I figured it’d be a good idea to introduce myself before I start posting. Eestablish some context, nahmean? Then I realized I didn’t want to write a whole bunch of stuff about myself so I borrowed the questionnaire from Skateboarder’s Tuesday 25 feature and made some minor edits. Hopefully this makes me sound less self-important.—Namdev Hardisty
- Go-to-trick: Flatground no-comply.
- Warm up spot: Wherever it is that I happen to have a half-hour to push around.
- Current Location: Minneapolis MN.
- Place to travel to: NYC, Rhode Island.
- Things you do when not skating: I’m a partner in The MVA Studio, a hybrid design/marketing company—we design books, create brands, make illustrations, and work on marketing strategies*; I teach design at Minneapolis College of Art & Design; I write books on visual culture including New Skateboards Graphics.
- Video parts
of all time: Mike Carroll, Questionable; Marc Johnson, Yeah Right, Fully Flared; Dylan Rieder, Gravis part; and hundreds more.
- Music: Gunplay, Unwound, Regulator Watts, Threadbare, Dipset, Converge, Drug Church, Self Defense Family, Abilene
- Board Graphic: Rasa Libre “Space Oddity” series by Michael Leon; Per Welinder, Viking Skull street size
- Next travel destination: No plans.
Skateboarderrecord cover: Unwound Repetition; Hoover The Lurid Traversal of Route 7; Fugazi Red Medicine & In On The Kill Taker; Joy Division Unknown Pleasures; Supersilent 1–3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11; Drug Church Paul Walker
- Movie quote: Quint’s monologue in Jaws
- Favorite skate photo: Hensley’s ollie on the highway overpass; Natas Kaupas’ original trick tip for the No Comply in Transworld; Gonz sequence of a nose pick 540 shuv-it out at EMB in Thrasher in the 80s
FilmingWriting for: Ideas. Objects. Images.—The MVA Studio blog, Early Ambient, Mike Burrill’s Village Psychic site(not live yet); working on a bunch of book proposals
- Guilty pleasure: I don’t believe in them. Maybe I should feel guilty about how much I love NWA’s Efil4zaggin but I don’t
- Books: William S. Burroughs, Naked Lunch; Seth Godin, Linchpin; Jay Baer, Youtility; 37signals, Getting Real; Stieg Larssen, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo; Tom Peters, The Little Big Things, Anthony Robbins, Unleash The Giant Within; Geshe Michael Roche, The Diamond Cutter; Emil Ruder. Typographie: A Manual of Design
- Favorite youtube video: Self Defense Family on The Nature of Being Offended; Lungfish, Live in Baltimore, 1998
- Movie: Currently, Death Wish, Whoopi Goldberg 80s action-comedies, Die Hard.
- Current skate trend: The anti-hammers of Magenta
- Partner in crime: My wife and business partner Kim Whaley, my new business partner Zach Keenan, and my daughter
- Things you wish you could get for free: airfare, books, records, coffee
- Worst/best question to be asked
at a demoin class: Worst: Can I do [insert something the student would rather do] instead? / Best: If I do extra work will you look at it?
- Beverage: Starbucks grande Pike with 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter and some cinnamon
- Pro when you were a kid: Gonz, Steve Rocco, Kris Markovich, Mike Carroll, Danny Way, Natas, Vallely, Ray Barbee
- Website (non-skate): Learn Self Defense, Daring Fireball, BlogcastFM
- Best trip in recent memory
/ever: Walking to the coffee shop this morning with my dog was pretty great. Generated a lot of good ideas.
Yeah, so hello. My plans are to post in a few areas: dope things that are going on and projects related to Permanent’s brands (*Permanent is a client of The MVA and we help with social media stuff as well as marketing strategy).
This is what I got for what we talked about. I think it’s close to some of the
subjects. If not. It’s how I feel about stuff. Ha
Now a days it’s getting quite a bit harder to be a pro skater and make a good
living. With the economy doing bad, it seems theres not enough dough to go around to
everyone. People are getting pay cuts, getting cut from companies and companies are
going out of business. But in saying that there’s a top tear who are making an
insane amount of money from bigger companies that didn’t start in skating.
I’ve heard so many times how people are selling out and aren’t core anymore. But
is that really true? What really is core? Isn’t selling out doing something just
cause you’re gonna get paid a lot of money? I think selling out is supporting
something you really don’t back. Like if you skate for an energy drink sponsor and
don’t like how it tastes, the effect it has on you and don’t ever drink it. Me
personally I grew up drinking different energy drinks, I still buy em sometimes
and back some of em hard. So if I was to ride for one that I was hyped on and
backed for years, I wouldn’t consider it selling out. If I skating for a “core
company” ad didn’t back it. I’d feel like more of a sell.
A lot of the skaters I know have families and having a family myself. I’d do
anything to provide for them.
I’m so happy that the sponsors I ha e are still supporting me to make a loving in
what I do. And I think it’s cool that bigger companies are stepping in and helping
make livings for skaters while the smaller brands are going through harder times.
With that. All in all I’m so thankful and blessed to make a living skating. An
it’s all thanks to the sponsors I have, and future sponsors, that makes that
I love skateboarding!
The conditions were excellent. Scotty Whitlake, Terje Hakoonsen and Nicolas Muller showed off their carving skills and style. Check out Nicolas Muller scene (1:30 min into it) when he does a 180 degree Front Ollie with perfect Skate style. He’s one of the best snowboarders ever. Terje is Out of this World
Just got a hug from my daughter and made me smile. This too makes me smile.
Sweet sounds from Finland. Nothing bad there. I also like the bell bottoms or wide legged trousers. It pays to be comfy on the stage.
Buy all their albums and support your local Psychedelic Black Metal
The brains of the operation were interviewed over at Caught in the Crossfire and to celebrate him getting the cover there’s this absolute monster of an edit from Jimmy Boyes. Enjoy.