Lodge Legend, Eric Ricks
Name: Eric Ricks
Current: Job / school: Professional Daredevil Extraordinaire
Where are you from? Torrance Ca….USA
Please name a cool place from where you are from? Its where they used to film the television show Beverley hills 90210..Right outside of Los Angeles….
Where do you currently live? Kirkland Washington
Please name a cool spot from where you are from? Its right outside of Seattle
What nationaly do you feel the most? I personally am White and Filipino…
Family status: I’ve been married for 17 years I have 2 Sons 10,13
Sponsors: Awkward skateboards (art and video editing) Bones Wheels (flow)
Years of skateboarding: 30
Board size:7.34 on street and an 8 incher in parks
Wheel size:53mm street and 55mm park
Trucks: I like them tight (no flows on the rodeo)whatever is cheap and easy…
I change set up every: about every 3 weeks or so
Current Board trend: 7.34 Awkward board, 53MM Bones wheels, Destructo mids, Bones Swiss bearings , Rollaway “shaggy” grip,
Please state your type of terrain on your board in hours, days and years or other
Street: Not enough these daze..
(Skate park) Flow Street Yes, Please…It’s easy on the back and knees…
Mini ramp: Whenever I can find one..
Long board: Never
Vert: It’s been about 5 years….
Bowl: Whenever there is one at a park…..
Please tell us about your daily DAY by the hours,
05.00 check social (Face book, Insta Gram, YouTube)
06.00 wake and bake
07.00 veg out watch some tv
08.00 blaze it some more
09.00 do some laundry/clean house
10.00 eat some breakfast,
11.00 do some work editing, art, ect…
12.00 eat some lunch
13.00 go down to the park
17.00 go home
19.00 eat some dinner
20.00 go to the bar
21.00 go to the club
22.00 make it rain
23.00 still raining
24.00go to another bar
01.00 make it rain some more every day all day…
How are you doing at the moment? at the moment I feel that I’d rather be a witty fool than a foolish wit……Tired ,always tired…Other than that just dandy….
How is your body at the moment, (injuries, knees, back, and so)?
Arthritis in my feet ,some aches and pains here and there…Nothing a fat sack and a 40 cant heel….
When did you start to skate and why? What tricked you into this?
I didn’t really get in to it till around 86-ish my trip to Seattle..My cousins friend had a Jeff Kendall board with Slime ball wheels…I jumped on it and could not believe how smooth and fast it went…Before then the skateboards I had were pretty much swamp meet specials…This ride was so sweet…
Do you think you made the right choice (instead of playing football FX?)? Yes I got to travel around the world twice free of charge…Just to skateboard… Can’t beat it….Wouldn’t trade it in for anything…
So Tells us, it seem you have been away from skateboarding ? What is your story ?
I never quit or walked away from skateboarding..The older you get you lose some sponsors some dignity then you lose a step or 2 and then you’re stuck in that slow slide downward death spiral ….I continued to skate picking up small sponsors here and there…I fortunately have really kind friends who flowed me product from time to time to help keep me rolling over the years… Thanks guys…
Are you back now ? “Don’t call it a comeback I’ve been here for years” I’m a lifer, I’m not going anywhere so all you sponsors jump on the Ricks train…CHOO…
Please comment your feelings, memories (if you are that old) & know how about Skateboarding in the,
80s jimmy Z clothes, Hammer Head Hosoi, Vision Street Wear, Bones Brigade, Slime Balls, O.P corduroy shorts, Dog town, Venice Beach, Launch Ramps, Early grab airs, Ho Ho’s, Vert Ramps, slappys, boneless,
90s Powell, 38 mm wheels, XL T-shirts, Baggy jeans, Ollie grab airs, pressure flips, late shovits, late flips, Street skating, The pointer grind/K grind/krooked grind
2000+X-games,The 900, vert,Tight jeans, Big handrails, Big stairs, games of flat ground for money…(In the 80’s I think we called that freestyle ,I’m not sure)…kick flip to krooked grind
2010+Street League, More flat ground, (all I’m saying is can we at least take it the stairs, handrails, flat bars, quarter pipes, ledges,) late shovits, late flips, slappys ,boneless,3 flip to krooked grind to 3 flip out..it just keeps getting bigger, knarlier, and more tech…I can’t wait to see what is going to be going down by 2020….The future is bright for some of these kids…
Do you feel skateboarding is in a good way? There is always highs and lows but to have them talking about skateboarding in the Olympics, well I got to believe it has reached a new high ….Weather that is good or not is a different story…
Where do you stand & please comment with skateboarding in the Olympics?
Same as when X-games, Nike, Etc Decided to buy into the “life style” it’s Awesome for the handful of people/companies who will profit off it one way or another…Some will love it… The rest of us know its lame until we get tapped to ride/ work for them… then its like, this is the best thing in the world…
Where do you stand in terms of politics? To each their own…I live in America where it’s still ok to be different and have different opinions from other people that’s what makes life so grand living here.. as far as my opinion on Trump is “you don’t respect the man you respect the rank”
Who do you hang out with at the with at the moment ?J. Money man Mike, Double M, Mo Betta Michelle, B.Rad,
I’m have been on a mission lately in (with) Video with the homies called This Close…I’m editing and putting it all together…
Explain the Dream session, I try and make every session the dream session……
Lately I have been working on, Video editing (This Close) and ad lay outs for Awkward skateboards…
When I was little I would like to, Be a Baseball player…I was scouted by the Dodgers and Angels when I was younger…
When I’m home I like to, Relax watch some TV… Maybe play some Xbox …
What kind of music to you listen to ? Rock n roll, punk, hip hop just depends on the mood…
I normally call my homies for, everything rides, product, food, money, I don’t come around unless I need something…(You hardly ever hear fro me)
Your homies are, The few who have know me since 6th grade and that is not many…
I enjoy going to, the beach in the rain, I find it soothing…
Beer: Last beer was 2 years ago…It was a Pyramid Pale Ale…Not bad…
Wine: Had a glass of white wine a year ago…Have no idea what it was???
Liquor: Whatever is cheap or free…..
Breakfast: French toast
Lunch: In and out burger
Late-night snack: bbq chips
Skateboarders: Ronnie Creager , Vanessa Torres, P-Rod, J-Klein, Ed Templeton, Jim Gray, Shane O’Neill, Mike Carroll, Nihjah Houston Tony Hawk, Danny Way ,Mike York, Torey Pudwell…..
Skatepark: Redmond Skate park ,Bellevue Plaza
Skate spot: The G spot
Skate film / clip: animal chin, under achievers , useless wooden toys ,hot batch
You fave Tricks: Today I like doing impossibles but that all could change by tomorrow..
Art :Jim Phillips, Ron Cameron, Mike Hill, VCJ
Film Super Motor Vixens Part 6
Music classical lo-fi techno trip-hop..
Book: Leaves of grass
City’s: Tokyo, Seattle, South Bay of L .A…
Writers: Hugh Heffner, Larry Flint
Actors: Paris Hilton, Pamela Anderson
Skaters: Toni Walk, Franky Chills, Captain Shugg,
Homeboys: Sena ,Dive, Drl, Arson, Hobo, Crown ,Melloe, Instahash, DJ Machete Snow,Cash,Mercy,Revolver,Theory,Abuser,Kyle,Ciper,Loob,Gave,Miguel,Mischa,Eagle one, One eagle, Oaf,..
Tablet: Mead 100 page spiral with the hard back..
TV: whatever I’m watching at the moment
Phone: The Razor Flip phone was cool….
Car: 2015 Range Rover
When was the last time you really won big time?
This one time I won the blue ribbon at the fair for largest pumpkin grown…
When was the time you really lost big time? I won blue ribbon and not Red ribbon…(Duh) I got them the next year though…showed them…
When I travel, I always bring, my skateboard…I can’t remember the last time it wasn’t around when I needed it…(Steady ole gal she is)
Best travel advice I can give is, a pessimist is what an optimist calls a realist
Best life advice I can give is, don’t mess with the bull or you will get the horns..
Are you good with money (do you plan, safe it, cash in or blow it)?
I hoard all the cash I can get..Then I make it rain baby…Let it rain all day all night…
Best travel memory you want to share? This one time we went to Japan and we stayed up way past midnight…It was so crazy….
When I do not skateboard I, grow abnormally large fruits and vegetables….Think about skateboarding…
My fitness program is, I get my 40 ounce curls on… I consider the skate park my gym…
Do you care about your health? Health smealth..Go for the gold baby…You only live once…I see food I eat food…The sweeter the better…Big fat burger with a pint of beer to wash it down…All day all night….
Anything that concerns you at the moment? The smell of pizza lingering in my house considering I’m the only one home and I’m not cooking…Where is that smell of delicious food coming from???
When I get old I want to, go back to the future to be young again…So I can do it all over again….
I would NEVER, Use a song that someone else already used in a skate video…(not a YouTube video) an actual skate video..
I would like to see more of, companies doing re-issues for some of us older guys (who still skate)…I like seeing some of those old graphics again…I would like to see some of those skaters putting out some fresh footy every now and again because that is the real gem right there…Priceless….
That one time where I was in jail because of, Never been to jail…Its number one on my list of places my arse don’t want to visit….(exit only)
I should do more of, skateboarding…sometimes I feel like I should go down to the park and I don’t…I would like to more…
My future looks like, a few more questions here and a little skate sesh later…Didn’t I tell you I lost my future reading powers yesterday in a “pat my dog” accident…Sorry, you will just have to follow to see if this train derails or not???? Stay tuned…
I dream of some day that I would, be living in a cabin in the woods living off the land…
Fishing, hunting…. Just pissing in the wind without a care in the world…
On Netflix / YouTube / Internet I watch, I binge watched Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia On Net Flix…Hilarious… Skate videos..
If I could change the world I would, put a knee high 8 stair handrail at every school…O, and end world poverty…
Everybody should own a, Clean pair of undies…CLEAN YO DRAWLS STINKY FOOL…
The hobby I have, no one knows about is, I have this not so awesome collection of un paid medical bills…I’m thinking I should pay them soon…
I will never get rid of, my 2017 Lamborghini windshield wiper blade…It’s a beauty…One day i hope to get another one so i have a matching set…
I would love to be in a movie with, some of them there girlies who get butt nekkidd …
Any regrets in life so far? Yeah, not finding out where that pizza smell was coming from..
Who should we follow on social media at the moment ? Just me and the shredders lodge…
Anything else I guess not…Now that I am speechless and hungry you want to end it…ok fine…just go….
Random story’s you want to share? yeah, just ordered some pizza…it will be here in about an hour…isn’t life so sweet when you can pick up the phone and someone delivers food right to your door step…amazing….”It’s not about the destination ,it’s about the journey”
Thank you to Rob Washburn at Bones wheels, Anthony Olgesby at Delic skateboards, Will Correa for all the art work, Soc , Darrell over at Barely Legal skateboards, Roll Away Grip, Awkward skateboards, and those few who have lent a helping hand…