Right now there is a rising demand on european Brands. Does it affect the Frank sales or is it just good for a few brands that are riding a hype at the moment?
I think those few brands that have that hype are sick as fuck, minus 1 or 2, haha. For FRANK I’m not going to make pink hats, just cus it’s trendy and might sell. That’s not us. I think our skating can speak for itself and any money being made out of it, goes to the next trip.. flights/food/beers etc. I wish we had more tools (money) to do more, but that’s OK.
Let‘s talk about your new hometown. I guess in your town, an american tattooed ex pro skater is not a very common thing. Were the People nice from scratch, or did it take time until they accepted you?
Well it’s not a city or a village, it’s a dead end road in the forest on the Alm river. Technically it belongs to Vorchdorf, but it’s nearest to Lederau/Pettenbach. I am an “Ausländer” for sure, but Americans are a wanted one. People just ask “why you want to live in Austria and not America?” I tell them, it’s not that fuxing great in the US.
You told us you grew up on the countryside in Iowa. Do you see any similarities from people’s mind set to the countryside in Austria?
Not really from the countryside in the US, but a small city in Iowa. Sioux City to be exact. Any similarities? Hmmm… ignorance? Conservative ideas? Sometimes in a bad way, sometimes in a good way. Meaning, they may think foreigners/refugees are dangerous and stealing jobs, or are criminals. They basically believe everything on the news as fact.
Do you follow the media situation in Austria? There was a serious threat towards critical journalism from the new government. Any thoughts on that? Is this somehow comparable to the current situation in the US?
Yes, I guess a country as powerful as the US doing this, just helps and allows for a country such as Austria, to do similar things. I don‘t know much about Austrian politics, but I do know that any government that tries to smear objective news, who are being critical, is pretty scary stuff. Isn´t that their job to be critical?
What are the main pros and cons living in the middle of nowhere? Did living in the woods slow you down and how does it affect you running your company and going on trips?
Pros: able to buy local grown Food, quiet/peaceful and safe for my son. Maybe the scariest part is some drunk hunter driving about.
Cons: ignorant people and I started dealing with depression cus I felt/feel alone, from like minded people and friends and having a child and seeing where our world is going. Maybe i got too much time to think about that, haha.
You seem to be a very happy person nowadays. Did you take professional help with your depression, or were you able to master them on your own?
I am generally a happy person, but I suffer from a depression, that I am not sure will ever be healed. One part of it is from my family and all the way from my birth, being born 2 months premature and many crazy events throughout my childhood. I did see 2 people but I can’t say they helped much, but I highly recommend for anyone to try. I read some about it as well and it helped… also just to talk with people about it and know you´re not alone in it. Second part is just where the world is, which is not so much mine, as my sons grows up with climate change, war and all that stuff. I feel a bit overwhelmed at times, but I know I can do only what I am capable to do, possibly effect my small community and stay positive. So yes and no to answer this…
You started growing your own vegetables this year. Did you have a plentiful harvest?
Yeah, it was my first real legit garden… so much zucchini, tomatoes, beans, cucumber. etc. Lots of work at times but worth it and my son enjoyed it too. I feel it’s important.
Sounds nice! You think it will come to a point you will not have to buy certain vegetables at the supermarket anymore?
That would be lovely, but I am not going for that though… First I would buy a house/land of my own and try the idea of growing what I enjoy and then trading/sharing with others who grow say grains or something, things I would also need. I think community and helping one another is going to be so important and is important for us.