WORDS BY: ADAM ROBO
So who are you and where are you from? Mikey Carpenter, I'm originally from a small town in Northern Idaho called Coeur d Alene. Pretty much nothin goin on there so, got the hell out when I turned 18 and I've been livin in Portland, OR the last 3 years.
Portland ey? The land of many beers. Do you have a prefrence?
Fuck man (laughs) I don't know! There's way too many beers and way too many beer snobs. I usually stick with the cheap stuff. Hamm's, Olympia, Coors Banquet, Tecaté, Modelo. All those high alcohol percentage IPAs make you sick when you're skatin. Can't have it.
How do you stay dry with all that rain?
Skate the old department bowl. The guy who runs it is a good friend of mine and it's right by my house so usually that's where I end up. Plus the bowl is fuckin perfect. So fun. Same warehouse as The Grotto too but I haven't snuck in there yet. Get at me Binger! (Laughs) There's some sick undercover spots around if you do some searching. But for the most part man winters are a struggle.
Who hooks you up?
Vagrant skateboards, Pig wheels, The Foundry Clothing Co.
That ad you had a while back for Vagrant was your first ad ever and it was fucked. Tell me about how that went down?
When I first got on Vagrant earlier this year, right outta the the gate maybe the second time I ever talked to Mike Fierro he was like, "Yo if you get a photo with Garric of that fucked 270 rollin, I'll make it a Thrasher ad, and it will drop with you're welcome part." And I was like get the fuck outta here dude, consider it done. Cause I had done once before a few years ago so it was like I knew I had it, but fuck climbing up that thing (laughs) I hate heights, everything about that spot is fuckin sketchy. Climbing up there, doing your trick so close to the edge, rolling away into broken glass and rocks. Not to mention the wall you slam into instantly. Oh yeah and the fuckin cops that always show up. Once you're up there you're pretty fuckin committed (laughs) So I wanted to handle it fast. I kicked out the first time, then rolled away 5 times after that then was like aight fuck it I'm climbing down (laughs) Garric got the shot and you actually climbed up there with all your camera shit to get the footy. Which was also fucked cause you forgot your tapes so you ended climbing up and down twice (laughs) but it all happened in the matter of maybe 15 minutes. In and out baby!