The first time I met Nisse, in the times when real communication and attention spans still existed, we were both sixteen years old. Me, a socially dyslectic guy from a small town, where the only contact with skateboarding was through Rhino Ramps; and Nisse, a young prodigy from Stockholm, who’d been waiting for me for two hours because I had jumped off at the wrong train station. He said, “Hi, I’m Nisse” and I answered “Yeah, I know.” Yes, I did not know a lot about social codes back then.
It was my first shot at getting a job as a skateboard filmer, and I was supposed to film this short weekend clip of Nisse and asked him to roll down this hill. I explained that I was going to go in front of him, backwards, to film a cheesy artsy shot. I acted like I knew what I was doing, an act that didn’t last for long. Four seconds later, I smashed my head into a pole, and all of a sudden, I’m on the ground with a concussion. Bull’s-eye! I kind of saw how this could be a one-way ticket back to my small town, but decided to laugh it off, and continued filming Nisse for the whole day – although I was seeing two Nisses in the viewfinder. I’m very happy that I did that because we’re still filming and skating together 13 years later. Adult life comes with something very few people talk about: the everyday life, where you have to do pointless shit in order to be considered a citizen; shit that gets in the way of hanging out with your friends. However, when I get the time to hang out with Nisse, whether we’re out in the woods filming a sketch with a fake mustache or watching a best of Ali G compilation, life feels pretty good. I say “pretty good” because too much toxic positivity is more likely to be found in Disney movies than in actual reality. Anyway, people like Nisse make me laugh and procrastinate adult life as much as possible, which is exactly what you need when most people around you are trying to do the opposite. Skate-wise, I think you could say that Nisse is a project-based skater. He enjoys the whole thing: the skating, filming, editing, and all those Folköls in between. A sort of compass, where trying a trick is a process instead of a battle, and the spot plays as much of a role as the maneuver itself.
Hmm, I think around the age of ten. I’m a fish.
I’m good. I’m back home in a snowy and cold Stockholm at the moment.
I seriously don’t miss living there, but I don’t mind going there against my own will.
"I think the switch bs tail and a good switch flip would put me in a less awkward position than standing drunk in the karaoke bar, singing Céline Dion."
I always end up scrolling through trailers until I give up and end up doing other stuff. There are too many options nowadays with all these streaming sites.
[laughing] Not really, but somehow I will go on this trip to the south of Spain with the Sour guys without hearing that much from him lately. I hope I see him there!
Like a list?
A and B. Switch hardflip some stairs wearing Timberlands and a leather jacket would be something.
I think I would pick Sweden again, it’s a lovely place.
That’s why the dip is important.
I think the Michael Jackson boards that never got released.
I think it was the most preordered board for Sour. All the boards arrived on a Monday, and on the Sunday night before, the documentary about Michael Jackson being a child molester was aired. The timing was insane. One of those moments that make Sour what it is. [laughing] Björn panicked and we had to make a print on top of the Michael print with the Instagram “Sensitive Content” thing on some of them. I think some of the original boards are saved somewhere.
Probably the Michael Jackson boards as well cause they were never sold.
Study something or try to get a job. Or would I be canceled there too?
Escape at Dannemora.
It has happened but not that often. Feels like I need a long journey or something similar to read a book. Maybe I should travel more.
I’ve been on many good and fun trips but maybe I’d choose the Sour in Guatemala trip. That was amazing.
Paulo [Franco] and Ches [Hernandez] from Guatemala went to Barcelona and visited the Sour office and they talked to Björn about the idea that we should come there and skate. At the time, I had only been outside of Europe once when we went to China, so it was cool to see Central America.
People were nice to us and we did a perfect mix of skating and touristing. Such a contrast from home, seeing police with loaded shotguns, street dogs, and some really sketchy areas. Some crazy things happened too.
Yeah, Barney [Page] almost broke his neck when he dove into the one-meter deep pool, Josef [Scott Jatta] cut of his finger when he was opening a package of meat when we had a BBQ, and some of the guys almost died when Jack [Thompson] couldn’t find the break in the van while it went backwards down a hill with a drop on the side of the road. But everyone survived, luckily!
I don’t think I would dare to sing in front of people anyway, so a proper switch bag would come in handy.
I think the switch bs tail and a good switch flip would put me in a less awkward position than standing drunk in the karaoke bar, singing Céline Dion.
Yeah, the Law of Jante is deep down in our souls. Yes! We’re actually going to Sicily in March. Fritte is a legend, on and off the booze! I love that man.
Definitely from Josef “the Sultan” Scott Jatta. It’s time for him to serve. [laughing] He’s right here next to me playing PS4 and asking people to go buy him some stuff at the supermarket. He’s the best.
A and B would be an interesting combination: a fruit-eating sect member.
That would be a part of the experiment. At least Christian Bale survived (barely).
Thank you, Lomar. See you soon.