**Interview with Zarosh, from issue #2 of Confusion Magazine (now with bonus photos + sequences)**
Name, age, and where do you live?
Zarosh Eggleston, 28, and I live in California.
You skate for Death Skateboards from the UK. How is it skating for a non-US company and living in America?
Death has done more for me than a U.S. company could ever do- we go on trips every year, they flew me out to Japan and Sweden this year, and the boss Nick Zorlac met me out there to skate and film for the new video. The thing about Death is that they’re always going to be there, they might be small compared to some of the companies that advertise more regularly in the big magazines, but the money goes back into the team and they’re out there ripping 24/7 in like 4 different countries.
What’s your relationship with Consolidated Skateboards?
Well I got on Death right when Consolidated started distributing them, so they’re kind of like my surrogate parents over here. As a kid growing up south of Santa Cruz i really liked Consolidated, the Cube just represented the nor cal vibe so good, and as a teenager I made some awkward trips up to the factory and was so stoked to see a real skate business. People were hanging out, they had a ramp, Birdo was playing with fire, it was a big part of me wanting to get a job in the industry, which i ended up doing for 7 years in San Diego, but when i came back up here and was reintroduced to everyone it was a relief to see them still running solid in the small town. A lot of companies out there want to grow their bussiness up and just get it the same as all the other shit out there so they can sell their name to some kook with a bunch of money and still manage the bussiness and front like its still the same grass roots bussiness it started as. Con is owned by the same people, and their company is run the same way its been since 1992, they just love running their own skate company.
And you run Platipuss Skateboards? What is your motivation for running your own skateboard company when you already are pro for another one?
It’s not a skate company like you might think, it’s more of a screen printing business. Skate graphics are so pixelated these days and there are billions of options, I just want to put some stuff out there that’s easy on the eyes; thick line art, bold and bright colors, simple characters, stuff that makes me happy. I just love screenprinting skateboards, and I think that skateboarding needs screenprinting, the art is such a huge part of it all for me because I love skateboards just as much as skateboarding. I actually have the chance to set up the skateboard printshop inside of Bro Prints, wich is the same building as Consolidated, it’s the Consolidated version of a print shop, they bbq, have fun at work, but when I ran into bro I remembered that he had accused me of smoking acid when I was a teenager, kinda sketchy.
Can you explain to the readers who don’t know who David Lynch or about his foundation and what your involvement is with that?
I think that most people would know who he is, he’s made some really amazing films, but he also started a foundation to teach a million kids to meditate, they sponsor these schools to have the students and entire staff learn to meditate. Its a great thing because hopefully the kids will get the benefits of it and take that back home to their communities.The foundation got a hold of me and wanted to do a short feature on what i was doing with my life, and they flew out here and hung out with me for a couple days. It’s been a positive thing, and they’ve invited me up to some of the schools they sponsor up here in S.F., and hang out with their kids, its rad, they all have after school skate programs, launch ramps and mini ramps in the basement. [Zarosh's interview with David Lynch Foundation click here]
Tell us about the latest developments of Cachagua land since we left of last time?
The last time you or anybody saw much of Cachagua land was 2008 [editors note: this interview is a few years old from issue #2 of Confusion], and it was just that upper section, and we were still mixing bags by hand. We got real lucky and have had Red and his crew volunteering, and we’ve stepped it up to having cement trucks come out part way, and climb the mud up the hill with a small tractor. We’re almost ready to complete the rest of the deep end, and I’ve been using the slow pace to throw in as much rad shit as I can, wiring in speakers inside the bowl, have a pump in the drain wired up to fill a future fish pond or hot tub and hopefully a garden soon; it’s becoming more than just a skate-spot.
You like to do griptape art. How did that start, how many boards have you done, and what’s your favorites?
In the early 90′s when I got really into skateboarding, everything was black griptape, and the colored shit they had at the shop was way grittier, and that was my way to customize my board. I’ve done a lot of pretty intricate griptape jobs, but I’m way more into the bottom graphics, because why would you want to put something on your wall that’s covered in coffee stains and dirt? my favorite grip job was the jim phillips screaming hand wave, it took a couple days and a quite a few x-acto blades.
About 10 years ago you were more into rails and steer than you are now. Why the change to more transition skateboarding? Or did you always do it all?
Before I could ollie I just tried to skate down all the hills in town, when i got better i was really into handrails, and i wanted to grind every one I saw even if it wasn’t really possible. Transition skating was just always so much more of a session, it was more available and really easy/ fun to progress, and I’ve paid the price trying to skate handrails on the spur of the moment. Recently I tried to skate a lot of gnarly rails in San Diego, but you’re really only skating it if you ride away, which is only one out of ten tries maybe, and if you slam hard you cant skate anything for a week, or a month. transition is just great to be surrounded by, you can skate all day and go really fast like you’re bombing a hill.
You’re not like the normal skater, smoking weed, getting wasted on alcohol, and I’ve even seen you go meditate before a session or a party. What’s the story behind that?
There’s just so much more that i want to do with my life than just be a skateboarder. I see a lot of people that are good at one thing or are just into one thing, and that’s great, but i want to go way beyond that and show people how much you can do with your time here. I feel that meditation is what can give me the advantage to get ahead and be where i want to be. i keep my mind sharp, and i meditate every day, I don’t have time to hang out and just drink because my day’s are full of art and skateboarding, family, getting my business going, building and raising money for Cachagua, when i’m done skating for the day I can drive home and get something else going, or I can get some rest and do it all again tomorrow- you won’t find me marinating while im alive and kicking. I might not keep up with how gnarly skateboarding is getting, especially with the new handrail explosion, but you won’t find me throwing my board around frustrated, there’s plenty of fun to be had, and that’s where you’ll find me skating.
Would you recommend meditation to other skaters or is it only for certain people? Is it difficult? I know for me personally I have trouble focusing on NOT thinking about something. What’s the trick, or are there no tricks?
Meditation is great, I everybody can benefit from it, but in no way am I trying to tell other skaters that they should meditate, I seldom talk about it unless someone asks. My mom introduced us to trancendental meditation, and I my brother use it to really excel in what he was doing, he got a full scholarship to Berklee school of music in Boston and I knew that I wanted to learn and see what I could do with life, and I’m giving it my best shot.
Do you consider yourself a hippy, or a punk, or a hippy-punk, or are these all just labels that merge associated thinking groups of people together and strip them of their individuality?
What about you Jonathan? Are you a hippy?
Is skateboarding a drug for you?
When I was younger, yes it was, I tried to lick the crusty paint under my trucks.
Are you an addict?
I’m trying to take it in moderation, my body might not be able to skate all day every day right now, but i do enjoy a good slam to wake up and start the day
Who do you like to skateboard with (in USA and outside of USA)?
Malmo was really fun seeing all those old school vert riders, the Mag’s and Pulpanek and Andy Scott and N. Guerrero, and Japan was a blast last year thanks to Kenji and Maru.
What music gets you hyped to skate or do does the smell of salt water and pine trees get you psyched?
nine times out of ten its the Odd Numbers
First punk band you listened to?
Probably Operation Ivy from this is not the new H-street video
Worst band you’ve ever liked that you are embarrassed to admit?
If I listened to them I probably still like them so I don’t know.
Favorite place you’ve traveled in the last 5 years?
Bombay, India for sure. I hope to go back sometime soon with my mom so she can see the rest of her family one last time.
What advice do you have for anyone building their own skate spot anywhere in the world?
Really think about what it is that you want to skate and make it happen, and if you’ve never skated something that you worked on yourself you have’nt experienced all of skateboarding yet
Do you need any help with Cachagua Land or is it self-sufficient?
i would say that i need help untill it can be self-sufficient, it’s being built to last forever, so whatever it takes to keep it going im going to make it happen. really stoked to have had so much support from the local community, especially dreamland and bills wheels
If you had to make a political statement, what would it be?
I don’t know… grow your own organic fruits and vegetables.
Tell us a little about how you learned to build skate parks/structures?
I didn’t. I just know the basics and I’m trying to make it the best that I can.
What’s your stance on large corporations taking over skateboarding, and how do you feel about hardcore underground skaters that are riding for these companies. Just take the money when it’s there and fuck the morals or do you think that’s selling out?
I know that the big corporations just want to be involved with whatever hot and going to make them the most money, but there’s no passion left, there’s just the capitalist drive and its sad because skateboarding is such a special thing. i wish that people would have listened to Birdo, but they’ll learn the hardway in a couple years, and hopefully the small business’s can make a come back. I don’t think that skateboarding could ever die on the inside, but it definitely gets sold on the outside. I’ll still be doing the same thing when the suits pack up and move on to the next craze.
What’s your goal with skateboarding. Have you achieved it or are you still working towards something?
There are always small goals, right now I want to finish this phase of Cachagua and work on my part in the next Death video. Looking forward to printing more skateboards for awesome artists!
Who or what inspires you as a skateboarder? In life in general?
I get stoked on some old school vhs slo mo, looking at some old skate graphics, setting up a new or old board, and grinding down a set of trucks.
What question do you wish someone asked you in an interview and what would you answer be?
Are you trying to be a cool guy?
No, I’m not. I’m just going to be me.
Quote to live by?
Don’t live by words.
Any final thoughts or shout outs.
Big thanks to everyone who’s contributed to Cachagua land, it’s going to be worth everything that’s gone into it. Especially Dan Robinson, Peter Gunn, all the shops that have been selling Cachagu Land stuff and keeping it real; dlxsf and Quinn bros, Birdbro, Mark Scott, Nick Zorlac, Kenji Tanaka, and Brooke.
Interview by Jonathan Hay
Custom screened skateboards by Zarosh – Platipus Skateboards
Zarosh – Interview with Confusion on building DIY project “Cachagua Land” (from Confusion)
Zarosh showing his skatedecks and griptape art (from Santa Cruz Skateboards)