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Friday, March 23, 2012
Updated: April 6, 12:35 PM ET
The Passion Trip of the Lizard King


Lizard King
Lizard King, who just completed a tour of the American Southwest and Australia, enjoys a moment in the sun.

For someone who has often invoked the "Prince of Darkness," Lizard King has a surprisingly sunny disposition. When speaking to ESPN.com about his recently concluded "Passion Trip" and "Oz Man Out" -- tours of the Southwestern United States and Australia sponsored by shoe and apparel brands Supra and Krew -- his voice sounded positively soaked in serotonin. Not once did he mention "the archfiend" as was his habit earlier in his career, when he was known to wear a T-shirt with "666" on the front and famously called out "This one's for Satan!" before attempting a trick.

Mr. King did, however, utter the word "passion" no less than 11 times during this 15-minute, 14-second interview. When the 27-year-old Salt Lake City native (formerly known as Mike Plumb) says "passion" he sounds, well, passionate. His new signature shoe is called, fittingly enough, "The Passion."

What is the secret to his joie de vivre? While on tour, does he ever miss being able to eat a home-cooked meal and curl up with the latest episode of the hit PBS period drama "Downtown Abbey"? Does he still find time to write blank verse and listen to his beloved Nelly Furtado? Let's talk to Lizard King and find out.

ESPN.com: What do you miss about skating Love Park?
King:
I've never been to Love Park. But that place looked like it had a lot of passion.

I know for awhile you were driving a silver Range Rover that you bought from Josh Kalis. Are you still driving that car?
I wish I bought a car off that dude. That dude is a G.

What's your favorite song by Philadelphia-based rapper Beanie Sigel?
I don't even know who that is.

What new riders are you going to put on your company DGK?
Myself. [Laughs]

I must apologize for my silly sense of humor, Lizard King. In fact, these were all questions I would have asked Stevie Williams. That was all just my awkward way of saying, 'Wow. I think it's really amazing that you and Stevie Williams are on the same team now.'
Stevie Williams is a G. I trip on that. I'm stoked.

Did you get to spend a lot of time with him on the "Oz Man Out" tour of Australia and New Zealand?
On the end of our trip I was almost in tears because I had to leave him. I'm so down for that dude. That's definitely one of the dudes that you never thought you'd ever be friends with. It's the opposite realms of skateboarding.

I feel like the two of you should have a reality television show. You could trade places or fight crime together or something.
I don't know if I could be him. I don't know if he could be me. He's all about getting money, and I'm all about just chilling. It's kind of like the same stuff though. We're both out there just doing it.

What do you like about Australia?
The people are just so cool. You can walk up and talk to anyone there. Out here if you walk up to somebody and say, 'What's up?' They'll say, 'Who's this weirdo, dude?' Out there it's nothing like that. Good people. Rad places. If I could have all my friends who live in America live in Australia, I would live in Australia forever.

What was the highest point of your "Passion Trip" and what was your lowest point?
There's never a low point on a Passion Trip. It's only as much passion as possible. I'd say the highest moment is just watching all your friends kick-back, get in the RV play some cards, drink some beers and hang out.

What was your favorite stop?
Oh, man. We went to so many places that were rad. I'd say the skateboarding that we got to do in El Paso, Texas was so rad. Huge handrails. Rad stairs. Cool spots. We got to see Sammy Baca [fellow Deathwish pro] and his pregnant wife. So going to Vegas was the coolest place. Even though it's the worst place on the planet. Every time I leave there I feel like I am going to die.

Had you spent time in the southwestern United States, or was that the first time?
I've been all over the United States for the past 10 years. It wasn't the first time I have been to any of those places. It was definitely the first time I have been there in an RV on a Passion Trip.

Is there anything you don't like about touring?
Tour life is the best life. It's the only life to live.

Lizard King
Lizard King finesses a kickflip. Just another day at the office.

What's the weirdest interaction you have had with a fan?
Ah, man. The amount of kids that have tattoos that say "Passion" on them or a Deathwish tattoo …This kid on the last trip, it was so shocking. He had a gigantic skate goat on his whole entire stomach and it just said "Passion" across it. It's weird, like, sometimes you meet kids that can't even talk to you. They're just shaking the whole time. Then other times they have some crazy tattoo and they're like, "Come on dude. Let's be friends."

Does it ever creep you out?
Nah, man. I get stoked. Because what it means is fools are stoked on what I'm doing out here, you know? It means I am going to get paid longer. I want my career to last as long as possible.

One of your trademarks is you kind of get along with anyone. Why do you think that is?
I have two brothers that are like frat boys. I was a little jock in high school. I can get along with any person on the planet, as long as they're not annoying as all hell.

The Krew/Supra team is ridiculous in terms of the amount of forceful, larger-than-life personalities. Muska. Greco. Williams. That's a lot of personality.
It's just like you say. Everyone is so their own individual self. We're so many different opposite realms, but we all get along perfectly. It's the funnest trips ever. It's like hanging out with people you worshiped your whole life who are just homies. It's nuts. It's definitely one of the most passionate things on the planet. [Laughs]

It's my understanding that Bam Margera had his name legally changed to "Bam." Have you ever considered having your name legally changed to "Lizard King"?
Nah, man. [Laughs] That would bum my family out way too much, man. I think I thought about it when I was kid. I was like, "I am going to do it!" But I never did it. [Laughs]

What do you picture yourself doing after skating?
Hopefully I own a skateboard company or something and I can take bad-ass kids and show them what's up. Hopefully I don't have to leave the shred. Even if I am old and can't jump down stuff I still want to watch other people jump down stuff. I can always join the Man and just start selling real estate out in Utah.

My oldest brother is a professional photographer for snowboarding. He kills it. He goes on tour all the time. He pretty much lives the same life as me, but he's a photographer. Then my middle brother mows lawns, plays video games, shovels snow. He pretty much lives the most relaxed life on the planet.

Is there anything else you'd like to say about the "Passion Tour" or anything you'd like to add to your interview?
Just put the passion in the air. Let it loose and go have fun. Kill it.

Thank you so much for taking some time out of your busy schedule. You do not lack for passion.
Yeah! [Exuberant cheer]