Finally, let’s talk about today. I think your style is unique. It’s something that goes beyond…mixing everything (images, sounds, times) perfectly and the result is never expected. How can you select the right ingredients from the complexity of all the possible choices?
I don’t think there are any bad choices. As long as you have a genuine fascination for something, good things will evolve from that devoted attention.
Current projects: FIN. Please tell us something about it.
Fin is a non-linear, non-narrative film, which has no script or outline. It is an experiment in filming whatever happens to pop up next as I encounter and flounder through everyday living. The initial installment features friends and associates doing what they do. Tyler Hatzikian, Mike Ness, Roland Sands all delivered in their effort to propagate purpose built enterprises. The film is a evolving endeavor as it will continue to morph and be modified as events unfold. There is no fixed end or cast. Hence the name Fin, as it is over before it starts. It will not be sold and its form is ever-changing in a conceptual sense.
Fin is scheduled to roll out to H Spaces in Tokyo, San Sebastian, Sao Paulo, Sydney, Bali and Cape Town. I am also involved with a three hundred plus mile per hour motorcycle project with RSD, and separate developmental surfboard composite
construction projects at Tyler Surfboards and with the Hurley Brothers and Sons. Gallery exhibitions that I will be doing include Devil’s Highway at 225 Forest in Laguna Beach and Juxtapoz Turns 18 at Copro Fine Arts in Santa Monica, California.
What are your thoughts about today’s skateboarding scene? Business and marketing are changing, or have already changed, the soul of this culture?
Skateboarding is a unique activity in that it is an inherently viable transportation form, that is also a culture, is sometimes a sport, in many instances is an art and is also a business. The soul of these activities is riding and adapting terrains and gaining energy from that. That is the basic premise; to adapt and improvise whatever is there and to travel into another situation, where the process is repeated on and on, in perpetuity. However the practitioner chooses to interpret that is correct. You can skate in place on a corner, push your ass cross country, seek, find and grind abandoned suburban pools, professionally compete/perform for large audiences, build a ramp in your backyard … All are equally valid. Market and economic forces are an influence, but if the skate industry or society itself were to cease functioning there would still be skaters. They would be harvesting/repurposing old equipment and riding the ruins of the industrialized past. Skating will always prevail.
Thanks so much Stecyk. For everything you did in the last 40 years and now for your time. Any last words?
Adios, and thanks for all.