TINO RAZO

TINO RAZO

INTERVIEW BY ANDY KESSLER
PHOTOS BY IVORY SERRA

How old are you?
23.

How long you been skating?
Fourteen or fifteen years.

Where did you start skating?
Bennington, VT.

Who was most influential to you in Vermont as far as skateboarding?
The whole Cutting Edge crew and the Connecticut hardcores and Jeff Tummel, Sloppy Sam, Bato, Merk, Big Tim, Smiley and Jack. And Nick is the man.

How long ago did you move to New York?
Three years ago. Yeah, my first day here I went to the Riverside Park and met you.

Yeah, I met you skating with your brother? So you grew up skating with your brothers, Andre and Mark?
Yeah, and they’re the most influential to me.

“I like to skate obscure stuff. I try to look around for stuff that no one else is skating.”

You planning on going back to school too?
Yeah, I was planning to go back this semester but I might go on tour first.

With who?
Triple Five Soul and Rookie and do the Tampa Ams and then go to Japan with Triple Five Soul and then after that I’m going to try to go to Australia and skate some of those crazy parks.

So are you stoked on the skating in New York?
Yeah, it’s good. There are all types of places to skate and every kind of person skating.

What do you like to do when you go out skating?
I like to skate obscure stuff. I try to look around for stuff that no one else is skating.

Roll out your sponsors.
Rookie, Independent and Triple Five Soul.

I heard you found a new spot to skate on your last mission.
Yeah, we found these old subway tunnels that have like a full pipe with a kink in the bottom of it. It was such a mission to get to, you had to walk through so much orange slime and muck and shit. But I don’t think you can skate it anymore. Someone left the hatch open and it rained.

Who are you skating with these days?
Bobby, Taylor and Serg.

What do you like about going out skating with different people?
I like observing how all different kinds of people react to the same thing. Like the hardcore dude slashin’ some pool coping or a kid in Brooklyn busting a 360 flip to a noseslide down some crazy ledge. They’re both super gnarly, they just do it different ways.

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