Claus Grabke interview
- Oprettet: onsdag, 16. december 2009 10:29
- Skrevet af Mads Matzon
Den legendariske tyske Santa Cruz pro og Nickys største eurofirserrival kan ikke lide S.K.A.T.E.
Det desværre eneste billede er taget af Ulf Bjerre.
I saw a Claus Grabke shrine in Cassiopeia, Berlin this summer. Have you seen it?
Never seen it.
Did you build it?
Should ´finger flip lein to tail´ be renamed ´Grabke to tail´?
Lance Mountain named it "Claus to tail" a long time ago.
Any advice on landing a Claus to tail?
Really...just do it. Commit!
You and a friend invented skateboarding back in ´76?
We obviously didn’t invent skateboarding. But for ourselves we did. We didn’t know about it and built a skateboard from rollerskates and plywood. A month later we saw "real" skateboarding on tv.
Can you remember the first time you met Nicky Guerrero?
I can’t really say where I met him first. Might have been in Copenhagen - saw him a lot though.
What did you think of him and his skating back then?
He is such a stylish skater. High airs and always smiling. Even in his early skating days he was destined to be pro.
Do you know that he still going strong on a board?
Yes, I see him now and then.
Why did you stop being a pro skater?
Pro skating became some kind of joke. You had to skate shows for non-skaters to survive financially. I owe so much to skateboarding. I wanted to keep it in my heart as something very special. The whole business-aspect wasn’t my thing. I quit all my sponsors in one day, went to the skate-store and bought myself a new skateboard. Later however companies made boards with my name on it again (without all the pro-hassle). I currently have decks on "Pocket Pistol Skates" and "Trap".
Do you miss being a pro?
I miss an intact body, I miss the lightness of youth, but I am very happy where I am right now. I don’t miss skating for money. I rather enjoy skating for fun now.
Who was your favourite skater in the eighties?
Mark Gonzales, Lance Mountain, Neil Blender, Steve Caballero.
They were funny, had style and a lot of personality.
Do you still skate?
Oh yeah! I’ve got a couple of shitty little ramps in front of my studio. Also, we have a skate park in town. When I’m on tour, I always bring my board.
Did you ever skate in Denmark?
Yes, Helsinge and Copenhagen.
Do you still follow the skate scene?
I follow what’s going on - obviously, as an insider, you kind of become a little sceptic or even sarcastic about it. I think that modern skating is both, amazing and stupid. I hate S.K.A.T.E. If you need a winner - play soccer.
Your band ´Eight Dayz´ made music for The Ramp section and Natas´ part in Wheels of Fire from ´87. Did you do music for any other skate parts? (Det obligatoriske spørgsmål, hvor intervieweren spiller klog.)
Eight Dayz music has been used quite often now. i.e. for a DC snowboard video.
What are you doing these days?
I am running a recording studio, (myspace.com/clausgrabkestudios), play in a band. I manage my son´s band (www.thepicturebooks.com)
Can you tell us some more about your studio?
I produce bands in my own studio, called "Claus Grabke Studios". It is a rather big studio with lots of cool vintage equipment but also cool new stuff. I produced bands like "Dog Eat Dog", "The Datsuns" and many other bands from all over the world.
Where can we hear your music?
skate for fun.
The Ramp-sektionen fra Santa Cruz videoen Wheels of Fire. Det er Grabkes band, der spiller: