’ down to the store and lookin’ at the kids havin’ fun–just olliein’ with a smile on their faces. I was like, “Whoa. Look at ’em–they’re havin’ a good time. I wanna try that.” So then I tried it and I’ve been doin’ it every day since.

How long have you been skating?

About five and a half years now.

How old are you?

Nineteen.

Did you graduate high school?

Yeah.

Are you gonna go to college or anything like that?

After this, hopefully.

Who are your sponsors right now?

I ride for Bootleg skateboards, DVS shoes, Active Ride Shop, Nixon watches, Electric sunglasses, Diamond hardware, Black Panther bearings and griptape, and TSA clothing.

Shit, I think that’s everything. Does Electric make you wear thier sunglasses while you’re skating?

(Laughs) Nah, nah.

Did you make a sponsor-me video, or did someone just hook you up?

Brian Herman got my first sponsor for me, which was Ghetto Child wheels, and then he hooked up Baker. It’s all thanks to Brian Herman. And then also Evan, Terry (Kennedy), and Knox.

What first skate videos got you hyped on skating?

I’d probably say Welcome To Hell, Mouse, and the Baker video–Baker 2G.

Do you think you’ll ever turn pro?

Yeah, I hope so.’ll just keep skatin’ and havin’ fun, you know?

Hopefully, one day pretty soon.

If you do, would you wear your own T-shirt?

Nah. I’ll keep rockin’ Elissa Steamer and Trainwreck shirts (laughs).

How do you feel about contests and demos?

I like contests–they’re fun, but I just don’t like it when people take it too serious, you know? Some people practice their run like twenty times a day. Just go out there and have fun, instead of stressin’ yourself out.

Do you ever get nervous at contests?

Nah, I just go out there and do whatever feels comfortable.

What about demos?

Yeah, demos are fun. It’s always just messin’ around–cruisin’ around and landin’ tricks or whatever.

Do kids ever ask for your autograph?

Yeah, it’s kinda weird now that kids do that, you know? But I guess it’s just something you have to do. Those are the people who are gonna pay your bills one day when you’re a pro skater.

Do you ever skate vert?

Nah, not really. I’ve tried at the Vans park a couple times–you go fast (laughs). I don’t know about doin’ all those maneuvers on a fricken vert ramp. I just keep to Tony Hawk Pro Skater (laughs).

How many boards can you ollie?

How many boards (laughs)? I don’t know–my ollie’s kinda low right now. Oh, man. It’s been so long … I’d probably say, like, five (laughs).

Is that five stacked inside each other or is that five just on top of each other?

Probably five on top of each other (laughs).

Do you know who Jay Adams is?

I’ve heard the name before, but no, I couldn’t say I do.

He’s an old Dogtown skater.

Oh, he is? See, I try to go back and look at all the old videos, and I learn something new every day. Basically, I look in a library of old videos. I just started collecting, like, all the old Plan B videos, the Bones videos–everything.

If you could be any pro skater from any decade, who would you be?

Aw, man. Damn, that’s a hard one. I’d probably say Guy Mariano or Keenan Milton.

Do you know who the first person was to do a kickflip?

Oh my god! We were just talkin’ about this one a couple days ago. I know who it is, but I can’t think of it right now. I know exactly who it is. Oh, shit.

He’s still pro, skates for enjoi … Rodney Mullen.

Oh, yeah. Okay. I’m so out of it right now. I was just watchin’ that On Video, too, about an hour ago. It’s too early in the morning (laughs).

Dude, it’s two o’clock in the afternoon! It’s not early in the morning.

Oh, man (laughs).

Which ams are comin’ up?

So many, so many. I’d probably have to say Paul Rodriguez, Mikey Taylor, Pete Eldridge, Evan Hernandez, Bryan Herman, this kid Brayden from Las Vegas, and Curtis Calamallo–he’s from Huntington Beach, California.

It sounds like all your homeys.

Yeah. Those are the people who I skate with most of the time, so I motivate off of them.

What do you use for injury remedy?

I don’t really get hurt that much. I don’t know. I haven’t broke a bone yet, so I’d better knock on wood (laughs). Probably just chill, watch videos, and play Grand Theft Auto 3. ’Wreck got me into that one (laughs).

What kind of music do you listen to?

Whatever sounds good except for country.

No Garth Brooks rockin’ in the CD player?

Uh, nah. I’m not feelin’ it (laughs).

That’s cool, I was just messin with you. Where do you see yourself five years from now?

Probably in a hospital bed with a lot of bones broken (laughs). That’s how I see it for next year, maybe.

Do you want to say thank you to anybody?

Of course. I’d like to thank all my sponsors, especially Shane from Active, Benny from Ghetto Child, Angel from TSA, the whole Baker/Bootleg squad, the Piss Drunx, Shane Heyl, Andrew Reynolds, Tim Gavin and Kelly Bird at DVS, all the guys at NHS, especially Jay Strickland, my second family in San Dimas–the Asucion family, and beyond thanks to Alex and those guys for letting me stay in Hollywood. If it weren’t for them, I probably wouldn’t be skating or living in Hollywood, so I have to thank all them, for sure.

And, of course, thanks, Grandma, for buying me all those skateboards.

P.S. Thanks also goes out to TransWorld.

About five and a half years now.

How old are you?

Nineteen.

Did you graduate high school?

Yeah.

Are you gonna go to college or anything like that?

After this, hopefully.

Who are your sponsors right now?

I ride for Bootleg skateboards, DVS shoes, Active Ride Shop, Nixon watches, Electric sunglasses, Diamond hardware, Black Panther bearings and griptape, and TSA clothing.

Shit, I think that’s everything. Does Electric make you wear thier sunglasses while you’re skating?

(Laughs) Nah, nah.

Did you make a sponsor-me video, or did someone just hook you up?

Brian Herman got my first sponsor for me, which was Ghetto Child wheels, and then he hooked up Baker. It’s all thanks to Brian Herman. And then also Evan, Terry (Kennedy), and Knox.

What first skate videos got you hyped on skating?

I’d probably say Welcome To Hell, Mouse, and the Baker video–Baker 2G.

Do you think you’ll ever turn pro?

Yeah, I hope so. I’ll just keep skatin’ and havin’ fun, you know?

Hopefully, one day pretty soon.

If you do, would you wear your own T-shirt?

Nah. I’ll keep rockin’ Elissa Steamer and Trainwreck shirts (laughs).

How do you feel about contests and demos?

I like contests–they’re fun, but I just don’t like it when people take it too serious, you know? Some people practice their run like twenty times a day. Just go out there and have fun, instead of stressin’ yourself out.

Do you ever get nervous at contests?

Nah, I just go out there and do whatever feels comfortable.

What about demos?

Yeah, demos are fun. It’s always just messin’ around–cruisin’ around and landin’ tricks or whatever.

Do kids ever ask for your autograph?

Yeah, it’s kinda weird now that kids do that, you know? But I guess it’s just something you have to do. Those are the people who are gonna pay your bills one day when you’re a pro skater.

Do you ever skate vert?

Nah, not really. I’ve tried at the Vans park a couple times–you go fast (laughs). I don’t know about doin’ all those maneuvers on a fricken vert ramp. I just keep to Tony Hawk Pro Skater (laughs).

How many boards can you ollie?

How many boards (laughs)? I don’t know–my ollie’s kinda low right now. Oh, man. It’s been so long … I’d probably say, like, five (laughs).

Is that five stacked inside each other or is that five just on top of each other?

Probably five on top of each other (laughs).

Do you know who Jay Adams is?

I’ve heard the name before, but no, I couldn’t say I do.

He’s an old Dogtown skater.

Oh, he is? See, I try to go back and loos from now?

Probably in a hospital bed with a lot of bones broken (laughs). That’s how I see it for next year, maybe.

Do you want to say thank you to anybody?

Of course. I’d like to thank all my sponsors, especially Shane from Active, Benny from Ghetto Child, Angel from TSA, the whole Baker/Bootleg squad, the Piss Drunx, Shane Heyl, Andrew Reynolds, Tim Gavin and Kelly Bird at DVS, all the guys at NHS, especially Jay Strickland, my second family in San Dimas–the Asucion family, and beyond thanks to Alex and those guys for letting me stay in Hollywood. If it weren’t for them, I probably wouldn’t be skating or living in Hollywood, so I have to thank all them, for sure.

And, of course, thanks, Grandma, for buying me all those skateboards.

P.S. Thanks also goes out to TransWorld.

About five and a half years now.

How old are you?

Nineteen.

Did you graduate high school?

Yeah.

Are you gonna go to college or anything like that?

After this, hopefully.

Who are your sponsors right now?

I ride for Bootleg skateboards, DVS shoes, Active Ride Shop, Nixon watches, Electric sunglasses, Diamond hardware, Black Panther bearings and griptape, and TSA clothing.

Shit, I think that’s everything. Does Electric make you wear thier sunglasses while you’re skating?

(Laughs) Nah, nah.

Did you make a sponsor-me video, or did someone just hook you up?

Brian Herman got my first sponsor for me, which was Ghetto Child wheels, and then he hooked up Baker. It’s all thanks to Brian Herman. And then also Evan, Terry (Kennedy), and Knox.

What first skate videos got you hyped on skating?

I’d probably say Welcome To Hell, Mouse, and the Baker video–Baker 2G.

Do you think you’ll ever turn pro?

Yeah, I hope so. I’ll just keep skatin’ and havin’ fun, you know?

Hopefully, one day pretty soon.

If you do, would you wear your own T-shirt?

Nah. I’ll keep rockin’ Elissa Steamer and Trainwreck shirts (laughs).

How do you feel about contests and demos?

I like contests–they’re fun, but I just don’t like it when people take it too serious, you know? Some people practice their run like twenty times a day. Just go out there and have fun, instead of stressin’ yourself out.

Do you ever get nervous at contests?

Nah, I just go out there and do whatever feels comfortable.

What about demos?

Yeah, demos are fun. It’s always just messin’ around–cruisin’ around and landin’ tricks or whatever.

Do kids ever ask for your autograph?

Yeah, it’s kinda weird now that kids do that, you know? But I guess it’s just something you have to do. Those are the people who are gonna pay your bills one day when you’re a pro skater.

Do you ever skate vert?

Nah, not really. I’ve tried at the Vans park a couple times–you go fast (laughs). I don’t know about doin’ all those maneuvers on a fricken vert ramp. I just keep to Tony Hawk Pro Skater (laughs).

How many boards can you ollie?

How many boards (laughs)? I don’t know–my ollie’s kinda low right now. Oh, man. It’s been so long … I’d probably say, like, five (laughs).

Is that five stacked inside each other or is that five just on top of each other?

Probably five on top of each other (laughs).

Do you know who Jay Adams is?

I’ve heard the name before, but no, I couldn’t say I do.

He’s an old Dogtown skater.

Oh, he is? See, I try to go back and look at all the old videos, and I learn something new every day. Basically, I look in a library of old videos. I just started collecting, like, all the old Plan B videos, the Bones videos–everything.

If you could be any pro skater from any decade, who would you be?

Aw, man. Damn, that’s a hard one. I’d probably say Guy Mariano or Keenan Milton.

Do you know who the first person was to do a kickflip?

Oh my god! We were just talkin’ about this one a couple days ago. I know who it is, but I can’t think of it right now. I know exactly who it is. Oh, shit.

He’s still pro, skates for enjoi … Rodney Mullen.

Oh, yeah. Okay. I’m so out of it right now. I was just watchin’ that On Video, too, about an hour ago. It’s too early in the morning (laughs).

Dude, it’s two o’clock in the afternoon! It’s not early in the morning.

Oh, man (laughs).

Which ams are comin’ up?

So many, so many. I’d probably have to say Paul Rodriguez, Mikey Taylor, Pete Eldridge, Evan Hernandez, Bryan Herman, this kid Brayden from Las Vegas, and Curtis Calamallo–he’s from Huntington Beach, California.

It sounds like all your homeys.

Yeah. Those are the people who I skate with most of the time, so I motivate off of them.

What do you use for injury remedy?

I don’t really get hurt that much. I don’t know. I haven’t broke a bone yet, so I’d better knock on wood (laughs). Probably just chill, watch videos, and play Grand Theft Auto 3. ’Wreck got me into that one (laughs).

What kind of music do you listen to?

Whatever sounds good except for country.

No Garth Brooks rockin’ in the CD player?

Uh, nah. I’m not feelin’ it (laughs).

That’s cool, I was just messin with you. Where do you see yourself five years from now?

Probably in a hospital bed with a lot of bones broken (laughs). That’s how I see it for next year, maybe.

Do you want to say thank you to anybody?

Of course. I’d like to thank all my sponsors, especially Shane from Active, Benny from Ghetto Child, Angel from TSA, the whole Baker/Bootleg squad, the Piss Drunx, Shane Heyl, Andrew Reynolds, Tim Gavin and Kelly Bird at DVS, all the guys at NHS, especially Jay Strickland, my second family in San Dimas–the Asucion family, and beyond thanks to Alex and those guys for letting me stay in Hollywood. If it weren’t for them, I probably wouldn’t be skating or living in Hollywood, so I have to thank all them, for sure.

And, of course, thanks, Grandma, for buying me all those skateboards.

P.S. Thanks also goes out to TransWorld.

look at all the old videos, and I learn something new every day. Basically, I look in a library of old videos. I just started collecting, like, all the old Plan B videos, the Bones videos–everything.

If you could be any pro skater from any decade, who would you be?

Aw, man. Damn, that’s a hard one. I’d probably say Guy Mariano or Keenan Milton.

Do you know who the first person was to do a kickflip?

Oh my god! We were just talkin’ about this one a couple days ago. I know who it is, but I can’t think of it right now. I know exactly who it is. Oh, shit.

He’s still pro, skates for enjoi … Rodney Mullen.

Oh, yeah. Okay. I’m so out of it right now. I was just watchin’ that On Video, too, about an hour ago. It’s too early in the morning (laughs).

Dude, it’s two o’clock in the afternoon! It’s not early in the morning.

Oh, man (laughs).

Which ams are comin’ up?

So many, so many. I’d probably have to say Paul Rodriguez, Mikey Taylor, Pete Eldridge, Evan Hernandez, Bryan Herman, this kid Brayden from Las Vegas, and Curtis Calamallo–he’s from Huntington Beach, California.

It sounds like all your homeys.

Yeah. Those are the people who I skate with most of the time, so I motivate off of them.

What do you use for injury remedy?

I don’t really get hurt that much. I don’t know. I haven’t broke a bone yet, so I’d better knock on wood (laughs). Probably just chill, watch videos, and play Grand Theft Auto 3. ’Wreck got me into that one (laughs).

What kind of music do you listen to?

Whatever sounds good except for country.

No Garth Brooks rockin’ in the CD player?

Uh, nah. I’m not feelin’ it (laughs).

That’s cool, I was just messin with you. Where do you see yourself five years from now?

Probably in a hospital bed with a lot of bones broken (laughs). That’s how I see it for next year, maybe.

Do you want to say thank you to anybody?

Of course. I’d like to thank all my sponsors, especially Shane from Active, Benny from Ghetto Child, Angel from TSA, the whole Baker/Bootleg squad, the Piss Drunx, Shane Heyl, Andrew Reynolds, Tim Gavin and Kelly Bird at DVS, all the guys at NHS, especially Jay Strickland, my second family in San Dimas–the Asucion family, and beyond thanks to Alex and those guys for letting me stay in Hollywood. If it wweren’t for them, I probably wouldn’t be skating or living in Hollywood, so I have to thank all them, for sure.

And, of course, thanks, Grandma, for buying me all those skateboards.

P.S. Thanks also goes out to TransWorld.