We took a trip to Barcelona with the FOFA Hardware squad to link up with Miles Silvas in Spain along with Kevin Bradley and Blake Johnson. From skating all over the city, learning the Metro system, brushing up on our Spanish, getting kicked out of our Airbnb, and the endless pitchers of sangria – it was a trip that we will remember for the rest of our lives.
Interview by Richard Massie
Ethnicity: African-American. Do you put Creole if you just black? I guess put Creole in quotations…
Date of birth: September 27th 1993
Where were you born? Centinela Hospital in Inglewood, Ca.
Where’s home? Home is in the heart.
What do you do for a living? I guess I’m a skateboarder and a model. I be out here, just living trying to find my place & purpose.
Did you graduate high school? Yeah, I graduated from Verbum Dei High School. It means “The Word of God” in Latin. It’s a Catholic school.
How long have you been skateboarding? I picked up a skateboard when I was 5 years old, so about 17 years.
Who are you sponsored by? Illegal Civilization, HUF Footwear, CRAP Eyewear, Ricta, and Hardies Hardware.. That’s it I think.
How did you start skateboarding? I would go to my dad’s house and see the X-Games on ESPN. That was in like 98 or 99. My cousins used to skate too so I would use their board. I got my first skateboard on like my 6th birthday.
Who’s your favorite skater? Keenan Milton is my all-time favorite.
What’s your favorite video part? Brandon Biebel & Brian Wenning in Subtleties, that and Koston’s and Rodrigo’s part in Menikmati
What’s your go-to trick? Switch flips & switch heels
Who’s your favorite people to skate with? My mothafuckin homies! Lil Kevin, Nak, Mikey Alfred, Mike P, Black Mike, Richard, Blake, Joe Face, Tyshawn, Sage, Jared Cleland, Olan, Jimi Britches, Haden, and Krunch.
Where’s your favorite place to skate? Venice Skatepark
Trick you wish you could do? Switch backlips
What’s your favorite flower? I like sunflowers
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up? Give McKenna a kiss.
What did you have for breakfast today? I rolled up
What’s something you do every single day? Think about my mother.
What’s the last good advice someone gave you? All this money shit doesn’t matter. We shouldn’t let something like money control us.
Worst trend from 2015? People skating to music they don’t actually listen to.. That and niggas pretending to be fake gays, that shit is the worst.
Who inspires you the most? My mother. She always went out and got things for herself, by all means. She was perfectly imperfect.
Are you religious? I believe in God strongly. I say my prayers. I grew up in Catholic school but I’m not religious. You don’t need to be religious to have a personal relationship with God.
If you could have any job in the world what would it be? National Geographic Cinematographer
If you could be anyone for one day, who would you be? Farrakhan during his last speech.
What’s your favorite place that you’ve been to? I wanna say Austin, Texas. I had a fuckin’ blast in Austin. I spent time alone and learned to trust myself. I’ma be straight.
What’s your favorite cartoon? Archer
What’s your go-to choice at the ice cream truck? Strawberry Shortcake
Who’s your favorite Ninja Turtle? Michelangelo
What’s your favorite cereal? Cinnamon Toast Crunch – I don’t fuck with milk tho.
More peanut butter or more jelly? I don’t fuck with none of that shit.
What’s favorite song right now? “Bring Me Drank” by Key!
What’s your favorite memory as a child? All the great times I spent with my mom. Every experience that taught me to be a better person.
How old were you when you lost your virginity? I had a weird camp experience where I put it in, but it didn’t count.. (Laughs) so I guess I’ll say like 16 or 17.
Any last words? Do what the fuck you wanna do. Don’t be discouraged if anyone has something negative to say. Everything that happens is meant to be so don’t fold under pressure – fight through it and you’ll become a diamond.
Directed by Richard Massie & Quentin Curtat
Photographed by Quentin Curtat & Skyler Dahan
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