Contenders: Tyler Franz

06.30.10 – The Skateboard Mag

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Text by rocky norton°

Photography by Matt Price°

Your name is Tyler what?
Franz.
What kind of last name is that?
It’s
a German name.
Oh really, that is interesting, do
they skate there?
I’ve
never been to Germany, but yeah they skateboard over there.
Huh. Congratulations. This is going
to be
a good interview. Isn’t it crazy to think that you could be skating behind “the wall”
right now? Had the wall never come down uniting your countrymen, you’d be
freezing right now with a little mustachio.
Uh,
yeah. Pretty crazy. It’s a good thing I wasn’t born in Germany, Rock.
That’s the spirit. What was it like
building that wall?
I
wouldn’t know because I’ve never been to Germany!
Oh really, on that October day when
the wall came down, did you party?
Yeah, dude, we had a little party.
How do you feel about German
chocolate cake?
I’ve
only had it a couple times, but yeah it’s good
Is your favorite dog a German
shepherd?
I’d
have to say my favorite dog is my dog, Cooper.
But moving on, when did you
immigrate to America, Tyler?
I
was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, not in Germany.
So you were raised in Connecticut?
Go UConn.
I
was born in Connecticut and lived there until I was two years old then moved to
Traverse City, Michigan, where I grew up. It’s pretty sick there, but the
winters are fucked!
Oh Michigan, I see. Do you know Jan
Godinez?
No
I don’t know who that is.
That’s my mom, she went to Michigan
State for grad school. Does it ring a bell now?
Umm
Wolverines!
You never introduced me to your mom so it doesn’t ring a bell. Michigan
State is the Spartans, and the other Michigan school is the Wolverines.

FRONT NOSE.FRONT NOSE.
So, what brought you into the world
of skateboarding?
When
I was little I had a little cruiser board that I used to skate around the driveway.
Then in eighth grade I got my first skateboard. I’m pretty sure it was a Powell
board, and I was really hyped on it.
Back to the Spartans, if you were a
little bigger you’d be a good Spartan. Care to comment?
I
guess, I’m not too into those sports.
I’ve always thought you were a very
“tough” skater. By that I mean willing to get the shit kicked out of
you for the trick you’re getting. Great work ethic. You don’t really stop until
the job’s done. I know that’s talked about a lot, but I’ve not seen it often,
where do you think that comes from?
I
don’t know. It’s just for the fun of going out skating with your friends and
having a good time. It feels good to push yourself and feels even better if it
works in the end.
Oh my god. So how long have you been “going out skating with your friends and
having a good time”?
I’ve
been skateboarding for about seven years.
In the beginning of your
skateboarding, what influenced you?
When
I first started skateboarding just watching skate videos and watching my friends
skate influenced me.
So you’re in Phoenix now. You like
the scene there?
Yeah,
Arizona is the best. Good people, good weather, good spots, and skateparks.
It’s all-around good.

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What about the summers, do you free
ball it?
I
haven’t spent a summer in Arizona yet, but I know it’s real hot. Hopefully this
summer I can spend some time in AZ and then come stay with you in Albuquerque.
It’s possible. The Phoenix scene
seems to be on top of shit. They got filmers, photographers, local vids seem to
be getting big attention. Have you been linking up with any of the people
involved with that?
Well,
I live with my good friends Buster and Hunter O’Shea. It’s fucking awesome. We
go out skating every day, and I try to make it down to Tempe to stay at Matt
Price’s house on the weekends. Always good times; those dudes are the best.
I thought I was the best? You’re not
stayin’ at my house, traitor. Anyway, are you working on anything with them?
Yeah,
we’re working on Buster’s new video. Trying to travel a lot and get stuff done!
We’re coming to Albuquerque soon to skate with you.
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You had a pretty epic Mag Minute,
could’ve used a bunch of white flashes in the edit, but whatever. [Check
Rocky's Mag Minute to see what the hell he's talking about.] You’re pretty much
a workhorse as far as skateboarding goes, has anything been surfacing from your
efforts?
What?
What do you mean? I don’t understand this question.
Have your efforts gotten you more
motivated for more gnarly shit? Has it brought any attention from any companies?
It’s a lot of exposure at once, and it was pretty good, people seemed to be
digging it.
It
gets me excited to just skate and travel as much as I can this year. I’m
getting stuff from Birdhouse, C1RCA, and Bones. How long does this have to be?
It’s gotta be like twenty questions
or something.
Dang.
So long. Let’s take a break.

[Tyler disappeared so the next
questions were done via text message.]

What would you be doing if you
weren’t skating? Any other interests?
If
I wasn’t skateboarding, I would probably be going to school or something.
Basketball is pretty fun; I’d be playing that lot. I think the interview is
long enough, you should ask me who would I like to thank or something.

Who would you like to thank or
something?
It’s
been longer than twenty questions, don’t you think?
Just answer the question.
Answer
what question?
Who would you like to thank or
something?
This
interview is so gay. That’s the worst question I’ve heard.
You asked me to ask you that.
When
are you coming to Phoenix?
Oh, you’re interviewing me now?
Don’t
use these texts. I’m confused now.
No, these are good.
Just
do it over e-mail, this isn’t even the interview anymore.
You silly bastard.
Screw
this, I’m getting someone else to do it.
Up yours.
You
would say that.