Things just kind of lined up perfectly and Jason made it to Barcelona for a month, his first time ever leaving the U.S. and we ended up filmed most this part. I knew that he was going to see Barcelona in a unique way, and I wanted to document it as best as I could.
Photos by Max Williams where all taken in Barcelona, Spain, 2017.
Who you is?
Jason William, 22.
What are your origins? How long have you been skating?
I was born in Costa Mesa, CA. Moved to Crystal Lake, IL when I was 2. Lived there for 19 years and currently live in Tempe, AZ. Been skating for 20 years.
How did you start?
My Dad. He skated throughout the 80s and 90s. I was always around it.
First skate video you eva' seen?
What are some of your greatest influences?
My Mom, Grandma and girlfriend. Workng hard and trying to progress in skating.
What does skating do for you personally?
Can you describe your first time skating in Barcelona?
It opened my eyes to a lot about this world. It made me want to work harder.
Were you culture shocked?
Culture shocked/completely overwhelmed at times.
Basilica Sagrada Familia
What did you think of the spots?
They are absolutely perfect. I think of them every day of my life.
Are you filming any new parts right now?
Danny Pazminski just released his video “Quits” I have a couple clips in that.
Most skateboarders leave the midwest, if they choose to stay in the midwest, it's because they have love and want to make it better place. Rockford has a lot of beautiful things happening with its skateboarding, that not only help people circumvent being affacted by its prevailing problem of violence by having something to do, it helps make the city a better place by giving people more examples of how to be productive with their time, and makes others want to be involved. If you want to know about Rockford, you should go on HULU and watch "Minding the Gap" by Rockford resident, skateboarder and filmmaker Bing Liu. Bryan Nambo dedicated himself to the Rockford scene and put out this video "Garbage Day" that brings the entire scene together. It also shows that travel is possible and important. Even going a few hours to the next state can inspire a live changing positive experience. We are always more inspired to skate hard on skate trips, and when we come home we want to skate just as hard. The juice (the experience) from the skate trip makes us appreciate and become more versitile on our home turf and abroad. To leave our comfort zone in order to further understand ourselves is a huge undertaking we all must do it at some point, and is how we can better our own environment. This video is a testimate to how important it is to make edits and full length videos with your friends. You can make your community a better place through skateboarding, don't listen to 'em when they say skateboarding is for kids, they are just trying to figure out why they could not do something as hard as skateboarding on their own.
Filmed in and around the Rockford IL, Madison WI, and Dekalb IL areas in 2017 (plus some Barcelona footage filmed during the "Trabajando 3" mission.) This is an excellent example of skateboarding in Rockford Illinois.