Post photo: JEFF LINETT
Hello Dustin, happy that we can do this interview. When was the first time you saw a “rollerblader” and do you remember who that person was? Shortly, can we learn that how did you get into inline skate?
I really don’t remember my first sighting of blades, however I do remember my first skates were variflex city heat. Some old ghetto blades that weren’t Rollerblade lightnings...pretty much the only things there were out at the time. 1989 ish. A few of my family members got legit rollerblades, prior to TRS, and I was jealous. I hated it at first.
Your style was always beyond time. You included your own comment and opinion to inline skate. How the Latimer’s style was formed? In generally, how would you define your style?
When I started there were only frontsides, so that’s all we did. Then I saw a soul grind, so that’s all that was done. We perfected our ideal image of each trick, rather than spreading ourselves thin trying everything in the book. Before even tricks we were skating backwards around cones, being comfortable in any direction. There was no book then. When it all progressed I looked up to the likes of Chris Edwards, Arlo, TJ Webber, Earnie Villarino, ETc for the elements I liked and tried to mimic. Of course over time I just let all those elements marinate into what I was, and so I became.
What differences do you see between produced skates in your time and present? Would you say 'oldies but goldies'?
Blades are blades. We had to make due with what we had way back when with Lightning TRS, then onto oxygens, k2 fatties, Roces M12’s etc. They have since then progressed and been created for the sake of tricks etc. Original USD were awesome, fifth element as well, I guess even original Xsjado is an oldie.
As far as we are concerned, we can not say that you have entered too much contests. Could you tell us reason of this? Joining the contests do not mean anything to you?
I just enjoyed skating and progressing for the sake of progression. A competition was too subjective for me which I didn’t like. There was never a set ideal of how it was to be judged that I jived with, so I just did my own thing.
Mostly you concentrated on companies, different projects and Dvd's. For example, Mindgame, Xsjado, England Clothing and Quality. Why did you become distant at inline skate after be interested with such this big projects?
I just moved on in life. I always had a hard time being in the spotlight. I just wanted to do my own thing, so it was I guess.
You are one of the creators of Xsjado. How did occur the idea of creating such a brand? Was Xsjado born to because of a lack or need?
It was born because of both. We had an idea to grown the industry, to progress rollerblading, to give something to what was still growing at the time.
Why was Xsjado sold to Powerslide? In your opinion, what did it change after Xsjado was sold to Powerslide? What do you think about transformation of Xsjado to Shadow under the umbrella of USD skates?
No comment. It’s dead now, so what can I say.
We know you've been building instruments to yourself and producing the soundtrack for your own section in Quality. What kind of music do you listen or make? How does music affect your life?
I’ve made lots of woodwind instruments. Didgreidoos, Shakuhachi flutes, etc. My progression with music has brought me to my spiritual practice of Bhakti and kirtan where I Chant many varying names and aspects of our Creator and Sustainer. I play a harmonium mainly these days and also a guitar.
Your father had builded ramp for you when you was 9-10 years. Do you do same things to your children? Do you want them to skate?
I have built many ramps for my kiddo. He never really took to rollerblading even though he was exposed to it and has his own skates. Its tough to get into something when there aren’t any other kids doing it.
What are your plans for future? How do you want to spend the rest of your life?
That’s a big question. Live life to the fullest I suppose. Move in the ways Life guides me, accepting all that is thrown at me with Grace, choosing with the guidance of intuition in my balanced self to make right choices that life will be as true, whole, and fulfilled and it is given to be.
Could you tell us a moment you did not forget at inline skate?
A moment….. So many moments.
Althought I didn’t compete in competitions much, I did compete in a comp in Bercy France. One year I didn’t even intend on competing, but I was having fun with friends on the course. So I gave it a shot, albeit after drinking a bunch of champaigne and lots of hashish. I think I did two or three tricks in my run. Unlike most competitions when someone is awarded a high score based on the amount of tricks they did, reguardless of how much they were flailing around, I was awarded a high score for my few tricks. Somehow I ended up winning. The stadium was filled with spectators who rushed onto the course surrounding me. I had to be escorted out by security out of a sea of people. I was truly scared for my life because of the thousands of people trying to touch me and crouding around. I have infinite stories just as memorial to me, but this was just the first one I decided to write.
Do you have any advice for beginner or professional skaters ? What do you want to say?
Enjoy what you do…...Just be you.
Peace, Love, Rol
Do cool shit and make it look good.
Rollerblading is a free form, not fixed like skateboarding or biking. You are free limbed, so all of you is shown. Your movements, posture, and all are shown. Style is a very difficult thing to make look good based on this freedom. Please use discrimination if you are one portraying rollerblading to the masses-whatever your perception and portrayal might be. If you want it to grow, the ones who are looked up to need to portray possibilities to the rest of progression, clenliness of style, flow, creativity, and doing things that awe all the rest.
This art is magical with endless possibilities….show those aspects to let rollerblading shine again.