“Jimmy Carlin is everything that’s right about skateboarding. I wish he were in every video. He’s passionate, motivated, ridiculously funny, and extremely talented. His passion and drive make for dramatic highs and lows. These unique qualities guarantee and deliver the kind of awesome I just can’t get enough of. Hang on for the ride, you’re about to see the Jimmy Carlin show.” —Jamie Thomas
What’s your favorite TransWorld video?
I’d have to say Modus Operandi. That’s the one that influenced me to want to go skate. That and The Reason came out around the same time. Those two videos came out when I was starting to skate ledges, something higher than a curb. So when we watched those videos we were so psyched to skate. Mike Carroll and Marc Johnson and Stevie Williams on repeat. Me and my friends would get so psyched after watching that video that we would go out and try to learn new tricks.
What’s your favorite TransWorld part?
I would have to say John Cardiel. Sight Unseen came out after Modus, and I grew up in southern San Diego where ledge skating was really big. Modus and The Reason had a lot of good ledge skating, so we were more into that. We weren’t too into other skating. I didn’t really take the time to look at other types of skating. When Sight Unseen came out I was definitely blown away when I watched Cardiel’s part. The song he skated to and how he was going so fast, it was something I couldn’t relate to because I couldn’t come close to doing anything like that. But I enjoyed it so much and it got me extra sparked. That part opened my mind, like, “Wow, there’s a lot of other skating going on.” His part blew me away the most out of anyone I’d ever seen.
What does being in a TransWorld video mean to you?
It’s sick. I’m super hyped. It’s crazy ’cause I still fan out. I’m like, “Dude, Jon made some of the best skate videos ever made.” It’s super surreal that I get to go out and actually film with Jon for a TWS video, so it’s really strange in a cool way. Hey, did I say anything stupid?
Nah, it’s cool. Do you ever trip out to think that there’s an 11- or 12-year-old out there who’s going to watch your part in a TWS video, and it’s going to affect him in the same way like watching Modus affected you?
[Laughs] Aw, man. That’s the thing—I definitely won’t be able to pull off what people did in the past. I’m going to try my best and have a good time. But if that were to happen that would be pretty trippy.
What’s the difference between filming for a TransWorld video versus filming for another video?
It’s a lot more fun. It’s weird ’cause so far this one has been the one video where I haven’t been super rushed to finish because I came into the project with saved up footage, so I’m having a really good time having to push myself.
What do you think is in store for the future of skateboarding? What direction is it headed?
I don’t know. It’s progressing pretty nuts. There’s corporate brands that we all know about that are coming in. Ten years ago that would have been poorly looked upon. But now it’s weird because the corporate brands, there are a few of them that are actually doing it really well. So it’s cool, but it’s also like, shit dude, are there gonna be any raw skate brands left in the future? It’s defiantly up in the air. The kids who grow up today, when they see something as being accepted, they might take it a step further. I just hope it stays true to its roots. Corporate or not, skateboarding is skateboarding. If people are doing it the right way and treating the skateboarders right, then that’s the most important part. I just don’t want skateboarding to turn into an actual sport.