Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Pat Franklin

I met Pat Franklin a number of years ago at the Tempe park. He was one of many randoms who were coming out to Arizona from Illinois at the time and I didn't really know anything about him. A little while after that, he ended up living at my house and we became good friends. He moved into my house in the hottest part of the summer while my air conditioner was broken and he didn't want to seem whiny so he never called me to tell me about how hot it was... so he just sweated it out at my house alone while I was away at camp. Pat is a good skateboarder with an awesome style. He is really good at a lot of tricks that I like to see done well. I think I said something similar to that about Rick Eusey when his interview went up. Pat also gets a lot of credit in my eyes for actually making the video below for his Chumpchange interview. Pat backs Chumpchange, Chumpchange backs Pat.

p.s. for the record, Pat's halfcab feeble 180 on that angle iron ledge was the most overlooked trick in the Yeah promo.

Here's a photo of Pat from the The SkateboardMag site recently. photo by Tim Johnson

Pat Sleeping on the floor of my apartment shot by Phil Jackson. I've always liked this photo because it sums up my old apartment really well

Name:Patrick Michael Franklin

Top 3 favorite cities:
Chicago, Illinois
Prescott, Arizona
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Top 3 skateboarders:
Dan Drehobl
Ethan Fowler
Ed Templeton

Top 3 skateboarders that you know personally:
Matt King
Brandon Vance

When was your prime?
Before I started skateboarding, I was dominating the Little League scene in my area. And I really didn’t have to worry about working or being a grown up.

5 good bands:
Frank Zappa
Cat Stevens
Black Moth Super Rainbow
Jens Lekman

5 good songs:
Say It Ain’t So - Weezer
Tea For The Tillerman - Cat Stevens
Don’t Worry About The Government - The Talking Heads
Apostrophe - Frank Zappa
Rare As The Yet - Kid Congo And The Pink Monkey Birds

5 tricks you can't do:
backside heelflips
Frontside Flips
Backside Smith Grinds
Switch Backside Grinds
Switch Dropins

Spirit animal:
Bill Murray

5 good books:
Frank Zappa Autobiography
Einstein Biography
Animal Farm
Skateboarding For Dummies

What’s the worst?
Quitting Smoking
Hospital Bills
Contact Lenses
Buying Gasoline

What’s the best?
Diet Coke
Not going to school

3 good non skateboarders:
Eric Scholin
Sunny Wermager
Conan O’brien

What do you like to do outside of skateboarding?

What is your prized possession?
My boy Earl

What will end the world?
Aliens for sure

Pat's video is amazing

sent to me by: everyone else

Kryger all slazed up from Brad Rogers

skateboard art from Lindsey
Yeah Berrics ad from Lorena
Mountain Dew chapstick from Lorena. Ari, does this count as soda?
Halloween from Chris Poquette
Good crew from Chris Fetter
skateboard tourism from fetter

train stuff from fetter
the next few are from ari. Takis is some wierd snack that the kids that Ari and I tutored would talk about all day. I've never had them, I don't want to

some would say I'm an artist

xavi sent me this one, he made his krooked 3D glasses into yeah glasses

Sunday, November 28, 2010

sent to me by: another steve davenport addition

these are all scrambled, and i'm not going to label them all because no one cares. haha.

looks peaceful

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Listen to the music

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Michael Kryger

Michael Kryger. Possibly the worst interview so far on this blog(who cares, no one sees it anymore anyway) We tried to do this interview over facebook chat, but it sorta just fizzled out. Oh well. Kryger doesn't talk much, so why would I expect to interview him. Actually this would have been an amazing opportunity for people to get to know a little bit more about him, but we blew it. He's amazing at skating. I got to spend about 3 months straight with him and it was awesome. Everyone who knows him loves him. When I met him a few years ago, he drank a 2liter of mountain dew per day. This intro is about as silly as the interview. Sorry everyone. go here to see some of his blogging.

kryger: when r we gonna finna this interview

me:Dude I haven't asked you any questions yet

kryger:i know. i just wanna get it over with. im nervous.haha

me:But you don't like the questions I asked

kryger:tell the people what they wanna hear



me:Just answer the questions. add/subtract go on tangents. get crazy


me:drop Nbombs

kryger:haha. maybe i'll work to my advantage? probably not


Kryger:haha ask me the questions right naw. facebook interview

me:top 3 cities/places?

Kryger: roselle skatepark, tempe, andddddddd sheeeet idk, im gonna say san fran

me:Do you want any feedback from me?

kryger: yeah, lots. lets make it a convo

me:everyone, including me, say san fran

kryger: well becuase its awesome

me:top 3 skateboarders? not ones you know. cuz that's the next question

kryger: alright Kenny reed, Heath kirchart, and mike anderson

me:top 3 that you know personally?

kryger: there's wayyyy to many

me:name em all, You can do more than 3

Kryger: in no order:Punchy,kevin erst, my baby boi melone. i can think of some moreeee,lemme think for a second. oh ma gawd how could i forget Matt blevins anddddd Kevinly. I love everybody so it makes this hard

me:Ready for the next one?

Kryger: yeahhh

me:When was your prime?

kryger: im not gonna lie. ive never been gewd. i never land things. Today. i dont apply

me:5 good bands

kryger: can you link them to my facebook page? its all there

me:all the info you mean?

kryger:haha a bulk of the series.....if you know what i mean

me:Your answer can be "fuck off"

Kryger: that sounds like it'll work

me:So is that your answer to the bands question?

kryger: yeah "fuck off"

but make sure they know im jk'in

me:okay. 5 good songs?

kryger: this one could take a while. can i get an IOU

me:That was the point of emailing them

kryger: haha

me:so you could take your time

kryger: can you just right down gypsy by fleetwood mac, cause its the most relevent. oh and immune to emotion, cause you know....

me:5 tricks that you can’t do:

kryger: hardflip....thank gawd

me:what else?

Kryger: hmmmmm. i mean i try a lot of "tricks"

me:and what happens?

kryger: and never land them

me:haha So the only trick you can't do is hardflips

kryger: haha i guess so

me: This is going to take forever. I'm just going to email you the questions. haha

kryger: im not gonna lie, i wont finish it. can this just be the end of the interview?

me:haha sure

kryger: you just copy and paste this

me: if that's all you want the world to know about you

Kryger: maybe we'll do the hard hitting questions another time

another interview

there's alot of uncovered ground

me: so is this it?

kryger: i guess so

Here's some tricks to watch on

Monday, November 22, 2010

Sunday, November 21, 2010


Losing some of the blog fire. It just doesn't excite me like it used to. I'll still post stuff, but don't expect much. I still want to do the interviews, and I'll still probably post anything cool related to me or my friends, but don't expect to be barraged like you're used to.

Ben Smith

from the camera of Steve Biggs!

Friday, November 19, 2010

I got something to say.........

I wonder if this kid's ever heard "Last Caress"

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010

Randy Ploesser High Five

One of my personal favorites has an amazing new part. I know Randy's good, but every time I see stuff of him I'm surprised by how much better he is than I even think!

sad news!

Brimley skateboards is no longer with us.