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07.01.2010 / Todd Jordan con lemon
Af: Per And
Mens gæsterne til forfesten for udgivelsen af Fluff bogen kappedes om at tømme den gratis bar for øl, rødvin og tapas fik Wunderbaums udsendte interviewet Todd Jordan om livet i New York og tiden på Zoo York.

Da Todd Jordan var 10 år, købte han sin første skatevideo. Det var i The Skateboard Experience, som i de efterfølgende to år var hans lokale skateshop. Butikken lå overfor en Y.M.C.A. skatepark på Broadway i Kingston, NY. Videoen hed Video Days.
 
Imens Todd Jordan, med sin karakteristiske New York-accent, kort fortæller om sine første år med skateboarding, kæmper jeg en brav kamp med min genstridige kuglepen. Ligegyldigt hvad jeg gør, nægter den at spytte blæk ud på min krøllede blok. Jeg opgiver at tage noter og lader i stedet min iPhone få sin ilddåb som diktafon.
 
What was your favorite part in Video Days?
At the time it was Guy Mariano’s for sure. I think I felt a connection to him at the time because he was about the same age as me. It was inspiring! So I thought I should be able to do the same things. Now it would be Mark Gonzales. I think he could still put out that same part today.
 
Do you still have the same video?
Yeah, I do have the VHS at my parents house, but I can’t even watch it any more, because there is no VCR, so I just have boxes in my parents attic. Thank god for Youtube!
 
How come it’s not in your own place?
Apartments are really small in New York City, so I bring stuff from my parents house to my apartment all the time. I bring the airconditioner up to them for the winter and bring it back down for the summer. The space is not nearly as abundant in the city as it is in upstate New York. We have Zipcars, it’s sort of comparable to the rent-a-bikes you have on the street here. You have a membership and a card and you can take the car out for an hour or two hours and it’s really cheap.
 
Living in NYC, have you gotten into the whole biking thing?
No, I just skate. I’ll get a bike every summer, but for space reasons, it’s like a summer thing, so I’ll get a cheap bike and I’ll hand it off at the end of summer. I’m not into the culture of biking. I’m not a track biker. I have a lot of friends that do and I am past the stage of knocking them. I’ve gotten over that. More power to them, but I don’t do it.
 
So you’re probably only a year or two away from getting one yourself?
Yeah right! No, It’s too much of a commitment to get one, so I made a commitment to not get one. Seeing how into it those guys get, it’s a big job to keep the bike and upkeep the bike. All my friends get the bike and it just has to keep getting lighter. They get some new 400 dollar front rim and it wheighs as much as my shoelace. I’m not up for that. Cruiser boards and soft wheels is all I need.
 
What is your favorite place to skate in New York City?
 
Even now?
Yeah, for sure! Unfortunately it’s probably gonna be unskateable in about.. God! It could be unskateable by the time I get back! I live like a block and a half from there. They are gonna remodel the bridge, and they need the space we skate to store machines and stuff, and they are closing it for.. God! They are predicting till about 2012 and with the city predicting that, it means it will be like 2015 at the earliest. I think it is kind of like rest in peace to the banks for a while.
 
Don’t you think the bricks will be pretty damaged during that time?
Absolutely! Any more damage to those things would be pretty devastating. They’ve never been replaced and that place has been there as far back as I can remember. Luckily they’re brick, but it is not an easy place to skate. You don’t go there to practice flatground, that’s for sure!
 
You say you moved to New York City in 1998, were you living there when you filmed your part in Mixtape?
No, I was still living upstate then. I was just finishing high school when my first Zoo York ad came out and we were filming for Mixtape. I remember I was so excited to bring the magazine to school to show it to my homies.
 
What was it like for you to put out that videopart?
A lot of the stuff that got used was like sponsor-me stuff I had sent to them and it was really just one day that I went out with RB (Umali –WDBM) and Harold (Hunter -WDBM) and filmed three tricks and they all got used in my part. It was a big day for me! Being accepted by those guys, especially at that time in my life, was a good feeling. Being from upstate New York I was always looking up to what was going on in the city and constantly being aware of it and idolising those dudes. So being introduced to them and skating with them was pretty exciting for me!
 
What is your favorite memory from that time?
That day is definitely one of them.
 
Do you remember what you filmed that day?
I filmed a backside tailslide shoveit at the CBS drop-off ledge and then minutes later Harold filmed a line at MetLife where he did a nollie tailslide to start. I forget what he did after that, but his last trick was a switch 180 5-0 and then the camera panned up to his face and he said ”I never did that trick in my life!” and he was wearing my t-shirt. I was staying with him during that weekend, and he ended up wearing my t-shirt.
 
 
How stoked were you?
Words can’t explain it!
 
Was it true though? Had he never done that trick before?
I’m pretty damn sure he’d never done it before. That surprised look on his face was not an act. He wasn’t that good of an actor!
 
What was it like hanging out with him?
Everything you could imagine. He was just non-stop good times. There was never a dull moment. Words can’t really do it justice what it was like to be around him.
 
How did you feel about being on Zoo York when Mixtape 2 came out?
Mixtape 2 was a lot of fun. The process of filming it was not really like filming for a video. I was doing a lot of tours with Danny (Supa –WDBM), Anthony (Correa –WDBM), and Harold. We were constantly filming with RB and I was more aware that it was happening. Mixtape just popped up in front of me, but there was never a deadline or a budget for Mixtape 2. We just gathered the footage from a lot of tours and demos and another video was made.
 
How did you feel about your part in that video?
To me that was my first videopart. I would have shortened it if I was editing it. That was another thing then, you never really worked with anybody to edit your part. RB had the footage and he put it together and chose the music. I think even at that time people didn’t want hiphop in their parts, but it was fun and made it more of a sequel.
 
What happened from Zoo York to Shut?
Creation!
 
But what happened for you to leave Zoo York and..
It was just a lot of internal differences..
 
When did you leave Zoo? Was it when they bought up Aesthetics?
It was before that, but it was at the beginning of that transition and the key word is ”buying”. Things were being bought and internal shit happened and there were a lot of changes that weren’t cool. It just started to suck so I left.
 
Did you get a notice that you weren’t wanted any more?
No, it was like a group meeting where we were told how things were going to be run and that this corny hiphop clothing company from New Jersey was owning the company that we all loved and felt a part of. I guess we all had our soul in it and then it was turning into something that we kind of all hated. I was really close with Danny Supa at the time and we just decided to call them the same day and tell them we were leaving.
 
What was Zoo York to you before that?
It was everything I thought was cool in east coast skateboarding and friends, family, dudes I skated with every day in the city and on trips. It was just this small group of dudes that were making the boards that we were skating and nobody outside was involved. And then it became like nobody inside was involved. Over night.
 
What happened with Creation?
That just kind of wasn’t for me. All those dudes are great and they make great boards, but it just wasn’t a click.
 
How long were you on the team?
Maybe a year. It wasn’t even like differences or anything, but skating for a company in California was hard for me at the time and just being that detached from what was going on didn’t work for me.
 
What happened from there?
The guys that started Zoo York started Shut back up and called me. I am sure they got wind that I was not into what I was doing at the time. So I got a call from them and met up with them and got really excited about the whole thing again kind of like I did when I got on Zoo York. So I am trying to make that what Zoo York was before I left. Nothing will ever have the same feel as Zoo York did, but just having the closeness, the proximity to work with people. If something is on my mind, I just go in and tell them. That's important to me. Even when you live a couple of blocks away it’s still not easy, it’s a struggle. But skateboarding is always gonna be fun and skateboard companies are always gonna be something you have to work to make work, so that’s what I’m doing.
 
Who do you skate with these days?
I skate with Clark Hassler a lot, he lives in New York. Jack Sabback and all the Autumn Skateshop kids. We’ve got a good crew.
 
What do you think of the euro ams?
Pretty insane! Ams in general now are fucking insane! Skateboarding has changed a lot and the ams will prove it to you. It is kind of mind boggling to see the things that are being done on skateboards these days. It is fun to watch!
 
Does it make you feel old?
No, it doesn’t make me feel old at all. I have never felt like I had to do more than my thing. I skated handrails when I was young, but even that faded away kind of fast and I’ve always skated the shit I wanted to skate and stayed creative and make something out of nothing. It’s definitely a geographical thing and a personality thing and it’s just about making it work for yourself.
 
Do you search out shitty or rough spots?
I don’t search them out like, say Bobby Puleo, he is the master of finding those fucking spots. I just go to them after Bobby’s skated them and try to do something. Sorry Bobby, but you’ve been there first.
 
Does Nike SB give you any special treatment because of your surname?
I wish! The parking spot at the campus.
 
What was the inspiration for your Blazer colorway?
That was an upstate New York thing. I was kind of born in flannel. It’s a family thing, we lived in the woods and all my family hunted and I just grew up wearing flannel and the time came when it was cool so ... It’s also a Biggie homage with the red and black lumberjack thing, but mostly it’s a tribute to my family and my flannel heritage.
 
Did they dig it?
Yeah, everybody’s got a pair.
 
What is next for you?
Just keeping..
 
Wieger Van Wageningen afbryder: Vodka, con aqua, con gas, con lemon por favor!
Todd Jordan: I’m gonna get an apartment with with Wieger in Amsterdam and live happily ever after!
 



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