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Lance Dawes Interview

June 14, 2010

DQM recently collaborated on a t-shirt with photographer Lance Dawes. After getting back in touch with him to do this project, I was reminded of a lot of funny things that used to happen on a daily basis in San Francisco. It also struck me how much of a positive catalyst Lance was in the lives of New York skaters and East Coasters during that time.

http://www.dqmnewyork.com/images/news_uploads/Lance Dawes is an O.G East Coaster hailing from Silver Springs, Maryland, and former rider for Dogtown, Indy and Vans. Lance then moved to San Francisco and worked in the darkroom at Thrasher Magazine before founding Slap Magazine in 1992, where he was contributing photographer and editor. In 2005 he was also the team manager for Independent Trucks where he would like to mention he was let go for not blogging. Lance is a husband, dad, photographer, skater, land speed racer (in cars, not that downhill luge bullshit) and friend who has some great old stories and epic photographs.

CK:

Whatsup Lance Dawes, what have you been up to?

LD:

Christian! What’s up?! Remember that time when I tried to teach you how to drive stick in my Blazer? We were skating the Burger Banks in Huntington Beach, the brick ones that Templeton always skated. Being a city boy I understood that there was no need for you to drive, but it’s fun watching people learn. You sucked by the way.

CK:

It’s been a while since the days of Slap Magazine and burrito challenges in SF.

LD:

Those were the salad days. What about the time you, me and Rob DaMone (Rob Carlyon) were in French Canada spit’n game to those two girls. We were trying to explain the meaning of the word “WORD”. In French “word” meant “mo”, so we spent the next week on tour saying mo to everything. I have a picture of you and Rob with those girls - need to dig that up.

CK:

What’s the deal with the custom car flicks I see on your blog these days?

LD:

Dad grew up drag racing, I grew up skating. In SF there were no driveways or garages for me to tinker in, so as soon as moved to LA I got a house with a driveway and garage. It’s in my blood. I’ve been racing at El Mirage and Bonneville for the last couple of years with my buddies Jake Doomey, Julio Hernandez and the rest of the Bean Bandits. Why drive a Civic when you could drive a 64 Rivi?

CK:

When is the last time you skated a pool with Salba?

LD:

Ahh, I know that’s your boy!! For those that don’t know, I took Chris and Peter Bici to skate some pools with Salba back in the 90’s. If pool skating’s not your thing then Salba might look a bit weird with the leopard print pads, the helmet, push-ups on the coping, the whole nine. But once you meet Steve you see how cool the guy is and he’s more of a skate rat than anyone you know. Salba instantly warmed up to Chris and Peter, smoked them out, had them kickturning at the scum line and all in all had a fun day. Remember we ate some fastfood afterwards and Salba was still wearing all his gear in the place. Classic!

CK:

Back in the early 90’s Octavia Street in S.F had a large contingent of east coast migrants living there. Explain a little bit about who you remember living there and what an ordinary day was like on that block.

LD:

We skated a lot! In one apartment you had Huf, Ben Liversedge, yourself, Peter Bici, Mike Hernandez, Gangemi, Ryan Hickey, Jamal Williams was there too. Sean Young and Hurley would come over. Matt Pailes and Dan Drehobl lived next door covered in porn mags. We’d go get some egg sandwiches down the street, try to talk Keith into driving (he was the only one with a car other than myself), listen to A Tribe Called Quest and Nirvana, comb the hills looking for new spots, Ft. Milely, Ft. Mason, Brown Marble and Embarko. We were all still young and everything looked fresh in our eyes, everything was new and we (skaters) were untouchable.

CK:

Last food challenge you actually won?

LD:

The next time you buy me dinner.

CK:

One more question - Minor Threat or Bad Brains?

LD:

The only band that matters.

CK:

Thanks Lance

LD:

Stay Rebel, Stay Sharp

Lance now blogs: lancedawes.blogspot.com/

Posted by Chris Keeffe on June 14, 2010 at 05:43 PM 1 Comments

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Ace Isaac Kieffer wrote…

oh hey, I’m from Silver Spring too.

Comment #1 posted on June 26, 2010 at 05:00 PM