Chris Mearkle

Loud Ones – In The Van #26 – Chris Mearkle

Juice Magazine, Narragansett Lager and The Loud Ones present this original interview series, “In The Van” by skateboarding punk rockers, the Loud Ones, as they motor through the country and temporarily kidnap interesting characters in their renovated touring machine while sedating them with beers and questions. Today’s episode features Chris Mearkle.

"What can you say about East Coast ripper, Merk the Jerk? 
He has been skating for years and is all about pool coping, 
brick coping and field stone coping; anything that grinds 
yer trucks down to the axle. After years of bodily abuse, 
thanks to skateboarding, he can't skate like his heart wants to 
but his soul burns for skating and skateboarders and he is 
not afraid to call it like he sees it! I'm proud to call 
him a friend and I can't think of a better person to 
get in the van!!!" – JIM "MURF" MURPHY

Merk pays tribute to Government Issue, 5.9 Death Crew, Santa Cruz Skateboards team, Santa Cruz Speed Wheels team, Alva boys, Tony Alva, John Gibson, Dave Duncan, Jim Murphy, Eddie Reategui, Jef Hartsel, Fred Smith, Bill Danforth, Craig Johnson, Chris Cook, John Thomas, Steve Dread, Johnny Cash, Mike Conroy, Bad Brains, H.R., Murphy’s Law, Jimmy Gestapo, Fear, Lee Ving,  Minor Threat, Christian Hosoi, Danny Way, Jason Jessee, Steve Caballero, Neil Blender, The Anthrax club, Sick of It All, Warzone, Killing Time, DMS, FSU, Iggy Talls, VCJ, H Street, Jake Brown, Chris Miller, and Santa Cruz Coffin wheels…

In The Van episodes #1- #25 featuring Dougie Death, Jones Harrington, Metal Man, Sloppy Sam, Wez Lundry, Donny Barley, Dan St. Jacques, Davey Rogers, Big Tim Klemonsky, Bob Cenci, Kevin Day, Bob Furapples, Fred Smith, Joyce Raskin, Bob Otis, Seanzo Murray, Todd Francis, Mark Stone, Russ Pope, Shawn Brown, Paul Schmitt, Fritz Mead, Mark Civitarese, Kerry King and Charlie Wilkins, plus one of the Loud Ones greatest hits, “Time To Skate”. Get more from The Loud Ones at

Loud Ones – In The Van #25 – Charlie Wilkins

Charlie pays tribute to Johnny Rotten, P.I.L., Fugazi, Powell Peralta, Bones Brigade, Steve Caballero, Tony Hawk, Lance Mountain, Mark Gonzales, Natas Kaupas, Dead Kennedys, Jello Biafra, Iron Maiden, Chris Miller, Grant Brittain, Bad Brains, H.R., ZT Maximus, Dougie Death, Radio Birdman, Tony Trujillo, Vans Propeller Video, GSD, Mike Vallely, George Powell, Stacy Peralta, Tommy Guerrero, Neil Blender, Joe Johnson, Christian Hosoi, Jimmy Wilkins, Jahmal Williams, Gino Iannucci, Joe Lopes, Ban This, Jamie Fortune, Kevin Harris, Steve Saiz, Kevin Day, Rob Gangemi, Adam Air and Dan Estabrook.

Loud Ones – In The Van #24 – Kerry King

Kerry King pays tribute to Suicidal Tendencies, Mike Muir, Ozzy Osbourne, Randy Rhoads, Judas Priest, Van Halen, Foghat, AC/DC, Bon Scott, The Adolescents, Tony Cadena, Danny Way, Casey Royer, D.I., Tony Hawk, D.R.I. Kurt Brecht, Iron Maiden, Bam Margera, Converse, Rockville and Chris Jericho.

Loud Ones – In The Van #23 – Mark Civitarese

Mark pays tribute to The Bruisers, August Spies, Unseen, Black Flag, The Misfits, U.S. Bombs, Duane Peters, Minor Threat, Glenn Danzig, Samhain, Danzig, Jack “Choke” Kelly, Slapshot, Walter “Wattie” Buchan, The Exploited, Metallica, Zorlac, Conflict, Discharge, Jimmy Foul, Public Nuisance and Rancid.

Loud Ones – In The Van #22 – Fritz Mead

Fritz pays tribute to X, Ben Raybourn, Usurper Skateboards, Fear, Lee Ving, Devo, Butthole Surfers, Grant Taylor, Van Halen, Rie Clancy, Wounded Knee Skateboards, Jim Murphy, Mossbrook, Bato, Chris Cope, 5.9 Crew and the invert.

Loud Ones – In The Van #21 – Paul Schmitt

Paul Schmitt pays tribute to the Triple XXX Girls, Schmitt Stix, Monty Nolder, Sex Pistols, Dead Kennedys, Yard Stix deck, Agent Orange, CONS Project, Rainbow Wave Skatepark, Alan Gelfand, Mike McGill, ATV, Tarampula, Fausto Vitello, John Grigley, Lance Mountain, Sloppy Sam, Danger deck, Chuck Hults, Kevin Day, Chainsaw deck, Rutland, VT, Vision, Sims, Taylor/Dykema and Jeff Phillips.

Loud Ones – In The Van #20 – Shawn Brown

Shawn pays tribute to The Obsessed, Government Issue, Kryptonics, Madness, The Specials, Nirvana, Stalag 13, Jason Farrell, Jason Jessee, Minor Threat, Darby Crash, Henry Rollins, Ian MacKaye, Mike McGill, VCJ, Powell Peralta, Void, the Wilson Center, Brian Simmons, T.S.O.L., and Comet Ping Pong.

Loud Ones – In The Van #19 – Russ Pope

Russ pays tribute to the Dead Kennedys, Santa Cruz Skateboards, Bullet, Bob Pribble, John Fabriquer, Corey O’Brien, The Clash, Joe Strummer, Ricky Winsor, Neil Blender, Mark Gonzales, SubHumans, Maherajah Skateboards, The Melvins, Raney Beres, John Cardiel, Creature Skateboards, Barker Barrett, Jason Adams, Darren Navarrette, Skatopia and Brewce Martin…

Loud Ones – In The Van #18 – Mark Stone

Mark pays tribute to the Talking Heads, Elvis Costello, Devo, Boomtown Rats, The Professionals, Steve Jones, Henry Rollins, Dez Cadena, Black Flag, Emil Johnson, Santa Cruz Skateboards, The Birthday Party, Wire, Keith Morris, Dead Boys, Circle Jerks, The Living Room, The Vibrators, Soundgarden, Screaming Trees and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.

Loud Ones – In The Van #17 – Todd Francis

Todd pays tribute to Antihero, David Bowie, X, Sean Young. Andy Roy, Bob Burnquist, Julien Stranger, John Cardiel, Jimi Hendrix, Van Halen, Devo, Natas Kaupas, Fear, Agent Orange, Sex Pistols, The Stooges, Ray Bones Rodriguez, Vernon Courtland Johnson, Rolling Stones, Dieselhed and Jerry Brown…

Loud Ones – In The Van #16 – Seanzo Murray

Seanzo Murray pays tribute to Black Flag, Jake Phelps, Tony Perez, Chuck Dukowski, Greg Ginn, Flite, The Knack, Tony Alva, Government Issue, Pajama Slave Dancers, Johnny Griff, Andy Strahan, The Damned, Doug “Pineapple” Saladino, Gang Threat, Necros, F.U.s, SS Decontrol, Negative FX, Barefoot Mike, Bamboozle Skate Shop, Jay Smith and Devo.

Loud Ones – In The Van #15 – Bob Otis

Bob pays tribute to the Idle Rich, The Proletariat, DYS, the FUs, Siege, Antisect, Crass, Danny Way, Discharge, Rudimentary Peni, Jello Biafra, Dan St. Jacques and Ben Barnett of DropDead.

Loud Ones – In The Van #14 – Joyce Raskin

Joyce pays tribute to Scream, Ignition, Positive Force D.C., Z-Boys, Peggy Oki, The Descendents, Milo Aukerman, The Clash, Skate Like A Girl, Lizzie Armanto, Tony Hawk, Powell Peralta, Sam Liu, Fugazi, Courtney Barnett, Drew Barrymore, girl power and more!

Loud Ones – In The Van #13 – Fred Smith

Fred Smith pays tribute to Dead Boys, Big World, Alva team, Bones Brigade, Tony Hawk, Steve Caballero, Mike McGill, Jimi Hendrix, Neil Blender, Mark Gonzales, Dead Kennedys, Joe Strummer, the Living Room, Jeff Phillips, Blaize Blouin…

Loud Ones – In The Van #12 – Bob Furapples

Bob Furapples pays tribute to the Clash, the Ramones, Jake Phelps, Sex Pistols, D.O.A., Tony Hawk, Chuck Biscuits, the Misfits , Minor Threat, Johnny Rotten, Gallery East, Jerry’s Kids, the FUs, Pushead and more.

Loud Ones – In The Van #11 – Kevin Day

Kevin Day pays tribute to the Loud Ones, Devo, 5.9 Death Crew, Jimi Hendrix, Tony Alva, Bad Brains, Mike Weed, Skitch Hitchcock, Garrison Hitchcock, Eddie Elguera, Red AKA Mark Scott, Bob Burnquist, Lux Interior of The Cramps, Henry Rollins, Schmitt Stix, Devo, Steve Olson, Duane Peters, Mike Brown and New England.

Loud Ones – In The Van #10 – Bob Cenci of Jerry’s Kids

Bob Cenci pays tribute to Dead Kennedys, Discharge, Steve Olson, Black Flag, Henry Rollins, Bad Brains, Jake Phelps, Iggy Pop, Duane Peters, Gang Green and more…. with additional questions from: Davey Rogers, Paul Wisienewski (Green Issue Skateboards), Dougie Death, The RathSkeller, Jimmy Gestapo, Rob Mertz and Russ Iglay.

Loud Ones – In The Van #9 – Big Tim Klemonsky

Big Tim pays tribute to Fear, Gwar, Santa Cruz, Consolidated Skateboards, Jason Jessee, Karma Tsocheff, Andy Roy, The Cro Mags, Sloppy Sam, Wade Speyer, Bruce Juice, Mark Gonzales, Rune Glifberg, Darby Crash, Wounded Knee Skateboards, Bod Boyle and Motorhead.

Loud Ones – In The Van #8 – Davey Rogers

Davey Rogers pays tribute to Peter Hewitt, The Ramones, The Misfits, Lance Mountain, Hosoi Skateboards, Wounded Knee Skateboards, Motorhead, The Cro-Mags and more…

Loud Ones – In The Van #7 – Dan St. Jacques

Dan St. Jacques pays tribute to Extinction Machine, Olneyville Sound System, Agnostic Front, Wrecking Crew, Youth of Today, Z-Boys, Bones Brigade, Zorlac, The Stooges, Steve Alba, Micke Alba, Black Flag, Mark Gonzales, Iggy Pop and more…

Loud Ones – In The Van #6 – Donny Barley

Donny Barley pays tribute to skateboarding, Fugazi, Dan Drehobl, Santa Cruz Skateboards, Tom Knox, Eric Dressen, Speed Freaks, Wheels on Fire, Nirvana, Sloppy Sam, Bad Brains, H.R., Hosoi Hammerhead, Dinosaur Jr. and the Dead Kennedys.

Loud Ones – In The Van #5 – Wez Lundry

Wez Lundry pays tribute to: Oingo Boingo, The Pretenders, The Graven Image, Dead Kennedys, Alva team, Craig Johnson, Fred Smith, Tex Gibson, Bill Danforth, Eddie Reategui, The Ramones, MoFo, Dead  Boys, Radio Birdman, Mc5, The Accused, Christian Hosoi, Lance Mountain, John Cardiel, Neil Blender, Mark Gonzales, Ben Raybourn, Jello Biafra, Joe Strummer and Dave Duncan.

Loud Ones – In The Van #4 – Sloppy Sam

Sloppy Sam pays tribute to: 5.9 Crew, Angry Samoans, Burnside locals ’94, Sage, Red, Little John, PigPen, Neil Heddings, Q-Man, AC/DC, Warped Tour, John Fabriquer, Tim Klemonsky, Dan Drehobl, Dez Cadena, Danger Decks, Schmitt Stix, Slayer, Dan Tag and more…

Loud Ones – In The Van #3 – Metal Man

Metal Man pays tribute to: The Proletariat, Big World, Alva Skateboards, The Tubes, Cedar Crest, Tony Magnusson, Dead Kennedys, Christian Hosoi, Johnny Lydon and The Mentors.

Loud Ones – In The Van #2 – Jones Harrington

Jones Harrington pays tribute to: Butthole Surfers, Body Count, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Santa Cruz Skateboards, Baker Skateboards, The Jam, Jeff Grosso, The Germs, Neil Blender, The Cramps, Real Skateboards and the Buzzcocks.

Loud Ones – In The Van #1 – Dougie Death

Dougie Death pays tribute to 7Seconds, Bad Religion, 5.9 Crew, Sex Pistols, The Ramones, Fred Smith, Bad Brains, John Cardiel and Born Against.

Loud Ones – “Time to Skate”

Loud Ones – “Skateboarding, Chicks and Rock n Roll”


Loud Ones are DKnow – Drums, Metal Man – Guitar, Fred Smith III- Bass, Mike – Guitar/Vocals and Boog – Vox…

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