CRETIN: /kret'in/, /kree'tn/, n.
Congenital loser; an obnoxious person; someone who can't do anything right

CONCRETIN: /kahn'kret'in/, /kahn'kree'tn/, n.
Cretin who loves to skate concrete

Monday, October 29, 2007

Faith and Confessions of a Fanboy...

So there I was, in a Northern Kentucky town at one of the best indoor parks( not quite a regular, but certainly a good patron. But I'm standing in the same room as the entire Birdhouse team, including the founder, Mr. Hawk, Kevin Staab, Jean Postec, Brian Sumner, and Willy Santos, all pros who I've seen crazy skate footage, or witnessed first hand rippage in the past. Other pros included, Sean Eaton, Jon Dickson, Matt Ball, Steve Nesser and Alan Young. I apologize if I'm forgetting anyone. They were ripping the street course, but no offense guys, I don't follow street, because I simply can't do it anymore. It's no less impressive what they do, but also, I couldn't really see 'em from my vantage point on the vert ramp. Oh, did I not mention that? Yea, Bob (Ollie's owner) let me on the ramp to film, as long as I left him my tapes. (I'll get the master's back, no worries.) A fair trade indeed.

So there I was, on the vert ramp, as Tony steps up and drops in. Gimpy is chillin' on the stairs shootin' the low angle. Even the simplest backside airs, so high he could smack your forehead with a tail stall, were amazing to watch. Jean busted out kickflip indys without hesitation, but never quite hit the kickflip to fakie on the over vert. Gnarly to even try. Tony took a couple of fakie rolls on it, and then rock fakied it... yea, and the 6' rock fakie scares the chit outta me still. Kevin Staab, the "old guy" rep, was crazy! The biggest BS airs, and sickest BS ollies the whole time. Tony threw out the McTwist as well, but not before 13 year old Morgan Burgess did! Morgan had struggled with the kickflip indy all day really, so when he landed one while skating with the pros, he was so stoked he tossed the McTwist (perfectly) in the same run. That kid's got skills for days.

Let's see, what else? A scary, but still landed Triples run with Tony, Jean, and Kevin, though Jean bailed the next wall after the cross over. I kinda wished I was watching THEM, even though it was insane to watch through the cam viewer. Oh, while he called it a "struggle" later, 5 tries to land a Pensacola 900 (a 720), was kickass. I can only hope I framed the make on film, because I DID watch him land that one, footage be damned. (I was "working" for Bob afterall right? Earning my spot huddled in the corner of the ramp, with the best view of the entire vert demo. Hoping for a chance to get in for an autograph and brief conversation with the man.)

I did not need to fret at all. Bob had set me up right, that it seemed I was almost expected to be where the pros were. Apparently I had composed my stoke enough to not be THAT crazy fan guy... I did relatively well, but when things calmed down, I certainly tried to relax, took a deep breath, and approached Tony with the Concretins video(s), and asked for a photo with his namesake ACTION FIGURE (shuddup bitches). He was gracious and I believe sincere when he said that he didn't mind. I apologized for being such an fanboy, and then retreated to the self-imposed 6'+ distance from the pros and tried not to let the jitters take over and make me physically jump around the room, but by the smile on others faces in the room, it must have been clearly written on my face. Do I really need to explain to you how stoked I STILL am, nor how stoked I shall remain? I didn't think so. (check out and for other pics from the event)
- LT meets his maker.

- Tony's stoked to get his pic with a Concretin of course.

- LT got a new ride from Kevin Staab, and "big" Tony got copies of our DVD.

- Gimpy was stoked too. No doubt.

Fame is only important and relevant in relation to the company you keep. Unfortunately, I don't get to hang out with Tony. But the skaters I do hang out with are famous enough for me. I feel the stoke of skating at every session with them. And though while I know I'm a bit of a dork with my "creative fan appreciation," I know that they understand. But if ever, I get that 15 minutes, I'll use the notes I've taken watching Tony deal with his fame. If you didn't know it was him, you'd still enjoy hanging out with that guy. And I hope my friends are standing next to me, or perhaps at least taking the picture! (Thanks Gimpy!)

I sincerely don't care who reads this blog, or who knows that I am a Tony Hawk fan, not that I could hide it. Why I should I? I see punks with football/basketball jerseys who don't know jack about a full court press and couldn't run a cross pattern if it were painted on the field. "Attention whore." That was Jon's musing. That's not entirely accurate. What, maybe 30 people total will read this and most will think, "Whatta doofus." Does anyone really want that kind of attention? THIS is what's important. I believe, that when I handed Tony copies of a silly skate video, of me and my friends having fun skating, that at some point in the future, he is going to watch it. That he will appreciate the stoke that went into it, not for his approval or amusement, but for US. Will I ever know that he did? Nope. And that's ok. That's FAITH my friend. My wife mentions it on occasion. BonJovi wrote a song about it. Need a more realistic example? I don't have rock-n-rolls in the 11'... yet. Keep the Faith my brother.

Hawk Fan Since 1987. 20 years well spent. Life is good.


  • At 11:35 PM, Blogger Skidzilla said…

    I met Nick after his affliction. He's definitely sick and could use a twelve step program, but, still quite lovable!

    Since I have known him he spoke, with that daydreamer's twinkle in his eye, of the day when he would hand Tony Hawk a Li'l Tony Video. Well, my man, Mission Accomplished (much more so than than the f*ck-nut that has used that slogan in the past), and I for one, say: "Congratulations!" And, perhaps a thanks is in order - that is my kid with a Mohawk emblemished on the DVD. If nothing else, The Gibster now has a story about Birdman receiving his effigy - whatever that's worth.

    BTW - I saw Nick today he' still buzzin. He's sorta blurry he's so stoked. Can it last 11 days to get him thru the AZ trip? We'll see, won't we?

  • At 8:15 PM, Blogger OMP said…

    Way to go Nickster!

    Excellent report & you didn't sound too over the top!

    Did Mr. Hawk get a Concretins T-shirt? :-)

  • At 10:24 PM, Blogger Nikoli said…

    No, unfortunately he did not get a t-shirt. I was unable to perfect the screen printing craft last week... Maybe with the NEXT video. :) Gonna try again this weekend for shirts to trade at the BBQ.

  • At 7:12 PM, Blogger gimpinainteasy said…

    Thanks a million Nick for applying the "doesn't hurt to ask" philosophy and getting not only yourself but yours truly inside the barriers and on top of the ramp to get footage. That was AWESOME.

    Oh yeah, although I was not present the whole time, I was in the room with Nick and the pros hanging out for a while and he was actually containing himself (don't know what happened before that, BUT he did not get ejected). I'm proud of you, you figurine-toting kook.

    Good Times

  • At 7:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    you crack me up nikoli.
    i still think yer crazy,
    but then again, I made a Star Wars movie with drinkin straws, so who am I to talk? Plus, I don't know if I'd ever have the stones to hand ol Mr Lucas a copy of my fanboy opus, so more power to ya!
    peace out (nutjob)


  • At 7:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I want a DVD

  • At 7:31 PM, Blogger gimpinainteasy said…

    Ha!! Tony Hawk looks PSYCHED to be getting his picture taken with me huh? HaHa!!

  • At 7:33 PM, Blogger gimpinainteasy said…

    HA!!! He looks F-in shellshocked.

  • At 10:09 PM, Blogger Nikoli said…

    Update: I have received a note from Tony, yes, THAT Tony, and he has indeed watched the vid. I'm stoked. Keep the faith.


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