ROB DYRDEK AND HIS LATEST
An interview with Rob Dyrdek begins like you think it would:
CREATION COME TO THE VALLEY
ROB: “What’s uuuup?”
azTeen: “Hey, Rob.”
ROB: “What’s uuuup?”
azTeen: “Just interviewing Rob
Dyrdek. What’s up with you?”
ROB: “What’s uuuup?”
But for the most part, that’s the end of the clowning on the part of this 36-year-old media, fashion and business mega-mogul and skateboarding’s best hope to end the still-lingering generational bias some adults feel toward what they see as an anti-social non-sport.
Dyrdek’s business may be all about fun – duh, this is a guy who turned pro skater at 16 and created two successful MTV shows based on simply doing things he thinks is cool – but make no mistake: Dyrdek is smart, he is driven, and his brain is a seemingly endless font of creativity and determination to bring his flights of fancy to life. And it’s not just grown-up Rob who has matured into someone with his eye on the prize. Dyrdek has been this way his whole life.
“I was a pretty driven young man,” says Dyrdek, who was born in suburban Dayton and athletic from an early age before first picking up a skateboard at the age of 12. “I was so focused on becoming a pro skateboarder. I would sit in school and thinks about all the tricks I was going to do, then I’d get out of school and skate until they made me come inside.”
After graduating from high school a year early, Dyrdek fully immersed himself into the culture that would define his entire life. In addition to the success of Rob & Big and Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory, Dyrdek’s ventures include a film production company and lines of children’s toys and skate equipment. One passion – and the focus of the Rob Dyrdek/DC Shoes Skate Plaza Foundation – remains the development of safe, legal skate parks around the country.
Dyrdek’s latest project is Street League, a touring competition that he designed to be as welcoming to new fans as to diehards. More than just a skating tour, Dyrdek sees Street League as a necessary step in the continued mainstreaming of skating.
“Street League is our NBA,” Dyrdek says. “It is about growth and sustainability. What I have done within our culture is organize it and bring it into the mainstream so that there is finally a place for these half athletes, half rock stars to shine.”
Next up for Dyrdek? No one, including the man himself, knows for sure. His next Big Thing is most certainly currently a nugget of an idea, bouncing around in that dynamic, anything-goes brain of his.
“Hey, I’m just one of those cases where the story was written at a very young age and I am living out that story,” he says. “Everything I do builds upon itself and is a catalyst for doing bigger and better things.”
5 Q for Meaty
Being Rob Dyrdek’s bulldog isn’t all fun and games… Well, okay, actually, it is. We convinced Meaty to take a few minutes out of his leisure- and fun-laden day to answer a few questions. The only things that were off-limits were questions about the mini-horse and Beefy. “Let them get their own interviews,” he says. WHAT ARE THE BEST AND WORST PARTS OF BEING A CELEBRITY?
“There are few downsides other than I can’t lick myself in public without checking for paparazzi first. The best things are meeting bitches and eating prime rib.”
IF YOU WERE HUMAN, WHAT WOULD BE YOUR TECHNIQUE FOR MEETING AND GETTING CLOSE TO MEMBERS OF THE OPPOSITE SEX?
“Probably a lot like it is now, just without the butt-sniffing. I just look good and let them come to me.”
IS THERE ANYTHING THAT ROB DOES THAT MAKES YOU EMBARRASSED THAT HE’S YOUR HUMAN?
“Ummm, how about EVERYTHING? No, I’m kidding. He’s my brotha from anotha motha… And father.”
WHAT IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE? AND REALLY, AS A DOG, DO YOU EVER ACTUALLY FEEL GUILTY?
“Life’s too short to feel guilty. I do everything balls-out and without regret. Although I do confess that I had a little tanning-bed addiction for awhile last winter, and I’m not proud of that. Skin cancer is whack.”
FINALLY, WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR OUR READERS, WHO ARE PRIMARILY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS? IT CAN BE ABOUT LIFE, SCHOOL, ANYTHING AT ALL…
“Don’t worry about what anyone thinks of you. Follow your passion. I say, just grab life by the tail and hump it.”
ROB ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS:
“Will there be Gymkhana (kart v. rally car racing and tricks) 3.1, cuz that’s bad-a**?”
– NATHAN SEMA, GILBERT ‘10
ROB: “Possibly, but not likely. In the first episode of the new season, I skateboard a car – grind 100-foot rails… Gymkhana was done for fun and to be crazy, and I feel like maybe it was a one-and-out kind of thing.”
“How did you manage to stay focused on your dreams enough to achieve them and always live up to your potential?”
– MADDY CYPERT, RED MOUNTAIN ‘10
ROB: “More than anything, it is on the individual. At the core of that is inspiration. I am very patient. If you allow things to unfold the way they are meant to happen and not let the highs be too high or the lows be too low, you will always reach your potential.”
“What inspires you?” – MELANIE GAIL
ROB: “Everything inspires me. Things as random as a grilled cheese inspire me. I look at the world in a very unique way, and fortunately for me I have a lot of platforms to express this. I chase down a lot of things that haven’t been done and then do them. What I try to chase down are things that have never been done, and it’s incredibly exciting to see these things come to life.”
“How’s Big doing? Do you ever see him?”
– KARINA HAGEN, WILLIAMS FIELD ‘13
ROB: “Big moved to Texas, outside Dallas. He bought a big ol’ house and is raising his family. He’s doing good. I don’t see him very often, but he’s doing really well.”
“What’s your advice to teenagers?” – AZTEENA
ROB: “Life is about progression and growing. You’re either moving forward or else you’re standing still or going backwards, and YOU control your growth process. Don’t get stuck somewhere because of circumstance. The American dream is alive and well. That’s cliché, but it’s true, it’s real. Stay driven and chase that dream down.”
WHAT IT IS: Street League Skatboarding DC Pro Tour
WHEN IT BEGINS: Saturday, Aug. 28, at 1 p.m.
WHERE YOU’LL FIND IT: Jobing.com Arena in Glendale
HOW MUCH IT WILL SET YOU BACK: $19.70-$39.70
Why you should go: This is the first stop in the brand new competition pitting 24 of the world’s best skaters against each other for a total purse of $1.2 million in a new format with a trick-by-trick scoring system and an atmosphere designed to be welcoming to both diehard skating fans and those who are new to the sport.
To get more info: StreetLeague.com
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