There are so many shredders coming out of the Northwest these days because of the abundance of skatepark terrain that was built throughout the last decade. Even with the harsh wet winters these kids just keep progressing at a staggering rate. Nick Peterson is one of those that grew up on Oregon’s Dreamland-built concrete and it shows in his adaptability to any concrete that he puts his wheels down on.
This winter Nick spent a lot of time in Southern California skating the parks, ramps and backyard pools and logged an extensive amount of footage and even got a new board sponsor: Black Label Skates. Here are some photos and a short interview with Nick to get you hyped for his mind-blowing video part.—DS
Nick Peterson, Fast Plan | Photo: Swift
Dave Swift: I can’t look at my questions so I gotta remember them. What have you been up to since you left California?
Nick Peterson: Workin’. Doing remodeling, demolition. Saving up money to come back down. Keep the ball rollin’.
That’s what I figured. Cut the mullet last night? What’s the hair look like now?
It’s all shaved. My buddy ended up cutting off the mullet last night.
Are you back to your roots?
Yep. It feels good.
Where in Oregon are you from?
I am from Newburg, outside of Tigard. An hour out of Portland.
So, you grew up skating there in that area?
Tigard Skatepark. Mark Scott’s hometown.
What’s good about that place?
The locals. The scene was sick, everybody that I grew up skating with was always fun to ride with and kept me wanting to skate and stick with it.
Are those guys still around skating?
Some of ‘em. Frank Richardson is, I ride with him at Burnside every day we can.
What’s the weather been like up there?
It’s nice now. Summers have been getting longer.
This little interview is going to coincide with your part coming out. Josh [“Peacock” Henderson] gave me some questions and I already forgot ‘em. Tell me the Mark Scott story.
When he took our seventeen-passenger van, I had to round everybody up. We had a bunch of friends from Italy in town. They all got in the van and he tried to take ‘em to the casino, and he ended up doing four laps around his barn. Everyone jumped out of the van except for Mark and Joey Martin and he jumped that seventeen seater over a 30-foot tabletop at Mark’s house… into a tree. Jumped a good 30 feet and bounced the van into a tree.
Mark hit his head on the mirror, split his scalp. He ended up needing, I don’t know, thirty staples or some shit. Our buddy Preston ended up giving him homemade stitches to hide the cut from his son who was gonna be home in about twenty minutes, ‘cause he didn’t want his son to get scared. So he threw in about ten homemade stitches. Mark threw his hat back on, went to bed, woke up at five in the morning, and drove to Eugene to build a skatepark with ten homemade stitches in his head. His wife woke with blood all over the bed and freaked out and made him go to the hospital.
Needless to say, he was a good influence on you.
[laughs] Yeah, he always is. He keeps it alive.
What’s up with ridin’ the big boards?
Something different. I don’t know.
You seem to love it.
Yep. John [Lucero] sent me another one, the last one. Hopefully they’ll be back in. I don’t know, it brought the stoke back to skateboarding. Made me want to appreciate the small things.
Yeah, but you’ve rode them for a good three months down here.
Yeah, I’m gonna keep ridin’ ‘em. It’s fun.
Is it weird to go back to a regular board after that?
Yeah, I had to up my size. It’s 9” now. 8.5” just felt like a twig.
You been staying with your folks since you’ve been back there?
Yep, I stay with my mom at the moment while I’m down here. And my buddy that’s got me a job, I’m stayin’ with him.
Looks like you’ve been shooting guns and hanging out with dogs.
Yep, that’s my pops. He lives in Newburg, too, but he’s out in the country. He’s a bit out there, but I get over there every once in a while.
Cody [Lockwood] wants to know: What do you like to do besides skateboarding? I heard you’re a bit of a motocrosser.
Yeah, it’s in my family. Everybody rides but we don’t really race or anything. More trail riding and stuff.
You get a little wild?
Sometimes. It gets a little hairy. We had to get rid of my bike not that long ago; about four years ago. I couldn’t afford to keep going out and getting hurt.
Yeah, motorcycles—that’s a fuckin’ death race.
Yeah. They’re fun.
You’re sure to lose something on one of those things. Josh wants to know if you’ve ever been punched by Mark.
[laughs] Sometimes! Me and Chris Russell. One night, Mark punched both of us in the face. I think a couple of times! [laughs]
What does it feel like to get punched by Mark?
He probably won’t remember, but what happened with me is I didn’t really know exactly what was going on then Mark hit me in the face! But he won’t hit you if you don’t deserve it. It’s kinda fun.
You were staying at Mason [Merlino] and Dalton [Dern]’s for a few months. How was that?
It was good. Thankful for it. I was able to ride different shit I don’t usually get to skate. I hung out with a bunch of dudes I don’t really hang out with most of the time. It’s fun.
It was wintertime there [in Oregon], so going there gave you more time to actually skate.
Oh yeah! But now that it’s nice up here again, I might as well get back to work, see all my buddies and ride up here. Do it all over again.
You gonna have some time this summer to go on some missions out there?
Oh yeah, all summer. But I should be coming back down in September. Maybe stay in Chino and work with Crazy Kyle.
Speaking of Crazy Kyle: Are you on Black Label now? How did that come about?
I was just ridin’ with the boys down there and they got a hold of John and mentioned it. John’s a rad dude.
I talked to Lucero recently and he’s pretty hyped on it. Stoked to have you on the team.
It’s an honor. I never thought I’d be a part of something like that. I’m stoked.
Name your Northwest influences, skating or other.
Well, number one would be Mark Scott for everything he’s done. Kept everybody ridin’, kept everybody on their toes. Kowalski and Cody Lockwood; Anakin Senn, my buddy Frank Richardson, always keeping everybody hyped. He just broke his ankle but he’s cruisin’. Colin Sharp for everything he’s ever done, keepin’ me ridin’, keepin’ me stoked. Fun.
So what happened to your collarbone? How did you break your collarbone in Montana?
I was broke, as usual. And Frank Shaw put ten bucks on the line to bomb this dirt hill. I made it all the way down on one of them and I can’t remember who it was said that I didn’t make it all the way so I had to do it again. So I ended up getting stuck and I slammed on my shoulder and broke my collarbone.
Then I flew to Sweden for my first time three weeks later and I broke it again on the first day I got there with Chris Russell. Playin’ him S.K.A.T.E. I broke my collarbone four times in, like, a month. Re-breaking it and shifting it. It was jacked. It’s crooked.
You got a crooked collarbone?
A little bit.
It doesn’t seem to affect you when you skate as far as I can tell. Josh wants to know: How does it feel to win your first Grammy?
Fuck off! [laughs]
Oh, that’s ‘cause you look like Leonardo. Gotcha.
How old are you?
I am 21 years old.
How many years have you been skating?
I have been riding for probably a decade now. Tigard skatepark opened in October of 2007 and that’s when I started riding.
Nine years this October. What was your first setup?
My buddy Frank had the same exact one as me. It was Powell, with the eye and a spear going through it. It was like the Neversoft [logo, Tony Hawk Pro Skater].
So, the Powell board. What truck?
I couldn’t even tell you, to this day. But that’s what my buddy had.
You know that most people remember their first setup.
Yeah, I’m not like most people.
That’s good, you’re one of a kind. What do you miss about California?
Ridin’ pools, man! Goin’ on the missions. That’s the best part, the only reason why I go down there.
The only reason, huh? What was your favorite pool down here on your last trip?
I couldn’t even tell you. But I’d have to say Yucca. We skate Yucca the most. Yucca, that was the one—the goldmine. Kept it low key, too. Not a lot of people got to hit it. It was fun. It’s gone now, huh?
I think so, last I heard. Then all of a sudden you see footage of Kyle skating there. Maybe no one’s living there and people just barge it.
Yeah, I hope I make it back out and ride that again. Yeah, ridin’ pools. That’s what it’s all about.
Cody wants to know how you got a broken tooth the other night.
Oh, just buddies shit talkin’. [laughs] That’s about it! Me talkin’ shit. He was wearing a few rings, I’m assuming, and they connected. [laughs]
Josh wants to know: If you could be any animal, what would it be?
A black lab, ‘cause you could be stupid and get away with it ‘cause everybody loves you anyways.
That’s a good answer. What’s your favorite Priest song?
“White Heat Red Hot.” That’s the best Judas Priest song in my eyes—in my ears. We’re gonna keep it country, though.
Nick Peterson, Slob Fastplant | Photo: Swift
Check back tomorrow for Nick's video part filmed/edited by Peacock.