When I get older and can’t skateboard anymore (Yes, I fully acknowledge that this will happen) All I want to do is sit in a room with fellow creatives and come up with ideas. It doesn’t matter to me if some of them fail, it doesn’t matter if some of them are extremely successful. The process of going through it all is what makes me happy.
My brain has worked this way since I was a kid. In the last 5 or so years I have been going through a lot of learning lessons with social interactions. I missed out on a lot when i was younger because I ignored everything and everybody around me because I just wanted to learn as many things as I could possibly learn.
In my lifetime I have spent about 20x inside a small room on my computer than I have ever spent on my skateboard. But i’ve also learned just about everything I need to know to have complete control of the way I want my videos, graphics, and media to be presented. This isn’t something that I necessarily planned. It’s just something i’ve always loved to do. I don’t really know how many people know this, but I have edited & produced just about every video part that I have ever put out. Including all of my YouTube edits, Usko, Mag Minute, ABD part, 2010 part, 75% of my Recruit, etc. I’ve never liked putting this stuff out there, because it makes me feel a little weird. I once even purposely told The Skateboard Mag to put my friend Josh Cronje’s name on the title of editor of my Mag Minute page because I didn’t want people to know. But to be honest, I don’t really care much anymore.
At the end of the day, If I put something out that people don’t like, I don’t want to blame anybody but myself. But there is only a selected amount of people that I allow to have control over my footage, etc. And they know who they are.
To some skateboarders, sitting in a room working on a computer all day seems like a nightmare, but to me it’s my happy place. It’s something that I will always be able to do. And that alone is what keeps me motivated to keep pushing as hard as I can on my skateboard while I am young. Because when my skateboard ticking clock is over, i’ll know exactly what I will be doing.” —Josiah Gatlyn (via fuhkpaul)