Quick Response with Patrick Praman
Name, Age, where are you from and where do you live currently?
My name is Patrick Praman, I’m 20 years old. I was born in Thailand but moved to Virginia when I was 7, and been living here ever since.
What was the local shop / hometown scene like growing up there?
The local shop has always been Palace 5ive, the shop is in the city but I live pretty close to D.C. and would always catch the train up there.They always killed it with local events and barbecues. Growing up here, the scene was really good, we always had the option of skating in Virginia or taking the train to the city. We would always go to Freedom Plaza and warm up then just skate around the city, just going from spot to spot or stay in VA and skate the spots there.
What’s something everyone should know about Virginia?
A lot of good spots and a lot of good homies.
How did you first get into skateboarding?
BS 180 Nosegrind. Photo by Damion Sanchez.
Back Tail 360 Shuv over the steps. Photo by Damion Sanchez.
My next door neighbor was moving away and gave me a skateboard as a present. I rode it around but never really tried to learn tricks. A couple years later my cousin from Thailand moved to the Virginia and he saw I had a board so he bought one. From then we just started skating together.
What size & style trucks do you skate?
I skate the 151 Team Editions. I'm not really too big on colored trucks, I just like the regular polished ones.
Do you ride em loose, tight or in the middle?
I ride my trucks in the middle but more on the tight side. All the homies that step on my board say my trucks are pretty tight.
How long do you usually skate a set for?
I try and ride them for as long as I can, probably like 5-6 months but it all depends. Thunders last really long so I never have to worry about them.
Who’s your crew you typically skate with?
In Virginia, the crew is Perry Arrington, Matheo Chavez, Ralph Carreras, Santos Arevalo and Dahboi. But if I’m on a trip it’s usually Jevans, Christian Yepez, Chris Wimer, Brian O’Dwyer and Justin Adeniran. Just a few names but there's always more homies that come thru.
Do you guys make a lot of trips to Washington D.C. and North Carolina?
Frontside Crook for the New AD. Photo by Liam Annis.
Well D.C. is a pretty normal day if I'm at home cause it's only a 30 min train ride but I make a lot of trips down to North Carolina. It's insane how many spots is out there and how much stuff you can get. It's always a good crew when I go down there. My homie Jevans lives out there and it's always a productive trip to NC because of him. I've never met anyone more motivated to film, he's the best.
What music gets you really hyped to skate, what’s currently heavy in the rotation?
Usually it's rap or a song from a part that I think is sick, those get me really hyped to skate. Can't really just listen to one genre, Tame Impala is always in rotation heavy.
BEV of Choice?
Sweet Tea, for days!
Are you working on any projects right now? Anything we should be on the lookout for?
I've been working on a vx part for a couple of months now with Jevans. He's filming a whole full-length. Everyone has been going off for this video, it's insane! The video should be finished around August, can't wait til it comes out. That video is what I'm working on until then.
Any shout outs or thank you’s?
I want to thank Jim Thiebaud, Nate Alton, Christian Alexander, Quincy Freeman and everyone at DLX. Greg, Dave and Tom from Palace 5ive. Jevans for everything he’s done for me, Mike Sinclair, Collin Underwood and all of my friends and family.
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