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.

                                                                                backlip photo: Garric Ray

                                                                                backlip photo: Garric Ray

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!

 

                                                                                front 5050 photo: Garric Ray

                                                                                front 5050 photo: Garric Ray

What's been going on with you this year? Seems like you've been pretty busy. 
Just skatin man. Havin fun. Traveling. Been on a bunch of trips all over California. Made it to New Mexico and Arizona with the Vagrant crew. It's all super new to me still so I'm just feelin really stoked about whatever opportunities I get to hop in the van and go skate something new.
 

All that traveling, how do you pass the time in the van?
Just gig out pretty much (laughs) dice games, road sodas, tunes, tweests, getting rowdy, snoozin. Arguing about skate shit. It's pretty easy to pass the time. As long as everyone is laughing havin a good time we usually just are doing some goonie shit (laughs)

                                                                               fakie ollie switch nose slide photo: Garric ray

                                                                               fakie ollie switch nose slide photo: Garric ray

What's the worst dice roll you've ever had to follow through with?
Oooooh (laughs) Nothin too bad but I've witnessed some shit go down for sure. Anything from crazy barefoot tricks, burning your belly button hair off, to 25oz road beer shotguns. It's wild! I remember when Drayke rolled 6-5 on you and you had to order a fuckin chindo online on the spot! A fuckin dildo you strap onto your chin bro that shit was no joke! Funny how it ended getting stolen off our porch. Someone's stoked. 

Tell me about this Goomba Slayer thing, what's that all about?
Bunch of rippers dude. Over the last year or so the crews really come together. Some local dogs and some transplants. Different styles and ways of attacking the crazy terrain out here. It's awesome. Everywhere you look someone is shredding something, stoking you out. Dudes like Frank, Anakin, Nick, Squid, Mike, pretty much anyone who's in the upcoming full length called FADED. Goomba Slayers are gonna be all over that. So keep an eye out for that shit.

 frontboard bigspin out  photo: Nick Minkler 

 frontboard bigspin out  photo: Nick Minkler 

Filming for faded what's one of the most memorable tricks you either saw or landed yourself?
Anything Nick Peterson does is pretty memorable because he's probably drunk, stoned, full of fast food, and does it like 1st straight charging. I've only witnessed it a few times and it's mind blowing. That fool does it right! 

What's in your future? Got any plans we should look out for? 
Just keep havin fun and skatin hard and makin moves! Working on a part for the upcoming Vagrant video "Sparechange" and there's some more shit in the mix fer sure.

Any last shoutouts?
My mom, my sponsors, Jason Miranda for all the support, Adam Robo, and all the homies!

front 180 switch fifty  photo: Nick Minkler

front 180 switch fifty  photo: Nick Minkler