How cool is it to interview someone else for my own interview? I would have a list of a hundred skaters out there I would like to interview, but I chose only three, as everything has a limit. Wes (Kremer), Josef (Scott Jatta) and Nick (Garcia) are an inspiration to me, and I hope that reading these interviews would inspire you, too. They are the true skateboard fans, the ones you'll always see shredding your local spot. – MADARS APSE
PHOTOS BY OLIVER BARTON
MA: Hello, Darkness! Tell me your full name, please?
JSJ: Josef Skott Kool Jatta.
You are one of my favorite bowl skaters, tell me which are your favorites to watch?
Ooh. Ronnie Sandoval, Raven [Tershy], Grant Taylor, Demon [Wes Kremer]!
Is it because of their facial expressions, ruthless charging?
No, it's because they rip, they just go for it. It looks sick.
Shredding the gnar, huh? What do you know about Latvia?
That it's a gnarly country. It's sick, though. I like it—it's super cool and different.
Have you been to Ventspils, my hometown? I've been waiting for you over there.
Not Ventspils, only Riga. I'm coming as soon as possible. Not in the winter, though. Maybe summer.
I have never seen her, but I bet your mother is a beautiful Swede, while your dad is one of the most famous musicians in Gambia. Tell me about Africa and going back there every year.
I used to go there every year. Now I haven't been every year, but I go anytime I get a chance. It's super cool—I just chill with my father's side of the family, living in the village. No tourist life at all, just chilling, African style.
Can your family come to live in Europe if they like?
No, not really. They would have to pay a lot of money to get a visa. It took six years to get one for my brother and me.
Can Europeans go live in Gambia if they like?
I think so. A lot of rich German and Belgian people live there.
I bet it didn't take six years for them. Anyways, I've been waiting for a video part from you for a bit now, when is it coming out, my dude?
Oh shit, I don't know. Depends on how much I film, maybe a month or two for the DC part. The new Sweet Skateboards video comes out in April.
Cannot wait! So, Josef, tell me about your girlfriend, Josefine, what does she do?
She used to work at a coffee shop in Raval, Barcelona. It's an association.
Do they sell some good coffee in there?
No, not really, coffee's terrible, but the weed is good.
I heard the shop closed down. Why?
They didn't have an alcohol license. Most of the coffee shops do that, they make some mistake and then they must shut down.
Is Barcelona turning into the new Amsterdam now?
No, not even close. It could have, though, but my girlfriend says that the Catalan people are not that hyped on the associations. Too many people come to the city for that, too many stoners on the streets.
Any questions, comments, or thank yous?
Thank you, Madars! When is your part coming?
My part is coming out in a month from now, it should be November. Thank you, Josef.
MA: Hello, Crusty K. What's your full name?
WK: My name is Weston Celsus Kremer.
Do you believe in peace and love?
Absolutely, I love peace. Peace is love.
Great, because you have done the best hippie jump flip [see the Sk8mafia AM Video credits] I have ever seen!
Yeah, very nice. I have done many hippie flips in my life.
I have visited you a few times. Every time you and your parents have been the greatest hosts. Tell me why your parents are the coolest?
Because they both surf and are down-to-earth people and they love all my friends. They love meeting some very interesting foreigners like yourself.
You have been to my hometown in Latvia—can you tell the people how it is, please?
Ventspils is toothless.
It's a very beautiful town, I recommend everyone to visit. Just be careful, you could literally end up toothless. Don't get caught up in the nightlife. Make sure you got locals around, at least Madars.
Okay, if you go there with me it's safe?
With Madars and Ed [Nehajenko].
Did you like the skatepark?
I didn't get a chance to go, slept in. Too crusty from the night before.
Since you have been part of the YouTube show It's A Mad World, do you ever watch it?
Fuck, yeah. I love it, big fan.
Loyalty check. How many episodes are out?
I think you just told me—16 are out, you're filming the 17th.
I was super stoked on the Crusty By Nature video part, witnessed a lot of the stuff go down! Can you explain your approach, please?
Well, my approach is simple [rapping]:
Just get in the van,
With the homies,
Go to somewhere new,
Get out, smoke a few
and roll around foo'.
Get some tunes, you've got to have the ghetto blaster. Shout out to Muska and Nixon Speaker.
How is Brandon Turner doing?
Unfortunately, I haven't seen him, but he is doing good. He is a free man as of tomorrow.
He'll make some more music with Ray Jones then.
Hopefully, skateboarding, to—we miss Little B.
Okay, what's the difference between Europe and the US? Tell me something everyone doesn't already know.
I'd say the biggest difference is you can't become a registered sex offender for peeing in the public out in Europe.
Thanks for the wise words, Wes, appreciate it. Any questions, comments or thank yous?
When am I going to interview you?
Just make it happen and I'm down.
MA: How you doing, Nick?
NG: I'm doing well, Madars. How about yourself?
Good! What's your full name?
Nicholas Jonathan Garcia.
Jonathan! Great to know, how old are you?
I'm 25 years old.
What's your favorite country in the world?
Sorry, I didn't mean to hesitate—obviously the United States of America.
The best thing about Element Skateboards?
All my friends involved in it, the team, we got the best team manager out.
The branch, the skate camp?
Yeah, the skate camp is the best for sure.
You grew up skating with your cousin Juju [Julian Davidson], one of the best skaters out there for sure. Has he always been so hard on himself skateboarding wise?
Yeah, maybe more so since he has gone pro.
Yeah, he's always been like that, though.
Yeah, for sure. He is like the only child and for the most part his motivation had to come from himself; he wasn't over-competing with anyone, but himself.
Challenge to himself.
He is pretty hard on himself, but he gets a lot done, so it works for him.
Yeah, Julian is one of the guys that gets most coverage out there. Tell me about the way you skateboard. Do you try to skate the same amount as you did when you were 16, every day, all day?
I try to, but it seems like I'm hurt a lot more often now and obviously I have other responsibilities now and there are less days where I can hit it all day freely, like I used to.
I see you out there, You're usually the last guy on the session!
I love skateboarding, it's my favorite thing to do.
Has skateboarding helped you support your family?
Yeah, definitely, it has made it possible for me to do a lot of things that would have never been possible. Skateboarding, when times were getting pretty rough for the world in general, helped me to support people who helped me a lot coming up. I feel like I owe it to the friends and the world, you know?
What's a perfect day of skateboarding in the LBC?
Perfect day begins with good breakfast somewhere, maybe Bake-n-Broil in the morning. Then a good Cherry [Park] session to spark the day off. Hit the streets somewhere with the boys [local] and then dinner at some place like Taqueria, and of course Red Room at night.
Any questions, comments, or thank yous?
Thank you for considering me for this, I'm stoked.
Thank you, Nick!
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