The Question | Craziest Fan Encounter?
Guy Mariano, noseblunt.
I went to Burke-Williams Spa and I went in the pools, steam rooms, showers, and then got my massage. A lot of that is naked, by the way. The guy who showed me around there was asking if I needed anything and was, like, “What up, man? I know you’re Guy Mariano. Just wanted to give you a shout out.” I guess I forgot, but Rick went to that same place in Pasadena and got the same guy and the same thing happened to him, which is cool, but I guess we both felt funny ’cause we were butt naked just relaxing. We both thought it was super funny.
I interviewed Ben Harper for “Fuel TV,” and he told me I was one of his favorite skaters. I still think he must have had me confused with someone else, but I’ll take it. He still skates. In fact, we were supposed to go skating, but someone stole his number off my desk at Giant. Whoever that was, you suck.
I was at a skatepark once and a kid came up to me and said, “Hey, not to sound like a kook or anything, but you look just like this guy Guru Khalsa.” So I replied, “That’s me, buddy.” The next thing I know, the kid is freaking out with both hands on his head like he’s having a panic attack [laughs]. It was pretty awkward until he relaxed a little.
I was in Texas at some rail contest a while ago and one of the eager dads whose kid skated wanted me to sign something but didn’t have anything on him decided to have me sign his and his wife’s new suburban. With all the reluctance in the world, I signed it and it ended up looking like preschool chicken scratch. Apparently, his wife didn’t give the OK to have some kid doodle his name on the side of her new car ’cause later on this woman came up to me really pissed off, looked me dead in the eyes, and said, “Thanks for ruining my car.”
This one time I was skating around this park having fun, you know, just cruising. This little dude was following me around the park making me all nervous and shit. Then the kid came up to me and offered me his mom. He said, “I like the way you bust. You want to tax my mommy?” She was a buster, so I didn’t hit it, fool!
This one’s kinda funny. We were just in Japan on an eS trip I walked up to the skateshop and, apparently, one of the kids there started crying when he saw me. He just kinda shed a tear and sniffled. He was cool, and it was funny.
Well, shit, this is a tough one because any time someone fans out on me it’s a little odd. I’m not going to say I don’t like it, it’s just kind of odd since I’m just a human that rides a skateboard and I’m not even that good at it. But I do remember the first time I got fanned out on. I just turned pro and was flying home to see my parents.
I was walking in the airport and these kids asked me if I was the Vertical Vampire. I was really stoked. I went home and told my mom that I was officially a professional skateboarder. Other than that first one, not a lot comes to mind, though I do like it when I’m on a date and someone recognizes me. It seems to help.
I don’t necessarily have one time, but what I get the most is, “Hey, you’re the guy from the trick tip video.” You know those little things you do in your career that seem harmless because you think no one will even see them? Those embarrassing moments are what people remember.