Scott Hetherington interview
When I first met Scott he was a tiny kid from the northern suburbs that would skate with an incredible consistency and big bag of tricks. Even at such a young age Scott had skills to rival many of the more experienced crew.
Then he just kind of disappeared from the scene. Rumours about him getting into some trouble floated around but I was never sure about how true those where.
Well he’s back now and your about to find out what happened and if he can still skate.
Ollie to the road
YO SCOTTY? WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING TODAY?
Hey dude, worked half a day and got some ink off my homie Flage.
WHERE ARE YOU WORKING NOW, HOW DO YOU FIND IT?
At the moment I’m working at a smash repair shop, spray painting cars. Its alright, the hours are chill and the pay is good. I’d rather be out skating but I gotta make that money some how.
HOW’S THAT SPRAINED ANKLE COMING ALONG?
Its still cactus.
WHAT DO YOU DO TO LOOK AFTER AN ANKLE SPRAIN?
Anti inflammatories and keep it on ice G.
HOW IMPORTANT DO YOU THINK FITNESS LEVEL IS FOR SKATING?
Depends on how seriously you take skating. But some level of fitness is required to skate.
WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO START SKATING AND WHO WHERE SOME OF YOUR EARLY INFLUENCES?
I started skating because i couldn’t ride my bike anymore. I was 12 and got cleaned up by a car whilst I was riding my dirt bike. My wrist was broken pretty bad so I had to wear a cast that went from my finger tips to my arm pit for basically the whole of year 7. I ended up just rolling around the back yard on this skate board i had and picked it up from that. Then I started hanging out with some kids from my area that skated.
We used to go to God Park on the weekends. That’s where I first realised what could actually be done on a skateboard. I remember seeing Banni (Brendon Sims) , Bow (Ben Bowring) and Zac Wilmore kill it down there. They were some of my biggest influences for sure! Banni showed me how to kick flip and hooked me up with my first shop sponsor to. I used to have a poster of Zac on my wall and Bow’s hooking me up now. Legends!
HOW ABOUT INFLUENCES THESE DAYS?
The homies for sure! They influence my skating a whole lot. Going out with everyone and getting footage gets me amped and its a good times. But life in general I have to say Floyd Mayweather would be a big one. Just because of how dedicated to he is to his craft and best friend Jarred. Rip King.
FLOYD MAYWEATHER THE BOXER? WHY HIM? HAVE YOU DONE ANY BOXING BEFORE?
Yeah, the boxer. The guy is legit! Out side the ring he talks a lot of shit and is real flashy with his money which I’m not down for. But in side the ring he handles his business, has a hard work ethic and makes it pay off for him self and the people around him. I’ve always admired how hard he has worked to get to where he is and to stay undefeated his entire career. I just try to apply the same ethics to every day life. My Dad got my brother and me in to boxing when I was about 17, he has always been pretty big in to martial arts and stuff so it became kind of like a family affair going to the boxing gym.
EVER SINCE I FIRST MET YOU AT 13? YOU SEEMED TO HAVE A BIG BAG OF TRICKS AND BE THROWING DOWN. HAVE YOU JUST ALWAYS BEEN GOOD AT SKATING SINCE DAY ONE?
Nah dude, I was just lucky enough to spend a lot of time skating God Park around a lot of talented guys and just picked it up quick.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN SKATING FOR?
I would say 7 years. Not including the hiatus haha.
YOU SEEMED TO DISAPPEAR FROM THE SCENE FOR A FEW YEARS THERE. WHAT WHERE YOU DOING? WHERE YOU STILL SKATING THE WHOLE TIME?
Yeah i dropped out of the scene for a while, kinda got caught up in some different things when i first stopped skating. I was deep in to painting (graffiti) but as time went on it turned in to partying and drifting cars. For the majority of it I just chilled hard in the NS doing what ever was good at the time. I think I skated a few times at my local during that 6 or 7 year period.
DRIFTING CARS? EXPLAIN MORE ABOUT HOW YOU GOT INTO THIS? WHERE WOULD YOU GO AND DO IT?
I have always had a thing for japanese cars and drifting. So when I started my apprenticeship the guys I worked with were in to cars as well so it just all started from there. I got a Nissan Silvia (s13) started building it with what little money I had and started drifting on the street then at Barbagallo. It’s so much fun! But its so expensive, it costumed most of my time and all of my money.
EVER GET INTO ANY TROUBLE PAINTING?
Haha yeh dude a few times, i always managed to get off with a juvenile caution which is basically a slap on the wrist.
WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO COME BACK AND SKATE WITH THE CREW REGULARLY AGAIN?
I was in Bali and a bunch of us brought skate boards over there, I hadn’t skated in years and I forgot how amazing it is. When I got back I started skating heaps and just eventually met back up with everyone and met some new crew too.
SO WHAT DO YOU DO THESE DAYS WHEN YOUR NOT ON THE BOARD THEN?
Depends on whats going on and how i feel at the time. Usually kick it with the homies and get turnt up haha, paint a day spot or try and link up with up a girlie.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO SKATE AT THE MOMENT?
Crimea for sure.
Kickflip bs tail bigspin out
IF I GAVE YOU $50 RIGHT NOW WHAT WOULD YOU SPEND IT ON?
Carto for the boys!
WHO ARE YOU RIDING FOR?
Habitat skateboard’s through Project Distribution, Theeve trucks, Soulja Grip, KC Wonder and Momentum skate shop.
CAN YOU GIVE US AN BRIEF TUTORIAL FOR SURVIVING IN THE NS?
Protect ya neck! Hahaha be ready for anything, its the hood.
WHAT DOES YOUR MUM REALLY THINK ABOUT YOUR KIT?
Its fresh, she knows whats good.
WHAT DO YOU SAY WHEN YOU CALL A GIRL AND HER BEST FRIEND ANSWERS?
Hahahaha dude, depends on how drunk I am. Try holla at her and see what’s up.
WHEN IT’S TIME TO BREAK IT OFF DO YOU LET THEM DOWN SOFTLY OR JUST DROP IT LIKE IT’S HOT?
Depends on the situation bro, If I’m on the clock I aint rushing it.
Kickflip over the rail
WHATS YOUR MOST AND LEAST FAVOURITE TRICKS?
Tre flips and frontside flips are favourites for sure. Least favourite would be, I dunno, willie grinds probably.
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?
Get paid and get laid. Travel and skate as much as I can. Hopefully try get out to the states again.
SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD PLAN HOMIE.
Photos and interview by Luke Thompson