Mouthing Off: Jamie Palmore

Jamie Palmore may be currently ailing from a torn meniscus, but you’d hardly know it. He was ripping lines around our skatepark this week with the Sk8mafia homies like it was any other day. But Jamie’s never been a complainer, hell he’s never been much of a talker. So we weren’t sure how this notoriously soft-spoken ripper would take to a taped interview. Big Red however sat down and openly discussed his knee, the nice seven-week cruise through Europe he went on this summer, his bros on Sweden’s Sweet Skateboards brand, and everything else we threw at him. So mellow out, click play on this, and find out what Eastern European countries have the most Sk8mafia fanatics and why Big Red Bearings are better than Swiss.

Interview by Blair Alley

Jamie Palmore by Blair Alley

A good ol’ rig bump boosts Jamie’s proper kickflip to new heights. Photo: Blair

So let's start with your current state of injury/health.
I have a torn meniscus, my left knee.

But you're still skating on it 100-percent? How are you skating on it?
No, I have to pick my battles. I have to keep it mellow.

Like today you're cruising our park, but you wouldn't jump down anything?
It depends how it feels. If it feels sketchy I'm not gonna jump down anything. Sometimes it feels pretty sturdy.

How'd you tear it?
Just f—king around. Just ollieing off this kicker and it just popped out.

Is that the same knee you hurt and had surgery on a couple years ago?
Yeah, two years ago I tore my ACL.

Was that fully healed, or did that have something to do with this new injury?
This is a different injury but me knee's been pretty weak the whole time.

Was this most recent injury right after you got back from Europe?
It was actually the day before we left.

Really?!
Yeah, and it popped out again pretty recently. I tore it two months ago, and it popped out five times on that (Europe) trip. A couple times stretching and a couple times skating.

How did you know it was torn, did you go see a doctor?
Yeah, I had an MRI.

Well how was Europe otherwise?
F—king amazing besides the fact I couldn't really skate. I just chilled.

How long were you out there for?
Like seven weeks.

Where all did you go?
Started in Copenhagen, then drove up to Stockholm. Then took a ferry to Helsinki, then took another ferry to Estonia. Then we drove to Latvia, then drove to Poland, then down to Prague. Back up to Copenhagen, then up to Norway.

Jamie Palmore

Multiple ollies lined up for this top-shelf lipslide. Photo: Fick

Had you been to a lot of those places before?
No, never.

What was your favorite?
That's a hard one to pick. Copenhagen was sick. Copenhagen, Helsinki, and Poland were amazing.

Did one of those places surprise you by how many skaters they had or their skate scene?
Poland, they're all about 'Mafia. We went to this boat party and there were like girls throwing up the sign. It was awesome. I don't have any photos though, I took like five photos on that trip.

The whole time were you traveling with the Sweet team?
Yeah, and the 'Mafia dudes.

So are you done filming for the Osiris video then?
Pretty much. I want to go get something gnarly, but I can't. I can't really push it.

Since you've always had the first part in 'Mafia videos, are you going to have the first part in Never Gets Old?
I have no idea. I don't think my part is strong enough.

Who's part are you looking forward to the most?
Everybody. I haven't seen anything besides the tricks on trips. So it will be cool to see everybody's parts.

Where did you go on filming trips for this video?
Stayed in Vegas for a month, went to China, up to San Jose a couple times, and Arizona.

What's China like these days, for someone who's never been.
It's sick, man. For skating, it's amazing. Everything is marble. It's cheap.

Who do you room with on Osiris trips?
In China, I roomed with Jim Kappel, but on the other trips I usually room with Peter Raffin.

I heard Raffo has been coming through and turning it on in the ninth inning.
That's what I heard too.

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Frontside 180 to fakie five-0 on a ditch that is supremely difficult to skate. This is gnarly. Photo: Fick

What's the funniest thing you've ever heard Cuong [Lieng] say?
In China, he just came up to us like, "Dude, guys, I shit my pants, man. Gotta go back to the hotel and change."

Sketchy Chinese cuisine?
Something, plus you gotta like shit in a hole.

When is the Sweet Mafia video coming out?
I don't know, sometime next year. I haven't heard a deadline or anything.

So have you been setting aside footage for that separate from the Osiris video this whole time?
Yeah, I've been trying. I didn't really get any clips in Europe. Maybe two or three.

In the Sweet Mafia video, is everyone on Sk8mafia sharing a part with a dude on Sweet?
Yeah.

Who are you gonna share a part with?
I heard Gustav (Tonnesen).

Are the Big Red Bearings still on the market?
Yeah, I think so.

Why should the readers get Bid Red Bearings over another brand.
They're faster than Swiss, they last longer than Swiss—some NASA shit.

What's been your favorite series of Sk8mafia graphics?
The new one, the Hemiz.

Do you have a song picked out for the Osiris video?
Jim picked one for me. Some 90's rap.

Do you listen to much rap?
Yeah.

Like who? Who have you been listening to lately?
I've just been bumpin' Guru, like Jazzmatazz. Bumpin' Del. Those are my two dudes. I met Del on one of the trips we were on.

After the Osiris video drops, are you just going full steam on the Sweet Mafia video?
Yep.

When do you find out if you need knee surgery or not?
I asked my doctor what I should do, and he just said, "Go strong."

So either just rip it or just skate on it?
He said if it keeps popping out we'll do something. But in the meantime, just keep going for it.

That's good advice.

Get ready for the worldwide premiere of Osiris' full length video Never Gets Old premiering right here on skateboarding.com.