Like all greats who return from retirement, Jereme Rogers has stepped back on the board. Chris Nieratko part owner of NJ Skateshop recently caught up with Jereme about his music career, his new board company Selfish Skateboards and any association with Nike SB. Check out the full interview on ESPN
ESPN: I notice in the “Rogers Back” video you’re wearing Nikes. Are you getting that Nike money now or is that flow from Paul Rodriguez?
Nah, that’s P-Rod flow. I don’t talk to Nike. I mean, God bless them, but I got those from P-Rod.
ESPN: Do you think your comeback will be embraced?
It makes no difference to me at this juncture.
ESPN:Can we expect you to come out of full retirement?
Yeah, I would say it’s going to be different this time around. I’m skating full time. I’m skating and making music full time.
Sometimes. Sometimes I’ll be skating flatground and maybe listening to a beat and writing music in my head. I write a lot of music in my head. So I can do that. But generally, you know, skate during the day. Make music at night.
ESPN:What’s going to be different this time around for your skate career?
Well, I’ve played by the handbook. I’ve done things by the rules. I did a whole career where I danced inside the lines, was as humble as they wanted me to be and made the brands money and stuff like that. This time I’m going to do a lot more of being the brands, forming brands and companies and things like that. I won’t really be caring much for anyone’s opinions or playing by anyone’s handbook this time or caring what core or mainstream’s audience opinions are, things of that nature. Starting companies and doing brands, you don’t really have to check in with anybody so much.
ESPN:So you’re going to start your own board brand.
I am going to start my own board brand.
ESPN:Do we have a name yet?
Yes. It is called “Selfish.”