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Welcomes Dustin Werbeski to the Pro Team

Photo As seen in Be-Mag


Photo Johanna Berg

 

Chris Farmer: Over the past few years, it's evident that your life has been a bit of a roller coaster ride.  Rather than point out the heart warming, "Once in a lifetime" experience, what was your hands down, god awful, worst case scenario that presented itself to you?

 

DW: Stolen or lost wallets always throw everything out of balance, especially if you are on the other side of the world from your bank, and breaking my wrists with no health insurance could have been worse. I self healed with chopsticks and duct-tape ; ) I believe I’ll still need surgery from such.


Photo Richie Eisler

 

Ben Schwab: When can we expect your next edit/section with Xsjado? 

DW:  I just finished driving my 72’ RV to the KCMO. I jammed and shot a couple things with Farms & SK, and Negrete came to help create the part with me. Everything seems to be for Xsjado these days, and I am happy to have that opportunity.

Chris Farmer: With opinions running rampant over the internet, is there anything that the public assumes about you that is completely false?

DW: There was some good conversations about the film, “Imagine Blade Shun”, I made and took a few years to release. I got too caught up in the present projects to care about completing something that seemed to be so old. I’ve now realized that nothing is old if it was made timelessly.

Ben Schwab: In a lot of your edits/videos, there is a lot of 8mm and vintage lifestyle footage. How important is it for you to showcase and capture the lifestyle behind blading?

DW: It could be the most important, but there has to be a balance. We’re branding ourselves as athletes and artists, just as much as the brands we are promoting. They’ve always gone hand-in-hand, art & the artist, music & the musician. If you like one, you usually like the other, and I’ve always studied and appreciated the fine art mediums of the past, before digital.  That explains the vintage aspect.


Photo Johanna Berg

Jeff Stockwell: How do you feel about film vs digital?

DW: I’m an analog addict. Film just has a feeling you can’t create with a sensor and one of the things I hate about digital technology, is that it makes everyone believe they are a professional. Just because they carry around an expensive camera that makes them look like it, not because of the images they create with it.


Photo Richie Eisler

Jeff: Who is your biggest influence for your photography?

DW: I appreciate other photographers, but I can’t name one that has made me create a single one of my images. I get inspiration from others, but that’s temporary… I find that I forget it all by the time I look through my camera, and as a result, I see the world through my own eyes.


Photo Drew Humphrey

 

Ben Schwab: One of my favorite things about your skating is your ability to mix creativity and hammers into one single trick. Where do you draw influence from, for this type of blading? 

DW: I grew up in Canada watching The Sol Films, aka the original Mushroom Blading flicks, and have always had Eisler as some sort of “bigger & faster” skating mentor. That mix could explain it, but now I get super inspired from every other sport like ours. Skateboarding's - a great influence for creativity, BMX & Snowboarding - for stunts, and I even look to surfing for style.

 


Photo Matthias Von Gostomski

Chris Farmer: If you could choose one - single trick that someone has done in the past that you are envious of and wish you could be the one to claim that move, which would it be?

DW:  To name the first that comes to mind... Omar Wysong’s Zero-spin Freestyle Fish Brain clip in Brain Fear Gone. It sparked a huge shift away from the mindset that all one footed grinds must be grabbed.  Pretty influential stuff!


Photo Dom West

 

Jeff Stockwell: How do you feel your skating has changed in the past two years?

DW: The past couple of years have really put stress on my body. I don’t gap around as much as I used to.  Instead, I have to be wise about stunting, picking the right tricks & risks. I guess weighing out the pay off vs the potential loss. So now, not by any conscious choice, I find myself really enjoying all the small things. Constantly thinking of how to take smaller spots to the next level. Oh, I’ve also really gotten into rolling, the part of skating that is actually skating. I appreciate the big wheels, for being able to go faster and further then before. This aspect will only grow as I grow older & more fearful of dying for my hobby, ha!


Photo Johanna Berg


Photo Johanna Berg