Mouthing Off: Peter Raffin

Peter Raffin is one free-flowing dude. Living the life of leisure in San Jose, no international trips were needed to fill out his upcoming part in Osiris’ Never Gets Old. If the whim to jump on a two-week Creature trip arises, he’s on it, and John Lucero isn’t worried—after all, it’s just skating with friends. You might even catch Peter rocking a Sk8mafia deck in the streets. We caught up with Peter in San Diego, as he’s in town for the big premiere this Saturday. Get the downlow on his Osiris part, his next video part after this, and why mixing it up with other teams works for him.

Interview by Blair Alley

Peter Raffin

360 flip. Photo: Chami

How was the drive out yesterday?
The drive out?

Yeah, weren't you on the road with the Creature guys yesterday?
Yeah. It was long and sloppy. Sloppy in a good way. We made it in around 5:00 p.m.

Where did you join up with them on that trip?
Started with them from Santa Cruz.

And you rode with them all the way out to New Mexico?
We drove from Santa Cruz to Arizona, then from Arizona to New Mex. We were there for almost ten days.

How'd you get on a Creature trip? Do you have a lot of friends on that team?
Yeah, there are some homies and I met some new people that are good friends now.

Was that your first time on a Creature trip?
Yeah, it was, and it was one of the best trips I've been on.

Well, it's not better than Black Label trips is it?
Oh, I don't know [laughs]. Just kidding. They're different, you know what I mean? When the 'Mafia came to San Jose, it was completely different from a Label trip and different from a Creature trip. People operate a lot differently.

Well that's cool that your sponsors don't trip out and let you cruise with whoever you want.
Well yeah, I'm psyched on that, but at the same time I do ride for OJ and Indy, so it's kind of like the same thing in a way. All we're doing is skating.

You used to ride a lot of Sk8mafia decks too, right?
Oh yeah, hell yeah. I gotta represent.

Peter Raffin

Backside nosegrind revert. Photo: Chami

How'd the filming go for this Osiris video?
It went okay. It had it's ups and downs, as they always do.

Did you travel around a lot for this video? Where'd you do most of the filming?
San Jose. That's pretty much it.

No international trips for you?
Nope, not for me. I wish.

A bunch of the other guys said you really turned it on at the end and got a lot of stuff on crunch-time. Did the pressure of a deadline help you get more tricks?
No, it's more of the fact that I have to work twice as hard because I have to work on something else right after, so I might as well get into the mode of doing things. I got out of my shell and went out with Carson (Lee), like with your friends is pretty much the easiest thing to do. It wasn't too bad, just a matter of coming out of your shell and doing what you have to do.

When you say coming out of your shell, what are you referring to—was it hard to get tricks or motivate?
Yeah, just a lot of shit—personal things that don't really matter get stuck in the way of what's happening in your life. You have to step back and realize that shit doesn't really matter. You have to focus on what you have to do.

When did you finish filming for the video?
I filmed my last trick actually on the Creature trip. Jim wasn't done editing JT's part, so I still had time. I sent the clip over to Jim and he was like, "Alright, cool."

Who's part or parts are you looking forward to in this video?
I've been with Caswell for most of his part. Actually I just watched whole video right now [laughs].

How does it look?
It looks cool! I like it. There's no gimmicks to it, it's just a straight forward video. Short and sweet—what it needs to be.

Peter Raffin

Backside 50-50. Photo: Chami

Are you still a fan of a full-length team video, over the single parts?
Oh yeah, but that's prehistoric now.

There are a lot coming out right now: Osiris, Girl, DGK.
There is and there isn't. I'm still a fan. There're only three videos that are coming out like that: the Creature video, Girl and Chocolate, and DGK.

And the next TransWorld video.
Well you guys keep it real. OG. I like that.

How are things at Black Label? How's John doing?
Good. John's doing great. Always in a great mood. I've never seen him bummed.

His Instagram is super happy. He's always psyched.
Yeah. That's the way it has to be.

Is there any talk of you getting a pro board anytime soon?
No, no talks. I don't really like to talk about shit like that. It's kinda weird [laughs].

Some companies talk and plan it out with their riders, and some just surprise them.
The surprise is way better than talking it out. When someone's talking to you about it, you're just kind of like, "Well cool, I'm pretty much pro in the next couple months, I don't really care about anything else." I'd rather be surprised and keep working for it.

So the video looks cool, so Jim (Kappel) killed it?
Old Kappelli came through! And Cuong (Lieng) is the best. There're too many good stories about Lieng.

Are you staying with him this week, leading up to the premiere?
Oh yeah. I gotta stay with the best dude in SD.

And we're doing a premiere up in San Jose, up in your hometown at the end of the month.
Yeah, Cuong spilled the beans on that one [laughs].

Get ready for the worldwide premiere of Osiris' full length video Never Gets Old premiering right here on twskate.com on November 12, 2012.

Peter Raffin

Frontside shove-it, backside 50-50. Photo: Chami

Peter Raffin

Photo: Chami