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Headcleaner Interviews and Photos

(Chris Thiessen)
For me, Headcleaner kicked off in Long Beach, California. Matt Creasy had just moved out to the area from Atlanta, and we immediately started skating together. This led to some serious skate-video nerd discussions and the early stages of the idea to start a new project together. After the wheels started turning, we reached out to Alex Rose in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Bryan Reynolds in Atlanta to see if they would be interested in joining forces to create something cross-continental. Matt had just finished the video Threads with Alex, and he knew the momentum they created would get stronger with the four of us working together. Both Alex and Bryan are master shooters, and Matt and I were excited at the potential to do something combined. Matt and I would get busy out West, and Alex and Bryan would hold it down in the South. They were down, and Headcleaner was born.

Taylor Nawrocki, switch pole jam. PHOTO / STRAND

Taylor Nawrocki, switch pole jam. PHOTO / STRAND (*click to enlarge)

From there we started exploring Long Beach and skating the area the same way we grew up skating back in Atlanta. Long Beach is a righteous city for skateboarding; there is a vast urban sprawl that stretches in all directions. I became obsessed with spot hunting in Long Beach and the surrounding areas around the port. It was exciting to find stuff that would be unique for Headcleaner. Tyson Peterson, Fletcher Renagar, and Brad Cromer were already here living in Long Beach, and Taylor Nawrocki, Jason Spivey, and David Clark all came out for extended stays, and over the course of the winter we hit it every day. I was able to get some really epic days in for Headcleaner with these guys here in "The Beach."

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Chris Thiessen, 50-50 to five-0. Headcleaner [’15]

Headcleaner is about freedom. It's about connecting with the area you're in and navigating the urban wastelands. Your skateboard is your vehicle to escape, your vehicle for true self-expression in the midst of this crumbling society. Connect with your friends and explore, and do whatever you want with your time on the board.

Tyson Peterson, gap wallride. PHOTO / STRAND (*click to enlarge)

Tyson Peterson, gap wallride. PHOTO / STRAND (*click to enlarge)

(Matt Creasy)
Duality, to me Headcleaner is much about duality-double meanings, the tape cleaner/the catalyst to clear your mind. The video has a lot of emphasis on freethinking and free moving.  Yet, it was made under rigorous time constraints—nearly within six months. Personal expression blended by a group of four people.

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Glen Fox, revert backside flip. Headcleaner  [’15]

It took quite a bit of persuasive dialogue to connect everyone, and that's probably what I feel best about with Headcleaner. We have created Headcleaner like a band makes a record. It hasn’t been easy, but it has been fun, and it has produced a unique approach to have each person mold their own role. I don't want to give the details of each person's role, better to let the whole thing roll together as one piece.

David Clarke, wallie. PHOTO / STRAND (*click to enlarge)

David Clarke, wallie. PHOTO / STRAND (*click to enlarge)

(Alex Rose)
Headcleaner started in New York City for me, with James Coleman, Jim Arnold, and another filmer, Josh Shupe. We were on a weeklong trip after finishing Threads with Matt Creasy, and it was the first film and travel mission for a new project. After that trip, we returned home to Tennessee and James stuck around between Atlanta and Chattanooga, filming with me and Bryan Reynolds for another month. Any time James visits, it's always really productive, so we ended up with enough footage to start visualizing a new video.

James Coleman, polejam. PHOTO / MORICO (*click to enlarge)

James Coleman, polejam. PHOTO / MORICO (*click to enlarge)

Bryan and I kept in touch with Creasy and would show him our footage and what we were up to. He and Chris Thiessen approached us to contribute to a bigger project. I was apprehensive to agree at first—seemed like too many cooks in the kitchen.  But Threads was such a great process with Matt, and I knew Chris had a lot of experience. Once I saw what they were doing together in California, I was impressed! Bryan agreed to be involved, too. It started to make a lot of sense to combine our strengths, and I'm proud of everyone involved for working really hard, really fast on Headcleaner.

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Danny Renaud, frontside flip. Headcleaner [’15]

I've traveled to California, New York, and Atlanta to film for the video, but most of the footage I've gathered is from Tennessee. Not much skating has been seen from Tennessee, so I hope it's a fresh look for the viewer! Opening my mind to an intense focus on a larger project has defined Headcleaner for me.

Jimmy Lannon, ollie. PHOTO / MORICO (*click to enlarge)

Jimmy Lannon, ollie. PHOTO / MORICO (*click to enlarge)

(Bryan Reynolds)
Being a recent transplant to Atlanta, I was very surprised at how fast I was adopted into the skate scene here.  Thinking back on it now, I might have only skated with Chris and Matt about two times each before the idea for a conjoined video came about.  I met Alex through James Coleman who flew down here last August to skate and bounce back and forth between here and Chattanooga. I definitely have to say that James has been the foundation for Headcleaner.  If it wasn't for his constant hype and motivation to "make moves" and "get dirty on dem skreets" it honestly might never have happened.

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Brad Cromer, 50-50. Headcleaner [’15]

Over the years my good friend Jimmy Lannon has been making trips up to Atlanta from Florida to work on this intense concept part he's been planning for about the past seven years now. As you can imagine though, it's very hard for a skateboarder to only skate in one place while in a huge city filled with untapped spots. We were constantly finding ourselves veering away from the main goal to get out and explore new terrain.  It's always nice to have people in from out of town, they seem to bring a whole different level of hype and a fresh set of eyes with them.

Jason Spivey, kickflip. PHOTO / MORICO (*click to enlarge)

Jason Spivey, kickflip. PHOTO / MORICO (*click to enlarge)

When Alex showed me the stack of footage they got while on their New York trip I immediately wanted to combine.  I've been sitting on a good little grip of stuff from up there of multiple different people.  One of which is my friend Glen Fox from the dirty island of Jersey (a small island off the coast of the UK). Glen and I met on my last trip to New York when me and my good friend Ryan Barlow drove up there for the premiere of our other friend Colin Read's latest video Tengu. So much skating happened within those short two weeks. We would be out from the second we woke up till the point where we could barely even move. To me, Glen's style of skateboarding is exactly what I want Headcleaner to represent. A new fresh approach that's unconventional but still very gnarly in its own way.  So grab yourself a DVD, get yo head cleaned, get out and just have fun!

Brad Cromer, no-comply polejam. PHOTO / STRAND (*click to enlarge)

Brad Cromer, no-comply polejam. PHOTO / STRAND (*click to enlarge)

DVDs available now!

More from Headcleaner:

Headcleaner Full Video
Reel Talk With Matt Creasy
5 Trick Fix: Headcleaner Brad Cromer
5 Trick Fix: Headcleaner Jason Spivey
5 Trick Fix: Headcleaner Atlanta Edition
5 Trick Fix; Headcleaner Tennessee Crew
Roll Call: Tyson Peterson
Roll Call: Fletcher Renegar