What's the most you've spent on one single piece of your collection? I think the Neil Blender drawing. I've bought some stuff on Ebay but it's a little impersonal. I wanted a painted Gonz really bad so I think I got that for like $150 or something. But the Blender drawing was maybe $300 but well worth it. He's always been one of my favorites and I love his artwork.
Do you think its important to know the history or roots of skateboarding? Yes and no. Regular kids out skating on the sidewalk could care less about the history of skating. And why should they? But the thing is most skaters study the culture without even knowing it. Reading magazines and watching videos touches on skatings roots all the time. History can become important when skaters do some shit that was done ten years ago and went away for a reason.
Published on May 18, 2009
This issue of Swimmer's Ear features interviews with skateboarder Jesse Reed and bands Challenger, Despistado, and Sparta. A special feature...