Epicly Later’d - Eric Dressen, Part 2
In part two of the Eric Dressen Epicly series, Eric makes a return to skating, and this time he hits up Venice and gets a pass into the scene that was ground zero for modern street skating. Enjoy.
Epicly Later’d steps out of its 90s comfort zone with a skater who’s been pro for five decades. Yes, five decades. Turning pro in 1978 at the age of 13, and then going on to become a pioneer of street skating, Eric Dressen has had a very well-rounded career. He has witnessed firsthand the rise and fall of skateboarding three times, and each time affected Eric in a different way. These days, Eric skates for Santa Cruz and tattoos full time at Will Rise in Hollywood. In part one of the series, we hear about an era in skating when most of our viewers weren’t even a sperm in their dads’ balls, and kick-turning was consider a trick. Enjoy!
When I first saw Eric Dressen, I was a little star struck and kind of intimidated. I was nervous to approach him, even though I only wanted to tell him he was someone who had been a big influence on me. But before I could get to that, he told me he liked my show and that the Anthony Pappalardo episode was his favorite. That tripped me out, because usually the veteran pro skaters I meet aren’t as plugged into younger skaters and whatever new media is coming out.
My immediate reaction was, “Do you want to do an episode?”
He was down, and here we are…
Part one premieres Thursday, January 17.
It is with a heavy heart that we say this is the last part of the Elissa Steamer Epicly Later’d series. We’ve learned a lot about Elissa over the past four weeks, like the fact that she has a sick kickflip and is a pretty easy going gal. In this part, Elissa explains what “life after skate” is like and how surfing may actually be the key to her future. Enjoy.
In Part 2 of our Elissa Steamer episode, we hear more about what it was like for the best girl skater in the world to hang out in an all-dudes world. These were the days of making Welcome to Hell after everyone had left it all behind to try to make it in California. Days when everyone on Toy Machine would wake up, get stoned on Jamie’s porch, and then go work on something that they knew was going to be special. That’s how skateboarding history is made. Also Chad Muska admits that he tried to get with Elissa. Enjoy.
Epicly Later’d - Elissa Steamer, Part 1
We’re psyched to finally have a female pro skater on the show, and who better than Elissa Steamer, the first female pro skater ever. In the first part, we hang out at Elissa’s house and then hear about her Toy Machine years from Jamie Thomas, Mike Maldonado, Brian Anderson, and the Muska himself. Featuring footage from Welcome to Hell, here’s the beginning of a truly historic Epicly episode. Enjoy.
We’ve had our sights on an Elissa episode for quite some time now, and finally all the planets have aligned to make it happen. Elissa first blew minds out of skull holes over a decade ago in Toy Machine’s classic, ‘Welcome to Hell.’ Since then, she has done everything from winning a gold medal at the X Games to getting shit housed with the Piss Drunx. In this series we’ll hear from likes of Jamie Thomas, Ed Templeton, Shane Heyl, Brian Anderson, and, for the first time on Epicly Later’d, Mike Maldonado! Enjoy.
We’ve finally come to the end of Mr. Koston’s series. We think it’s been an honest look at a skater who hasn’t sabotaged his career by falling prey to the pitfalls that are all too common in professional skateboarding. Maybe the most remarkable thing about his run is that Eric has taken full advantage of his talent, which is often the hardest thing to pull off. All that being said, we hope that Koston takes Spike’s and Ty’s advice and films wacky shit for Pretty Sweet. Enjoy.