Month: August 2014

UNCLE KEEGS – “What do you do for fun? Talk shit?”

Words: Nathan Keegan

Let me first explain where, “Uncle Keegs” came from. I was in SF, hanging out one night on Ando’s stoop, listening to some tunes and having some beers. I get a call from Wes Bell to go out on the town and I turned it down. After a little back and forth he laughed and says, “You’re like a 50 year old 24 year old, dude. “Uncle Keegs”. I never go out to bars as a rule, because it’s mainly for horny Chad’s and Rebecca’s, acting stupid and trying to get laid. I’m not one to take a bar girl home. I like having a connection with them if I’m gonna sleep with them. Say what you want, that’s just my style. As far as I’m concerned, looking at the fog rolling over the Golden Gate Bridge, listening to some music, and enjoying being outside far outweighs cab rides, fights, nonsense, etc.

“You’re like a 50 year old 24 year old, dude. “Uncle Keegs”.

I was hanging out with someone recently, who more then a couple times referred to me as “boring“. It kind of stuck with me. Am I boring? “Damn, I’m getting old, ugh this sucks“. Then today I was at work thinking about it, and realized, every time it came up, it had to do with me not wanting to go out all night at the bars. So, I got to thinking, is that what separates a boring person from an exciting one? Seems pretty shallow. Then I thought, what do I do instead of go out? For one, I have multiple hobbies. All of which I’m fascinated by, and passionate about. Whether it’s painting something that’s one of a kind – that’s going to last for years and years, skating – which I’ve been doing for more than 20 years, riding my bike, swimming, etc. My days and nights are filled with what I consider excitement, to the utmost. When it comes to women, to me, I’d rather chill one on one, or with some close friends, and BBQ or something. Have some good conversation with substance to it.

When it comes to women, to me, I’d rather chill one on one, or with some close friends, and BBQ or something. Have some good conversation with substance to it.

I then realized, I have been trying to explain this to someone that’s in their early 20’s. After a bit more thought, I realized neither of us are really right. I mean, when I was in my early 20’s, I was raging all night in Allston, getting into dumb fights, totaled my car, all types of “exciting” stuff. I thought I had everything figured out. Well, I was wrong. However, I fully believe if I did not go through that I would not have the wisdom or knowledge I do now. It’s not something you can explain to someone, it’s something they have to experience. Sort of like a parent telling you things as a child, and you pass if off like, “Pfffff, ya, Ok.” Then years later you realize they were dead on.
I’m still fucking up, fixing, and learning everyday of my life. The key for me, is being able to learn from it. Put your pride and stubbornness aside if you want to grown and learn. I just tripped out thinking about explaining going through your 20’s to someone that is just getting started. You just need to let life and experience run it’s course. Either you figure it out it, or you don’t.

I’m still fucking up, fixing, and learning everyday of my life. The key for me, is being able to learn from it. Put your pride and stubbornness aside if you want to grown and learn.

I’ll end this with, I live, what I consider, a very exciting life full of craziness, beauty, fun, learning etc, and I would not trade it for anything. How exciting is it wearing Salmon colored shorts and doing coke and making your life sound interesting enough to have a drunk girl try to sleep with you? Because that’s mostly what going out in your early 20’s consists of. I’ll take a Coor’s light and the Golden Gate view with a side of Pete Rock over that any day. I quote one James Kelch talking to someone kicking him out…“What do you do for fun? Talk shit?”

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John Hill Interview

360 Flip [p] Luke McKaye

360 Flip [p] Luke McKaye

Luke McKaye: Alright, let’s just knock all the cliché questions out in one shot. Age, location, hometown, years skating, current sponsors, favorite and least favorite trick, blah blah blah.
John Hill: 23, Long beach,CA as of 4 months ago. I’m originally from Columbia, SC. Bluetile Skateshop, Birdhouse, Lakai, Split clothing and Subliminal wheels. Fakie flips and fakie fs flips are the funnest, hardflips and back 3’s bum me out. I’m a virgin.

LM: So what’s your deal, are you Asian or Mexican?
JH: Half Asian, half American.

LM: OK, half White, half Asian…I guess the ladies have about a 50/50 shot that your packing something decent?
JH: Yes sir! They’re definitely gambling with me.

LM: So, when you’re not angy, you sound sort of like a Morman. It’s not uncommon to here you say things like “fudge” and “Schmidt” to replace their less clean counterparts but when you can land a trick, you sound like a roofer in August on their lunch break.
JH: I feel like I lose control of my tongue. I think cursing still offends some people so I try to use it as little as possible. My skate buddies understand, even though getting mad about skating is silly.

LM: Tell me about your partying. My understanding is that you’ve never done any drugs and that you on rare occasions drink one to three beers and then feel super guilty about it. When your time of the month comes around do you use pads or tampons? I’m guessing you’re a pad man.
JH: I have mommy issues. I can see her disapproving face every time I do something bad. I love you Mommy! …tampons.

Back Smith [p] Luke McKaye

Back Smith [p] Luke McKaye

LM: Let’s face it, you look a lot like Cairo Foster. Why not use it to get innocent to buy you lunch or the occasional behind the quarter pipe HJ from a ramp tramp?
JH: Well, I don’t know. I’m used to Columbia, SC, where mentioning that you skateboard is kind of similar to admitting to having herpes. But I’m in Cali now! I’ll give it a trial run.

LM: You recently left the East Coast and moved to Long Beach to pursue skateboarding full time? How does it feel to do something completely original and innovative like that?
JH: It’s not that big of a cliché cause I’m older than 16. All of the delusion with a 7 year handicap.

LM: Do you have anyone you want thank or anything?
JH: Well you, my bestest buddy, especially for getting interviews like this for me and putting up with hours upon hours of trial and error. Chris rogers on that filming game since day one. Birdhouse, Bluetile, Split, Lakai. Family for backing it and letting me dream big. The whole skateboarding world. Yeah, their’s a lot of bull dookie in the “industry” but is actual skateboarding not the best thing ever? I’m stoked to be out here in the middle of it.