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.