Lodge Guest, David Östlund

David Østlund

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

Age: 55

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

Trucks: Indy

I change set up every: When I need too

Current Board trend: Precious Pool board, Grosso Indy 169’s, Spitfire 56 Conical Full.

David layback, Bjørn Handell

David layback, Bjørn Handell

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.

Foto: Gerd Rieger Dave in Encinitas

Foto: Gerd Rieger,  Dave in Encinitas

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

Favorite skateboarders,

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

Dave 1976 Brighton foto: unknown

Dave 1976 Brighton foto: unknown

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 ?

Donald Trump

1978 !!!! foto: unknown

1978 !!!! foto: unknown


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

Tail_tap, Foto: unknown

Tail_tap, Foto: unknown

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