Lodge Guest, David Östlund
Name: David Östlund
Current: Job / school: I now work as a Freelance Photoshop Retoucher / Graphic artist
Where are you from? Brighton in southern England
Where do you currently live? Upplands Väsby (near Stockholm, Sweden)
What nationaly do you feel the most? English
Family status: Two grown up kids and a girl friend
Sponsors: Not directly sponsored but get help with stuff from 08 distribution, Brädkultur and Carhartt WIP.
Years of skateboarding: since 1974 so that’s 42 years, I should be shit hot after so many years 😉
Board size: 9.65¨ width 33¨ length
Wheel size: 56mm
I change set up every: When I need too
Current Board trend: Precious Pool board, Grosso Indy 169’s, Spitfire 56 Conical Full.
Please state your type of terrain on your board in hours, days and years or other
Try to skate 2 or 3 times a week… ends up me skating mostly bowls/pools and mini ramps
Please tell us about your daily DAY by the hours, (or tell us about your longest day the last week’s) We want to know how your day is looking like
My day is always different with different project and ideas that I have going on. Working to get my house finished and doing retouch jobs and graphic design to bring money in. I also have a blog called www.dailygrind.se which I post a lot of the skate photo’s that I’ve taken. It’s not that consistant with daily post’s but I’ll be tryng to get more stuff up there in the future.
How are you doing at the moment?
Not too bad, winter is coming here in Upplands Väsby, so we’ll be stuck to skate indoors for the next few months.
How is your body at the moment , (injuries, knees, back, and so so ) ?
I’m 55… can’t complain 😉
When did you start to skate and why ? what tricked you into this ?
Started in 1974 in my home town of Hassocks (which is close to Brighton). Classic 1st board that was a pair of roller skates screwed on to a plank… then I got a ‘’Easy-rider’’ that had urethane wheels and I was hooked.
Please comment your feelings about Skateboarding in the 80s,90s,2010s
I’ve never been that good but I really love skating… gives me the same buzz now that I got when I first stepped on the board when I was 13…
80s Mostly skated with some close friends
90s Moved to Stockholm and just skated 3 or 4 times a year
2000 2004 was the year that the bowl at Björns Trädgård was built in central Stockholm… that’s when a lot of old skaters met up and I got to know them better.
2010+ More and more concrete parks are being built… stoked 🙂
Do you feel skateboarding is in a good way ?
Skateboarding has been a part of my life since I was 13 and has influenced me in many different and positive ways. It’s a real mix of people and ideas
Where do you stand & please comment with skateboarding in the olympics ?
Haha… I don’t think it really maters. There are some really really really good skaters that don’t even want to do ordinary comp’s so they won’t be doing the olympics either… and we have a bunch of really good skaters that smoke and drink beer so they won’t be allowed in the olympics.
Where do you stand in terms of politics ? No where
When I chill, I chill with, a beer and friends
I’m have been on a mission lately in (with) Building my pool
Dream session would be,
With Grant Taylor, Gonz, Dan Drehoble, Peter Hewitt, Jeff Grosso, Chris Miller and then a bunch of my friends
Lately I have been working on, Looking through old skate pics that I’ve taken.
When I was little I would like to, Draw
When im home I like to, I’m always at home as I work from here
I normally call my homies for, Skate or help with stuff
Your homies are, Johnny Sandberg, Puttis Jacobsson, Janne Loftén, Lars Öjert and Jörgen Brennicke.
I enjoy going to, Skate
Favorite drink is, Beer
Favorite food is, a good steak or Thai
Favorite drugs, Snus, cigarrets and beer
Favorite drunk moment’s ?
When I won Swedens best skate photograph a few years back and Johnny Sandberg got drunk and slapped one of the guys that had arranged the event… he got thrown out and was very sorry for himself 🙂
Favorite music, very wide range… from rock to classical
Favorite film, Blade Runner
Raven Terschy, Grant Taylor, Johnny Sandberg, Ronnie Sandoval… anyone that doesn’t plan their run.
Favorite skate film,
Squadraphenia (Death skateboards)… this has a classic line that Ginger Steve says… “If you can’t carve you’re a fucking cunt”
Favorite skatepark, Fælledparken
Favorite spot, My pool
Favorite woman / men (blond, fat, thin, big, small) Gonz
When I cook, I cook, Spagetti Bolognese
To go to resturant is,Thai
To go to trick is, Backside carve grind
To go to trick when you are farked is, Layback
To go to trick when you are winning is,
Rock n roll
TOP 3 Cities,
Stockholm, San Sebastian and Copenhagen
When I travel, I always bring,
Best travel advice I can give is, Pack light
Best life advise I can give is, Go with the flow
Are you good with money ( do you plan, safe it, cash in or blow it )?
I’m shit with money
Best travel memory you want to share?
Going to California in 2014 with about 10 skate friends, all of which were 50 or about to turn 50
When I do not skateboard I, Work
My fitness program is, Non existant
Anything that concerns you at the moment ?
When I get old I want to, I am old… skate
I would NEVER, Use Tracker Trucks
I would like to see more of, Grant Taylor
That one time where I was in jail because of, Sorry but I’ve never been in jail
I should do more of, Front side
My future looks like, Interresting
I dream of some day that I would,
Front side grind with out having a mental breakdown
The book I currently read is,
The best travel I have been on,
On Netflix / youtube I watch, Jeff Grosso – Love Letters
If I could change the world I would, Turn every golf course into a skate park
Everybody should own a, Concrete mixer
I will never get rid of,
There’s nothing that I’m hugely attached to… most things can be replaced
Any regrets in life so far ? None
I currently follow (social media, instagram twitter, Facebook)
I’m mostly on instagram… and follow favourite skaters