Britt- So Sergio, Have long have you been rollerblading and what motivates you to continue rollerblading?
Sergio- I have started rollerblading in 2002, so i guess i have been skating for around 8.5 years. Alot of things motivate me to keep blading,. I was typing this whole generic answer but I said fuck it and deleted it. this is my motivation as of right now………Darkness.pure pure darkness.I believe rollerblading has all types of ways of doing it. almost like genres with music.we are musicians playing on are blades but every blader has there own genre of blading for some it is. Valo so fresh so fresh…….. or Nimhs do or die!Lowlifes, scumblading.
Britt- Why do you chose Nimh as your skate of choice?
Sergio- wait wait wait.hold on let me finish I am almost done. Genres…… mushroom blading, eastcoast blading, texas blading, Razor brazilanerd (not to make fun) usd europe and all of that stuff.I guess it goes hand in hands with different blade scenes across the world well with that said, I believe there is a type of blading that I strive to do as a blader. and I honestly call it DETH-BLADING or DEATH BLADING like scum-blading, and mushroom blading or freestyle rolling or any other gay shit to describe aggressive blading I believe in deth-blading. Britt- what is Deth-blading? ha jk(do you want me to continue or do you want me to keep going with this). Because I honestly feel passionate about it.
Britt- No, please continue.
Sergio-Alright, I guess in a one word definition I would define deth-blading, I would say Jeremy Beightol! even though that is not one word and its a name. Well I would say Jeremy Beightol invented or started deth-blading.a darker, simple way of rollerblading.I call it “death blading” because of one, the aesthetic dark, goth, kinda glam look. two-the personality of the blader to be towards darker things, that influence his blading.(Views,music,leisure things)and three, the blade section.I dont really have to describe what, how who fits in a deth-blading section,but Ill list sections that I believe are categorize as “deth-blading sections”. Jon Elliott- what do you believe inJeremy beightol- forever nowChris farmer- bang, Chris farmer- the meantimeMason- better than baseball.
Britt- Why Mesa? Why do you believe mesa holds such deep tyes to the heart of brutallity and evil of rollerblading? if not Mesa what city then?
Sergio- Mesa….. fuck. mesa is just a suburban city connected to phx. People say its morman town and maybe they are right. the only thing I find in heart of mesa with rollerblading is me. because I am brutal and evil(in a liesure rollerblading type of way)honestly, I was born and raised in mesa and I guess the reason why I am holding on to it still is because I think I have unfinished business here. like there is this spot I want to do or film at.or this or that. you know, if I have not done it here, how can I do it anywhere else.I dont know. that thought process might change.I dont know what city, maybe Lodi NJ (Glenn Danzigs home town)or Erie, PA (Jeremy beightols home town) or San Diego county area( Santee,rat-tail etc)or Prescott Az, (the closet place to get out the valley of phx) but I am here. I am going to try to make the best of it.
Britt- Growing up Skating in Arizona, what was it like? Did it change once Revolution showed up?
Sergio- It was coo for the first year, riding around with my neighboorhood friends on my blades, it got really cool meeting meeting ryan b. and skating with him during my highschool days. Other highlights, meeting Luke, Ryan D, Andrew, Kenny, Kyle and Jacey. I used too look up to jacey and it was cool skating with him years down the rode.
I could put this and that but thats the only way I could best describe james and gretchen with out getting into details.
to me, they are heros.
and yeah, it changed alot when they came down here, for the better.
Britt- Do you think that the younger generation of arizona rollerbladers are doing well? What would you like to say to them? ( im speaking of az as a whole).
Sergio- I say, start young and stay young. Girls, titities, booze, pot and bad grades are honestly things that filled my mind during my young timesso I say to younger bladers(who truely want to live blading and push the lifestyler, I say, fuck those things. they are honestly comfort items, mayber bladers can add smoking cigs, girls, pot, this and that and not effect there life negatively, but for me , If I go that route(choice), then I dont think I could put my fullest potential in my blading. I currently quit smoking and drinking(3rd day)and it is tough for me at least. when I drink, I get overboard and buy too much booze and get careless with my money, I smoke all of my cigs, and a pack of cigs are more than 5 bucks a pack. If you want to be on top of your game with blading younger guys(or any guys), you have to discipline your self and make tough personal choices. its hard, for me at least to do this. I look up to james from Rev when it comes to “being a rollerblader”. that guy is so tough and disiplined, blading is his life. being a rollerblader is not an easy choice.James is best definition of someone who lives rollerblading.
Britt- What do you Believe in or Leading The Blind?
Sergio- ughhhhhh, Leading the Blind. Elliotts section in wdybi is the only thing that did it for me.Leading the blind till deth.
Britt- Do you feel as though Glenn Danzig and James Johnson are interconected? That they portray the same beliefs for their passion’s?
Sergio- James and Danzig are real Do It Yourself type guys. they are not going to stop for anyone, they wanted to do what do becuase it is there life. James johnson is a modern legend to me. but to him self, he would just call him self a rollerblader. but to me he is a Icon! Glenn Danzigs music showed me a darker part of life( a geeky horror kid type of way) and I want to show darkness in blading. Ive been listening to alot of Death Rock bands from the 80′s, 45 Grave, Christian Death, Bauhaus, TSOL, (its a start, but I am digging more and more)another few death rock bands I really like Son of Sam, Anti-world and yeah. but I have to say Samhain, and The misfits is what really influenced my blading to shift, along with Rat-Tail and Beightol.
Britt- Explain some of the things you do locally do benefit this scene?
Sergio- Ive done a few little street comps, and collected parts for this future blade clinic. I have not taught a kid once how to rollerblade. there was only one time where me and my roomates brought 5 pairs of skates to tns for kids to try out. It was ok from outside look of it but from the inside, one kid tried on blades and I felt happy he rode around with them. maybe it got him juiced to keep digging in to blading or maybe it didnt. who knows. I honestly dont think I do anything. If I did enough,things in the blade world would be honky doreybut there not, I tell myself everyday that “I dont do enough” for blading. everytime I here something downhill the words ” I didnt do enough” comes piercing in my heart.but just to throw a story. I was doing my second comp out in scottsdale a few years ago. and there was this random kid who showed up to secret school who I never met before.(secret school is up a hill from scottsdale skatepark) and he came right in the middle of the street comp. seeing Zarred Yates, Jacey, Andrew killing it. and seeing a group of rollerbladers together. I dont know if that kid got inspired to keep skating after viewing what we were doing as rollerblading community, but I still see that kid out and about blading. so that got me juiced. and I honestly think that is the most important thing about blading, besides blading its self,meeting and inspiring and being inspired by other people who love blading or at least have a passion about it.
Britt- What are your Goals for the Up and Coming Year?
Sergio- as of right now my goals for this year and the next would to. Move in a corner, of someones apartment/home. Not get a car. Buy a new battery and charger for my gl2. take care of my bad knee.take care of my body(dont smoke/drink).Take some time off work to blade.I just want to rollerblade as much as I can.I want to film for full sections. buy a sewing machine- to make cool clothes for filming. just be out in phx blading. Blade with you and film a cool Deth-blading video. just live the blading life.
last words……I forgot to cover alot of stuff, but its coo. Thanks Britt for swimming living in chandler, being really straight edge, for having everything. Thanks to Gilbert kids, Tempe Djs house, Tempe house, Ryan B. Revolution thanks to tits and gore. Tony Cheetah and the Strange Creatures Dudes. and finally to jeremy bieghtol and Nimh skates for changing the way I live forever……….