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Bryan Van Kampen- Used to Skate Interview

The following interview took place via text message beginning March 31st, 2017. It ends almost five months later, if for no reason other than indifference. I’ve known Bryan since my freshmen year of college, and I hope we will be texting about skating for as long as we live. He currently lives two hours west of me, near Grand Rapids, Michigan, and we’ve seen each other twice in the last three years. Go figure. He visited me a couple of months ago. We skated in downtown Detroit for about 20 minutes before going to a Tigers game.

This has been edited for non-skate related content. A mutual love for Baker 3 will be evident.

March 31

Bryan
Ay yo Dano, you still skating?

Dan
Shit. It’s been a while. I still love it as much as ever but I’m just preoccupied with other stuff. You?

B
I’m in the same boat. Loving it, but I get sore as hell now. Clemente [local park] has a bunch of new stuff.

April 25

Dan
What are you riding?

Bryan
My man Ted set up me up with his old Flip, pair of Indy’s and bones I think.

D
Would you be the first used to skate interview?

B
I’d be honored.

May 19

Dan

Bryan
Whaaaaaaaa rocket air it?

Dan
I saw Hollywood High too!

May 28

Dan
North Hollywood Skate Plaza is a fuckkkkkkkkin dump.

June 4

Bryan
Did you see the new Numbers vid? Last trick is BONKERS.

Dan
Yes and I agree but I can’t stand that filming style.

B
What?! I love that filming style. Get sick of standard follow cam.

D
Only seeing half of the skater is a shame.
I’m just impartial to camo pants.

B
Idk I think that Numbers might be on to something here. That Duarao kills it.

D
Yeah they’re ok but I still would rather ride for Baker.

B
Always thought you were more of a World Industries guy.

June 6

Dan
I hear that your Bringing it to Singing it ratio is pretty poor these days.

Bryan
Lol I don’t even have a ratio. Who’s the narc?

D
The mean guy from Premier [Grand Rapids skate shop].

B
Kalis?

June 14

[After a lot of rambling from me about current shitty board dimensions]

Dan
Whats your favorite board?

Bryan
That I’ve ever had?

D
Yes.

B
Waters and Army. Don’t remember the exact dimensions but the shape was so perfect I died and went to heaven.
I liked chocolates a lot. Had my best skate sesh on a Chocolate. Landed like four new tricks in one day.

D
Dude days like that.

B
It was the day after I broke up with my high school gf so I was goin’ ham.

D
What were the tricks?

B
Learned nose manny, then nose manny shuv out, then higher kickflips, then manny 180, nothing insane but everything was clicking. Some shitty park in an ice rink in Grandville.

D
Yeah. I want to have those kinds of sessions every day for as long as I can.

B
Tire also fell off my car so my mom picked us up.
Yea legendary day. This would be great for an interview.

June 16

Dan
Nothing was going to stop me from seeing Hollywood High. Had to see where that [Reynolds] f/s flip went down

Bryan
How insane was it?

D
Couldn’t really get the full scope. Only saw it from the fence.

June 24

Bryan
Fan of Bert Wooten’s skating?

Dan
It’s been a while, but I remember his skating looking a lot like what’s cool today.

July 11

Dan
Dustin Dollin gets 5 tricks down that double set in Baker 3.
Kills it.

Bryan
I remember seeing him kick flip into a near vertical bank thinking WTF.

July 14

Bryan.
You a fan of the pop shuvit?

Dan
I love the pop shuvit.

B
One of those tricks that can either look really stupid or really good. Any fav pop shuvit-ers?

D
Corey Duffel and Garrett Hill.

B
Both of them. Jimmy Lannon. Jeff Lenore has a good one in Baker 3.

D
I’m trying but you gotta refresh my memory on Baker 3.

B
When he does it over that semi.
I mean down the stairs at night.

D
I know that part and there isn’t one pop shuvit.

B
He’s got em. I’m telling you. Now I gotta watch it again.

D
You’re obviously stoned to shit.

B
I wish.
Fav part in Baker 3?

D
That’s literally an impossible question to answer, but if I had to choose: Reynolds. You?

B
Reynolds. Unbeatable.

D
You ever see Jim Greco’s original part? He skates to Bohemian Rhapsody. Incredibly dramatic.

B
I’ve seen it. Pretty epic. I still like Johnny Thunders better.
Brandon Westgate on NB now? Damn.

D
I don’t like New Balance. Not at all.

B
Have you seen Made 2 yet?

D
Yes.

B
What’d you think?
Jerry has my favorite part.

D
Me too. Never thought I’d like a Mogwai song either.
Wish I could skate like Jerry.

B
Wish I could dress like Jerry.

August 7

Dan
Send me a pic of your best Skate 3 hammers.

Bryan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D
Zoomed-in and uncomfortable layback is a classic.

August 11

Bryan

Found a perfect ledge in New Hampshire

Dan
What you got on it?

B
Switch stare down

D
Fakie shoe tie

August 14

Bryan
Still one of the best covers ever.

Dan
Off the top of my head, it is the best ever

August 16

Dan
Is the nollie back 180 still your favorite trick in that part?

Bryan
That trick is a beaut, but it would have to be that massive fs flip, or the shifty flip down the four block. How bout you?

D
Full cab ender at full speed

B
I can’t help but sometimes just be enamored with skateboarding

D
Don’t fight it.

August 17th

Dan
The more I think about it, my favorite trick(s) of his part may be that four trick attack at the four minute mark, ending with that fake tre

Bryan
My new fav is the opening board bonk off the car tire

D
Daewon Song’s part in Skate More had always been my favorite part, but Reynolds in Baker 3 has taken over for good.

B
I’d say its top 5, but idk what my all time fav would be. I’d have to go back and have a skate nerd viewing sesh.

D
What’s your least favorite part?

B
Prob anything Darkstar related. You?

D
Darkstar vids are brutal. Probably anything mid-2000s from Blind.

August 25th

Dan
The credits in Dying to Live is one of my favorite parts of all time

Bryan
Almost as good as This is Skateboarding.

D
Yeah. Funny because This is Skateboarding and Dying to Live are two of the four videos I had during my first years of skating. I know those credits very well.

B
I think it’s a My Bloody Valentine song?

D
Mogwai.
Emerica has made it hard for me to really hate them.

August 26th

Dan
So, skateboarding. What is it? Why do you do it?

Bryan
To look cool.
It feels amazing. It satisfies the bug within to just move. I feel engaged and nothing else matters.

Dan
Why did you start?

B
[A friend] Phil made me do it. Baker 3. It just looked fun.

D
Do you think you’ll ever stop?

B
Did a long time ago.
I’ll probably always have a board around. Probably make the permanent switch to cruiser at some point. Basically become a Tired poster boy.

D
I feel like Tired is for fat guys ten years older than us.
Our texts regarding skateboarding for the past five months are going to be your interview, btw.

B
I can do better.

D
Too bad.

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