Lodge Guest, Eric McKenney
Name: Eric McKenney
Current: Job / school: Event Coordination & Activation at Skatepark of Tampa/ Undergraduate student at University of South Florida
Where are you from? – Fort Myers, Florida, USA
Where do you currently live? – Tampa Florida, USA
Family status: Single
Sponsors: Vans, Skatepark of Tampa
Years of skateboarding: 12
Board size: 8.25
Wheel size: 53mm
Trucks: Independent 149’s
I change set up every: Two weeks. I like my setup when it’s broken in.
Current Board trend: Splitting my grip down the middle of my board
Please state your type of terrain on your board in %
(Skatepark) Flow Street: 30%
Your daily DAY by the hours, (or tell us about your longest day the last weeks)
07.00 Wake up ,walk & feed my dog
08.00 Leave for work
18.00 Go home to get my dog
19.00 Usually eating
24.00 Eat something again
How are you doing at the moment? I’m actually at work. I should be working on other things.
How is your body at the moment , (injuries, knees, and so so ) ? Overall, pretty good. My left knee has been giving me some trouble lately, but other than that and the occasional swell-bow & ankle roll everything is dandy.
When I chill, I chill with, my dog and the homies.
I’m have been on a mission lately in (with) – Mainly all over Florida. With my good friends Jean-Luc Vida and Tristan Mershon, who also film.
Dream session is, taking an international trip with the homies
Lately I have been working on, skating everyday. I’ve been super busy with work and trying to finish my degree, but I try my hardest to not let it affect my skating.
When I was little I would like to, disappear and skate around town. I haven’t done that since I got my drivers license. I should start that again.
When im home I like to, sleep. I’m never home, so when I am I enjoy sleeping in my own bed.
I normally call my homies for, everything. My friends are my family here.
Your homies are, Uncle Sam Bellipanni, Derick Wynn, Derick Glancy, Jack Loktu, Jerme Knibbs, Tristan Mershon, Kevin White, Dylan Witkin, Jean-Luc Vida, and so many more. I love skateboarding, it’s provided me with a lifetime of friendships.
I enjoy going, everywhere. Anytime I get to travel I consider it a gift.
Favorite drink is, beer. Budweiser!
Favorite food is, bacon.
Favorite drug, weed. But is weed even a drug?
Favorite music, that’s a though one… I’d have to say anything from the 80’s DC punk scene.
Favorite film, any Quentin Tarantino movie.
Favorite skateboarders, Andrew Reynolds, Stevie Williams, Mike Carroll, Brian Anderson, Grant Taylor,
Favorite skate film, another tough one… probably Girl’s “Yeah Right”. It was super influential for me when I started skating.
Favorite skatepark, the one and only Skatepark of Tampa
Favorite spot, anywhere with a handicap bump.
Favorite woman / men (blond, fat, thin, big, small) : Damn, women. What a fine creature. I like em’ all. No facial hair though.
When I cook, I cook, breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day, right?
To go to resturant is, I try to cook at home a lot, eating out takes a toll on the wallet.
To go to trick is, Switch kickflip.
To go to trick when you are farked is, hmmm.. body variel?
To go to trick when you are winning is, tricks I don’t do.
TOP 3 Cities, that I’ve actually been to? Munich, New York City, and Miami
When I travel, I always bring, too many t-shirts.
Best travel advice I can give is, always bring a neck pillow.
Best travel memory you want to share? Man, so many. This one time we took a homie trip to Atlanta Georgia. It was our last night in town, and we were invited to this local sanctuary of land where the locals had a huge bon fire and party. It was invite only, so we were psyched. While we were loading up the van, one of the homies found what we’ll call a “mystery bag” of what looked like some sort of drug. Basically we all split it, took it, and had one hell of a night. Super sketchy, and I’d never recommend it, but it turned out to be one of the best nights of my life.
When I do not skateboard I, work more than anything. But I enjoy kicking back and listening to music if I have free time.
My fitness program is, skating.
When I get old I want to, live in the wilderness, in the middle of nowhere mountain man style.
I would like to see more of, real skateboarding. Skateboarding is so saturated right now, but with all of the wrong shit!
That one time where I was in jail because of, skateboarding. Luckily I’ve not yet been arrested for any shenanigans.
My future looks like, a clusterfuck right now haha. Full time school & studies, full time work, events, Tampa AM coming up. It’s all a whirlwind!
I dream of, skateboarding and a world with less nonsense.
The book I currently read is, The Power of Now, by Eckert Tolle.
The best travel I have been on, was to Sao’ Paulo Brazil. South America was epic.
On Netflix I watch, TV shows . I seriously may have watched every TV show available.
If I could change the world I would, save it. We, as a human race, have utterly destroyed the very planet that enables us to live in the vacuum of space.
Everybody should own a, book. Knowledge is power.
The hobby I have, no one knows about is, I like to work outside in my yard at home. Hard work makes me feel good.
I will never get rid of, my Thrasher collection. I’ve kept every magazine for the past 13 years.
I would love to be in a movie with, all of my friends.
I currently follow (social media, instagram twitter, Facebook) anyone with something worth looking at.
Life advise so far? If there’s one piece of advise I would give to anyone, it would be to keep your circle of friends close. I wouldn’t be anywhere without my friends, and I hope they know that. Friends are your family as your grow older, so hold onto the ones worth keeping around. But it is also important to have the ability to recognize the “friends” whom are not really your friends. As the years go by, it gets easier and easier to pick out who’s genuine and who is not.
Anything else, – Thanks guys! I appreciate the opportunity to write some words for you. STAY HEALTHY & HAPPY EVERYONE.