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Oscar Meza, Interview with Oscar Meza, Photos by Brian Walnum

NAME, DATE OF BIRTH, HOMETOWN?
Oscar Meza, 10/08/91 South Central LA

WHERE ARE YOU FROM ORIGINALLY AND WHEN DID YOU LEAVE, WHY?
Oscar: Well I was born in Guadalajara Mexico. I have a long childhood story but to hit some main points I lived down there till I was 8. Then I came to LA and reunited with family. The truth, I hated city life for the first 2 years but have loved it ever since.

Oscar Meza, Kickflip, LA, Skateboard
Kickflip, LA. Photos: Brian Walnum

WHEN DID YOU FIRST GET INTO SKATING AND WHAT GOT YOU HOOKED?
When I was in kindergarten I won this raffle and got a mini skateboard that I used to love riding on my knees. When I was brought to the city my older brother skated and he introduced me to street skating. I was blown away from what I was seeing in this 411 video that we watched over and over in our busted up VCR. I remember the first time I accomplished an ollie over a crack on the sidewalk during my skate home from school. I was so stoked I pushed home as fast as I could and told my brother that I finally figured it out. From that day on I began to love skateboarding more and more. That feeling I got when I accomplished my first ollie is still the same feeling that I get everyday when I skate. It’s what keeps me going!

WHEN YOU STARTED SKATING WHERE WOULD YOU LEARN MOST OF YOUR TRICKS?
In the beginning I’d skate outside my house everyday for hours. Once that got old I'd hit the elementary school (Arlington Heights) down the street from my house and would skate around with my friends. It wasn't till I was 13 and moved to south LA that I started believing in myself and really pushing it each day.

Oscar Meza, Back Smith, San Clemente, Skateboard
Backsmith, San Clemente.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST AND WHAT DO YOU LIKE LEAST ABOUT THE HOOD?
The thing I like most and love about the hood is that it has opened my eyes which also made me see things for what they really are. Its helped make me a stronger person. What I dislike about the hood is all the trash. If people would just want it to become a better place, I believe little by little it can. Some people just don't even give a shit out here.

ANY CRAZY STORIES YOU WANT TO SHARE?
Well, I always hear gunshots and see people fighting. I guess the one time that was definitely imprinted in my mind was this time I was skating home from South Gate. I was about a block away and saw everything was caution taped off. There was an ambulance and a fire truck out front. I walked over to see what was going on and I saw this guy on the ground with gunshots all over his body including one to his head. His white tee had turned red with blood and as I realized what I was seeing the medics threw a cloth across him. That was hard to see at a young age but I feel blessed that skating has taken me down a different path which has kept me out of a lot of trouble.

SO YOU GET HOOKED UP BY KOGI'S, HOW DID THAT COME ABOUT AND WHATS IT LIKE HAVING A FOOD SPONSOR?
Let me begin by saying that Kogi BBQ is bomb! If you haven't tried it you should definitely go to their website (HYPERLINK "http://www.kogibbq.com/"www.kogibbq.com) and see where they're going to be posted up next. I guarantee you it will blow your mind. The opportunity came up from doing this New Pollution show for Fuel TV last year. Big E from Kogi BBQ saw it and I guess he was really hyped on me. He tracked me down by calling Mainline Skateshop and letting them know the deal. When I herd about it, I was super down, and once I actually met Big E and tasted the food I was hooked. They treat me really well and hook up everyone I take. I'm hyped to have an awesome food sponsor!

Oscar Meza, Switch Ollie, LA, Skateboard
Switch Ollie, LA.

YOU GOT A PRETTY SOLID B/S FLIP, TOOK IT DOWN WILSHIRE 15 A WHILE BACK . . . ANY PLANS TO GO BIGGER?
Yeah I did that when I was 15 years old. I turned 15 and used to have dreams about bs flipping it. Everyone I told thought I was crazy and didn't think I would pull it off. I never let anyone get to me and I just had this fire inside me that told me I could do it. It was a random day that we went out and met with Sean Peterson. Nothing planned, but I remember Kico wanted to back 180 over the rail, so we ended up at Wilshire. I gave it a few looks and just said fuck it, what better time. So I laced up my shoes, gave it my all, and BOOM, next thing you know I was rolling away. I'm 18 now, and I've already got the spot with stairs stacked to match my age. We'll see how it goes.

HAVE YOU HAD ANY UNIQUE EXPERIENCES THAT SKATEBOARDING HAS BROUGHT YOU?
A couple for sure, but most recently I got the chance to work with LIL Wayne and Eminem on their new music video, "Drop The World.” The video just came out so check it and see if you can spot me. I only got a few clips but it was sick. I'm stoked on the experience and look forward to seeing what the future brings.

Oscar Meza, Switch Ollie, LA, Skateboard
BS Noseblunt, LA.

IT SEEMS LIKE YOU ALWAYS HAVE A POSITIVE OUTLOOK ON LIFE. WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
Life itself, it’s a trip how it all works. God, Family, Friends, and the Hood!

GOT ANY BIG SKATE HAPPENINGS COMING UP?
I'm signed up for Phoenix AM and I don't have a broken arm this year so I'm super exited for that. I know its going to be a tough contest; I'm just gonna have fun and try to do the best I can. Besides that I'm just filming; stacking up footy and photos for what ever comes my way. I recently got on Wreckless Wax and I'm working on a little "Introducing" promo for them.

Oscar Meza, Nose Blunt, Skateboard
FS Noseblunt.

SPONSORS AND ANY SHOUT-OUTS . . .
I skate for Emerica Footwear, Destructo Trucks, JSLV Clothing, PUSH Griptape, MainLine Skateshop, KOGI BBQ, and Wreckless Wax. First I just want to thank each of my sponsors for all the love and
support! To all the real homies, you know who you are. Serge the Verge, hope your arm heals soon and we'll get back to those sick filming sessions, Walnum for being so down, the Family, and my very supportive girl, Quiara.

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