Six Degrees Of Separation

Danny Garcia, Rodney Mullen, Jim Greco, Jeremy Klein, Nate Sherwood, and Mike Carroll are closer than you think.

Photos by Seu Trinh

Here I bring you six skateboarders. Of course, I was a fan of these six before I actually knew them, but when I finally did meet them, we just seemed to click. Not only are they my favorite skateboarders, but they have the most unique personalities—definitely making a big impact upon first meeting them. Before I got to know them, they all indirectly knew each other … somehow, some way.

Danny Garcia On Rodney Mullen

It all started with the A-team ads. A-team was a board company out of Dwindle in the mid to late 90s with Marc Johnson, Gershon Mosley, Chet Thomas, and Rodney Mullen. They started this ad campaign where they’d show a sequence, and you’d have to send in (footage doing) the same trick they did. They were really technical tricks at the time, but if you could do it, you won 1,000 dollars.

So I filmed and sent in the trick that Rodney did—nose manual nollie 360 flip out on a picnic table. When I went in to get my 1,000 dollars, Rodney claimed he couldn’t give it to me because I was on Shaolin Wood flow—a small Dwindle board company at the time. Rodney ended up giving the 1,000 dollars to some kid that did the trick on a block, not even on a picnic table. Then he put me on City Stars to make up for the whole incident.—Danny Garcia

Rodney Mullen On Jim Greco

I used to go to the East Coast on tour every year, and I remember seeing Jim Greco for the first time.

At the time, I was strictly freestyle—I couldn’t skate the park, so I’d physically go outside to skate flatground or maybe skate the flat of the halfpipe.

Back then he was a tech kid, just super-good tech. He hung around with this guy Dan Gallagher. At the time (1991), Dan was as technical as anybody I’d ever seen. He was the guy who made up hardflips—the first person I’d seen do a nollie hardflip and double nollie flips when nobody else could.

From seeing Jim with Dan, I’d get this picture that Jim was this super-smart, super-tech, math-wiz kid. And at the time I was flowing him boards through World.

He’d blow me away because he was always up to something. He looks like he’s a mess, but I could see him going to Harvard.—Rodney Mullen

Jim Greco On Jeremy Klein

There’s this bank-to-bank school that Jeremy used to really, really like to go skate. During the filming for Asian Goddess, I took a huge shit in the school grounds and forced him to look at it while I sat there and laughed.—Jim Greco

Jeremy Klein On Nate Sherwood

I first met Nate at Willy Santos’ bachelor party. He was stuck to me. You ever seen a Labrador before? You know how they like to jump on you and paw at you? He was the human equivalent of a Labrador. And that’s just how he is to everyone. It had nothing to do with me being who I am. The dude was, and is, crazy. I hated Nate—at the time, I had to get away from him. Not to mention Willy’s bachelor party was the worst thing in the history of bachelor parties. Let’s just say 70 dudes and three limo buses. That’s all I gotta say. I don’t want to be with 70 dudes—ever.

But I love Nate now. He’s cool.—Jeremy Klein

Nate Sherwood On Mike Carroll

It’s Mike Carroll’s fault that everyone thought I couldn’t do anything but pressure flips.

So I got to the game of HATE (éS game of SKATE at the Action Sports Retailer show in February 2003) kind of thrashed from the night before and with a really bad rolled ankle. I wasn’t planning on skating in it, but Mike gave me this bright idea.

I was just sitting on my ass, tending to my ankle, being a little crybaby. Mike came up to me like, “What are you doing? Why don’t you skate in this?” I said, “It’s my front ankle, I can’t do any flip tricks!” And then he says, “It’s your front ankle. You don’t need your front ankle to do pressure flips!”

I thought that was a great idea, “Yeah, I’ll just do pressure flips!” At the time I was kind of joking around, I guess. I mean, I’m not competitive. So I skated in it, did nothing but pressure flips, and the next thing I know I’m neck-and-neck with Koston, and all this weird press came out: “Koston beat Nate with a kickflip!” I couldn’t even ollie!

At first it was funny, but when all the press came out, I wasn’t laughing anymore.—Nate Sherwood