Tyrone Taylor | Issue 53

Tyrone Taylor

Tyrone Taylor

Tyrone Taylor Interview by Migdol Photos By Jon Coulthard

TYRONE TAYLOR, JUST SO YOU KNOW, I DIDN’T WRITE ANY QUESTIONS FOR THIS INTERVIEW, WE’RE GOING TO WING IT.
Tyrone Taylor: Okay I have to first tell you Jim Ruonala [owner of the shop] told me I am not allowed to talk about any specific brand, shop, drive by’s, or arson.

SO YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BAD MOUTH OTHER SHOPS NOW?
Tyrone Taylor: I guess I can but not specific brands. But I will anyway I don’t give a fuck.

YOU GUYS HAVE MADE IT THE BANE OF YOUR EXISTENCE TO DOG A CERTAIN SHOP, I’M JUST CURIOUS ABOUT THAT. IT’S LIKE YOUR WHOLE MARKETING PLAN REVOLVES AROUND TALKING SHIT ABOUT THEM.
Tyrone Taylor: Its just the closeness of the shop to us, it’s just fun. They have a totally different customer. The same kid that goes to Bed, Bath, and Beyond will not come in here. It’s like Jim says, it’s not going to be the shop you bring your fat sister to buy a Roxy backpack. We just challenged the shop Furnace to a joust like in that movie Thrashin.

WHY FURNACE??
Tyrone Taylor: Mark Carney is down with that movie Thrashin so we’ve got Sean Sheffey and who ever they got. We don’t have a beef with them we just want to joust them. And then Joust all the bros over at Sun Diego. Their next but first we’ve got to train with the Furnace dudes. Then we’re going to joust Active.

I THINK WE OUGHT TO DO THAT AT THE NEXT BATTLE OF THE SHOPS, HAVE A JOUSTING CONTEST, WITH SUPER SHARP STICKS SO SHOP RIVALRIES CAN END IN A BLOOD BATH.
Tyrone Taylor: That would be sick. That would be the best thing ever.

Tyrone Taylor Crail!

Tyrone Taylor Crail!

HOW DOES A CUSTOMER COME INTO TO PACIFIC DRIVE AND NOT FEEL LIKE A COMPLETE ASSHOLE? WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO NOT GET VIBED TRYING TO BUY SOMETHING AT PACIFIC DRIVE?

The way they should feel is as if they are coming up on some ramp locals like the Daggers place in Venice. They better watch what they are doing and not come in being like a kook. Don’t ask a thousand questions. If they brought a hot chick with them and they were like, “Hey this is my sister”. That would get our respect. Or maybe give us some cash on the side, or take out the trash, or go buy us some Dairy Queen. When you come in here and no one says hi to you don’t worry about it. Just look around find what you want and than ask somebody that’s not talking to somebody. That will get you points with out getting hated on. If you have a chick with you that is not your girl friend, make it known that it is not your girlfriend because it is going to get kind of awkward. Don’t have her use the bathroom, she will come out with a disease. Not everyone gets vibed. It’s just that we have to deal with so many fucking kooks coming in off the beach. I’m what you consider a customer quality control person. If you’re trying to ride on some trend then we’ll spot you out. I’ve had dudes try and fight me in here before.

WHAT HAPPENED?
I was trying to mack on this dude’s girlfriend. The guy spent a ton of money and it was like all cash. And I was talking to her later and I was like, “So is your boy friend a drug dealer?” I was like talking to his chick on her Myspace page because I was trying to get on her. And I guess he saw the message and freaked out.

WHAT DID JIM SAY ABOUT THAT?
Jim was like; “You can’t be talking shit about the customers!”

HOW DID GET HER MYSPACE ACCOUNT NAME?
I’m fucking smooth. He’s like trying on some snowboard boots or some fucking skate shoes and his chick is wandering around and that’s when the predators come in. This is not a safe place if you have a hot chick with you.

Tyrone Taylor. Ollie

Tyrone Taylor. Ollie

WHAT KIND OF SEXUAL ESCAPADES HAVE GONE ON IN THE SHOP?
Shit has definitely gone down in here, in the DVS room, on Jim’s desk, the bathroom, the little storage room in the front. All kinds of crazy shit happens in here. If you go into the PD bathroom, it is the most disgusting, germ-infested place you will ever enter. You better wear a biohazard suit. It’s Sheffey’s domain.

SEAN SHEFFEY IS LIVING IN THERE RIGHT?
Yeah he lives in the closet in the front he keeps his stuff in here. He’s fucking wild, he came out of the bathroom the other day completely painted up, he was claiming that a ghost had attacked him and painted him blue. I don’t want to say too much about Sheffey though because he is huge and he will kill me.

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR BEEF WITH SKATE INDUSTRY SALES REPS.
I think that you shouldn’t buy any skateboard shit off any of your skateboard reps that can’t at least do a kickflip. That is just whack, half these dudes are some jock college dudes who are coming around making money off of skateboarding.
One time we found a porno mag behind the counter and we cut out all these super vulgar pictures and taped them up behind the boards on the wall and we didn’t let any of the other dudes know. So little kids moms would come in here and lift up boards and see the gnarliest porno pictures. So one day one of the sales reps came in here left his catalog on the counter while he went out to his car. So we cut out all these porno pictures and pasted them all throughout his catalog while he was gone. Later he was showing Jim the line and all these porno pictures were popping up. We also put a bunch in his day planner that he didn’t know about. He had porno everywhere, like hidden in his shoes and his clothing line that he was showing. I think he went to the next shop and they saw all the porn and he was so pissed. He got super mad and I found out later that he is a super religious Christian. He hates me now I guess.

Tyrone Taylor

Tyrone Taylor Backside 360 Kickflip

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