UNA FARRAR

Located on the very West Coast of Canada sits Vancouver Island. When you’re always steps away from the ocean and are able to see the mountains from basically any look-out point you go to, there’s no question why it has been ranked one of the best islands in the world. It’s also a great destination to skate and surf, as it has become home to a large number of skateparks over the past decade. Lucky for Una Farrar, she gets to call this place home. I got the chance to catch up with Una, an 18 year old skater and V.I. native. She was able to tell me about her love for the island, how she got into skateboarding, details about her most recent sponsor, and her opinion on Drake. 

MJ: Lil Tubsy! How’s it going? What are you up to right now? 

UF: Yooo Jonesie Bones! I’m doing good, currently doing a little shoe-goo repair job.

Nice. So you grew up in Victoria, B.C. What was it like learning to skateboard out there? 

Learning to skate here was pretty fun, and I consider myself fairly lucky with my facilities, skate shops, and homies to skate with. The island is a beautiful place to grow up and the people are mellow. I grew up skating with all boys, but I never once felt deprived of any support or opportunities.

What’s it like skating there now that you’ve become so familiar with it? 

It’s amazing honestly, and only improves with time. The sense of community is vibrant and being from a smaller city I almost feel like I know every skater on the island. 

Because you’re living on the island, and Tofino being one of the top surf-destination towns in the world, do you surf as well? 

My older brother Liam is going to say I’m lying if I call myself a "surfer” but I do try to at least get a couple sessions in during our semi annual-ish family trips. I think the ocean is a beautiful, vast, and terrifying place. I would mostly bail on the wet suit and go skate the Tofino or Ucluelet park, haha. We did do a surf trip to Nicaragua a couple Christmases back and that was super fun. The warm water makes it a lot easier to jump in. You feel me? 

Yeah, I hear that. I know your older brother is pretty into skating too, and that you guys built like, a half-pipe in your backyard. Do you think Liam was one of your top influences to pursue skating?

It was mainly me and my dad who built the ramp in the backyard, but Liam was definitely a big help as well. I made a screen-saver on my dad’s computer that said, “Work on the ramp with Una” so I was constantly bugging him to help me even when I wasn't there. I was like twelve, OK!? When Liam first started skating, I was still pretty young and got frustrated easily. I didn't find it fun at all. Skating was actually the first thing to make me say “shit" out loud. I begged Liam to not tell our mom. 

But I would say the top influence for me to pursue skating was my closest friend who lived down the street. He started skating when we were in middle school and since we hung out almost everyday, I started skating too, but only because it was boring to just sit and watch. His dad built a box/rail/kicker set-up, and we spent hours everyday skating them. His part of the street had much better pavement than mine. 

I know you’ve said The Sour Solution is one of your fave skate videos. Growing up, did you read skate magazines or watch skate videos frequently? Or did you find yourself focused mainly on just skateboarding itself? 

I definitely read skate mags before I actually started skating, and once I did start, videos became a huge part of it too. Before Instagram, YouTube was how you stayed updated on all your favourite skaters, so me and my homies were constantly subscribing and watching videos. I also started filming and editing with my friends early on and it’s now become one of my favourite parts of skateboarding.

Were there any teams or skaters that you found yourself focusing on and looking up to? 

Honestly, I looked up to my friends around me and the skaters in my town the most. I found myself wanting to learn tricks usually because I saw someone do it at the park or one of the local videos.

Each friend I skated with growing up — am currently still growing — was good at different things so I learned from each of them. I have a really good group of friends here, including my boyfriend who's amazing and also a very talented skateboarder.

You’ve skated in bigger cities than Victoria, like L.A. and Vancouver for certain events and such. Do you see yourself staying on Vancouver Island, or do you feel like you need a transition? Where would you go? 

This is a hard question to answer but a very relevant one because I’ve been asking myself that a lot lately. I love where I live and who I live with, and coming home to the island after skate trips always feel right, like I belong here. I’m also a very proud Canadian. Shout out free health care!! For skating on the other hand, bigger cities are more beneficial in many ways. A huge part of the skate industry is based out of California, and living somewhere like that would be insane productivity wise. There's pros and cons to both, and I’m currently trying to figure out which path I’m going to take. 

True, yeah. Being 18 years old, you’re sort of at an age where you gotta make certain decisions about where you want to direct your future. Is skateboarding playing a large role now in that kind of decision-making? 

Yeah, I find skating has already taken me to amazing places while still being for fun. It’s also taught me important life lessons along the way. And this only the beginning!! Big things big things. 

You might be sick of being asked this, so I'm sorry, but I have to know your answer. What’s your opinion about skating being in the Olympics? 

It’s interesting for sure. I think it’s going to be a good time for whoever goes. That’s history right there! But at the same time, skateboarding is an art form, and big contests and they way the decide to judge them are fairly questionable. 

You’ve most recently been involved with Friend Ship Skateboards. Wanna talk about that?

They just put me on the team!! Super hyped on that. The homie I usually stay with in California ended up crossing paths with Tim Olson, the owner of the Friend Ship. Tim had been thinking about putting a girl on the team and one thing led to another. He ended up getting in touch, being stoked on my footage, and now we’re here! I'm going back down to Cali in the middle of April and going to be working on a video project with Tim and the Friend Ship, stay woke.

Whoa! Congrats lady! You've skated with Meow Skateboards in the past, and currently with local Victoria brands like Coastline and Cake Supply. What’s the story behind your first sponsor?

My first sponsor was Lyrics skate shop, which is now out of business unfortunately. It was run by the summer skatepark supervisor and close friend of mine Alexander Eddy, but we call him Eddy. At one of the local summer skate comps here, I placed first in the boys category for my age group, and Eddy was watching and put me on the team then and there. Before sponsoring me, Eddy always helped me as much as he could hooksin’ deals on skate stuff I couldn't really afford.

Dope! RIP Lyrics. If you could skate for any company, who would it be?

Patagonia. Or Vector, because that cereal is bomb as fuck. 

True. Breakfast lunch and dinner. Do you listen to music while you skate? 

I used to skate with headphones a lot but now I’m way too talkative when I skate to do that. But if there's a speaker or something, I really enjoy skating to tunes. It’s like dancing.

What do you think of Drake’s More Life

Holy shit I love it. But I like every Drake album, so that’s not saying a whole lot. I listen to it almost everyday though. Teenage Fever, Ice Melts, Portland,  and Passionfruit among all the other songs are pieces of art, brilliant job Aubrey <3

Nice. I listened to Ice Melts on repeat for an entire day recently and I’m still not sick of it haha. Alright, do you want to tell me about your best “Hall of Meat” moment?

Oh man. Yeah, for sure. Anyone who knows me knows I fall a lot, so it’s pretty hard to narrow it down to one moment. But I think it would have to be when my friends and I were filming out in the industrial part of my town. I was trying to kick flip a 7 stair, and was only like 13 or 14 years old so this was a big deal for me. Although kick flips still suck. Anyways, I ended up landing full impact on a folded foot and my ankle immediately swelled up and I knew my shit was messed up. We got it on film though! I was stoked on that. 

Holy wow that sounds painful. You’ll have to show me that footage someday. Speaking of struggle, what have been some of the biggest challenges you’ve had to deal with in regards to skateboarding? What keeps you motivated to keep skating? 

The biggest challenges for me are the ones I set for myself every day. Realistically, living in Victoria, we do get a lot of rain so that makes it more difficult to skate. But if you really love it, there's ways around that… parking garages and stuff.

Skating for me is a not only a physical battle, but also mental. Everyday it makes me face my fears. It teaches me perseverance and dedication. There's no coaches or organized practices to keep me involved. It’s the love that keeps me going, and it’s the only thing I’ve found that's made me feel that way.

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FANCY LAD

“BARBARIANS AT THE BEZERKER”

Fancy Lad’s full length video Is This Skateboarding, contemplates the innocence and creativity left in the sport that is losing its genuine quality to posers and popular media. It’s hinted at several times throughout, that what’s being captured on film is skateboarding the way it’s meant to be: personal, inventive, fun and full of childlike wonder. Some moments made me think of the LameBoyz 1.5 movie, while other times the voiceover commentary got me thinking me of the short film SCOTT. I asked the lads some questions about why and how they do what they do. 

Why did you choose the title ‘Is This Skateboarding’ for your latest film? With the different ways of riding that you guys invent, and sporadic moves based on the bounce of the board, it seems like you’ve created something new because you are bored of other skateboard videos out there today…

It is an attempt to reinvent the wheel. Skateboard videos are pretty set in their ways. They have a formula and stick to it. This is probably the most traditional FL video to date, but it still seems miles away from anything else that is going on. It is supposed to showcase our deviation. The fact that people have to question the validity of creativity is strange to me.

Maybe haters will be wary of your creativity, but you’ve definitely hit the jackpots of Thrasher posting your video, as well as Adult Swim asking you to do a short Web Experiments segment. It must feel good to have that kind of validation for doing things your own way. If you happened to get large sums of money, from a sponsor or  a random donor, would you decide to do anything differently? Or would you keep the  humble scratched lens effect? 

Well, we have recently fixed the scratch on the lens. They crew was pretty split in how they felt about the decision. It is a tough decision whether or not one wants to try to maintain a certain aesthetic in the video, or to go all in and see the very absolute most terrible possible version of using a scratched lens. We pride ourselves in making the most out of our very limited means -it is part of what thrives our creativity. So in a way, I would be nervous with a big budget. I might freak out and hire Danzig and Billy Corgan to play a game of table tennis on film.

Why is it important for you to document/remember these moments? Do you think you’re doing it as a reminder to not adhere to the phony aspects of society and adulthood?

I don't think we are capable to adhere if we wanted to. There is a similarity between skate videos and comedy which is what gives them a great opportunity to present something uncensored and unadulterated. The quest for truth and beauty and beauty in truth is at the core of creativity and comedy. People look to comedians to give them a dose of truth, in the sea of people fake as fuck filled with ambition for all the wrong reasons. Richard Pryor said, "a young comedian gets started by trying to do what he does and doesn't know he's a comedian until he finds out."

What’s your process of putting together the soundtracks for your videos?

I had a dream last night that Nirvana had reunited at my school with the Kurt Cobain imposter lookalike/singalike guy from Youtube. Everyone stays quiet while watching them from their seats. During the end of the performance, the band unenthusiastically smash their instruments with no emotion.

Abe appearing as a police officer, and other scenes like Matt wearing blue lipstick and humping a unicorn, adds a lot more to character and to the overall storyline. Also at the beginning of your video New Hell, these words show up on the screen: “In using awesome powers for its absolute minimal output we’ve made beautiful fools out of valuably fading situational characters.” Do you think these facets of personality and plot are what makes an audience more inclined to watch? 

Yes, I don't know if we are necessarily making "skate videos" per say. I think that there is something that we are doing that is more than skate videos. Something that appeals to people outside of skateboarding. It is a unique brand of comedy. I'm not sure how to describe it yet. It would help if someone smarter than myself would write a script for us to follow loosely.

I’m sure if you had a script competition for your fans, you would get some pretty good responses. On an ending note, I wanted to mention an audio clip from the movie American Beauty that you had included in your 2015 Chicago tour video: “I’m just an ordinary guy with nothing to lose.” Do you feel like this motto represents what’s at the core of skateboarding? 

It spoke to me at least, which is why I decided to use it. I think there is a lot of self realization that comes with selecting these quotes. I would say it myself, but it's easier scouting them out from movies I identify with. It’s a lot harder writing it on your own, and watching through endless movies trying to find some sort of meaning or relevance behind them for countless hours.

Photos: Brendan Jaccarino


 

JOSH STEWART

Josh Stewart is the founder of New York-based distribution company, Theories Of Atlantis. TOA is a highly intuitive skate collective that navigates creativity, independence, and artistic value within skateboarding culture. We interviewed Josh to explore the depths of his company, his perspective on the brands that they sell, and why keeping underground skateboarding alive is important. 

How do you persevere to the top in such a highly competitive city like New York with an independent skate company?

I guess you have to have your hands in several different pots. To have some sort of side hustle that allows you to pull in some income that you can invest into your brand and take a risk. I moved to NYC 10 years ago and worked restaurant jobs while also doing contract video work for anyone that would hire me. Then I would film in between, usually at night after work. That allowed me to slowly dip my toe into starting Theories and TOA distribution. 

What are your favorite companies that Theories supports and why do they mean so much to you?

Haha... well, that's pretty impossible to say what is my favorite, necessarily. The thing is that all of our brands that we've carried up to now have been created by my friends and skaters I did video parts with. So the beauty of this is that we’re not having to be salespeople pushing things we don't believe in. And I think that makes a big difference because I think people can tell when you're not being sincere. So, so far we've been really lucky that we're actually fans of everything we distribute.

Do you get to pick what the companies send you, or do they just send you stuff and then you have sell it?

No, we get to decide what we're gonna sell. For a long time I just had to guess what would sell, so I was basically picking everything based on my own taste. But we finally started to prebook everything so we send it to all our shops and they place their orders months in advance. Which is great because stuff that I don't think will be popular will often sell really well. Like the trends with the whole 90's retro thing or the style everyone's been wearing where they look like they're going yachting with their dad? If I was buying just based on my own personal taste we might not have ever imported that stuff but when we started pre-booking all of that stuff went crazy. 

Were you guys the first American distribution to sell Polar?

Yeah.

Yeah I feel like I really remember that, like if I wanted anything Polar I always went to your website.

Yeah, we got kind of lucky. I did an interview with Pontus on our site about his “In Search of The Miraculous” video. And during that interview he told me he was starting a brand and I had just started distributing Magenta so I offered to help him get the brand going here in the States. It was definitely a different scene at that time though, the indie brand thing hadn't popped off yet so most shops, even my good friends' shops, were really hesitant to pick our brands up. It took a while to slowly build up support but I felt like kids were ready for something new and it started to become obvious with time as the brands did better and better.

Pontus filming. Photo by Josh Stewart

Why do you think that there's such a heavy cool guy attitude in skateboarding? I feel like New York has it even heavier than anywhere else.

It's weird because I feel like the cool guy thing originally started in the 90's because skateboarding was considered really “uncool” and skaters were vibed and hated on for being skaters. When I was in high school there were only two other skaters so we got vibed out constantly and that eventually became part of our identity. You had to build a thick skin and I think a lot of skaters basically developed an attitude to counteract that. But then, about 15 years ago, things started changing and skateboarding started to become accepted. And now, it's almost universal that skateboarding is considered "cool". So nowadays, with skateboarding being so popular and universal, the biggest challenge is standing out. Everybody's good at skating, everybody's got their own brand, so how do you stand out? Well, I guess I’ll just be an asshole or I'll dress like a pirate. 

People consider New York to be the epicenter of that mentality but I think it's pretty universal at this point. Supreme was an early pioneer in that model. Putting on a cool-guy vibe as part of their image... and it really worked for them. I think a lot of people noticed that and tried to adopt the same aura. So everything has changed—in the 90's it was kind of a reaction to how we were treated, but now I think people put on a cool-guy front as a way to give themselves some “edge” and stand out.

There's definitely something really special about New York and it's really cool to see how you capture it in your videos. I feel like you've always maintained a very dark and authentic outlook. Would you say that's how you view skateboarding through your lens? All urban and gritty and stuff?

I mean, I think for me growing up in Tampa where the city didn't really preserve or respect it's history and architecture, it made me fall in love with cities like NY, DC, Philly, etc. when I first started traveling. There's something about that gritty, industrial revolution-era architecture that captures my imagination. So I think that was sort of part of the inspiration for me with my skate videos, trying to capture that darker, more gritty vibe of the city and use that as a backdrop. I always felt like the videos that really grabbed me as a viewer were the ones that created a world of their own and pulled you into it. So I always felt like if I could somehow create a dark, eerie mystique it would help give the viewer an experience beyond just watching skate footage. That's the goal at least.

  Photo Josh Stewart 

Do you think that the only way an independent skateboarding company can exist is because there's such a big industry to go up against?

I wouldn't say it's the ONLY way, but it helps put it into perspective. I think it took a full decade of the corporatization of major brands and watching skate companies get bought and sold like the stock market for skaters to realize and appreciate the value of an independent, skater-owned brand. So yeah, I think it realistically helps to have that duality. Those two different paradigms kind of feed off each other, especially with skateboarding going into the Olympics—which obviously sucks in a lot of ways—but when it does happen, I think it's only going to make the "underground" street skating side of things stronger. 

Do you ever find yourself getting lost in oversaturated social media skate content? And do you ever question your existence about it?

Oh of course! It's the worst. It's a necessary part of having a brand in skateboarding, so you can't just ignore it. I mean I enjoy it in a lot of ways but in a business sense it's pretty frustrating. The worst part of it is that almost every day I catch myself looking at Instagram mostly just to evaluate our value and relevance. I'll be like “how do these guys have thirty thousand fucking followers?” and all this stupid stuff going through your head, like comparing yourself to everyone else to figure out where you fit in and then trying to justify in your head, like, ‘Well I guess we're just more underground.’ It's so ridiculous. Can you imagine for kids, like teenage kids nowadays, how awful it's gotta be? Being in high school and everybody's judging their self-worth by their social media, you know?

Josh filming. 

Through all that bullshit how do you stay true to your vision and work? How do you not let that affect you?

I think it's kind of impossible. Because as annoying as it is, none of these small brands, including ourselves, could have made it this far without social media because it's free advertising. It's a way to reach a lot of people for free, essentially, so it's really almost impossible to not get caught up in it and be affected by it. I don't know, we try to do a lot with TOA to be unique in the monotony of digital media... we still do stuff like print our own newspaper and try to make DVDs of our video projects and we carry and support as much printed independent media as we can from around the world. We try to do more things that are still tangible, but digital media is just the way of the world.

You guys have always done a really good job of keeping up with everything.

Thanks, thanks. Well it helps a lot having Pat Steiner as part of TOA because not only does he do the bulk of our designing and stuff at the office, he's also well immersed in that world. He kind of like keeps me a little more informed—well a lot more informed—about what's going on out in the skate world.

Pat Steiner. Photo Josh Stewart.

Through all your years of filming with skateboarders, who are some of the ones that stick out to you, any favorites?

Well I mean I guess there's a difference between favorite skaters and favorite people or just favorite in general. It's such a wide spectrum.

We can do your favorite skaters you've filmed with, like aesthetically.

Well I mean Pat Steiner was always like, aside from the fact that he's works with us, he's been one of my favorite guys to film with because there's so many people who are good skaters, but very few who really know how to make stuff look right on film. And he really gets it. He has a certain kind of rhythm to the way he puts together a line in skating and he knows which spots will go well with his skating. There's also people I’ve just been really stoked to get to film with, like Ricky Oyola. I wouldn't say I filmed with him a lot, we did a video part together, but just the fact that I got to film him and do a video part with him was a huge honor for me. Jake Rupp, Sean Mullendore, Kenny Anderson, Jahmal Williams, Quim Cardona... you know, there are certain people that just have that special energy that's really tough to translate through film. So it's a privilege to film with them and try to get their magic across to the viewer. 

Ricky Oyola. Photo Josh Stewart. 

I also read in one of your interviews with Live Skateboard Media that you often find yourself in the role of a motivational speaker, trying to remind skaters of their value and the impact they can make on their board. 

Yeah, I mean if you look at the Static videos there's always, like, a mixture of some young dudes that are less known and then a few guys who people maybe haven't seen in a while or who people always wished they saw more of but rarely did. So a lot of those guys that are a little bit older, I don't think they understand their value and that people just want to see them skate. With a skater like Jamal Williams, Ricky Oyola or even Pat Steiner, people aren't pulling out the yardstick to measure how high they're ollieing. It's more the feelings people get by watching that person on a skateboard. It's rad that those guys either typically don't know that about themselves or they don't take advantage of it, but, you know, you can't just blatantly say it to them that way. You have to find a creative way to understand their psychology. It's probably similar to some directors who work with somebody like Bill Murray or something and knowing just the right way to work with him to get the performance that's the most genuine. I don't know if that's a compliment or makes me look crazy, but there's a long list of dudes in Static videos that are notoriously not too easy to get footage with... Those are the kind of dudes that I'd be more stoked to get something out of, but it takes the most amount of work.

Ben Gore FS wallride. Photo Josh Stewart. 

Why is keeping skateboarding underground important to you?

That's a tricky one... this might take a bit.

I mean I think if you look at a lot of things that were culturally important like punk music or hip hop, the reason they became such strong art forms is because they had a movement behind them. But then, when those movements found commercial success they became mainstream and they lost sight of the reason they started in the first place. If you listen to hip hop from the early 90's it had meaning, it was overall positive and it gave a voice to a disempowered facet of American culture.  And now it promotes the exact opposite ideals of what it did in the 90's. Was it done on purpose? Or was it something that just happens with anything that finds commercial success? It goes from being a movement with an empowering message and it becomes a commodity that just pushes a negative and meaningless message. And that's already happening with skateboarding in some ways. In my experience skateboarding was always about individualism, a vehicle of self expression. But it's become more competitive, something that kids think can bring them fame or fortune. I think there are almost two cultures developing in skateboarding these days. One that's being shaped by the more mainstream brands with a competitive and homogenized culture, where skaters feel a need to 'fit-in,' and another side being shaped by the smaller indie brands, underground skate scenes, and video makers which celebrate being an individual. I prefer skateboarding to stay more underground because we have learned from the past that once a sub-culture goes pop, it almost always becomes a shell of it's former self. And if everyone who's picking up their first skateboard is doing it because they want to make it to the Olympics, or to become famous, then the original spirit of what makes skateboarding a movement will eventually burn out.

What do you wish to achieve through your creation of Theories?

In the past I've said a lot of stuff about the idea of West Coast brands tapping the East Coast for it's talent, but not providing an outlet or giving a real opportunity for people. In a certain way that's a bit too idealistic—like a college kid when he first starts reading about world politics. But, I know the world isn't that simple. There's not as much clear good and bad, but the reality is I don't think you're ever going to create an East Coast industry that's on par with the West Coast. But to create something that could be a platform for my friends and their brands and promote indie filmmaker's videos and hopefully keep an open outlet for the skating that I appreciate. And it's rad to be fan of something like an underground Japanese skate video or something and bring it into the US and see it actually sell. It's insane and it's rad to see stuff like that have legs. Everybody's trying to do their own thing,  like "This is my brand", but all of it is really hard to get legs without bringing it together as a collective and I think that was kind of what helped us all in the beginning. It sounds corny to say “wW're all stronger together,” but with this experiment called Theories of Atlantis, it actually really held true.

TOA Crew. Photo Josh Stewart. 

TOA Crew. Photo Josh Stewart. 

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