Revolution 90 Seconds - Michael Braud
How was your experience filming for your Revolution 90 Second Edit?
It was sick as f#ck, but it was definitely different than when I usually skate. In Bama there were a lot of us skating that weekend, so it was pretty chill. I got to throw down three tricks in one day, so I definitely wasn't relaxing, but a lot of other people were skating too, so it took the pressure off for the most part. In AZ, Sean Sea and I were the only two people skating most of the time (Matty skated too, but he was chilling because he had to work almost every day), so the level of expectations were a lot higher. We usually ended up skating every day, twice a day for three or four hours with a three or four hour break in the middle, which I'm not used to at all. In Atlanta I usually skate twice a week for two or three hours, so it was rough for me to stay healthy and focused. I was really lucky to leave when I did, because if I had to listen to X-Rated bitch about having to drive around one more time I was going to get a bottle of scotch and a handgun to blow my f#cking head off.
The journey to Pleasant Lake with Sean was f#cking rad as sh*t even though we never got to skate the spot haha. Rocky memories...
The most memorable trick was probably the disaster royale to drop on that white rail. Stressing about getting kicked out after I knew I had it and getting that to come together will stick with me forever.
I noticed you don't waste any time when you're ready to do a trick, you do it right away before your mind can talk you out of it. What is your mindset for skating?
I don't know if the reason I rush is so I can talk myself out of it as much as, if I think I can do it, I want to do it as soon as possible. I'm also a smoker, so I know I don't have a bunch of warm up time before I'll start getting winded, and I'm extremely impatient in general. Once I've tried a trick and I'm having a problem with a certain part of the trick I'll slow down and break the trick down in my head in order to visualize it, but, when I get there, if I think I can do it, it's FID. Also, if I ever start second guessing myself, I get back in the car as fast as I got out to skate the spot in the first place. Basically, I make decisions quickly, based on how I'm feeling at the time for better or worse. There probably a billion skate spots, so why get hung up over one you'll probably forget about after a few drinks or a grav or two?
I like to skate sh*t that when I look at it, it inspires me in some way. If a spot is really unique I'll want to skate it. If a spot looks cool to me I'll want to skate it. If a spot has some level of danger I'll probably want to skate it. If you tell me that a trick is impossible and I think it isn't, I'll definitely want to skate it! haha The semi to gap over the fence was not only really big, it was a set up that I'd never seen before with the fence to jump over, plus X had been talking about how he was loving acid drops right now, so I obliged him. It also intrigued me to skate at a Target that was open to see if we could get away with it, and I had never jumped off a semi before, so it was kind of like that game at carnivals with the hammer and the bell. I wanted to see if I could muscle through that sh*t. I kind of did, haha.
It's always different...sometimes it's finishing up a section, sometimes it's just that child-like love for skating and wanting to skate and evolve, other times it's to perform for my peers or some random chick who has stopped to watch me skate a spot. Sometimes, honestly, it's being juiced from a song or something cool that's happened. Sometimes it's as simple as enjoying a cigarette or a beer. All of that is what I love about skating; it's always situational and changes each day.
Who exactly are your sponsors?
NIMH, Kaspa, and my parents! Haha! They're truly down for the cause. They sponsored the f#cking Be-Mag video! Haha! NIMH is the best movement since Senate with the sickest collection of supporters across the country, and Kaspa (although there's no team or anything) is the radest shirt company out there.
It helps me to know that someone can dig it! It really motivates me to keep pushing myself. A lot of the time I don't skate because I'm broke and I can't hurt myself because then I can't work. I f#cking love skating and I'm only going to do it for people that are skater owned and know what it means to be a rollerblader.
I'd also like to say to rollerbladers supporting rollerblader owned companies REALLY makes a difference. Corporate companies run by CEO's and non-skaters are, and have always been, slave drivers that are raping our way of life and do not have our best interests at heart. I have personally met owners of numerous companies and I know firsthand that literally every single company owner that doesn't skate does not give a f#ck about us. We need to trim the fat and stop supporting those who don't support us.
People working hard like James Johnson at Revolution, Shima with NIMH and 4x4, Kato with Remz, Adam Johnson with Vibralux, and Billy O'Neill, Hakeem Jimoh, and Brain Lewis with Create Originals are and have been bending over backward to make their sh*t work, so that, if we do ever expand into a larger industry, everyone involved will be getting what they deserve. These dudes have gone through the poverty, the arguments with family members, the hard work, the time and effort, the stress, the pain, and the dedication that the rest of us have and they are out there every day trying to make a difference. This is a movement. Get with us or quit rollerblading. This, and every, 90 Second edit means to me that another real company is doing real sh*t to push rollerblading in the right direction. It gives me hope.