“I just really like drawing and always have. I don’t think it came from skateboarding but that definitely helped developed what I liked, as did listening to metal. Also I think going to galleries and my mum worked at an art college, so I would always go in and see what the students were doing. I always wanted to make art when I was younger, my aim was to go to art college and then I don’t think I ever really thought much past that. I’ve been very lucky that I’ve manage to mould what I do around drawing.”
Rounding off this series of ‘Vase’ based interviews is Nick Jensen. Due having not seen the video at the time the following conversation took place, I invited Jacob Harris along to not only fill in for any absent information on my part, but it seemed quite fitting and deserving for Jake to spend some time …
“It’s been so long, we’ve been working on this video forever so I never feel pressure or stress or anything. We’ve just been skating every summer and saved up footage. This spring actually, it was like “If you want to get some tricks, it’s now.” But then he closed the deadline and it’s still kind of open. It’s like a never ending process.”
“The thing I missed the most is just being out in the city at night creeping around looking for spots with Jahmal (Williams) and Steve (Brandi). It was less like that I had lost all meaning in my life. (Laughing) because that’s how every other video would be and that’s not unique to me by any means.”
“I like how everyone is in there at different places, as we do skate together a lot and I think it really shows that. One-off videos are cool too but you lose a lot of the company/team family feel that was so cool about the older VHS videos.”
“I think my dad just wanted to be involved in what I was doing. He loved sports and watching my brother and I play and coached us. I also think my parents were worried skateboarding would lead to me getting into trouble. All in all, over time they supported it 100% because they knew how much I loved doing it.”
The thought of heading out into the great unknown on missions with some of the skateboarding’s modern greats would be a daunting prospect for any filmer new to the experience. Add to that the multiple responsibilities of being the person with all the spots, getting the talent to said spots and then being in charge of encouraging said talent to perform, whilst simultaneously dealing with the actual filming side of things, and the life of a modern skate filmer suddenly starts to sound pretty daunting.