Seriously, when I have naively asked Depth Leviathan Dweller for interview, I had absolutely no idea with which I am about to deal. I guess it is basically the same as in Satanistic movies like The Exorcist. It all starts very innocently and then all of the sudden you ask yourself: „What the fuck is happening?“. Well, here is the story of skateboarding most controversial group of all time! Enjoy if you dare!
To start off – for somebody who doesnt know whats BA-KU, how would you expain it to him?
MILITANT BARRIER SKATEBOARDING HORDE WITH ITS BEGINNINGS IN 2003. MEMBERS ARE PRIMARILY FROM VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA WITH MEMBERS ALSO IN SAN FRANCISCO AND SAN DIEGO. COMPLETE WORSHIP OF THE VIOLENT, TIGHT TRANSITION – THE JERSEY BARRIER AS SIGNIFIER. THE OCCULT AND RITUAL KEEP THE FANATICISM AND ABRUPT TRANSITION MILITANCE WITHIN THE LINES.
How many members the BA-KU has?
THERE ARE 12 MEMBERS.
Can it be considered as a reaction for the contemporary state of comercialization in skateboarding?
WE DON’T CONCERN OURSELVES WITH OFFSHORE FACTORY DRIVEN SKATEBOARDING OF TODAY. GLORIFIED FREESTYLE MOVES BROUGHT TO LEDGES AND STAIRS WHILE HYPOCRISY RULES OUT THEIR ‚SKATEBOARDING IS AN ARTFORM‘ STATEMENTS. PSEUDO-ARTISTS TRYING TO PASS THEIR CONTRIVED WEAKNESS TO THE CANVAS AND PRINT ADS THAT ARE SIMPLY ROOTED IN THEIR MANDATED AND TREND ACCURATE SKATEBOARDING MOTIONS. WE CONCERN OURSELVES WITH ALAN LOSI, BLAIZE BLOUIN, MIKE SMITH, RICKY WINDSOR, ETC. WORSHIP. THE SMITH STOP, THE HACKETT SLASH, THE LAPOVER, TAILBLOCK – CULTING TRANSITION RITUAL ASCENSION.
Is Ba-KU attractive only to older skaters or are there some young kids worshiping it?
OLDER SKATEBOARDERS THAT UNDERSTAND THE RITUALS. YOUNGER SKATEBOARDERS ARE ALREADY SEEING THE FALLACY IN CONTEMPORARY SKATEBOARDING.
I have found BA-KU Italy at Facebook. Do you thing you have some message that could be spread worldwide?
WE DO NOT KNOW THEM. WE HAVE SOLD ITEMS TO PLAGUE SPREADERS IN ITALY THAT MAY BE THEM.
Do you feel like you actually connect religion and skateboarding?
THE OCCULT, FANATIC RITUAL, AND MILITANCE KEEP THE BELIEF AND PURITY STRUCTURE FOR THE BA. KU. MAINTAINED.
More philosophically – if you belive in Satan in fact you belive in God. Is that right?
THE ASCENSION OF THE GREAT GOD SELF.
THE GREAT WHITE SHARK.
PIER PAOLO PASOLINI’S THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST. MATTHEW.
Do you have some rituals before you go skate?
WW2 BAYONET ALIGNMENT, PRE-1985 THRASHER MAGAZINE AND TRANSWORLD SKATEBOARDING MAGAZINE STUDY.
What is the ideal setup for barriers riding? Do you preffer old school shapes or popsicle boards?
DEPTH LEVIATHAN DWELLER AND MUSKELLUNGE OF DARK ISLAND ONLY RIDE EARLY TO MID 1980s PIG SHAPED DECKS. THE DEER MAN OF DARK WOODS – LATE 1980s SHAPES.
Craziest shit that has been done on barriers so far?
SOME OF BEAST OF GEVAUDAN AND DEER MAN OF DARK WOODS‘ BOARD MANIPULATIONS HAVE PUSHED THE RANGE OF PROPAGANDA FOR ONES THAT NEED TECHNICAL GRATIFICATION. THE ‚CRAZIEST SHIT‘ THAT WE HAVE SEEN IS THE REPEATED REPEATED REPEATED MANIA FOR SLASH GRINDS, TAILBLOCKS, LAPOVER GRINDS.
How often do you sprain your ankle? Or what is the typical Ba-Ku injury?
NOT OFTEN. MOSTLY KNEE INJURIES HAVE BEEN REPORTED. SHIN BLOOD SCRAPING.
Why barriers? I bet you have some skateparks, some bowls or street spots around Vancouver. Why have you decided to worship this basically non-skateable element?
BARRIERS ARE COMMON AND THE MOST NATURAL CONCRETE VIOLENT TRANSITION THAT MIMICS THE SHALLOW END OF A POOL. BARRIERS ACT AS AN ALTAR.
You are famous for riding in head masks. Why do you use them in the era when every skateboarder tries to make a brand from his own name and face?
BECAUSE OF THE ERA THAT YOU JUST DESCRIBED – WE WEAR MASKS. WE DON’T CONCERN OURSELVES WITH PSEUDO-ARTIST ‚CREATIVE‘ SKATEBOARDERS THAT THINK KICKFLIPPING ONTO A LEDGE IN EUROPE OR ASIA IS DIFFERENT FROM KICKFLIPPING ONTO A HANDRAIL IN THE USA. REPEATED CUTE CHARACTER DRAWINGS AND VIDEOS THAT CANNOT ESCAPE THE TENDENCIES OF THINKING THAT ARTISTS CONSTANTLY FEATURED IN CALENDARS ARE RELEVANT.
ABRUPT TRANSITION SKATEBOARD KNIFING VIOLENCE IS MOST IMPORTANT – THE PURITY THAT RESULTS.
How it feels to ride in it the whole day? Do you still wear it even if you skate the park?
Any thoughts about skateboarding, money and big corporations?
EVERYONE’S SKATEBOARDING ‚CREATIVE HEROES‘ ARE MOSTLY THE ONES THAT MADE IT COMMON FOR OFFSHORE PRODUCTION WHICH HAS RESULTED IN THE CRISIS MOST CRY ABOUT TODAY.
The scenes from movies in your videos seems like some pretty gnarly shit. What kind of movies are those? Can you recommend some good titles?
KYRA )o( LA SIGNORA DEL LAGO
MAGDALENA POSSESSED BY THE DEVIL
EL MONTE DE LAS BRUJAS
LA NOCHE DE LOS BRUJOS
You have also some really unique music taste. I have also heard some czech music in your clips. Do you have any idea about its connection to our country?
TUDOR AND ROOT. OUR ACTIONS ARE MERELY IN THE SHADOWS OF THESE BANDS.
Well that is kind of it. Last words?
THE DEAD MEN OF VERNON, BC, CANADA. THE JAKS TEAM (ABSOLUTE MUSIC). TEAM SKUL. GIALLO MURDERERS, 1930s OLD DARK HOUSE PHANTOMS.
ASPECTS AND TOOLS OF TRUE RITUAL SKATEBOARDING: SKULL SKATES DIEHARD, SKULL SKATES HORSE, GULLWING SUPER PRO 3, SIMS SCREAMER, VISION OLD GHOST GUARDIAN, BONES MINI CUBICS.
FIGURES: GSD, GATOR, JONNY RAY, STEVE OLSON, DAVE HACKETT, BLAIZE BLOUIN, MARQUIS DE SADE, EMILE ZOLA, GEORGES BATAILLE, CORNELIUS KRIEGHOFF, CLARK ASHTON SMITH, THE WHALER SHARK.
– DEPTH LEVIATHAN DWELLER