In honor of the Diamond x Pacsafe collaboration, Grey sat down with JB Gillet for an interview. He weighs in on ‘90s verse present-day skateboarding, and talks about a couple of upcoming projects that are in the works for 2018. Check out an excerpt from the interview below.
You mentioned the good old days before in relation to skating Pier 7 in the ’90s. It’s a broad question, but how do you feel about the way things are in skateboarding today versus back then?
The progression of skating is way faster and the level is getting higher and higher every day. Things are moving in a good direction, but I do think in the ’90s and early ’00s videos, style, and attitude felt more authentic, fresh, or soulful. It was more like a slow cooking process back then, nobody was thinking in terms of views, likes or followers. We didn’t have any concept about all these numbers and measures except our paychecks!
Nowadays a lot of younger people are growing up with all this in mind. I just want to see some dope skateboarding – that gets me hyped, not the videos with the most views or likes. It is interesting to see how the new heads understand all this and make the best out of it though.
What are you working on at the moment?
There is an Hélas video in the works. That will be out some time next year. I’m going to the US at the end of the year and I also want to go back to Shanghai to skate and film. I have something coming out in February, but that’s a surprise.
For more on Gillet, head over to Grey to read the entire piece.