Nick Glaser has been around the Chicago skate scene long enough to have been robbed at gun-point, break both of his feet and develop a refreshing Midwest approach on today’s skateboarding culture.
Nicky’s carefree take on skateboarding has kept him focused, purely, on the sport itself. It has allowed him to bypass the bullshit and ignore something that some skaters can’t; winning a popularity contest promoted by social media. Nicky skates the way that skateboarding should be: whole hearted, fun and fast. Not only does he kill it on a board, but he has also expressed talents in other mediums, like video filming and editing. The last full length video he completed was a collaboration with Phil Graff, titled Sharing is Caring. Now, Nicky is filming for the new, yet to be released, Reed Wheels video while in the middle of a lawsuit with the worst tow trucking company in Chicago. Read all about it here on Get Born and make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the Reed Wheels video coming out of Chicago real soon!
When did you start skating? How old were you?
A lil over 14 years ago. I was 8.
What has kept you inspired to continue skating up until now?
Just the act of it I suppose. I don’t really get too inspired by keeping up to date with every little edit and video, but I just keep at it because I like to push myself and I’m a junkie for it.
Have there been any major injuries or setbacks that have restrained your ability to skate?
Yeah, I’ve broken both my feet, my elbow is all fucked and now I have a screwed up wrist due to getting hit by a car on my bike. Weather also is a big factor and not being able to go to “indoor facilities” due to me being a broke ass.
How has it been filming your part in the new Reed Wheels video? Any idea when its coming out?
It’s been alright — pretty stressful because I don’t want my part to suck so I’ve been trying to really push myself and it’s a battle most of the time. It’s kind of madness but it’s fun to be out there with my best friends going to new places doing random things and such. It should be out by this winter but I have some work to do.
We heard you did some filming and editing for skate videos before, can you tell us about your creative process for those pieces?
Well I’ve been filming and editing for a long time now but my main one is mine and Phil Graff’s video Sharing is Caring, Sharon is Karen, whatever you wanna call it. I just try to make it fun and entertaining; it sucks just seeing videos that are just all tricks and performance. Skateboarding isn’t fun that way so I really like to film just random things that I know people will laugh at and I like to keep it casual with good tunes, skating and comedy.
What is the meaning behind the title Sharing is Caring?
The meaning behind it was I could not figure out a name for the life of me! It was Sorry for Partying for a while but I thought that was kinda dumb so I changed it to Sharing is Caring because there was a lot of shared parts and friends sections and sharing is pretty tight so, Sharing is Caring.
What’s the story with the shit that went down after theSharing is Caring video premier?
It was me and my friend, Sam Karafiat, and he was helping me carry my videos back to my car (while also holding all the premier money which was around 1,200 dollars). I was parked the block over from the theater. We get in the car and I pull out and go through the alley kind by accident. I’m pulling up and the alley came to like an intersect and this car pulled up and some guy got out. Sam and I thought this guy was just drunk and being a buffoon, but he started beating on the hood and tapping on my window and I saw that he was pulling out a gun from his pants ‘cause I saw the handle and the barrel, so I sped up and turned right into the alley even deeper. He’s chasing me and I look in my rearview mirror and see him in a shooting stance about to fire and scream to Sam “DUCK HE’S GONNA SHOOT!” We duck and he fired two shots. BANG BANG! Then the alley made a slight right turn and this dude, Blaise Leman, that I know was stopped at the entrance of the alley ‘cause his buddy, Jesse, was taking a piss and I couldn’t stop in time and we collided head on. He got out of his car like “WHAT THE FUCK DUDE!” And I said to him “WE GOTTA GO THIS GUY JUST SHOT AT ME GET IN YOUR CAR AND BACK THE FUCK OUT!” So we both pulled out, my car was FUCKED, his was fine, and we pulled back in front of the theater. Called the cops, they came made the report. Then this tow truck driver was already there and I thought he was an undercover cop. He persuaded me to get my car towed and told me that Blaise’s insurance would cover it and I wouldn’t have to pay a thing yada yada yada. That was very illegal of them to do, so they ended up racking up all these tow fees on me and sold my car and I’m still currently in a lawsuit against them. So basically what should’ve been the best night of my life turned into the worst two years of my life.
What’s your perspective on the contemporary skateboarding culture in todays society? Does coming from the Midwest give you any perspective on what the industry is becoming with all the corporate suit and tie shit?
I’m pretty bummed on it, it’s just becoming like an actual sport and I feel like no one has a free thinking thought. There’s not much personality in it anymore. You pick up a transworld and it’s like reading Cosmo or some shit. Skateboarding definitely has a big impact on today’s society thats for sure. It’s kind of cool to see how far it has come, especially in the past fifteen years, but at the same time it’s just becoming so whack. Back then, when I saw a video or picked up a magazine, I was intrigued. It was interesting and low key I feel like. Now you’re sitting in arenas with wristbands and guest lists and all this shit it’s so bizarre. I guess I would have to say coming from the Midwest definitely gives me a different perspective. Especially from Chicago because there’s a lot of big name guys from out here in the industry and you hear shit from the grapevine of how fucked it is and so having an outside perspective on it definitely has it’s advantages I suppose.
Anything else you want to mention? Shout outs? New shit coming out?
I’d like to shout to 1031 for taking the time to invest in me and help me with boards — I extremely appreciate that. Also would like to thank Austin (Whiting) for doing the whole REED thing and being a good friend of mine over the years! Buy his shit! And all my good friends here at 1823 for helping me out through all my bullshit I put you guys through and I’m sorry! Make sure to support local companies and keep big brother out of skateboarding! (Unless Big Brother magazine comes back.) I don’t know of anything coming out really but just to whomever reads this just keep it real! And always remember there’s more to life than skateboarding so go out there and remember to be a real human being.
Photos by Kyle Seidler and Dylan McCartain