Mikey Taylor is this kind of dude who’s always going to put a smile on your face, only by the fact he actually looks happy every time you get a chance to enjoy some of his footage. Mikey is actually far from this new range of super heroes of skateboarding, earning millions Dollars in commercial contest series. Indeed, Mikey creates the gap by choosing another way of managing his career while being able to keep it consistent on and off the board. His time is shared between chilling with the family, skating at The Berrics and destroying the street worldwide. Moreover, he’s an all-round human being who’ll never drop his passion for contest and spon- sor pressures, which is to our eyes, the signature of a true skateboarder. By the way, when it comes to shoving ego, money and fame aside, Mikey Taylor is an example for the upcoming generations of concrete surfers.
Jacker / What’s going on Mikey?! What are you up to these days ?
Mikey Taylor / Pretty much the same old... Skate during the days, and hang out with the fam at night!!
J / Could you introduce yourself to our readers ?
M / My name is Mikey Taylor. I’m from California and I’ve been skating a long time ha.
J / You left Alien Workshop in 2013, what happened ? On what brand did you land after leaving Alien ? No board sponsor ?
M / Alien had just changed so much through out the years. Eventually everyone that I was originally on the team with were gone. It just didn’t feel the same so I decided to move on. At first I was going to start a company, but I started getting so busy with other business ventures that I just couldn’t find the time to do it. I didn’t want it to cut into my skate time, so I just kept telling myself I’ll do it when everything calms down. After a year I released, it’s not calming down... I’m just getting busier. So I decided to not start one. I’ll be announcing next month who I’ll be riding for.
J / We see you hanging around The Berrics a lot, you are part of the team, kind of. What else do you do there besides skateboarding ?
M / I’ve been friends with Steve and Eric a long time. I used to skate Berras old park in the valley when I was a kid. I’ve just kind of been there forever. I probably skate the Berrics a couple times a week. All I ever do there is skate...
J / You’re often considered as a fun skater to watch, both because your skateboarding is great and also for the funny attitude you carry every day (at least from what we’re able to see) when other skaters look like they’re already legends when they land a tre flip. What do you think makes the difference in terms of mentality ?
M / I can’t really speak for everyone else, but as far as me... I just got to a point where I wanted skating to be fun again. It’s such a weird thing sometimes being a pro skater. You go from being a kid and just loving skating. It’s all you do and care about. Then you get sponsored and go pro and there’s all these new pressures and guidelines that go into it. It’s so easy to loose the joy of skating. For me that was the last thing I ever wanted... So I just make an effort to really enjoy it.
J / You attended a few Street Leagues, do you like the format? How’s the atmosphere on such contest? Is it really like the high-pressure atmosphere they’re trying to create or more relaxed ?
M / It actually is pretty relaxed. Maybe not so much for the guys battling to win it, but for me it was mellow. I’m not really a huge fan of contest. I never did them as a kid and only did a handful up until street league started. I think contest just aren’t for me, so I kinda just go in there cruising ya know.
J / When did you first get a pro model ?
M / Crap I can’t even remember the exact date. Maybe 2001. It’s been a long time, that’s for sure !
J / How did that happen ?
M / Actually Paul and I both turned pro together for City Stars. We didn’t have our own boards yet, but they told us they were designing them and we were basically next to turn pro. Then outa no where Paul quit. I got so freaked out that I quit a couple weeks later. I ended up calling Popallardo and seeing if he could get me on Seek. Dyrdek called me a couple hours later and I was on the following week. My first pro model was officially with Seek.