Episode 008 Roland Salazar, The Longtime Friend Show

In this episode, the 2nd one I recorded. I chat with Roland Salazar, while we eat 2 for 1 burgers at Red Robin(old people stuff). He moved into my... See More

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Episode 008 Roland Salazar, The Longtime Friend Show Episode 008 Roland Salazar, The Longtime Friend Show

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In this episode, the 2nd one I recorded. I chat with Roland Salazar, while we eat 2 for 1 burgers at Red Robin(old people stuff). He moved into my neighborhood in 5th grade, had a quarterpipe on his side yard we skated everyday, we traveled around and skated all over during our Jr. and High School years and eventually he even drew my first G&S board graphic.

Today he is an Architect, has done some architectural work for me over the years, mostly with little or no notice because I got myself into a bind. He was also the best man in my wedding back in 1984. Basically he’s always been a good friend, and is one of my earliest and longest standing skate buddies.

Doing a skateboard graphic for a big company like G&S was a big deal back then, don’t think he even realized that until later and we talk about that, and about how amazing it was to grow up and skate when we did. Again, as I continue to learn how to record etc…. this was not the highest quality recording, but we are making progress.. Hope you are enjoying!

In this episode, the 2nd one I recorded. I chat with Roland Salazar, while we eat 2 for 1 burgers at Red Robin(old people stuff). He moved into my neighborhood in 5th grade, had a quarterpipe on his side yard we skated everyday, we traveled around and skated all over during our Jr. and High School years and eventually he even drew my first G&S board graphic.

Today he is an Architect, has done some architectural work for me over the years, mostly with little or no notice because I got myself into a bind. He was also the best man in my wedding back in 1984. Basically he’s always been a good friend, and is one of my earliest and longest standing skate buddies.

Doing a skateboard graphic for a big company like G&S was a big deal back then, don’t think he even realized that until later and we talk about that, and about how amazing it was to grow up and skate when we did. Again, as I continue to learn how to record etc…. this was not the highest quality recording, but we are making progress.. Hope you are enjoying!

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Jim Gray

Jim Gray is the luckiest man in skateboarding. Jim started skateboarding about 45 years ago, got sponsored at 14, turned pro at 18, competed against the legends and pioneers of skateboarding and has skated with every generation since and never stopped.

Jim sold ads for Transworld Skateboarding Magazine for a few years before starting Acme Skateboards in 1991. Jim’s Acme/Abc Board Supply company made several million skateboards for themselves and other major and small brands in his US based factory. Jim also has made and sold millions of wheels, trucks, clothing, and just about everything else associated with skateboarding. Jim has sponsored and paid hundreds of athletes and did some of the most unique and creative advertising in skateboarding.

Jim has always called bullshit and always will, and skateboarding and his connection with skateboarders have been flowing through his blood for 40 plus year now.

Today, Jim operates Powerflex Wheels(a relaunch of an icon and sponsor from his youth), Inkgenda Sticker Printing(printing stickers for Volcom, O’Neill, VonZipper, Fucking Awesome, NikeSB, Black Label, Jokers Skate Shop and hundreds of iconic brands), TEiM Brands (a licensing/branding company focused on apparel printables), and Tremont (a clothing brand for big guys) and now BLEAV in Skateboarding! Luckily they all involve skateboarding and give him an excuse to skate!