Mouthing Off: Taylor Bingaman

Taylor Bingaman made the move down to San Diego from his hometown of Sacramento just a few short years ago, and it’s been smooth sailing. Since relocating to America’s Finest City, Taylor started riding for Osiris, lives by the beach with his beautiful girlfriend, and when he’s not slashing the ‘crete at Washington Street, he’s on the links fine-tuning his swing. Not a bad life for a young man. This interview took place on Monday night, October 29, as we just finished a fun Halloween session in the TWS park (the likes of which you’ll be seeing on Wednesday). Taylor came through dressed like a regular Ernie Els, and then sat down to answer these questions about the new Osiris video, Never Gets Old.

Interview by Blair Alley

Taylor Bingaman

Gap to nosegrind. Photo: Hainault

How is the filming for this video going?
It's going good. We're pretty much done now, unless it's last minute bangers. It's been fun.

Who's footage are you looking forward to seeing?
I've already seen a few of the parts. I really like Caswell's part, and Jamie P's part is awesome.

Is this your first video part for Osiris?
Yeah, I guess it is. I've never even had an online part for them. Just little throwaway clips or whatever.

How long did you film for this video?
Ever since I got on really. There're all these clips from trips, and then once Jim Kappel started working for them, we started filming all the time.

Did you film your whole part with Jim?
Yeah, probably 85-90 percent of it.

What cities did you film in? Is your part mostly San Diego?
Yeah, mostly San Diego. We went to Oregon once and Vegas. We went to China so there's some China footage in there.

Did you like skating in China?
Yeah, the skating was amazing. It was definitely a different experience for sure. It was cool, the skating was awesome.

How much street versus tranny are we gonna see in your part?
I'd say this one has more street. I couldn't tell you a ratio. There're not really any good tranny parks down here except Washington Street. So my part is mostly street.

Who do you skate with when you're home here in San Diego?
I'll roll out with whoever really. I skate with Tom Grom a lot, and JT (Aultz), and all the 'Mafia dudes.

Taylor Bingaman

Switch crooked grind. Photo: Blair

How's life in Ocean Beach?
[Laughs]

Are you still living there?
Yup, still livin' in OB. It's cool, it's mellow. I think I'm trying to get out of there though. Escape the bum madness.

It's getting worse and worse.
It is getting worse.

Where are you looking to move to next?
I don't know. I really wanted to move to Denver. It's pretty rad. I just went out there and I was super hyped on all the new parks and all the backyard bowls and stuff.

So you don't think it would be hard to have a career as a pro skateboarder outside of California?
Yeah, that's why I'm not moving out there [laughs].

That's for after skateboarding?
I guess, I don't know. I don't really know where I want to move, that's the problem. I want to move I just don't know where.

Was making the move from Sac to San Diego a good decision?
Yeah, I'd say it was. It makes the whole skating thing a lot easier. Working with Osiris a lot easier. Everything is down here and LA is only two hours away. There're always people to skate with there.

How often do you get back to Sac?
Quite a bit. I'd say every couple months I go home and see my parents for a couple days. I'll be on a skate trip, going through and I'll get to see them.

What do you do when you're not skating? I know you like to play golf.
Yeah, play golf, I just got a road bike, so I'm getting into riding my bike around.

Is that like a mountain bike?
No, just like a Lance Armstrong bike.

Taylor Bingaman

Backside tailslide. Photo: Hainault

What golf courses do you play in San Diego?
Whatever is cheap that day online.

Golfnow.com?
Golfnow.com [laughs].

Do you have a San Diego city card?
No dude, I'm blowing it! I just need to go in. It's so much cheaper.

What are your favorite courses then? Not just what's cheap.
Well Torrey Pines is really fun. I played there and La Costa. Those are nice.

Did Torrey kick your ass?
It was definitely hard if you don't hit the fairway, the rough is thick. But I only lost one ball there. I mean there's not that many trees.

You ever get a hole in one?
No, dude. I almost sunk it like a basketball shot one time, it was like three inches away in the air—but then it rolled off the green [laughs].

Have you gotten birdies or an eagle?
No eagles. I've seen Chad Bartie get an eagle, on a par four—he drove it onto the green. It was insane. I've gotten birdies, but no eagles. I'm still waiting.

So are you going to have a full part in the Osiris video?
Yeah, it's not your standard four-minute part or whatever, but it's my own part. I think it's like two-and-a-half or three minutes.

And then you're going to have a full part in the Creature video that's just a month after that?
Yeah, I think it got pushed back a couple months, but it's still right around the corner so it's definitely stressful right now.

Are you going for any last minute tricks for the Osiris video, or are you done?
I think I'm pretty much done. I know Jim has his hands full and I'm stoked on my part, so I'm just gonna let him work on everything else.

Got any big plans for Halloween on Wednesday?
No, I'm trying to find something to do, you know of anything [laughs]?

Come to the Belly Up.
Oh really? I might have to do that.

Otherwise you'll have to give candy to trick-or-treating bums in OB.
Nah I keep the lights off, keep them away.

Get ready for the worldwide premiere of Osiris' full length video Never Gets Old premiering right here on twskate.com on November 12, 2012.