‘Perpetual Motion’ Rider Interviews


Josh Matthews, Perpetual motion
Boardslide pop-over. Photo: Chami

“Josh is just a rad dude. And his skating is pretty epic. He grew up in Oregon and has that all-terrain style: From ledges to vert bowls to pretty much anything, he can just rip it. He’s the next generation of the all-terrain skater. The last two parts he’s had were both gnarly. He’s young and is just gonna top it for this video. He’s just getting more into his style. SF spots look really cool on film, but when you know SF and really know the spots, that’s only when you realize how gnarly they are. And he’s definitely destroyed some gnarly spots.” —Keith Hufnagel

What does being in a TransWorld video and being part of the legacy mean to you?

Shit, man. It means a lot. It’s one of the biggest accomplishments you can have in skateboarding at this point. They’ve made their reputation pretty high, so it’s pretty sick. I’m hyped.

What’s always stood out about TransWorld videos to you?

They were the forerunners of the types of editing they did, and were the ingredients of 80 percent of the videos now. They’ve been killing it and always have had the raddest dudes in the videos.

What’s your favorite TransWorld video?

I’d probably go with Sight Unseen, just because it was also one of the first videos I ever owned. You’ve got Cardiel and Kirchart. You can’t really f—k with that.

What’s your favorite TransWorld part?

Shit, that’s tough. I really liked Stefan’s in Subtleties. I watched that one a ton of times. But I’ve been rewatching Cardiel’s part in Sight Unseen lately and it’s epic. I actually just watched the whole Epicly Later’d the other day, too, just to get psyched.

Who have you connected with most during the filming of this video?

Shit, I only found out I had a part a couple months ago. Silas has been a longtime homey, so I’ve obviously clicked with him pretty well already [laughs]. We’ve been friends for a real long time.

Is this the first time you’ve ever been in a video with him?

Yeah, definitely. He’s always helped me out. I was flow for every company he ever rode for, but it never really worked out. Then when I got on éS he was already gone. I’m really hyped we get to be in the video together. We don’t usually get to go on trips together very often.

What’s the difference filming for a TransWorld video as opposed to filming for another video?

Besides the scale of epicness, filming for the Think video, we didn’t really know what was going to happen for the first year and a half. There wasn’t a set date or anything, so we just skated. Then the video just came about through that. This being a pretty short deadline—the Huf part was a short one too—but this is the first time I’ve done something like this. It’s pretty sick, man.

To you, what makes a good video part? Why do you like John Cardiel’s part more than most?

I think it’s just like any art form. Things speak to you and you feel something from it. Like looking at 10 paintings, it doesn’t mean that the other nine or eight aren’t good paintings, it’s just you don’t get the same feeling from that person’s art form. Style.

What do you think is in store for the future of skateboarding? What direction is it headed?

I feel like it’s become this massive thing right now. It’ll hopefully split into little subcultures. You’ll have your Street League thing. But then people will split the other way and go out to film lines downtown, or go night skating, or whatever. I think there are all these little subcultures popping up, and it will allow people to take different routes in skateboarding.