My whole life I’ve always rooted for the underdog. I mean, I’m cool with the superstars who are out there day in and day out killing it on all levels and can just seem to do no wrong. But to me it’s just so much more exciting to see someone work their ass off and get positive results when the chips are stacked against them.
Auby Taylor is one of those underdogs. Coming from a small town in Texas the odds were against him when he moved out to California to find the dream skateboard scenario. Jumping from one company to another over the years has been tough on Auby but he found a home with Black Label and he’s loving the freedom to be Auby.
Not sure if any of you know this but before Auby got on The Label he had released a video part entitled Auby’s World in October 2014, and at the time it was one of the gnarliest street parts ever—considering Auby was merely a flow rider. Since that part came out Auby has undertaken a transformation into that of an ‘80s era vert pro and in just two years he’s done a fucking pretty good job at that.
Watching him skate now throws me back into my youth when I got to see all the Texas skaters like Jeff Phillips, Dan Wilkes, Craig Johnson, and John Gibson in their heydays. He might be channeling some Jeff Phillips energy out of the atmosphere.
Did I mention I dig the underdog?
Eggplant. Slobs, Riverside, California.
State your full name.
Auby Jeffrey Taylor.
Is that your real name?
Real name’s Adam Jeffrey Taylor.
That’s weird cause there’s an Adam Taylor or that skated and there’s a Jeff Taylor from Texas that skated.
Yeah. There’s actually three of us. There’s three Adam Taylors. One that skates vert from Encinitas. He’s got all the tattoos and stuff. Then there’s the other Adam Taylor who skates street and he’s on Expedition flow. He rode for Expedition, but we’re all friends.
What about Jeff Taylor from Texas?
Jeff Taylor. Don’t know him. I know Wild Will Taylor though. Remember that guy?
Tell me what you know about Wild Will Taylor?
He was wild. I know some other things that I probably shouldn’t say. He was in prison and stuff.
I know Will Taylor from…I shot photos of Will. So you think Taylor’s a big name out there in Texas, in the Lone Star State?
I guess. Trying to think. I mean there’s a few Taylors, yeah. You should ask me about Jeff Jones.
What about Jeff Jones do you want me to ask you about?
There’s a lot of likes about Jeff here today. He did that body varial and misses his board, then he went to grab it again. That was pretty rad. I know he can do a Phillips 66. And did he ride for BBC?
He had a pretty rad board graphic though.
A lot of legends from Texas right?
Yeah. A lot of legends and weirdos. Rappers.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in between Dallas and Ft. Worth in a little town called Keller. But nobody knows about Keller really so I just always said I was from Dallas. Because Texas is a big place. I grew up there and I was home schooled my entire life. Never went to public school a single day. And I was an only child. So I grew up in kinda of a bubble and skateboarding kinda happened organically. My mom bought me my first board from a garage sale and it was a Nash. And I rode it down the street and I thought I was good at it cause I could ride the thing without falling. I thought that was all there was to it. It just kinda exploded from there. I went to the library and got a book. I rode my board for like two or three years before realizing you can actually do tricks. I was mindblown when I saw the first ollie. It was so crazy.
How old were you?
Shit I was probably like 8, 9. But I got my first real board when I was 10 or 11 and it was a Think board. I rode that around for a while. And actually thought it was rad cause it had real bearings and wheels. It was fast.
Where’d you skate?
I don’t know I kinda just rode around on the sidewalk and tried to learn ollies for like, it seemed like an eternity. There wasn’t much to skate at all. There was a slab of concrete at the park where I played baseball at. And I’d always just skate on that concrete. And then the coach one day saw me skating before practice and he took my board and he threw it in the creek. He’s like, “You’re not do’in that! You’re not do’in that shit!” And I remember I went home and I was all pissed. And I never went back to practice.
That was the end of your baseball career?
Yeah but I was a really good player though. I was a pitcher and I’d throw no hitters and shit. My dad was all stoked he thought I was gonna play for the Rangers. But they were actually pretty supportive of me skating. You know I just wanted to do what I wanted. I started riding for my local shop when I was like thirteen or fourteen. That was called Fast Forward, you remember those? Fast Forward skateshop. And the owner this guy Damien Rowe (check), he was the team manager and then he started Index Skateboard Supply, which was my first real sponsor, skate shop.
When did you first meet another skater that you started hanging out with?
Well there were kids in my neighborhood that I kinda linked together with and he all skated and we like rode around, but none of us could really do tricks. It was groundbreaking when one of us finally figured out how to ollie. I don’t remember who did it first. But it was like a group of six of us just neighborhood kids. I remember the first time I was really blown away from someone skating was the first skatepark I went to, it was called Eisenburg. And it was owned by a pro rollerblader, Arlo Eisenburg. My mom took me there it was like an hour away and I went there and saw a guy do a kickflip. He did a kickflip rock to fakie on a quaterpipe and that was the first time I was like, “holy shit!” And it was probably some random dude but I thought he was like pro or something. I learned how to drop in that day, rock fakie, and tailstall; all in one day.
All in one day!
I was on the miniramp the whole day. It was pretty funny.
How quickly did you progress? Where were you at at that point?
I was just a local kid. I would always go to freestyle skatepark in Cannondale (check), which is outside of Ft. Worth. They’d have team contests and they’d make you skate the entire place. You had to skate the street course, the miniramp, and then the vert ramp. And if you got in the top five or whatever you got to skate for free. So I consistently made the team every month and I skated for free the whole time I went there. But I didn’t think I progressed very fast I thought I sucked at skating for a really long time. I mean I still do now. But within reason though I was a very slow learner, like flip tricks and stuff came really slow for me. I was really into miniramps for a long time and then I started skating street. I got to go to downtown Ft. Worth with my friends and that’s kinda when skating street took over. I don’t know though I was just kinda an average kid that the shop hooked up and got a free board every month.
What year were you born?
1989, July 3rd.
So you were like 12 years old when you were going to these contests?
Maybe like thirteen, fourteen. I started getting better as I got older. I was totally addicted to it though I mean I didn’t stop skating, ever.
So you were the kid who was there all day skating?
Oh yeah. Covered in dust, and slurpee lips. I had the helmet that kinda cocked over one eye, it was too big for me. And I wore like JNCOs and had Saviers and shit. I went through a period where I bought like every Brian Anderson Savier on wholesale whenever the thing started going out of business. It’s kinda funny I ride for Nike now cause I was a big Savier kid I thought they were the best shoes, so I always bought Brian Andersons.
That had to be 2004?
I was a bit older. I was maybe fifteen, sixteen, when that was going on.
Did you ever have the Tim O’Connor shoe?
No. I remember they had them on EBAY and I bought like ten pairs that were my size. I had them for so long, even after they went out of business.
So why is it weird that now you’re on Nike even though you used to love Savier?
Cause they are the same company. I heard that. That they were part of the same company. All I knew is that they were part of Nike. I think it was before Nike. That was the brand that they were trying to come into skateboarding with, and call it Savier. And then they tanked and just came in and were Nike, lets do this.
Probably how it went. I don’t’ know either.
Let’s do it.
So you’re about 14, shop sponsored. When did you decide to leave Texas? At what point did you decide that you had to get out of there and go somewhere where you can do skateboarding?
I mean when I started to hit my teens I started to get the itch to move out to California. Kinda like any kid from a small town. You have those big city dreams. Especially if you’re skateboarding, California it’s just thrown at you and presented like this is where it’s at, this is it, this is where you need to be. If you’re not here, you’re fucking up. I always thought that was kind of lame, but you know I wanted to see what the hubbub was about. I was probably maybe 18 when I first made it out to California for my first visit. And I rode for Sugar Sports. They had me pay for my own plane ticket.
Where was Sugar Sports from?
I don’t know. They were just in LA somewhere. And I remember Marko [Jazbinsek], he’s the owner of Sugar Sports. And we went to McDonalds. I got off the plane and I got a meal and a drink, and he bought a cheeseburger and used my drink the whole time.
Like as a refill? And he was the owner?
Yeah. I got boards from him and that was cool. They took me to Santa Monica High 14. I tried to nollie back heel it. I got really close. That was the one that got away. That sucked.
Did you ever had an ad in a magazine for Sugar Sports?
No. No No. I ended up riding for Stereo after that.
How’d that happen?
I don’t even know how I got on Stereo actually. I’m trying to remember. They just put on Tony Karr and Josiah Gatlin as amateurs on their company. And I was just getting on as flow so I kinda knew it was gonna be a while. But I went to a contest. I think it was called Hometown Heroes. And I won and I got to go to California. And I came out here and I extended my flight and I stayed with the guy who was their filmer, I don’t remember his name. We filmed a whole video part in like 2 weeks. My first real time in California I feel like I got to skate as much as I wanted to. Right before that video part was about to come out I ended up riding for Flip. Cause Geoff called me. Geoff Rowley called me.
How’d he get your number?
It was from this guy, Luke McKirdy. Ever meet him? Luke McKirdy gave Geoff some of my footy, and Geoff called me and asked me if I wanted to get boards from Flip and I hung up on him. Cause I thought it was a prank call. Cause I got prank called from someone else pretending to be Geoff. Seven months prior.
So you know Luke McKirdy from Texas?
Yeah. He’s like the original all terrain ripper.
Does he still have a British accent?
Yeah kinda. He’s fun to talk to.
So you’re on Flip. At that point did you move out to California?
Well I was living with my parents. I was like 20, 21. I had my first girlfriend. I had just lost my virginity and I was working at a paint factory mixing paint for car parts and stuff. I got to go to Tampa Am with Nike. I met Curren there. And I met Shelly Caples. She was telling me like, “hey do you want to come back with us. Come stay with us.” And I thought she meant I could come visit. But she was like, no you can come live with us. And I’m like “Sure I’ll go to California!” She’s like “you can live in Curren’s room. And he’ll pay for everything.” And I totally thought she was shitting me. Cause we were all like out at dinner and drinking. The next morning she was like “did you think about what I said?” I was like, “You’re serious?”. “Yeah just come out whenever you want.” And I bought a ticket that night. Flew back to Texas. Packed a small bag, and just left. Broke up with my girlfriend. Quit my job. Over the phone. I was out.
How’d you do at Tampa that year?
I never did good at Tampa. The only contest I ever won was Damn Am Atlanta, and I think it’s cause everybody rolled their ankle. And we bought Mike Sinclair a queso.
So you moved to Ventura?
Yeah. Moved to Ventura. At this point I’m riding for Flip, Nike, and Bones. And I think that’s it. And Index. I had a pretty small list of sponsors. They were hooking me up. Him and his mom put me up and I lived in his room. Fuck for like a year. And we immediately started fighting, like, within a matter of days. It was crazy.
He’s a bit younger than you right?
Yeah. Dude. I want to say he was like fourteen when I lived there. And yeah it was crazy, it was like he was my little brother, like, annoyed the living shit out of me. And his mom too. My god, she’s great. He’s great, I love Curren, but we definitely were like brothers. He’s like the brother I never had. The brother I hated. [laughs].
What was next after that?
After Curren’s I ended up meeting Moose. He skates for Mystery. He used to skate for Deathwish. He’s from Oxnard. I rented a room from his dad. I rented the kitchen and I had a mattress in the kitchen for like $200 a month. They were super good to me. The De Los Reyes family as a whole are awesome. But I live with Moose and I’d go back and forth to Long Beach. By this time all my friends had moved to Long Beach. All my Texas buddies. My buddies Shane Darnell (check) who filmed the Index Video and who filmed most of my Auby’s World part, he ended up moving out there. Along with a couple other guys. Just some of my buds.
They still here?
I think so, yeah.
You don’t talk to them anymore?
We all kinda went different ways. It’s weird you know. I wish that sometimes I was able to stay in Texas but it was just kinda impossible to do what I wanted to do there. When I go back sometimes. It just feels like a new place every time. Everything is changing. There’s a whole new group of kids. And I just ended up out here. And maybe one day I’ll go back and I want to try to help Mike Crum and his non-profit to push vert skating back in Dallas. Cause I have a lot of love for Texas.
So after Moose?
So I was living with Moose and I got cut from Flip after riding for them for about three years. And then I was taking the bus every day working at a carwash. Dirt poor. Eating carne asada burritos every day at this taco truck by my house. And then I got a call Andrew Reynolds. My friend Theotis showed him my footage. Drew called me and I just remembered fanning out. Totally like, he asked me if I wanted to get boards from Baker and I was like [high pitched voice], “yeah man, your Stay Gold part was awesome!” Cause Drew was always one of my favorites, Street Guy. Felt like he was cool. He’d have that weird tap on your board three times. I did that too. I ended up riding for Baker. That was short lived as well though. Flip lasted about three years. Baker lasted about 6 months.
Any specific reason on why you left Baker?
Goddammit! I don’t know. You know sometimes you just don’t fit? And I’m still friends with all those guys. To be honest I was more stoked on Baker than any of the other companies cause they were honest. I felt like Flip kinda strung me along. If I may say. Cause it was like three years and I moved out there. Then just got cut. I mean first I rode for Stereo but it was like the first board sponsor…. Actually no. Fucking scratch all that I never rode for any of them, I was flow. I only turned pro when I got on Black Label. I never went am, I just went straight to pro.
So you were also flow for Krooked?
Yeah I ended up on flow for Krooked after Baker. And by this point I was living in and around Long Beach and then I moved to San Francisco. Probably within my second or third year of riding for Krooked.
Yeah. Flow. For three years. It seems like it’s tough for people to make up their mind sometimes. With what they want to do with you. But I really loved Krooked. At the time, with all these other companies, things hadn’t worked out. Krooked just seemed like the raddest place to be and the most logical option. But at the time I never thought it was an option, it was like the hot chick that was unobtainable. Like “she’s way too hot for me.” And I ended up getting boards from them. And I got along with everybody, so I thought. There were different opinions about me. Like I said before I think sometimes things don’t work out and there might not be any real specific reason besides that other than that you just didn’t fit in for what they were looking for with their program. I like to try to stay positive about things and not have any regrets or hold anything against anyone. You know it was just a rough ride for me riding for all these different companies and I think people, when they look and that, they think “oh there’s something wrong with this guy.” Or “Why can’t he find a home.”
People perceive you differently.
Yeah. But I never did anything wrong. I never banged anyone’s girlfriend. Or stole from anyone. Or did anything. Most of time it was people, I think, just didn’t get along because of someone’s ego, or I didn’t want to play by their rules. And maybe that’s the Texan in me. Cause I just want to skate how I want. I wanna do what I want. I don’t know. With Krooked it became a very different reality than what I thought the company actually was. And I regret the fact that I never actually got to meet Mark Gonzales. That’s kinda the only thing I’m pissed about. That I rode for Krooked for three years and I never met Gonz. Gonz is Krooked. But is Krooked Gonz? I wonder how he feels about it.
Moving on. How did Auby’s World come about?
That whole thing was a pretty big mix up. And I’ll be honest about everything with this one. Cause Auby’s World was a very big chunk of my life. And I filmed that whole part when I rode for Krooked. And over the course of three years I’d gone to Barcelona, Canada, Nashville. And all over the US and filmed with different people, Shane, Tim Fulton. I went out to San Francisco and shot photos with Gabe (Morford) and I remember we got 10 photos in 10 days and there was this big buzz. Like oh you’re gonna get an interview, an ad. Welcome to the team. So I was sitting on all this footage and Krooked announces me in Thrasher as a team rider, in the back pages. And I called to ask about that and they said it was a mistake, that I wasn’t on the team yet. And I kinda felt like something was weird with that. And then they weren’t very clear with me about my future and other aspects. I think that after three years whenever you’re told certain things. If that entity doesn’t follow up with that you have every right to ask what’s going to happen. Especially when you have all your footage and photos, your whole life’s work on their computer. At the time, I’m sure me and Ishod probably had the most footage on their harddrive. And you know I moved out to San Francisco, I was working as a valet, skating Double Rock every night. I lived in the old High Speed warehouse with Jake Johnson, who was building a time machine in the bottom floor. I’d come home and Jake would be hanging upside down on an inversion table. He’s so rad; I love Jake. Jake’s one of the raddest humans ever. I was a little pissed because things started happening with Krooked. I think that a lot of people thought I rode for them from that magazine and just from what they were telling people or from what people were hearing. And then I finally was just like “What’s the deal. How’re things looking.” I want to know what’s going on with this footage are we gonna do this or not. They didn’t have an answer for me. It was frustration I was just like, “I’m gonna peace out then.” Cause it was different from what they told me before. Sounded like they had cold feet. I had heard some of the other guys weren’t into it. And I just asked to get my footage. And so I gave my footage to Tony Vitello and he helped me get my first video part, which was Auby’s World. And I remember I waited for months after that part came out. I wanted to work things out with Krooked. I wanted to talk to Jim and Mic-E and all of those guys who were my friends, but they didn’t want talk about it. So, I put out the video part and I waited to maybe hear if we could work it out after maybe that came out. Maybe if they saw the response from that they would want to keep me on the team, cause people really associated that part with Krooked. But it wasn’t, it was my part. Yeah and that’s why I’m going into so much detail about this cause I want to clarify that it was not a Krooked part. But during that era of time riding their boards and stuff. So I waited for about a month to tell anybody that I wasn’t riding for them. Just out of respect for them and maybe to see if we could work it out. And then another month came and another Thrasher it said “Crazy in, Crazy out. Jake Johnson’s on Krooked, Auby Taylor’s off." I’m like “Man, Fuck That!” Honestly.
Fakie-finger. Encinitas, California.
I was hyped on that part it was one of the best video parts of that time. You set some standard.
Well I was tired of being held back and every time that I rode for a company.
For me it was almost like a beginning of an era of straight to web videos. And also the beginning of a time when pretty much the scale of wasn’t pro, didn’t really have a lot of things behind him, came out with a part that just blew down doors.
I didn’t have any backing when that part came out.
The only other time that I can remember that happening, PJ Ladd.
PJ Ladd is a great example of someone really coming out of the woodwork with really nothing. And I think I was motivated by all the perceived failure with all these different companies. And having my footage held hostage by all these different companies. That’s why you never saw my stereo part. That’s why you never saw any footage of me riding flip boards because I could never really get all the stuff. Krooked. I will say this, they gave me all my footage. And I commend them for that. But there’s no doubt, and I don’t think they can be mad when I say I was totally bummed out and heartbroken about the whole thing. I mean all these companies I tried to embody everyone I rode for. I wanted to do my best for them. I was just some fucking kid from Texas. Just trying to do it. And you know what, it didn’t work out and I think that fueled me to film more and more cause I’m just like, what do these people want. I just wanted a home.
So how did you find your home?
I found my home with Lucero. John Lucero the manager and owner of Black Label, he called Rhino and he was asking about me. At the time I was getting Expedition boards from the filmer, Tim Cisilino. Good dude. But wasn’t really going anywhere. I mean I thought my career was done. Cause after Krooked, I was 25. And I still felt like I had a lot of potential to give back to skating but I didn’t know if I’d ever find any backing. John had asked about me once before and I didn’t think too much of it. It was like two years before I started riding for them. It was after I got off Krooked and I was just kinda over everything I just wanted to take a break for a while. I was talking to Hewitt at Washington St and he was kinda reminding me like, you’re favorite skaters ride for those guys. Grosso rode for them. Jason Adams. Cardiel. And I thought, what a great company to ride for. They have such history and they’ve been such innovators in skateboarding. And John’s given so much to skateboarding with Black Label. And I just feel like it’s just a very well respected brand. And it’s from the 80’s. And I was really getting stoked on this idea.
Kinda coincides with you.
Yeah perfect timing. I mean I was just learning to do inverts and backside airs when I first started talking to Lucero. I remember whenever I called him I was gonna demand a spot on the team. I was just gonna say “hey I’ll ride for you but put me on the team I don’t want to be flow anymore.” But before I could say that he cut me off and was like, we want to give you your first pro board cause I believe in you. And I dropped the phone. That was pretty emotional for me actually to tell me mom I turned pro. To tell my dad I turned pro. Cause you know, it’s his name on a skateboard. And I don’t know if we talked enough about that.
Smith vert. Hemet, California.
So why’s your name Auby? Your names Adam but you go by Auby, why?
Back to the Adam Taylors. The whole thing with that was I didn’t want to be confused with the other Adam Taylor, who I’m now friends with and he gives me my pads at 187. But I just wanted to go by my dad’s name cause he’s awesome. And my grandfather, my dad’s dad was in the war. He was in Vietnam. His life was saved by a soldier named Auby, and he named my dad after that guy. And then I took my dad’s name. So, paying homage to whoever Auby was cause I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for Auby, and Auby. So that’s where my name came from and I thought it was kinda unique. Like I won’t be misconstrued with this other guy.
Fair enough. So you got on Black Label. Where did street Auby go?
I don’t know man I got bored. I just, honestly, I kinda did everything I waned to do. I jumped down a lot of stairs. I flipped in and out of ledges and rails and shit like that. I don’t know fuck it I just wanted to learn how to handplant right. And I wanted to know what it felt like to do a backside air. I never skated vert when I was a kid. We only skated flat-bottom at the bottom of those ramps. I started getting really stoked on the idea of learning how to skate transition better and I didn’t want to look like a street dude in the bowl or the vert ramp. It kinda started out with just bowls and stuff I didn’t ever really think I would be able to skate vert it just seemed impossible. Coming from a street background and going into a vert ramp you think you’re wired one way or another.
There are very few people who can transcend both. Gonz going from street to vert.
Yeah but Matt was pretty well rounded from the beginning. Even harder to go the other way….
I looked at your video part. That Auby’s World thing and I thought man incredible. And then I see you skate vert and was like man he’s got this thing going on, it’s fucking seamless.
Thank you Dave. That’s a huge compliment. I’d like to make that a point too that if there’s a kid out there who skates street and he looks at someone doing a backside air and says, I wish I could do that. You Can! You just gotta try and you gotta wear pads.
You’re obviously good enough to skate without pads but is there a reason why you where them? Back to my days we had to wear pads at the park, it was forced. It was this weird getting away from something. Now to learn with pads is better but you obviously learned without pads first and foremost.
I learned without pads but they were imposed on us at the skatepark. Same thing.
But at Washington Street you aren’t wearing pads.
I mean there are certain places where you do or you don’t. Obviously you don’t wear pads at Washington street. It’s just DIY. If you want to fine but I think pads are most important on vert ramps. You’re not gonna learn how to do an 8 ft high air without pads. I’m just saying there are guys out there who skate padless sometimes, but they learned with pads. And you know what I think it’s kinda funny cause their airs get lower without pads. And pads are just punk you know. They’re part of the 80’s. Especially what era that I’m stoked on in skating. When I shoot a photo on a ramp, I like the way they look. It’s just personal preference. I like wearing a Full-Tec, and I like knee pads. Elbow pads are cool too but they get itchy sometimes. I think to learn how to skate properly on vert, yeah, where pads. Why not? It’s not about making a point that you’re cool or more hardcore, I think that’s actually the lamest thing about it, is that people think that it’s like this stigma, when in reality you can learn in pads, or take them off if you want. I mean there are some places where you just don’t wear them. But if there’s a vert ramp and there are twenty guys who are wearing pads and you’re the one dude without them, it’s just kinda like…..
What are you trying to prove?
Yeah. Cause some people do do that.
Have you ever heard anybody say, hey can we shoot with without pads?
I’m trying to think. I’ve heard that. But I don’t’ think it’s actually been imposed on me cause whenever I shoot something… I won’t wear there at Washington Street, I won’t wear them on concrete, but on a Vert ramp I wear them. It just looks weird to me to be doing vert without pads. It looks lame to run out. You’re the one dude to run out, you’ll blow out your knee.
Blowing out your knee takes the fun away.
Yeah and that can happen real easy running down transition. I have really bad ankles as is. I need them.
So where’d your fascination with the 80’s come from?
It all started with Jeff Phillips cause I was from Dallas and Dallas has a very big vertical background. Texas as a whole does. The Houston dudes. Texas is the reason. And vert was a big deal there. And I always grew up hearing about Jeff and his skatepark, the Jeff Phillips Skatepark, was the skatepark that was around from before I started skating. But the older guys that I gravitated toward grew up skating there. I was always stoked on the older skaters cuase they had wisdom that kids my age didn’t have. So I was the grom that always kinda hung out with the older guys and go fucking tortured. But I kept coming back. Dude they sawed the nose and tail off my board, all kinds of shit. It was crazy. But it all started with Jeff. I thought he just looked so rad on a skateboard. There’s this photo of him doing an alley-oop frontside ollie on the cover of Thrasher, it’s got green flames, and it just stuck in my brain. I remember rthe next day I went out and got some pads and tried to learn frontside airs. Fucking didn’t know how to run into a knee slide so I just landed straight ton my knees and was like, Fuck this! This Sucks. I thought I was terrible at it. Still am terrible. But I kept trying and I don’t know it was weird it got me into a whole bunch of different stuff though. Not just Jeff. It just became more about just kind of the old way of skating. Which I thought had more flavor and more originality than what’s going on today.
Let’s do some name association. Mike Crum.
[Laughs] Four Down, his non-profit. Skatepark in Dallas. that has in vert ramp replica of the one at Jeff Phillips’ skatepark. And he’s resurrecting the Clown Ramp as we speak.
Layback air. Loud mouth. You want to hear the story about me hanging up my board. Fricken Owen. We’re at Tony Hawk’s ramp the Bird’s Next and I bail on my board and it lands upside down on the coping and Owen’s like “oh don’t get that you gotta do an air over it. Everyone’s gotta do an air over it.” It was T-Mag, Owen, me, and everybody airs over it. It comes my turn so I take T-Mag board and I’m like, You know I’m gonna fakie ollie over it. And I fakie ollie and I hung up on my own board, fell thirteen feet straight to flat. Thank God my Full-Tec saved me. Full head bongo.
Dreads through the helmet. Fucker cut a helmet open, put his dreads through, and he looked like a pineapple when he skated. He’s a rad, gnarly human being.
Total Weirdo. Neil’s like one of those guys that’s like your best friend in High School but like, I don’t know you always kinda thought he was an alien and could read your mind. I don’t know sometimes I think he just knows some things. He’s really rad to hang out with. I enjoy our polarizing dates at Ocean Beach in the mornings. With the grunion.
Short, little ball of fire. And I’ve never seen anybody skate quite like him. He’s taught me a lot about skating and always pushes me to try new things. Like if I’m doing the same tricks over and over he’s not really stoked, but if I try something new he’s like he know’s right way like, “There you go. Keep going. Progress.” Pete keeps me on my toes actually.
Any last words from Adam Auby Taylor?
Well, I was really nervous I hope everybody like it. I want to give a big shout out to my homie Dave. Dave thanks for interviewing me with The Skateboard Mag. I just want to say, skate for fun and that’s it. …and never give up.
Fastplant to fakie. Long Beach, California.
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