Full Bleed Talks with Ryan Sheckler
When Vice asked me if I would be down to do an interview with The Sheckler this week, I said of course, considering how hard he has shredded the New York streets, when not filming for MTV or winning the X-games.
I understand you were chatting a bit about The Bird Man during your appearance on Double Take. Apparently they pretended he was you dad. Do you have any cool stories about you and him?
Me and The Bird Man.. Dude yeah, you know, Tony came to my birthday when I was what, six years old I believe. That was the first time I really decided that I wanted to be a skateboarder. I remember watching him skate the vert ramp and doing all those 540s that were just so insane for skating vert. I watched it and decided I wanted to be the street version of that. So you know, Tony has always been around in my life as one of my good friends. I see him when I see him.
Haha, speaking of that, man.. a bunch of kids out here in New York get super jealous. They are always talking shit, saying, Ryan this, Ryan that, he gets all emotional, and he always cries. What do you have to say to all them haters?
Oh man! It’s all good, it’s all good. This is my life and this is my plan. You know, I was going through one of the most difficult times in anyone’s life. Anyone that has been with their parents for 17 years and then watch them divorce when everything you do is with your family is hard. I was a little bit torn up from it and it just so happened I was filming an MTV show. Its just the way it goes man, haters are a part of everything. I’m just trying to change them all and can only do it through my skating. I’m not really tripping.
For sure man. Have you ever had to administer any beat downs here and there?
I mean, I protect myself by all means. If someone wants to go and they come up to me and go for it, then by all means it’s going to go down. But, I’m not going to be the one to go up to them and be like, “Oh, you wanna?!” It’s not even that. If you put hands on me then yeah, there’s going to be a problem.
Yeah, you keep your cool though when it’s just words…
Yeah, you got to. That’s what they’re looking for. They’re looking for that little edge on you, for you to get so pissed. You know, I used to do that, I used to get real pissed when I was a little kid. When I was 17 or 18, but I’m grown up now. I’m about to turn 21, I’m trying to be an adult and leave all this high school bullshit in the past.
Same here man, I’m turning 21 this Saturday. I know you have been all up in the New York scene at a young age. What are your favorite night spots?
That’s what’s up yo. New York is actually the shit man. When I go out there, I enjoy being able to check out Gold Bar, Pink Elephant, and Eldridge. Eldridge is a good spot, my boy Matt hooks it up. He’s the man. For the 21 and up events though, I can’t wait till I actually turn 21 so I can go there and be able to give back to these clubs that have let me in. It’s going to be all good…
So what’s going on with this Flip Cam campaign I keep hearing about from the corporate big wigs? You going to reach out to any of the kids in New York with that?
I absolutely love New York, so anywhere they want to take me for the launch of this thing, I am by all means in. Basically though, Flip Cam came at me with this idea that they want to go out and get a street clip on the actual Flip Cam. It was a real mellow commercial, it was just one dude with this Flip Cam filming me doing this trick over this rail. We got the commercial done and now Plan B got involved and got together some Flip Cams with all my Plan B graphics on them. A lot of the money is going to go to my foundation, so we’re just working on everything. We have a Skate For a Cause fundraiser coming up soon and look out for the annual gold tournament coming up next year. We are trying to grow the foundation so we can do more across America and overseas in terms of giving back.
Speaking of your skating, it was the gnarliest thing I saw when you backside flipped that double set in the LES. I noticed that you were wearing some kind of magical power band looking bracelet. What’s the deal with that thing?
I think the Power Balance just gives me that extra mental edge. I’m a pretty mental person when I’m on my skateboard, it’s all I can think and all pretty planned. To have that mental edge on myself, knowing that the bracelet is there. Who knows if it works? That’s not the point, the point is that it works for me, in my head, so I wear it every single day. I haven’t taken it off for almost a year now.
Do you have any advice for the kids out here, to look more fresh? Do you ever do anything special to your hair?
It’s all about the way you present your attitude, I don’t think its clothes, but may have something to do with it. I have awesome sponsors, so I’m blessed to have new clothes and to be able to wear the newest thing that’s out because they want kids to see you in it. So it’s kind of a win-win situation for me. I rock a shaved head, I’ve been going with the number 2 for about 8 months now. I don’t know man, just wear a fresh tee, and get some fresh jeans, not too tight.
You got any hair spots in New York you can recommend to me? How about Harlem?
Oh man! I haven’t gotten my hair cut in New York, but I would love to! I keep it local out here and do it myself, its pretty low maintenance.
Last question Ryan, I got to throw it in since you really seem to know your shit. What do you think the main difference is between skating on the East Coast and skating out West?
The ground, the conditions and the weather. I mean, I really got to give it to the guys who skate in New York, it is so gnarly to be a pro and come out of New York, it’s a whole different kind of street cred. Brandon Westgate, Donny Barley, and Zered Bassett are some of the most insane people that come out of there. When they come to California and the ground is a little smoother and the sun’s out a little bit more, they go skate out here and film twice as much. It’s a benefit and a curse when the snow comes in.
Ryan then proceeded to tell me to send his regards to “all of the fans and all of the haters.” You all know who you are!