The day I met Steve Olson is a memorable moment. I was at our local arcade the “B&I” home of Ivan the Gorilla playing the arcade game 720 and my Vision Gator was sitting on top of the game. Steve walked up and was watching me play 720 for a couple minutes and he said “nice board”. We proceeded out to the front of the B&I arcade where Steve promptly began to impress with his arsenal of tricks. Back in 1987 / 1988 it wasn’t very common to see many people doing 180 ollies, kickflips over curbs, tail slides, etc all without effort, back to back, and smoothly.
I was blown away to see Steve jump on my board that he had never rode prior and just start immediately doing crazy advanced tricks, trick after trick. Steve invited me to come skate his launch ramp and other assorted obstacles that he set up in front of his dad’s house. I was really stoked to skate since it was an infamous neighborhood spot. The following day of our introduction I skated a few miles over to Steve’s house. Upon my arrival I was welcomed by Steve, along with at least half a dozen other skaters local to Steve that I had never skated with or met prior.
Steve and I skated the streets of Tacoma, Sumner, Puyallup, Seattle etc for many years to follow. We have been friends for at least 25 years of our lives. I made several trips to visit Steve while he was living in various parts of Southern California as a professional skateboarder. Even though a couple thousand miles spanned, our friendship remained solid to this day. Steve is like my brother and I feel blessed to have him as a friend in life.
I wanted to come out with an album but I just really never did it. In a way its kinda good cause i’ve been rhyming for over like 15 years. I feel the finish product for my first album and I’m really happy with it.
I put all of my ideas into my music, every song I make is something to get me through that point of my life. It gets me hyped, it makes me happy to be alive. I feel like thats the best kind of art, that’s true art.
I don’t care about all the commercialism and all the commercial art. I don’t care about the money. I’m not about the money. I’m just about you know.. kickin rhymes over beats and making some art that will stimulate peoples minds in a positive way. So if there was any type of an educational potential in my music it would be on some type of revolutionary spiritual message to uplift people. I really want this music to get out into the world. I feel like its good hip-hop music and also it’ll have a positive message. It will impact people at this crucial time period that were existing in right now.
Try to make your life what you really want it to be in this process of internal revolution, as apposed to external revolution. Then automatically you’re going to effect the world because everything is interconnected. If you achieve that revolution of yourself thats gets you hyped on life than through the vibe that you put out into the world your gonna effect the world in a positive manner. I’m not about participating in any armed revolution. I’m more talking about the revolution of the self, the revolution of the earth. The earth is undergoing revolution at all times but I definitely get inspired by revolutionaries. I get inspired by their stories.
The laws of the universe have to be followed, where as the laws that men make are not like that, they can be ended at any time. The laws the governments make that is a box and revolutionaries can think outside of that box which free’s the mind. Having freedom in life is important. It’s one of the best things about life, and freeing your mind is important too.
You don’t want to get hap hazzard about it, freedom of mind doesn’t mean you can say and do what ever you want. I think you have to maintain morality try and follow morals, try and be a good person, don’t harm others. There’s spiritual revolutionaries, there’s artistic revolutionaries in the sense of turning the status quo of an art own form of on it’s head or even just having an artistic vision and just making art for yourself. Even if there’s no one else out there really doing stuff like that. There could be revolution within art, revolution in general I think is a great concept, keep the circle of life in it’s own revolution.
We used to skate in downtown Tacoma back in the day people had hip-hop tapes in their walkmans. I remember some dude had Digable planets in his walkman. One of the things that turned me into a hip-hop addict was around 1994 I got ODB’s first album on tape, return to the 36 chambers and that got me hyped. Also Meths Album Tical. Chad Muska gave me that ODB album.
Both those albums are really hyper, it’s motivational music it gets you hyped. I used to listen to those tapes and get hyped to go skate, and jump down big gaps and what ever, just skate and get hyped! So really I was introduced to true underground hip-hop pretty much through skateboarding, skate videos and other skaters.
I’d go skate ledges by my house and listen to that. Anyone that knows about wu knows they’re very spiritual. Their music is still about the criminology, the street life, and being rugged.
At the same time wu has a definite spiritual element to their music. In my opinion that is what part of the reason the wu tang clan was so dope, the fact that they came from a spiritual tradition that required rigorous training and practice. That they actual did have exposure to out of the ordinary spiritual knowledge that they were kickin in they’re music. Even though it street music its very spritual music anyone that wants to disagree doesn’t know the history, they don’t know that wu-tangs music is very spritual.
So after 12 years of being in this skateboarding industry I kinda feel like I got chewed and spit out… in the sense that you’re either going to get chewed up or youre gonna be the one that doing the chewing. If you wanna be the one that’s doing the chewing you gotta be a businessman cause the businessmen run the skateboarding industry and the skaters don’t run the skating industry. Some of the businessmen are skaters and they’re also businessmen. Some of the businessmen are not skaters they’re just businessmen… but the businessmen run the industry.
Also being a pro skater is really hard work you get hurt a lot you’re jumping down stuff all the time. It was all street skating that I did so you’re jumping down stuff all the time breaking yourself. Seriously I’ve hurt every single part of my body skateboarding, I put my heart and my soul into it and it’s hard work and I never learned to become a businessman and I guess that’s maybe my own fault but you know after 12 years man I felt like I had earned my position to be a respected artist in the industry but I wasn’t getting that respect. If you look at a lot of the older pro skaters they are typically businessmen or at least they are all well off and own companies and have a lot of money. So you gotta either have a lot of money or own a company to be in the skateboard industry for a lifetime you have to be a businessman or be rich and that wasn’t me.
I never really became rich and I never became a businessman so I was left in a position of being pissed off at the skate industry because the industry wasn’t really giving me the respect that I felt I had earned. After over 10 years of putting in all this work and helping skateboarding to evolve to the next level everyone knows that everyone that was part of that generation put in their help of the building blocks of skateborading. Evolving this martial art becoming doper and doper. So yeah one day I just called up all my sponsors and I just quit all my sponsors and then I just had to go and lay low for a while and freestyled and rhymed all the time and continued on my spiritual quest to find out who I really am and achieve peace inside of myself and realize my true position in this universe you know… realize my true identity in this universe and so you know.That’s what I’ve been doing emceeing, rhyming, living my spiritual life doing my spritual practices, my meditation, and my prayer.
So yeah basically I had to just cut out of that whole industry cause I got tired of just being someones dollar sign / someones monkey… so yeah I just had to cut out. I still have love but there’s plenty of dope skaters out there who don’t have anything to do with the industry the real dope skaters aren’t in it to be part of the industry. The industry is cool to a point and contributes but the real skateboarding is bigger than the skateboard industry… you know what I mean? That’s the spirit of the skaters that were down who kept skating in the past when the industry had died back in the day. The industy was coming and going in cycles it would bloom and then it would die off and there was always hardcore skaters who kept it going through the die off periods. So skateboarding is bigger than the industy but yeah basically I had to leave cause that wasn’t where I was supposed to be anymore.
I tried to make the the shoe have like a rubber toe cap on it to try and make it last from getting worn out from grip tape.
Have like hella foam in the bottom of it so you could jump down like 10 stairs and have padding when you land.
I remember I was into sacred symbols and like Taoist symbols, I was reading a book about Taoism it had a like a square with a circle in it and triangle in the circle so like square circle triangle I remember that shoe had symbols all over it, it had triangles all over it.
They were asking me what Jordan it was and after I showed them it had your name on it they left me alone.
Do you have a particular trick or accomplishment in skateboarding that was your greatest achievement or favorite trick?
I was hyped on the last trick in the guilty video, I boardslid a double kink handrail in Chicago. I was really hyped on that cause that was a super bent up dented weird double kink handrail with rough runway in downtown Chicago.
I was hyped on the ollie to board slide off the roof to handrail, a lot of people remember me for that I think. When we were in Chicago and we filmed that rail I was rockin Wu Tang 36th chambers in my cassette walkman when I did that rail haha.
Over the years I did a lot of tricks, I don’t really know if I have a favorite trick or accomplishment. Overall i’m thankful for all the tricks really and to have the opportunity to do what I love and be a pro skater, that would probably be one of my greatest accomplishments to be able to follow my dreams and be a pro skater and have it be something I got paid for and to do something I love to have as my job.
Hopefully get a good recording studio at my house so I can be more productive and start come out with more tracks.
I released my album on Spiritual guerrilla warfare records that’s my own label, so i’d like to keep releasing albums on my label and I know a lot of other artists that I would like to help them get their music out too so hopefully I can help them get their music out in the future.
Write songs, record songs, keep recording songs regularly sooner or later you’ll have a stack of songs.
Pick the ones you like best and you have yourself a album. I did it, there’s times when I pretty much didn’t even have money to buy food. I don’t have a lot of money somehow I scraped together all my cash to pay for studio time and to get my album mastered and mixed. It’s all really do-able it’s something you have to be dedicated to, stay focused. What ever you want to do in Life stay focused on it everyday in life, keep working on it to achieve it and you can do it. I’m not really in a position to tell people how to get rich and famous off music, that’s not me, that’s not the position I’m in. I’m still really trying to get my own music out into the world.
My advice to people is do what you want to do, stay focused, be productive, stay off drugs, stay off alcohol and keep your life going in a positive direction. Look at the universe, connect with the universe. This universe we live in is amazing, be happy to be alive in it and connect with this energy in the universe let it flow with you, connect with the universe, flow with the energy of the universe. You’ll be shown the things you need to know to see what you’re supposed to do with your life, that’s what I think is really going on.
I also want to say to everyone out there, the economy is collapsing, the government has everyone trapped in this financial trap right now, that’s not cool.
I’m making this music, I think people need to support other people that are trying to do something different and being creative.
People should support other people that are trying to find a different way of life, and that’s what i’m trying to do. I’m trying to break out of this viscous cycle that this whole country , this whole world is stuck in. I’m making this music, I’m not signed to a major label, I’m not signed to a label, I have my own underground label.
I’m just a broke dude that rhymes I believe in myself and I’m doing my own thing. I don’t have money to advertise, I don’t have a giant corporation behind me, so anyone out there who wants to support a spiritual soldier go to http://crazymonk.bandcamp.com/ get the album, download the digital album, it’s free.
Thanks dad for coming through on the album cover artwork as well! Big thanks for that Dad!!
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