Scott Quinn talks about the joy of receiving his first pro skate, which was several years in the making, his recent surge in street footage and how we can expect a lot more in the near future.
Earlier this month, Razors released their latest pro skate and the honour fell to none other than Scotland’s Scott Quinn. The Dumbarton resident is only the second Scottish blader to receive a signature boot and it has been a long time coming. In fact, the idea was first broached by Razors’ Andy Wegener several years ago and it has been a lengthy process seeing it through to manufacture. This news comes off the back of a great 2014 for Quinny, which culminated in the release of his Wheel Scene profile, his first full street section in years – not counting a painfully brief appearance in Children Of The Future. Until then, there was a widespread misconception that he was a park skater who solely existed within the confines of his home at Unit 23 Skatepark. The truth is there is actually a fair amount of street footage from his formative years that can be found with a little YouTube trawling, but it is all extremely out of date and doesn’t reflect how refined his style and trick choices have become in recent years. With a pro skate now to his name, a new street section just released and numerous projects coming to light in the near future, it seemed like the ideal time to catch up, talk shop and find out what’s next. However, before we spoke with the latest Razors rider to receive a signature skate, we thought we should probably get some insight into what it was like to spend a month him in Texas from the man responsible for his pro skate promotional video, Anthony Medina.
It’s crazy to think I’d only known Quinny for six months prior to him coming to Texas to film. He’s one of those guys that from the second you meet him, you can tell you are going to be great friends. After editing Quinny’s Wheel Scene edit, he was so juiced about it that we immediately began talking about doing his pro skate promo together. What seemed like a long shot at the time actually became a reality and I got to spend a month filming one of my favourite skaters and one of the absolute best dudes in the universe. It was a great pleasure getting to joke around and film with Quinny just about every day for a month. I already knew how great he was before he got there but it was awesome hearing everyone’s reactions about how impressed they were with his attitude and positivity – not to mention his blading. Quinny defines what a pro skater should be like in every way imaginable. – Anthony Medina
Having known Quinny for years and spent the majority of our weekends together in 2014 filming for his Wheel Scene profile, I foolishly assumed that conducting this interview would be a relatively straightforward process. The first attempt involved arranging a suitable time to visit Unit 23 Skatepark to speak face-to-face, but every time I phoned him he was either at an event somewhere in Europe, hosting a blading camp in another country of visiting shops as part of his new role at Razors. We then tried to fire questions back and forth while he was on the train to visit family, but that ended in failure as a result of the fact that he kept losing phone signal and there were a group of loud drunkards in the same carriage that were making it difficult to hold his attention for more than a few minutes at a time. The day he flew to Barcelona to film for the forthcoming Ground Control Big Europe team edit, we tried to get the interview completed while he waited at the Prestwick Airport for his flight, but his brief, fragmented answers were starting to get annoying and then the batteries in the dictaphone died. Despite the fact that Quinny lives less than a 20-minute drive away, this interview took place while he was over 1,300 miles away in Spain’s most famous blading destination. Oh, well, we got there in the end.
Wheel Scene: Your pro skate is now available worldwide. How do you feel?
Amazing. It’s quite hard to put into words. It’s not really settled in yet.
How did you celebrate on the day of the release?
It was my mate’s birthday the same day, so we had a double celebration at the skatepark, but I am about to be back at Unit in a few days for another one.
When did you first find out you were getting a pro skate from Razors?
It was at Laced a few years ago. I got forwarded an email where it got mentioned. There wasn’t much talk about it for a while but, out of the blue, Andy asked me to send him some shoe designs that I liked. It started from there, slowly but surely, and that’s us here. It’s crazy to think it’s out now.
What kind of input did you have on the design?
I described how I wanted it to look and picked out two of my favourite shoe designs. It’s basically a clash between two shoes that I wear.
Er… Nike Stefan Janoski and a Vans shoe. I’m not sure I should be saying that!
I wouldn’t worry about it. The skate doesn’t look like either of those shoes! A feature in your pro skate, and the white SL 2, is the grooves in the soul plate that allow for larger wheels to be used with standard frames. However, you have been modifying your skates to do this for some time now. Did you approach Razors with that design feature?
Yeah. I had been riding like that for over a year and had no problems with it, as I’m sure a few others did. They tried it with the SL and there have been no problems, so it was all good to go. That was one of the features I wanted to have on my skate.
So, technically, you have helped change the design of a Razors skate?
Let’s talk about the pro skate promo. For a while people just thought you lived and skated in Unit 23 Skatepark all day, every day, but then you had a brief section in Children Of The Future in 2012, your Wheel Scene profile dropped last year and now your pro skate promo is out. Is this a sign of things to come? Will the world finally start to see more Quinny street footage?
Yeah, definitely. That’s the plan. I’ve always loved to skate street. I originally got hooked up with Razors for purely being a street skater – that’s what I grew up doing. It wasn’t until I got offered a job at Unit 23 that I started skating more park because it’s the best place to be and it has the best people. Then I somehow got labelled as a park skater!
That might have had something to do with all those edits Chaz Sands made!
Your Wheel Scene edit was edited by Anthony Medina and your pro skate promo was filmed and edited by him. How did you guys meet?
I’ve known of him for years. I’ve been a fan of previous projects he’s done, his Texas videos and whatnot. We met for the first time at Roskilde last year, and then Ant was travelling that summer and came along with us to the Gypsy Camps in Belgium. We got along really well and he knew about the upcoming Wheel Scene section and that it hadn’t been edited yet, so he offered to do it, which was wicked.
Why did you end up filming the promo in Texas?
Andy suggested going to the Blading Cup and then filming in Texas. As soon as it was mentioned I was like, “Yeah, I wanna hook up with Ant. Let’s get on it.” We made it work and it was wicked, I’m very grateful I got that opportunity to work on a full piece together with all his footage. He was so on point with taking me to spots and finding what I would like.
What was it like filming with Ant?
It was wicked, probably the best guy ever to film with. He was really chilled, positive and nothing is impossible in his eyes. I am very blessed to have him work with me on this one
I understand that in addition to being pro for Razors and being the UK team manager you now have another job as well? Tell us about that.
Yeah. Well, I handle a little more now, going round the shops, checking in with the owners and showing off our new goods. It’s awesome. Being a part of Razors has really opened many opportunities for me.
You are in Barcelona at the moment. Who are you there with and what are you doing?
We decided to stay another week, so it’s only Alex Burston and Joe Atkinson left at the minute, here filming for another GC edit. Stay tuned.
What are your plans for 2015?
Travelling and filming as much as possible again. Last year was incredible, but this one has already been another to remember.
Any plans for future sections?
Nothing on paper yet, but we have a few things in the pipeline with Razors as always. I’m hoping for another one of Alex’s Razors Tapes edits, that’s for sure!
Photos: Cody Sanders and Kristian Payne
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