Matt Dryer

Matt Dryer

Words By Migdol

A friend of mine originally did this interview with Matt Dryer but it seriously sucked. It touched on every one of the standard, lame things, which one could interview an up coming skateboarder about.  What size setup he rides, who does he like to skate with, what trips he has been on, what terrain he likes to skate, etcetera, etcetera. Boring, to say the least. In all fairness though, a few of his questions evoked a couple of worthy responses so I poached them. There had to be more to Matt Dryer. This was, after all, the death issue and the original interviewer hadn’t asked him any questions about death.  Death is a subject that could fit so well with dryer since he skates some of the sketchiest things imaginable. You might drive by a spot a thousand times and write it off as unskateable, too gnarly, for even the most advanced. Matt might very well be the one to break off the impossible at the spot. What motivates him to risk his life on a daily basis? It was time for me to find out. 

SO, MATT DRYER, I AM SITTING HERE LOOKING AT A COUPLE OF PHOTOS OF YOU SKATING A NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE SPOT.  DO YOU HAVE A DEATH WISH?
It is a gap over a rail to 13-stair hubba.  No one has ever skated it.  It is like 6 foot gap out to the ledge.   They call it the death hubba because if you don’t know what you are doing you will die skating it.  Stuff is getting so gnarly now it is going to get to the point where people are going to start dying trying stupid shit.

ARE YOU AFRAID TO DIE?
Not really, but I guess everyone is afraid of dying.  I just try to live day by day and have fun skating.  I don’t want to die before I make my mark.  I don’t want to die a nobody.

IS MATT DRYER SCARED TO DIE?
Yeah I am scared to die.  I have a lot of things I want to do, I have a lot of things I want to accomplish in life.

WHAT DO YOU WANT ACCOMPLISH IN LIFE?
I want to make a living at what I do.  I would like to just live up the dream and make a living with skateboarding. I don’t what to be filthy rich but I want to have a car, a house, and my hommies to hang and skate with.

Matt Dryer

Matt Dryer BACKSIDE FIFTY ON EL TORO IS NO JOKE. PHOTO: DEVILLE

WHAT DO YOU THINK HAPPENS ONCE YOU DIE?
I believe in heaven and hell.  You can’t deny that because if you look around you, like the country is based on Christianity.  On the back of the dollar bill it says, “In God We Trust”, we start the calendar year when Christ died. It’s kinda crazy.

SO WHAT DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH YOUR BELIEF ABOUT DEATH?  ARE YOU SAYING THAT YOU ARE MORE INCLINED TO BELIEVE IN THE IDEA OF HEAVEN AND HELL BECAUSE THE COUNTRY WAS FOUNDED ON CHRISTIANITY?
Probably, yeah, because if you think about it, Christians believe that if you give yourself to God you go to heaven.  I don’t think that just by being a good person you go to heaven.  There are a lot of good people out there.

SO WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO GET INTO HEAVEN?
You’ve got to give your life to God.  It’s kind of confusing.

DOES MATT DRYER THINK THAT HE’S GOING TO HEAVEN?
Probably not right now.

NO? WHY NOT?
I’ve been fucking up a lot.

HOW HAVE YOU BEEN FUCKING UP?
I don’t know, with the girls and all kinds of gnarly things.

WHY IS THAT FUCKING UP THOUGH?
Just hooking up with random girls.

WHY? DO YOU HURT THEM? ONCE YOU’VE BEEN WITH THEM YOU TELL THEM TO GET OUT, TO BEAT IT? ARE THE GIRLS WILLING AND INTO IT?
Yeah they are into it, of course, they’re into it.

SO WHAT? THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING?  ARE YOU TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THEM?
No, no they are taking advantage of me.

OKAY, SO WHY WOULD YOU GO TO HELL FOR THAT?
I don’t know, see it is a really confusing thing to talk about.  I used to be a Christian and I used to know everything and read the bible and recently I’ve just been skating a lot and I haven’t been going to church.  I’ve toned it down a lot.  I’ll go skating instead of going to church.

IS THAT BAD?
It’s not bad, it’s just I have a conscience.  I’ll be like trying to skate a gap and I know I shouldn’t and right then a cop will drive by, or a bearing will break, and it will be like, “uh man something is telling me not to do this right now”.    Then again maybe it makes it all that much more worth it, if you have to struggle to get a trick.  It makes it feel that much better when you do get it.

Matt Dryer

YEAH, Matt Dryer MADE IT. TAILSLIDE THROUGH THE KINKS. PHOTO: DEVILLE

IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE A WAY TO DIE HOW WOULD YOU WANT TO DIE?
Probably just in my sleep.  I wouldn’t want to die on my skateboard.

WHAT ELSE ARE YOU ABOUT MATT?  WHAT’S YOUR DEAL?
I work like two jobs I go to school and I skate at night.  I’m taking a filming class at OCC.  Like everyone says it’s good to have a backup plan.  I used to get to skate everyday but now I am in the real world and I need to work and make some money so I can move out. I been skating all the Damn Ams.  I am not really a contest skater but I’ve been trying to hit up all the am contests.  Tampa Am, Costa Mesa Am, Pheonix Am, Minnasota Am, Automatic’s Battle of The Shops, all of them.  Skateboarding is fun but it is not as fun as it used to be when you’re a kid.  I don’t think backside grinding the Death Hubba is fun.

SO YOU SKATE THAT KIND OF DEATH DEFYING SHIT JUST TO MAKE A MARK?
Skateboarding is like a big puzzle.  You want to do it for fun, you love that feeling of when you land a gnarly trick it is the best feeling in the world.

CAN YOU SKATE BAREFOOT?
I’ve kick flipped barefoot that’s about it, Jaime lipslid like a 13 stair barefoot.  That’s nuts.

FIVE O photo: Deville

WHO DOES MATT DRYER MOST LIKE TO WATCH RIDE A SKATEBOARD?
I would have to say Terry Kennedy, Evan Hernandez, Adelmo Jr., and Darell Stanton for pros and for Ams I would have to say Dallas Rockvam, Derek Fukahara and Sierra Fellers.

DO YOU WANT THANK SOME PEOPLE RIGHT NOW?
I would first like to thank God.  I would have to thank Aaron Scott for everything he has done for me, it is much appreciated. I also have to give a big thanks to Ryan Weber over at Identity Boardshop in Buena Park for helping me out the past 3 years. I have to think Bryan Cook at Ipath for helping me with shoes and Raul at Mada. My mother Stacy and the rest of my family, Shannon, Uncle Jon, Uncle Mike, Sherri, Michelle, Papa Dick and Claudia.  Thank my friends who have helped me learn and progress throughout the years.

 

 

 

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