Tag: Mark Appleyard

Mark Appleyard is a staple name inside our little bubble that we like to call skateboarding. More precise inside this bubble Mark is the kinda guy that set some trends. He made you listen to Placebo, he wore cool hats, he introduced Courtney Love’s music to you (Yes… shocking.. she is not only famous for dating Kurt Cobain). He made you do more Nollie Big Spins than you might want to admit to and he is responsible for some of the nicest Heelflips ever caught on film. So clearly people want to see Mark skate, but how does it feel to make a part in your late 30’s after you won SOTY and achieved more than most ever will? That is what we asked Mark on a Saturday Morning (Evening for us).

Interview by Roland Hoogwater.

Photos by Alex Papke.

Hey, Mark what’s up, what time is it over there? 

11:15 am just made some scrambled eggs, now we are here doing this interview. Where do you live?

Berlin.

Yeah, i like Berlin a lot. What is the name of that huge open space where you can skate?

Tempelhof, Vogelfreiheit. I saw you had a clip there!

That place is awesome!

So let’s jump into the reason for the interview, your new Globe Part, what has the reception been like?

Really good man! People are hyped! A lot of people reached out to me personally, people that I hadn’t heard from in a long time. It has been an overwhelming amount of positive feedback in general, people even said it reminds them of the early 2000s. 

Some other people said, “I can’t believe this dude is still skating” (laughs). A lot of legends like John Cardiel, Ronnie Creager, Donny Barley all reached out and gave me props.

I kind of forgot the power of a good old-fashioned video part!

Switch Stance Backside Tailslide.

You did put the work in, it is not a two-minute thing.

Yeah, I did, it wasn’t easy this time. In the past parts have always just kind of come together. Not to say I didn’t work hard on my tricks before but I am getting a bit older and the level of skating now is so crazy that it can be hard to put stuff out that feels good. But I tried hard, the traveling helped. I went back to Barcelona and got to relive that vibe, which really gave me a good feeling.  

At first, when the idea of a part came about it was really tough, I didn’t know if I would be able to do it but as we did a few trips footage started to stack up. Then the Coronavirus hit and the part got pushed back from March to August which actually helped a lot. I was happy to have that time because I got my ender like a month back so I spent that time rounding out the project.

I have been reading some of the feedback as well and people seem to love the project mostly. 

People are even referencing the Flip parts, which is crazy to me because those were done during my prime. At least what I thought was my prime (laughs). I really tried hard for this one, I never felt like I lost the skills but it is a little harder to make things happen nowadays. 

Do you put pressure on yourself, in a way competing with your resumé? 

Well, fuck man the reception of this part surprised me, They did a good job with the editing and the coloring of the footage, it looks great. I was nervous, I felt like I only wanted to put footage out if it would be classic good tricks. So once we got in the editing bay, and I saw the stuff being put together I was shocked, I got a good feeling and it came out pretty cool! 

I was wondering about the standard you hold yourself to. Because there is not much left to achieve for you in skating, you got the SOTY, TWS awards, had all the covers multiple times. But I still see skaters like yourself struggling to enjoy skating because of the pressure those things put on them.

For sure, I did all those things, and I built up a legacy through that. So if I make another part it needs to be quality otherwise I would not want to go and make a part. I’d rather go out with a bang. That being said, because of the response to this one I am gonna make another part. I want to keep this momentum going and put stuff out that I feel is good. I don’t want to be thought of as milking it, I want to be remembered as someone who went for it and did good shit. So if you see another part drop it will be because I felt like I did that.

Truth be told, I was surprised, I didn’t know what to expect but I was stoked seeing you still nollie crooking handrails and more. You are 37 years old, and skateboarding isn’t the easiest on the body.

(laughs) Fuck I am almost 40 man! Your 20s are your real prime but some people in their 40s are still doing some great skating.

Andrew Reynolds springs to mind.

Yeah, look at Steve Caballero! He is in his 50s and is still enjoyable to watch. But it definitely hurts to jump down shit, you can’t deny that! If you are past 35 years old and you are having a session on a 10 stair rail it is just not going to feel the same way it did when you were 24. 

I got so sore making this video-part I had to take many days off. I also focused on skating rails a bit more because I wanted to push myself. I know I can do those things the same with some of the other tricks. In the end, my friends, filmers, and TM’s really motivated me to get the best shit. 

Let’s not forget that you as a father you also don’t have the same type of life that you did at 24. You have more responsibilities and less time in general to go skate. 

The spot and the trick are pretty classic Apples, 360 flip of the roof into the bank.

Yeah, I couldn’t skate every day but I wanted to hone in and find the time. Making this, I kinda felt young again. Experiences in the van, with the guys, I surprised myself from time to time. I am just grateful that my work translated into all of this great feedback I am getting.

What are some of the tricks you liked best and surprised you?

The Nollie 360° Kickflip over the can took me a while, I wanted to get one of those. I can do it on flat ground pretty good but once you want to take it to an obstacle it becomes a different thing. The pivot grind kickflip out didn’t come easy, I tried that for a long time. 

I often would skate spots and just tried the trick until I was exhausted, so there where a couple of things we went back for 2-3 times.

It also depends on the spots, the nollie big spin backtail took me a while. That spot looks great but the run-up and the kicker are pretty rough, you can’t hit the bump exactly where you want. The spots look great in theory but it feels like Barcelona is the only place where the spot is as good or even better than you thought. 

True, I have been to that spot where you did the nollie big spin backtail and it is much rougher than it looks.

I am just grateful for the response, it motivates me, there are a couple of haters but whatever.

At least people care enough to hate, it is not caring that truly sucks.

Haters can kiss my ass (laughs). They don’t know shit about shit.

(laughs) I also wanted to ask you about the kickflip over the rail, that kinda reminded me of the one you did in “really sorry”.

Yeah, I did the splits on that one super hard (laughs). I was getting a bit heavy there for a while, going to the gym working out, I was top-heavy and forgot how to deal with impact pretty much. 

So I tried it, foot slipped off, did the gnarliest splits, knee touched the ground, but I managed to do it the try after that. The impact is the hardest thing to deal with nowadays, I can’t jump down things as many times and if I do, I pay for it. My ankles start to hurt and I have to hold the railing going up the stairs in my house (laughs). It makes me feel like a senior citizen or something.

I can try tricks like the Nollie flip crooks for days just because there is no drop, tumble & roll if you bail the trick (laughs). 

The Kickflip in question!

Do you do a lot of body-work to keep fit or are you just skating?

Well, I never was one to sit still, I am always moving around. I was going to the gym, but since they all closed I have been doing stuff in my garage. Stretching, lifting some weights, a little bit of yoga and I ride my bike around. 

Another thing is that I don’t really remember you having any heavy injuries.

I have been pretty lucky with that. I had some rolled ankles and some hippers and in my 20’s I broke my arm but besides that, I have been lucky. I am pretty good at risk assessment.

I guess that helps a lot, the fact that your body seems to be in good shape. And that makes parts like these possible at a later age.

Yeah, we go and we skate, I get my ads for Globe, they have been such a huge supporter of mine. So there will be more footage, I still feel that I can do more, put another part together, it really is just about trying and staying active on the board.

Is it hard to stay motivated for you, like we said before you have achieved a lot already?

Good question. Well to tell you the truth, I kinda grew up in this lifestyle, I was so young when I started making parts. Also, it is what makes me my living, so I want to continue that. The fans play a part as well.

It also seems like people like Sammy Montano and Aaron Kim have been a refreshing influence as well. You guys as a three-piece work well together.

Yeah, we all feed off each other, sometimes Ryan Decenzo comes out and puts it down. We have a lot of laughs too, and we support one another. So it is just a good crew, man.

Our visit to Mark’s house in 2018.

Another thing I wondered is what is the part you put out that you are most proud of and the one that you felt went the most under the radar.

They all mean something different to me. The first flip video was a breakthrough for me. I went hard for that and I kept that going all the way till we got to the third video.  

I had an Element part called Soul Rebel and it isn’t online anymore, I did some nice tricks into big banks for that one and skated that green kinked rail. I was really happy with that one.

I think you always were pretty good at rounding out parts and making sure there is a bit of everything in there. Sure “Sorry” is pretty hammer heavy but those were the times. If you look at “Extremely Sorry” you start to see more transition and other creative things popping into your skating.

I might be not as good at pools but I am a skateboarder and I want to skate everything. I try pretty much everything even a wheelie trick from time to time (laughs).  

A whole transition part would be fun too, but for this part my filmer Aaron really wanted me to just skate street spots. Which worked out well but man, I do love transition. If there is a natural transition spot where you can just backtail slide that is like my favorite thing!

What about the kids, do they take an interest in skating?

I do take them to skateparks, they have little boards, they try it out but they aren’t really into it that deep. They want to do iPad games, bike around, and see their friends. Be kids you know!

I understand, any final words?

Let me heal, up recover and then I will be back at it! I just wanted to thank everybody for the love. It has been a different kind of praise. When the flip video dropped people were like “wow that kid can skate!” but after you have been a staple things change. Now if Frank Gerwer or Bryan Wenning would put out a part that would just make you feel a different type of way. Because they have been through a couple of decades. 

This is very true, thanks for talking to us and we are excited to see what comes next. 

Mark might be hella sore right here.

Mark is back and he came back strong! Showing us basically all the moves we want to see from the SOTY and Canadian legend that he has been since his Sorry Part dropped.

Find out more about Mark and our adventures with him by clicking here.

A great video aptly titled with some really nice skating! The team, the new direction, and latest shoes as well, it all seems like Globe is a bit underrated because this is pretty fresh!

Do you ever get the feeling that you know what you want to write but because you already know it becomes a menial task? The process is what lures you in, the get cliché the journey is the destination. Being 31 I grew up watching Mark, watching him grow to become a very big name. And that is part of the problem because most themes have been talked about over and over. At the same time, all the accolades Mr. Appleyard has collected over time are not to be overlooked. Most people who skate have never been and will never be part of a classic video, or will have at least two classic video parts. Especially in today’s climate, it is hard to tell if new icons like Appleyard’s will even be a part of our culture. The “older” skaters remain iconic while Instagram has created a new playing field which has been slowly changing our game. Anyway, The point was that I knew what I could write but what did I need to write and what did I want to write? So I asked multiple people what they thought I should write.

Yo’ Daniel I am struggling a bit with the text about Mark what did you notice during our time with him?

“What I realized is that he reached this high level of skating and ever since he did that he just stayed that good. When I saw him skating he hadn’t really lost a step and that is something to think about.”

Danny (Sommerfeld) what should I write about Mark? Should I mention that his transworld trick tip taught you how to nollie flip?

“No.. that wouldn’t make any sense, who wants to know that? Just write that he was super nice and really professional! Remember when we pulled up to his house? He was playing ping pong, with Sammy (Montano) in his garage. Remember the huge poster of one of his covers in the garage? The map with all the places he has been? And that was only the garage, in his living room, he had multiple covers up and trophies, a couple of them, amongst which the 2003 SOTY statue.

Mark came up during my time, and because he has been around for multiple years we sometimes forget how crazy good he is on the board.
Being invited to his house reminded me that he is a really good skater and that we shouldn’t forget that.

He showed us his (and his sons) lego collection, which has a Porsche and millennium falcon amongst it. He played on his drumkit, we sat in his garden and played with all the toys.”

So in a sense, we got to see what it is like being Mark?

Exactly!

This collaboration between Mark Appleyard, GLOBE Brand and PLACE started with our “TIME ISSUE” in 2017.During the making of this issue, we asked Mark to create a drawing for us in just 1-minute.

This was the result:

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From the moment we saw (1) Inbox with the title: Mark’s Drawing.”, we were all hyped! The result was good and it was fun. So we printed it and presented it to you- our viewer and readership.

A few weeks past and to be honest, we can’t remember every exact thing we printed but for some reason, this one stuck. So one day one of us proposed: “Wouldn’t it be nice to make a shirt with Mark’s drawing on it?”, we all agreed and so a phone call was made to the GLOBE offices.

Mark Berlin Dog

“Yeah sounds good, just a shirt though? We could do some pants, or a hoody and a shoe?”
Josh at the EU offices proclaimed.

That was more than we asked for so I told him: “Sounds good to me, I will talk to the guys and see what they say.”

That conversation opened up the doors for all of this to happen. A collaboration with a brand we grew up with and a childhood hero who’s parts we watched multiple… and we mean multiple times.

Ever since then we visited Mark’s house in Huntington Beach, threw his football into the neighbour’s lawn and somewhere along the way decided on a t-shirt, a hoody and a pair of house shoes (that you could also wear outside).

Mark and the GLOBE guys also returned the favour and came to skate in Berlin, which resulted in this video shot by Yentl Touboul.

Anyway watch the video and while you are at it watch some of Mark’s other parts, he is a great guy and we are proud to present this capsule we made together to you all.

Photos and video by Yentl Touboul.

Check out the full collection here.

The whole Globe international team of kamikaze pilots joint together in Lisbon, certainly not for vacation.

Featuring David Gonzalez, Mark Appleyard, Ryan Decenzo, Paul Hart, and Sammy Montano.

Seattle got pleasantly killed by the duo of Mark Appleyard and Sammy Montano in this new Globe clip. Steller editing, soundtrack and skating, it’s like a getting the full ice cream with a cherry on top.

Element Skateboards’ newest video production includes more or less the whole global team, but still, there is one guy who dares to outshine them all. If you listen carefully you can already hear some voices calling Evan Smith for the next SOTY…

Featuring Brandon Westgate, Nyjah Huston, Madars Apse, Mark Appleyard, Ray Barbee, Nick Garcia, Julian Davidson, Jarne Verbruggen, Dennis Durrant, Alex Lawton, Sascha Daley, Nathan Jackson, Tom Schaar, Greyson Fletcher, Nassim Guammaz, Tyson Peterson, Dominick Walker, Jacopo Carozzi, Jaako Ojanen, Chris Colbourn, Ethan Loy, Mason Silva, Chad Tim Tim, Levi Brown and Evan Smith.

Like the growth of Chris Haslam’s beard the Globe team is not about to slow down! Louie Barletta is always on point and his finger flip alone definitely makes it worth the time it takes to watch the Globe summer 16 team edit also starring Mark Appleyard, Ryan Decenzo, David Gonzalez, Chris Haslam and Paul Hart.

This summer the GLOBE skate team blazed through five European countries and multiple cities for their EU Trippin Tour. Seems like Mark Appleyard, David Gonzalez, Rodney Mullen, Louie Barletta, Ryan Decenzo, Chris Haslam, Paul Hart, Anton Myhrvold, Fries Taillieu, Charles Collet, and Phillip Schuster had a good time – check out their video recap below:

The day we got an invitation to go on tour for a day with Globe we started thinking: what should we do with this and how? The thing is we see a lot of tours pass through both this city, and possibly your city. Most of us have read a lot of tour articles, and if you are reading this you probably did too. I could write a tour article for you guys and talk about that Rodney Mullen is a nice guy and as popular as ever or that Chris Haslam shut down the demo we had in the Titus bowl, but instead of doing that I chose to do something else.

I thought it would be interesting to hang out with the people that are skating the tour, documenting the tour and running the tour. So when i got a message from Josh (one of the guys behind the scene’s at globe) to meet up with them at the plus hotel at Warschauer platz I said ill be there! Globe rented some taxi vans for the afternoon, we ended up not needing any vans to get to the spot (we just skated the Dog Shit DYI just around to corner from the hotel) but all tour stories take place in a van and so did this tour for about 5 minutes, adding to that all good tours have a soundtrack and we had Paul Hart playing tunes on his fanny pack boombox. DJ Hart played a very short but eclectic mix of tunes ranging from E40’s Choices to Montell Jordan’s This is how we do it! But we always came back to Toto’s Africa which was definitely the song of the day as Paul later stated: I can’t believe last night’s bartender got mad at me for playing this tune!”

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So to be honest I had never been on an actual skate tour before, looking back I was pretty nervous I smoked about 12 cigarets and I normally don’t even have a pack on me.
I just started working as the intern at PLACE and I did not know what to expect so I decided to it would be interesting to try something other then just a tour article, I went out kept my ears open and collected some quote’s from the people on the tour.

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“Internet sucks in this country” – Chris, the Globe TM

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“Is it Kunst?” – Mike O’Meally to Daniel Pannemann

“So Fucking Beautiful” – Chris Haslam about O’Meally’s FS Rock

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Louie-fall

“I’m just drawn to this fucking dirt dude!” – Louie Barletta about skating at the Dog shit

“God, I’m about to cry!” – Louie Barletta skating at the Dog Shit Spot

“Fuck Chuck! Where is Chuck right now?” – Louie Barletta still skating at the Dog Shit Spot

“We need some Chuck right now!” – The filmer shooting one back at Louie

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“When you are sitting on it that long it feels like you’re getting lunch…” – Mark Appleyard to Louie Barletta

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“O’meally is getting an Instagram clip today!” – The filmer getting all excited

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“Damn, I cut my ass cheek so bad in the shower this morning!” – Paul Hart.

“Damn, tour life got no patterns at all, no sleeping patterns, no eating patterns, no toilet patterns, just shitty patterns!” – Ryan Decenzo.

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Globe sends its team to Europe’s major cities this July for the #GLOBEEUTRIPPIN‬ Tour. Mark Appleyard, David Gonzalez, Rodney Mullen, Louie Barletta, Ryan Decenzo, Chris Haslam, Paul Hart, Anton Myhrvold, Philipp Schuster, Fries Taillieu and Charles Collet will join the trip – finest skateboarding guaranteed. Check out the Facebook Event for more information and the trailer as well:

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#GLOBEEUTRIPPIN‬

Spots come and go, but Clipper is forever.

— Jake Phelps

Die Clipper High School in San Francisco wird demnächst behindertengerecht umgebaut; den umfangreichen Umbaumaßnahmen wird auch die berühmte Ledge auf dem Schulhof zum Opfer fallen. Die Kollegen vom Thrasher Magazine nutzen am vergangenen Wochenende die verbleibende Zeit und luden zum #bustorbail Best Trick Contest – gekommen ist das Who is Who der Szene und Tricks fielen quasi im Minutentakt. Eine absolut würdige letzte Session – hier kommt das passende Video mit unter anderem Paul Hart, Daniel Lutheran, Jaws, Mark Appleyard und Shane O’Neill:

Hier findet ihr außerdem die komplette Fotogallerie.

Element macht gemeinsame Sache mit dem kalifornischen Künstler Jeremy Fish – die gemeinsame Kollektion umfasst eine Pro-Board Serie, sowie ein paar T-Shirts um das Ganze abzurunden. In folgendem Clip wird die Boardserie vorgestellt – Levi Brown, Nyjah Huston, Madars Apse und Mark Appleyard haben ein paar sehenswerte Tricks beigesteuert…

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Mark Appleyard lässt in “Anything But” sein Board ausnahmsweise mal links liegen und steigt stattdessen in den Sattel seines Rennrads. Wieso weshalb und warum erklärt euch der sympathische Element Pro im Clip – und einen Treflip gibt es auch zu sehen…

Neue Footage von Mark Appleyard – so kann der Tag ja nur gut losgehen. Grund für diesen einminütigen Clip ist der Release vom “Mahalo Mid” – dem Pro Model von Mark auf Globe Shoes. Der Schuh ist eine Weiterentwicklung der Low Top Version und verbindet Style und Funktion: Die Suede und Canvasvarianten sind clean und ohne viel Schnickschnack, das Globe PU “Shockbed” absorbiert die Einschläge. Hawaii tested, Mark Appleyard approved. Jetzt erstmal auf die Minute Footage freuen und danach den Schuh genauer unter die Lupe nehmen:

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Pat Duffy, Mark Appleyard, Willy Santos, Danny Supa, Luis Tolentino, Filipe Ortiz, Sierra Fellers und die Decenzo Brüder machen in diesem Clip von Arnette Eyewear den Big Apple unsicher. DIY Spots und Streetskating all the way.

Das Element Team war mit Mark Appleyard, Nyjah Huston, Evan Smith, Nassim Guamaz, Karsten Kleppan und Julian Davidson diesen Sommer in Frankreich unterwegs. Wobei der Sommer sich leider von seiner nassen Seite zeigte und dem Trip beinahe einen Strich durch die Rechnung gemacht hätte. Aber eben nur beinahe…

Eine kleine Nachhilfestunde: Als Ambigramm (vom lateinischen ambo = beide und dem griechischen gramma = Schrift) bezeichnet man gemeinhin einen Schriftzug oder ein symmetrisches Symbol, welcher bzw. welches um einen bestimmten Winkel (meist 180°) gedreht wiederum den gleichen Schriftzug oder das gleiche Symbol ergibt. Im wörtlichen Sinne handelt es sich also um Schrift, die von beiden vorgegebenen Blickwinkeln aus gelesen werden kann.

Ein solches Ambigramm ist das Herzstück der gerade erschienenen Collabo Boards von Diamond Supply und Element. Ab sofort sind die Pro Models von Mark Appleyard und Nyjah Houston im gut sortierten Skateshop erhältlich – für uns die Gelegenheit den Hut vor dem Grafiker zu ziehen. Good Work.

Quelle: Wikipedia