An interview with the Toy Machine up-and-comer.
Where are you at right now, Dakota?
I'm in Phoenix.
Yeah, I thought you were from Murrieta. But, you grew up in Arizona, right?
Yeah, I live in Temecula, but I grew up in Arizona. I grew up skating here, but that was in seventh grade. Then I moved to California.
That's funny, because I just did a little interview with Aaron [Homoki] not too long ago.
Yeah, he was telling me about that.
My dad's job. He got a promotion and then we moved there for that. At first I was like, "rad, we're gonna move to California." But, I didn't think it was serious. Then, we ended up staying. My life just got changed around. It was crazy.
You thought you were going on a day trip or something, huh?
Yeah, I didn't really think we were going to stay. I didn't really process it when I was younger. I guess it worked out for the better.
Arizona's got a pretty good scene, though. Do you go out there a lot?
I've been out there a lot lately. I've just been trying to get video and stuff.
What video are you working on?
I gotta try to get more video to send to Toy Machine. I go there to get footage, pretty much all the time, 'cause I'm trying to get on as an am.
You're on flow right now, right? How'd you get hooked up with the Toy Machine
This one day I went to this 13 stair with my friends and I meloned it and 180'd it. Then, all of the Toy guys showed up and I 180'd it again and 180 meloned it. Kevin Barnett [Ed: Toy Machine filmer and team manager, essentially] asked me if anyone was hooking me up and I told him no, so he took down my info and said he'd send me a box.
Damn, dude, when was that? Was that back when you had flowing hair?
That was in, like, seventh grade.
You were in seventh grade when they started hooking you up with boards?
Yeah, seventh grade. I got one package and then I made a video and gave it to them. Then, they sent me another box. Then, I stopped getting boards from them for, like, a year and a half. I was just skating a lot and getting better. I finally made a decent video and then Kevin's [Barnett] like, "Dude, we want to get you on the flow program, where you're getting boards, like whenever you need them." I was like, "sick." Then, I made another video that I sent them recently.
I just saw a youtube video of you. Is that the one you sent them?
That was the one I took to them just recently. Then, I have some new footage right now.
Just packing away the footage, huh?
School was kind of bummer, so I just wanted to skate.
Oh yeah, you're home schooled. How is that?
You just go in once a week and they give you a packet of homework to do. Then, you have a week to finish it all and turn it in. It was pretty easy, but I don't like it that much. I think I'm just going to get my GED.
I had a homey who did that once (home school) and he hated it. We would go on roadtrips and he'd be there with his little packets. Everything he did was in packet form.
Yeah, that's how it is.
Do you take your homework out to Arizona? Or, are you just over it as far as homework?
Yeah, nah. I'm pretty much out of school now. I just stopped goingit wasn't working out. The teachers were like...I just wasn't learning anything. I figured, "I might as well just take my GED and be done with it."
Especially for home school. Those packets don't really teach you anything.
Yeah...just not my thing, I guess.
[Laughs] Yeah, I dreaded it. I had it dreaded for about a month and a half, but then I got rid of it. It just wasn't working.
What was the reason for that?
I don't know. My hair was kind of getting nappy and I was over it getting in my eyes anyway, so I let it form into dreads and, pretty much, was over it after that.
When you turned them into dreads, were you constantly licking your hands and trying to rub it into dreads, like Ras Trent?
[Laughs] Nah, me and my friend, used a glue stick.
You used glue in your hair?
Yeah, I used a glue stick.
[Laughs] That sounds so horrible, dude.
Yeah, it was pretty gnarly.
Did you tell your parents you were switching religions?
They were pretty bummed. My dad was like, "What the f-?" I tried to explain to him that it wasn't even that big of a deal, it was just my hair. But, they started liking it after a while. He was like, "Oh, it's actually starting to look a lot better," 'cause my hair actually started to look more like dreads. Around the time they started liking it, I pretty much cut it.
Oh, yeah. At that age, when your parents start liking it, you've got to cut it.
Yeah, it's not cool any more.
ever see you with your Rasta hair?
No, I only met Ed one time at a signing and that was the night I got on Toy flow. That was the only time that I really met him. I think I fanned out and said something like, "Toy Machine boards are the best," and he said, "You don't have to tell me, I already know." I was like, "Yeah...good talking," and he just said, "Yeah."
Nah, that's not true.
He just made that up?
I guess so.
I need to check my sources, I guess. Did he say that because you swim or something?
No, I hate swimming.
Oh, so that's probably it.
[Laughs] Maybe that's it. Maybe he knew I hate swimming.