Ryan Gee: The Parking Ticket Horror

Quietness In a world full of smooth-talkers, over-opinionated human megaphones, and glass-jawed tough guys, it's a breath of fresh air to deal with some quiet types. Pat Channita and Gershon Mosely are whom I'm referring to, and I refer to them as such not only because they don't talk much, but also because they don't seem to be interested in playing a role in the soap opera called pro skateboarding. And it's interesting to work with people who don't constantly have their guards up or their mouths moving.

As an interviewer, though, quietness is hardly ever what you want from your subject. You want to interrogate someone who fields your lame questions, instantly digests them, then produces awe-inspiring responses that make you laugh and think–or at least totally incriminate or embarrass themselves. To be painfully honest, neither Gershon nor Pat are one of those people.

Gershon was going to have Rodney Mullen interview him, but in the end he decided against a standard interview and brought in a few pages of hand-written thoughts. “Everyone ends up saying the same thing,” he told me when he came in to drop them off, “and I don't want to do the same thing.” Pat tried forever to get his brother Beelou to sit down with him and get something on tape; eventually he succeeded in the form of a two-hour interview taped at T.G.I. Fridays. There were six interviewers on the tape, none of whom stated their name, which is the definition of a transcriber's worst nightmare.

But we dealt patiently with the effects of Gershon and Pat's quietness, because, talkative or not, they're both making statements with their skateboards that words wouldn't do justice.–Joel Patterson