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Mike Long

NAME & HOMETOWN
Mike Long, I was born in NY but I live in Encinitas, CA at the moment

Mike Long, Bs Smith, Photo, Skater, Brian Walnum, Photography
Bs Smith.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT SKATEBOARDING THAT DRIVES YOU TO KEEP GOING?
Well I've been skating for probably about 15 years now and I think The whole freedom of it drives me, I remember the Gonz talking about how skateboarders can move in a way once thought impossible, and I like that I can Ollie up a curb if nessesary.

Mike Long, Ollie, Photo, Skater, Brian Walnum, Photography
Ollie.

Mike Long, Austrilla, Nose Blunt, Photo, Skater, Interview, Louie Jones
Bs Noseblunt, Austrilla. Photo: Louie Jones

YOUR ALWAYS TALKING ABOUT GOING TO DIFFERENT SHOWS... YOU JUST SAW PRINCE, HOW WAS THAT?
Prince was incredible, I went with two friends and i didn't even have a ticket. I paid twenty five dollars and somehow got floor seating. I was only about three feet away from him it was amazing. I had purple rain confetti raining down on me, I suggest the song "Shhh"

Mike Long, Ollie, Photo, Skater, Brian Walnum, Photography
Switch Fs Shuv, Fakie Manual, Fakie Tre.

YOUR OBVIOUSLY INTO MUSIC AND EVEN PLAY SOME GUITAR... EVER JAM WITH YOUR FRIENDS?
I play a lot of guitar. I need an amplifier. A fender super reverb preferably. Buy yeah I play with friends from time to time. I've seen so many of my favorite players lately it's pretty amazing, Eric Clapton, BB King, Prince, Roger Waters, Buddy Guy, So many others too.

Mike Long, Fs Flip, Hydrant, Photo, Skater, Interview, Jason Hainault, Photography
Fs Flip. Photo: Jason Hainault

YOU WENT TO OZ A WHILE BACK. TAIL ANY LAMBS OUT THERE... HOW WAS YOUR OZ TRIP?
OZ was was so beautiful I loved it there, I went to Sydney and Cruised around the whole town. I had a friend there which was really awesome cause he's a Local and that's always a plus in another land. WE grabbed some long necks and walked by the opera house where Stevie Ray Vaughan played. M buddy Schooner also sang there when he was a kid. If you ever go there I suggest the Cricketers Arms Bar. I actually Tailed lambs in New Zealand. It was with a farmer that knew the person My friend Louie and I were staying with in the south island. My friend and I were WWOOFing through NZ which is kind of like farming volunteering but overall a bit random. My friend just said to the guy, "I just want to hold a baby lamb" and the next day we tailed about 300 of them. You hold the lamb for the farmer and he puts a rubber band around there tail so it eventually falls off, another around the balls so they don't mature, gives them a shot, and his trade mark for his lambs was kind of taking this hole punch device to their ears so when they get bigger he knows which ones are male and female and as he did this I had blood running down my arms. I was a bit random but I suggest it to anyone, There is a town called Queenstown which is very beautiful in the southern alps, that was one of my favorite places. I remember just going to the super market and there just being this huge mountain range outside called " The Remarkables". Fantastic.

Mike Long, Grind, Crooks, Photo, Skater, Interview, Brian Walnum
Crooks.

Mike Long, San Diego, Tailslide 180, Photo, Skater, Memorial Skatepark, SD, Interview, Brian Walnum
Tailslide Fakie.

YOU'VE ALSO BEEN TO EUROPE A TIME OR TWO, MOST RECENTLY WITH MILES. WHERE EXACTLY DID YOU GO, ANY GOOD STORIES?
I went to London and Paris which was absolutely wonderful. Miles was in Barcelona and we met up in London. We cruised around London this one day and walked through Hyde park where the Rolling stones played which was so much fun, there were endless amounts of people just sitting in the grass enjoying the day a bit like central park in New York. Miles is funny, he'll just walk into a group of ten girls and just dance up a storm and they will all start laughing and clapping. We were dancing with these beautiful twin Indian girls in this club, I got a drink and came back and the girl said "Hi, My-Coal" in her think english accent, Wonderful. Paris is a whole other way, a bit bigger it seemed like and so much going on. Hop on the metro and you can go anywhere, I was skating down the street one night and you go around a bend and there's one of the oldest buildings in town. Walking through Montmartre is beautiful, I also said hi to Jim Morrison.

Mike Long, San Diego, Ollie, Clairemont, Photo, Skater, SD, Interview, Ryan Lusteg
Ollie, Clairemont. Photo: Ryan Lusteg

Mike Long, Grind, Backside, Nosegrind, Photo, Skater, Interview, Brian Walnum
Bs Nosegrind.

WHO OR WHAT DO YOU THINK INFLUENCES YOUR SKATE STYLE?
When I first moved to North County Aaron Harrison was my neighbour so I guess skateboarding has been influencing me from seeing different people and videos... I used to see Ronson Lambert skate Carlsbad park years ago and he was so innovative I learned so much by just watching him. Probably just my friends I grew up with mostly though. I always wanted to skate like Tom Penny, Keenan, Guy and Gino haha. But as for my style I'm really not sure... I really love European skateboarding and I've always wanted style like them. Alex Carolino in the Lordz video " they don't give a Fuck about us" is probably the best part ever.I think style is a natural thing I guess you develop in your own certain way...did I answer this one???

Mike Long, Switch, Ollie, Photo, Skater, Interview, Brian Walnum
Switch Ollie.

Mike Long, 50-50, Backside, Slappy, Photo, Skater, Interview, Brian Walnum
50-50 Slappy Out.

YOUR MAG MINUTE A WHILE BACK CAME OUT DOPE... WHO HELPED YOU PUT THAT TOGETHER AND ARE YOU FILMING FOR ANY UPCOMING PROJECTS?
Thank you. Its all thanks to alot of my friends filming me but Eric Lesar really helped me out on that one cause he edited the whole thing, I'm really grateful for that, he's the best. I think my friend Cameron Holland will be making a video so I'd like to film for that but I just like filming I guess.

Mike Long, Austrilla, Fs Pivot, Photo, Skater, Memorial Skatepark, SD, Interview, Louie Jones
Fs Pivot, Austrilla. Photo: Louie Jones

Mike Long, 50-50, Wallie, Photo, Skater, Interview, Brian Walnum
Wallie.

WRAP IT UP, SHOUT IT OUT.
I would like to thank Typical Culture first of all for the opportunity, Mom, James Nys and Mcgills, Papa Georgio, Miles Wood, Tyler Brick & Blackbox friends, Schooner, Danny Dicola, Yancy Knapp, Ian Barry, Kenny Hoyle & KAYO friends, Alex Macedo, Shad Lambert, Cuong Lieng, Surf Ride, and Matt Holdredge for helping me out. Hootie Andrewes, Zach Imhoof, Eric Lesar, Cameron Holland, Erik Myhro, Robbie Gould for filming me. KY, Max, logy. Louie Jones, Ryan Lusteg, Mikey Gould, Jason Hainault, for shooting photos. Ratcrew, John Sawchenko, pond homiez. Jimmy Page.

Mike Long, San Diego, Ollie, Clairemont, Photo, Skater, SD, Interview, Ryan Lusteg
Ollie. Watch the Sequence: Click Here



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