Mike Patterson, 29, I started skating when I was 10 so damn near 20 years skating.
8.5 deck, 53mm wheels, 149 trucks
I appreciate that. I love skating and work hard so I’m glad people may be influenced by that. I hope I can get people stoked to skate
I’ve had a lot of phases in skating, different tricks, different styles. Some people like the way I skate a few people hate on my style but I feel like the people who hate couldn’t even do a proper kickflip and they are likely teenage internet trolls. Lately I’ve just been focusing on doing clean simple tricks for the most part. I like to try and pop my tricks and skate long tall rails.
My dude Wil Douglas it has been a blessing to skate with him. The older I get the harder it is to find people who are motivated to skate and especially to film with. Wils not only a really good Filmer but also a solid skater. So big thanks to Wil. Aside from that whoever’s in the field so sometimes Johnny Matarazzo, Joe Rinehart, Peyton Dyer and whoever else is motivated to get out on the streets!
I couldn’t even say I like variety but it would be street. Real street skating will always have a special place in my heart.
All the people associated with Manik skateboards. Marshall is a Seattle legend and his videos most definitely influenced me. Urban rubble and WHAT IS? are my favorites. I always liked supporting locals so I loved Aaron Artis’s skating. I grew up skating around David Gravette so I have a lot of respect for his skating and when it comes to street skating we would have a lot of the same tricks and feed off each other. Other than that I’d say I really liked the THPS generation of people like Rowley, Reynolds’s, Thomas, Koston, Muska etc. some of the classic skaters who made a name for themselves.
9 1/2 months old & she is crazy, full of energy but a real sweet dog. I was considering getting a husky but I hear they don’t make very good guard dogs and I did some research and decided GSD was the way to go. She quickly turned into my best friend, german shepherds are such loyal companions and great dogs. I’ve never had another dog but i couldn’t see it any other way…and I’ve seen her put her paws on my board that’s about it. She’s need to learn how to act right around skaters, too much excitement, she’s a skater hater and an ankle biter so I’m hoping she will learn to behave around skateboards. I did get her to ride a snowskate for like 15ft when she was a puppy tho, that was rad.
Kind of rephasing my sponsors. I get Bones Wheels and Clothes from Volcom, Boards from this Board company 22. I’ve gotten Nike shoes on and off since 2011 so I wish I could reconnect with them. Basically I’ve been a sponsored skater since I was 12/13 years old I’m now almost 30 so I’d like to find myself connected with companies already established who have a budget for their skaters. I’ve done a lot of work for free for companies in the skate industry and always had to finance my own skating with the exception of some help from my family.
IDK man I’ve heard a few
It’s all about who you know and what most people in skating don’t understand is that even the “big” companies aren’t money machines. I don’t think any skaters could make a living off of board sales alone in this day and age. What the big board companies do have is ties to the brands who actually have a budget for skaters like shoe and clothing sponsors. You could be one of the best skaters but if you go pro for a small brand you play yourself, and that’s the hard truth. I’ve had to finance a lot of projects and video parts myself.
You could be one of the best skaters but if you go pro for a small brand you play yourself, and that’s the hard truth.
I was working on a farm and had to focus on making money and real life situations. I made sacrifices so I could focus on skating like right now I’m living at my parents. I’d like to get away from IG and focus on actual projects with skating. It’s just easy to post to Instagram because everybody has a phone with a camera and I like to document my skating but I’d rather be working on a video part.
It’s strange. A lot of really good skaters are being slept on while I see a lot of mediocre skaters with a large following-but that doesn’t always translate to legit sponsors and coverage. I’d like to see more core traditional skaters play the influencer game but it’s hard to do so in a tasteful way.
Boardslides — there’s too many to name but I just did one on this glass rail with a drop that felt good.
I do occasionally. I try not to. That’s the reason I don’t skate many kinked rails. You can sack a regular rail that’s like 30 stairs and be relatively fine but if you sack on a sharp kink rail you could lose your kids or damage your goods.
It’s the kind of skating I like to see. You’re not in direct competition with others. I’ve had the idea for awhile and just decided to run with it, taking cues from All City Showdown. The purse was like $380 so nothing crazy but it was dope to give back to some of the skaters who deserved it. I’d like to do it again but it was actually very time consuming and I have to focus on making money and not just giving it away ahah. P.S. thanks for the donation.
Yeah I’d like to build with the youth. The Seattle skate scene looks like it has some promising talent. I like to support the younger dudes because I had some older heads show me some me love and I really appreciate that but also some of the older skaters were total dicks so I try to be supportive and be a positive influence.
It’s hard to say I could have some success and make some money but I’m not counting on that. I’m trying to start my own business so I don’t have to put my eggs in one basket. I would like to skate as much as I can in the next 5 to 10 years cause being 30 doesn’t feel like being 20 and I know being 40 won’t feel like 30 so I’m trying to get it while I can.
It’s cutthroat. What was lucrative in the late nineties, early 2000s has become saturated by today’s standards. Not uncommon in business though. I’d like to stay positive and think that skaters will be able to make money if they get creative. Skaters aren’t always the most business savvy and I’m no exception so I’m trying to learn about wealth and build my skills in and outside of skating.
I think it’s on the come up. New talent, lots of untapped spots and a growing scene.
Any brands who are able to continue to be successful without confirming to the Street League, Olympics format. I like brands who keep the fire alive in the street skateboarding scene.
I like to support the locals so like Simon Bannerots skating he’s an obvious locals favorite right now. The new kids here like Caden Smith also I like Greg Dehart’s skating and my dude fetus (Johnny Matarazzo) is killing it. My days ones like Dane @allaboutactionnn and Brandon @sliqq_ aka chip Gaines will forever be my favorites that’s covers the locals. Aside from that some of the pros I like are dudes like Winoski, Grant Taylor, Elijah Berle, Ishod, Daan Von, Milton Martinez, Chris Colbourn. It’s hard for me to pick favorites so I could go on forever.
Work hard, stay humble, have fun. Realize that with skating you could fall off at any time and the ones who understand that will have longevity and have get back. The ones who think they’ll never fall off are usually the ones who do.
Wil Douglas aka ManikWil has been a huge influence and participant in the Seattle Skateboarding scene for more than a decade now. His steady camera hand and ability to shine a light on the most iconic riders in the Northwest has propelled him to where he is today. Multiple skate films under his belt and a career in videography. We were lucky to be able to sit down and have a quick chat with him and here’s what he has been up to!
To kick things off, how do you feel about the current Seattle skate scene?
It’s different here now. Things change and that’s life but goddamn growing up here was so epic. That molded me into who I am now. The scene in Seattle just needs to keep the traditions alive and get back to that kind of feeling Seattle had a 10 years ago or more. Seattle’s scene needs its people to push it for the Culture.
I know you were a part of arguably, the most prolific period for skateboarding in the northwest. Looking back on those days, what do you remember most and miss the most?
Manik and Goods is what I miss the most. I can’t thank those guys enough for being down for me. What I remember the most is how frequent events, contests, art shows, and demos all were, that was a sick era. It really felt like something was going on all the time.
How has getting older affected your skating? Has it made you a grumpy old-head yet?
Falling into the 1999–2000 bracket of skateboarding. Getting older has effected my skateboarding in the sense that I’m a veteran now. But right now I’m freshly 28 so there’s a window there to make up for lost time. There’s much to do.
Out of all the street spots you’ve filmed and skated in Washington, what’s your favorite for both filming and skating?
I love the spots when I can rip with my dudes before whipping out the camera and go to work. Every time I go out it’s a different variety of spots so it keeps things interesting. Westlake or Garfield.
Current favorite Northwest Skateboarder?
Johnny Matarazzo — that’s been my dude for the last 15 years. I met him from skate camp and knew that we had something special together. He’s the one who put the camera in my hands early on. He pushes me and I can push him. It’s good I’m still hyped on the dynamic.
Current Favorite Skate film
Strobeck killed it with “Blessed”. That video gave me that feeling that I got from videos when I was younger. Those dudes look like super hero’s. For me there’s a level of movie magic there that truly gets me pumped to go out and rip.
What is your filmer setup looking like these days?
So I have two set ups. I own a Hvx200a set up again with the fisheye. That’s my skate set up. Grab the bag and go. No fuss and that things ready to shoot in 30 seconds. My other set up is my business camera. Red Scarlet‑W 5K. This is for clients that need that look. The sensor is epic you’ll shoot the best images you’ve ever shot every time you take it out. Plus the power of shooting Raw data is insane. If your focus is sharp everything can be changed in post. So fun. These cameras are endless!
Plead the Spliff was fucking sick. How did that name come about?
As the story goes at Spliff Manor in Bellevue while watching an episode of Chappelle’s show when he says he pleads the fifth, Jr stated that he Pleads the Spliff. It was coined it right there with Peyt and Calen.
Indica or Sativa?
What are the rest of the Plead Boys up to?
All of them are on their own journey, it’s fun to watch them. I’ll always proudly look back at what we did together. The answers you seek are in your pocket.
What’s next for William? Anything you would like people to know?
For me it’s progress. Pushing my limits of Video Production, Skating, and Personal Development. For the people keep your eyes on the screen, you’ll be seeing a lot more from me. To the Plead fans out I have not forgotten about you.
Photo credits: Eric Green & Corey Greengage
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