Depth Leviathan Dweller – Juice Magazine State of Skate Interview

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Name: DEPTH LEVIATHAN DWELLER [BA. KU.]
Hometown: VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA
Age: 42
Sponsors:  SKULL SKATES, GULLWING TRUCKS, BARRIER KULT CLOTHING, VICIOUS GRIPTAPE.

What set-up are you riding right now? Board, trucks, wheels, grip, hardware…
SKULL SKATES HORSE DECK [10.5” x 31”], GULLWING x BA. KU. SUPER PRO 3 TRUCKS [WITH GULLWING PRO-BOLT KINGPINS], BONES MINI-CUBIC WHEELS, BONES SWISS BEARINGS, BILL DANFORTH HARDWARE, DEATHBOX 1/2” RISERS AND VICIOUS GRIPTAPE.

What’s the most fun DIY, skater-built or renegade spot that you’ve skated lately?
LEESIDE NORTH RITUAL BARRIER.

Have you ever built something to skate?
I’VE ‘FIXED’ VARIOUS BARRIERS. THE LEAST AMOUNT OF A CONCRETE FIX AS POSSIBLE TO MAINTAIN THE INTEGRITY OF THE BARRIER’S TIGHT TRANSITION VIOLENCE.

Who do you like to skate with these days?
DEER MAN OF DARK WOODS, MUSKELLUNGE OF DARK ISLAND AND OTHER BARRIER KULT MEMBERS WHEN POSSIBLE.

Best skate graphic you have seen lately?
I WAS LOOKING AT THE PHREAD CONRAD WILLIE & BILLIE DAMN-IT-ALL CURB THANG GRAPHIC AGAIN RECENTLY. THE APEX IN SKATEBOARD GRAPHICS. OTHER THAN THAT – THE SIMS SCREAMER OR SKULL SKATES HORSE. I LOOK AT THOSE EVERY DAY.

Favorite skateboarders of all time?
TEN THAT COME TO MIND: ROSS GOODMAN, GSD, NEIL BLENDER, BILL DANFORTH, ALLEN LOSI, BLAIZE BLOUIN [RIP], EARLY TO MID ‘80s GATOR, DAVE HACKETT, JONNY RAY AND MIKE SMITH.

Is there anything that hasn’t been built to skate yet that you’d like to see built?
BRITISH COLUMBIA STYLE RITUAL BARRIERS, HUNDREDS LINED UP, SLIGHT FIXES.

Best road trip you ever took?
SKULL SKATES BARRIER KULT TOUR OF JAPAN.

Are there any skate-related charities that you support?
WHEN POSSIBLE, USED AND SIGNED DEER MAN OF DARK WOODS DECKS FOR VARIOUS KIDS AND PROVIDING LEESIDE T-SHIRT DESIGNS FOR CONCRETE FUNDRAISING.

What music have you been listening to?
BLACK WAR METAL: SARCOFAGO, GOAT PENIS, GOAT SEMEN, BLASPHEMY, BEHERIT, MORTUARY DRAPE, MYSTIFIER, CONQUEROR, BLACK WITCHERY AND INQUISITION.

What do you consider the responsibilities of a professional skateboarder?
KEEPING THEIR MOUTHS SHUT. SKATEBOARDERS DO NOT NEED TO HEAR BACKWARDS IDEOLOGIES FROM A PROFESSIONAL WHO THINKS THEY AUTOMATICALLY HAVE SUPERIOR CREATIVE KNOWLEDGE BECAUSE THEY KNOW HOW TO KICK AROUND A SKATEBOARD.

Which skate shops do you support and go to the most?
PD’S HOT SHOP IN VANCOUVER, BC.

Favorite skate photo of all time?
GSD BONELESS ONE AT THE SHELL BOWL [1985, PHOTO GRANT BRITAIN], ALLEN LOSI METAL COPING LAPPED OVER GRIND [1985, PHOTO LARRY BALMA].

What is your take on girls skateboarding?
FETISHISM.

What piece of skateboarding memorabilia do you have that means the most to you?
NOS BLACK MOTOBILT TRUCKS.

Who contributes the most to your local skate scene?
PD OF SKULL SKATES.

Top three favorite skate tricks?
THE BONELESS ONE, LAPOVER GRINDS, TAIL BLOCKS.

What is your proudest moment in skateboarding so far?
THE BA. KU. x GULLWING SUPER PRO 3 TRUCK. BOTH MYSELF AND DEER MAN OF DARK WOODS RODE THE GULLWING PRO AND SUPER PRO 3 TRUCKS IN THE ‘80s.

[PS – The Barrier Kult has written in all caps since 2003 for ritualistic reasons.]
depth-leviathan-baku-6-85-Anthony_Tafuro DEPTH LEVIATHAN DWELLER DESTROYING ALL BARRIERS. NO ONE WILL EVER KNOW HIS NAME, BUT HIS SKATING WILL GO DOWN IN HISTORY FASTER THAN HE’D GO DOWN ON YOUR SISTER. PHOTO BY ANTHONY TAFURO.


 

ABOUT THE JUICE MAGAZINE STATE OF SKATE:

When we started Juice Magazine 22 years ago, you could count the number of skateparks on one hand and grindable pool coping was mostly a distant memory. Now there are thousands of skateparks all over the world, along with a vast quantity of DIY spots built to skate. In 1993, the majority of skateboarders listened to punk rock or hip hop exclusively. Now skateboarders listen to almost every kind of sound created. Two decades ago, skateboarding related charities were non-existent. Today, there are numerous non-profits giving back to skateboarding in many ways. One of the most important differences between now and then is that, 22 years ago, there was a clear division between old school and new school skateboarding. Now that wall of separation has followed the same path as the Berlin Wall, allowing for an unprecedented unification of skateboarders all over the globe. Great strides have been made for girls that skate as well as the acceptance of skate history and long overdue recognition for skateboarding’s pioneers and its artifacts. At the same time, the current generation of skateboarders is taking skateboarding to new heights, previously unimaginable. As the landscape of the skateboarding industry changes on a daily basis, and the topic of skateboarding in the Olympics rears its head once again, along with the disturbing subject of who controls skateboarding being tossed about by corporate entities, we decided it was time to take a good look at the State of Skate. We asked 20 questions to 100 skateboarders, ages 8 to 58, and found that skateboarding is as diverse as the skateboarders that are addicted to it, no one controls skateboarding except skateboarders, and the State of Skate is savage and strong. Now get out there and skate tough!

JUICE MAGAZINE STATE OF SKATE features interviews with 100 skateboarders including: Tony Alva, Dave Hackett, Chris Strople, Duane Peters, Steve Olson, Dave Duncan, Steve Alba, Tony Magnusson, Pat Black, Jesse Martinez, Bill Danforth, Jim Murphy, Ric Widenor, Lester Kasai, Glen Charnoski, Bryan Pennington, Peter Furnee, Jeremiah Risk, Ryan Smith, Jason Jessee, Omar Hassan, Cam Dowse, Jen O’Brien, Depth Leviathan Dweller, Brett Roper, Travis Beattie, Chris Gentry, CW Dunn, Chris Albright, Charlie Wilkins, Cairo Foster, Pierre-Luc Gagnon, BJ Morrill, Dr. Lenore L.A. Sparks, Sid Melvin, Jesse Irish, Packy Fancher, Greg Lutzka, Jimmy Larsen, Adam Dyet, Luis Tolentino, Greg Harbour, Frank Faria, Ryan DeCenzo, Dave Bachinsky, Johnny Turgesen, Casey Meyer, Edward Sanchez, David Gravette, Ben Hatchell, Brian Geib, Felipe Gouveia, Eric Santos, Kyle Smith, Cameron Revier, Josh Stafford, Justin Grubbs, Etienne Eden Archila, Sanzio Piacentini, Josh Elder, Eddie “Mighty” Moreno, Kevin Kowalski, Otto Pflanz, Jeremy Smith, Adam Wiggins, Jimmy Wilkins, Danny Gordon, Jake Hilbish, Corey Blanchette, Adam Legassie, Nick Santos, Trey Rounds, Curren Caples, Justyce Tabor, Andy Anderson, Sarah Thompson, Coral Guerrero, Collin Graham, Derek Scott, Ace Pelka, Sonny Rodriguez, Jarren Duke, Mikayla Sheppard, CJ Titus, Noah Schott, Emily Earring, Julian Torres, Wyatt Wisenbaker, Josh Forsberg, Nathan Midgette, Roman Pabich, Yago Dominguez, Jack Winburn, Jonas Carlsson, Kiko Francisco, Bryce Ava Wettstein, Desmond Shepherd, Matty Jessee and Luke Kahler.

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