This weekends interview is defiantly a great one. Malcolm Watson is smooth on a skateboard and effortless with his tricks. I haven’t personally met Malcolm yet but after receiving the finished interview it really shock the hell out of me. The love and drive that he has for skateboarding is truly a beautiful thing. The freedom and feeling that Malcolm gets from riding a skateboard adds up to why we all do it, Read and enjoy on what Malcolm has to say - S.M.
1. Who were your favorite skaters growing up?
I grew up in a very different generation and era in skateboarding. My favorites growing up were Hosoi of course, Eric Dressen, and The whole Powell peralta team from ” The search for animal chin? on down to “Public Domain.” Ray Barbee was dancing on his board in “ban this”. The Alva team ripped, as well as Dogtown guys. The gonz, and lastly Natas. I also Can’t leave out the H street team either. That era will never be duplicated again. It was skateboarding at it purest and rawest form.
2. What motivates you everyday before you go out skating?
My motivation today is that same hunger I had to just wanna go outside and breath in the city on my skateboard back in 1986. It’s indescribable, just that feeling you get rolling around is freedom and excitment. My stress relief from everything going on in the world…
3. Where do you skate on the day to day basis?
My daily spots change with the weather. It’s all a matter of what I feel like skating when I wake up. Some day’s I’ll just wanna cruise at a plaza so I’ll hip up Lincoln Heights or North Hollywood. If i wanna skate manuel pad’s I’ll roll to USC blocks or a spot in Gardena. For ledges you can find me at staples, There’s really no shortage of spots in LA on and off the radar. It’s just a matter of how creative your feeling on that particular day.
4. When are we going to see new Malcolm Watson footage?
I’m constantly filming and working on stuff. Now a days the help of sites like youtube and vimeo along with my skate companies site www.100percentskateboards.com I drop a clip to a mini part once a month. Without the outlet of 411vm or a major project I can still maintain being seen. I wanna drop a mag minute soon though. I’m still working on a few tricks, You know the struggle. Some things worth having don’t come easy, but soon enough I’ll drop something unexpected like bird poop.
5. Why did you move to New York?
I started moving everything months across the US once my wife became a traveling nurse. We could pick where we wanted to live and all the expenses were paid for so we started moving around the east coast until winter time, then we would roll back to some place warm like california to get through the winter season. We were on the road for a good 3 years until the economy took a dump. Now cali is home but the place i miss the most of all my travles is New York and Vancouver because just of the good people, amazing energy in the streets and raw skateboarding.
6. How does skating make you feel?
Skateboarding is freedom! The business side and industry, political side of it sucks but skateboarding in it’s natural form is self medicating. Once you get rid of all the shady fake people involved in it skateboarding is a beautiful thing,Let the good times roll.
“Skateboarding is freedom”