Interview conducted in Los Angeles, CA on June 11 for the 2008 documentary film Beautiful Losers.
What’s your first memory of creating anything?
Where are you from?
Do you remember the state of American politics and culture while growing up?
What about the Reagan administration?
Did you start feeling like an outsider prior to having a subculture to associate with?
Was anyone in your family an artist?
Who was your first hero?
What was it about Duane Peters and that scene that was so appealing to you?
When did you first experience art?
Do you remember the first artwork which really struck a chord with you?
Did you have an art education?
Do you think behind the surface there was a fear to compete with the establishment?
Tell us more about how and why it’s different.
When was the first time you displayed your work for a public audience?
Tell us about your relationship to Aaron and your experience with Alleged.
Do you see any common threads in the histories or personalities of artists like Barry McGee, Clare Rojas, Thomas Campbell or Spike Jonze?
How personally do you take the public’s criticism of your film thumbsucker?
Do you resent people who like the film?
How has skateboarding influenced the trajectory of your life?
Why do you think skateboarding attracts such a creative group of people?
Did you have an awareness of this when you got into skateboarding?
Was part of skateboarding’s appeal the fact it was so adverse to any sense of normalcy?
Are you ever nostalgic for the time when you were an outsider?
How do you feel about the subcultures you were involved with now getting so much mainstream acclaim?
Do you feel like an outsider within the group?
When and how did you meet all those folks you were just mentioning?
Tell us about Steve Powers.
What about Phil Frost?
What do you think about Barry Mcgee?
And Marc Gonzalez?
Tell us about Jo Jackson.
What about Chris Johanson?
What do you think about Margaret Kilgallen’s work?
What about Ed Templeton?
And Cheryl Dunn?
What about Thomas Campbell’s work?
What about Todd James?
What about Geoff McFetridge?
Do you think that humor and angst can come from the same place?
Do you think that being funny can let you off the hook too easily?
What do you think about the work of clare rojas?
What do you think about Aaron rose as a person?
What role does community play in your work?
Do you think your work has a social conscious?
Was it the impetus behind what you were doing that ran its course, or do you think that it was becoming accepted at that level that drove you out?
Do you see other artists evolving through their work in the same way you are?
How do you feel that the current state of politics effects your work?
Is there a spiritual message in your work?
Is there a medium which works best for you to create from that instinctual place?
It’s interesting then that you’ve gravitated to filmmaking because its such a labor intensive process.
Is there a larger dialogue playing out behind you diverse artistic background?
Do you feel that the message of art gets diluted when it’s presented within a commercial context?
On some level it seems that an ‘authentic’ experience is totally relative to the person having it.
It’s interesting that advertisement tries to enter the psyche of consumers often by playing to their fears and desires.
What do you think about calling this group of artists a movement?
When was the first time you noticed people doing that?
Why do you think you and the work of your peer attracts the younger generation?
What lessons have you learned from your life as a professional artist?
What advice do you have for the next generation?
What do you hope our film communicates to its audience?