You’ve been everywhere… What’s the most beautiful place on this planet?
Well, I thought where I grew up was the most beautiful place on the planet until I went to the Amalfi Coast. It’s all stunning. Getting on a boat and going around those cliffs, that’s the dream life right there.
I remember when I was in the Amalfi Coast I got on a bus and I got to a farm. There was this small restaurant somewhere in the countryside. Family-run. All the food was grown on those hills right there. Just amazing. 60 euros and they gave you the best five course meal and great wine. They love food over there. I love food too. It’s the only thing I spend money on besides booze.
What would your last meal be?
Oh, that’s unfair because, I don’t know, I grew up so poor, you know, so I would still say that my last meal would be peanut butter and honey on toast (we both giggle). If I fancied it up a bit: maybe with some honey from somewhere exquisite, maybe with some truffle salt and pepper on it (we both laugh).
You grew up in Katoomba. What’s special about growing up there and what’s limiting about it?
Where I grew up is beyond stunning. So, I guess, the limit would be that when you grow up in such a beautiful place it makes you not appreciate such other beautiful places when you travel. The pro? Getting out of there is the pro (he laughs), you appreciate cities much more when you come from nature.
Do you enjoy going back home?
Yeah, I love it. Doing bush walks with my mother. Walking around the cliffs and stuff. I just love being with my mom when I go home.
Where is home right now?
Here. This ridiculous mansion in the Hollywood Hills (he laughs).
What kind of kid were you?
Troublemaker. Venturer. I used to crawl through the drains by myself in the city through pipes with a torch for hours, five hours, maybe? That was the longest pipe I’ve ever went through, like a Ninja Turtle mixed with The Goonies (he laughs).
What made you decide to pick up a skateboard and go for it?
My brother and friends kinda tried to skate, but, really, what it was… I saw this movie with Christian Slater in it, who was the coolest dude to me ever. It’s called Gleaming The Cube. That movie is really harsh too because they hang his brother. So t’s kind of a revenge movie on a skateboard and I thought it was badass. I guess that movie inspired me more the regular skate videos.
Who were the skateboarders you were looking up to when you were little if there were any?
I mean, I put a bunch of pictures of skateboarders on my wall and they were great, but I didn’t really look up to anyone. I just thought I could be as good as any of them because I was a cocky little fuck (I laugh). And it seemed to work.
If you were to explain what you do for a living to a small a child, what would you tell him or her?
Doing everything wrong as right (he laughs). In a way where being free is the best way to get paid.
I like that. What current project are you excited about?
We just finished the Vans Propeller Video and that went brilliantly: it made nr. 2 on iTunes in the world and that’s a skateboard video, which is fucking insane. Current projects that I am excited about? I don’t know, breathing? Being alive. Being happy. Currently my favorite project is concentrating on my happiness (he smiles).
What makes you happy?
What’s the sexiest quality in a woman?
What can be her biggest turn off?
Showponiness. Yeah, like big upping themselves, telling me stuff that I don’t need to know about them when I can usually just see it all in their eyes.
Everyone I’ve talked about you with, when I was telling them I was gonna interview you, well, they would tell me that you’re insane. And crazy. Not everyone, but lots (we both laugh). I’ve met you briefly a couple of times before, I didn’t get that vibe exactly, but how do you feel about that?
It’s all a show. It depends on what you perceive as craziness. What I do is to have fun. And I don’t hurt anybody. That’s kinda my religion. So, yes, I guess if they think being a free spirit, having as much fun as you can and doing exactly what you want is crazy, then the human race is all very sane (he smiles).
So far what has been the most special moment in your career?
Just having the respect to bring up younger skaters and pointing them in the right direction.
What scares you?
Same as Nick Cave: losing my memory.
If you were to meet your fifteen year old self what piece of advice would you give yourself?
Keep going brother (he laughs). Just keep going.
If your life were to be a song, what would it be?
Dig yourself, Lazarus, dig yourself. (he says it in a sing-songy voice)
What do you do to decompress? Do you ever get stressed?
Of course! I get anxiety attacks all the time, every morning I throw up, but that’s when I have stuff to do. I think the best way to decompress is getting rid of all your goals (he laughs).
On what occasion skating have you felt the most nervous?
I’d say the carwash on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood every time that I’ve tried to jump into it.
Because it’s six in the morning, a thousand photographers. It scares me into the point where I drink all night and I don’t sleep (he laughs).
Which was the most influential encounter in your career if there was any?
I feel I’ve been raised by the shamans, the monks, because I’ve been lucky enough to have peers above me that have been through so much shit before me that pushed me down into being a smaller and better person. I couldn’t pick one person. My whole life is pretty much a joke (we both laugh) and I guess the people that took it all less seriously were the ones that had the biggest influence in my life skateboarding.
There’s too many influences, I can’t name one because later on in the interview I’ll think of a thousand others.
What’s the best quality about you and what’s your biggest flaw?
The best quality about myself is that I can take care of other people better than myself. Biggest flaw? I would say it’s constantly lying and getting away with it.
What do you appreciate the most in people?
And what quality you despise the most?
What’s your idea of the perfect day?
The perfect day is: sex in the morning, like really crazy wild sex. A few times (he laughs). Chocolate ice-cream on top of a steak. Going out and getting a cover for a magazine, skating. Then come back and get drunk with all your friends and get high as fuck and then have more sex. And then? Not even go to sleep. Make it last two days, because you’re so happy.
Do you have a motto?
Have fun and don’t hurt anyone.