LOOKBACK #14: What happened to Jay Dick?
Your section in the “Hoax 3” really stood out at the time and still does when watching it. You were hitting a lot of big rails. It was ahead of its time. Tell me some memories of filming that section…
Wow, back in the day. In those days we had to skate 10 miles, backwards, uphill, blindfolded through the snow. There was a lot of skating and filming with all the local skaters from around Venice/South Bay. I think Jose was living with Brian and maybe T.J. I can’t remember. Evan would come out and/or send someone out to film for him. Most of the footage for that section was filmed in two days in San Diego, I think. It was Larry, Brian, Nick, Ernie, and some others. We just mobbed around S.D. with Brian Smith and skated and filmed and skated and filmed. Other skaters had a much larger repertoire of tricks and could also skate transition really well, so I really don’t know what it was about my skating that drew attention. It may have just been timing and proximity.
I remember this time specifically when Evan Stone invited Nick Poderick and I over to check out the editing for “Hoax 3” and to pick a song for the section we were in. I remember looking at all the footage and being awestruck by all the footage there was of everyone, seeing where people were at skating-wise. Being in the “Hoax 3” led to being used as the image for the “Hoax IV” video and poster… and so on.
I remember now that I had to borrow Nick’s skates to unity the “Blue Beast” — ha, naming a rail — because my skates had broken while skating it right after we had just got there.
What do you remember about the T-Bone Films studios? What kind of equipment were they editing the videos on? I’ve never heard anything about the actual process of how they edited that video and all of that and you got to see it firsthand.
It was a house in Venice or Marina Del Ray, if I remember correctly. As far as I could tell, it was all was set up in one room, video mixing equipment, etc. Keep in mind that back then they were making VHS tapes for a final mixed down product, not like nowadays. I think it was Evan that would go through footage and asked what things were, and if we liked this or that, looking for specific tricks, taking notes, and marking the time down so he could find that 6 seconds of tape later.
There were stacks and stacks of grey VHS plastic boxes… maybe some where 8mm, I don’t know, but it was all there and there were mountains of material. He would just keep dumping footage he wanted onto a hard-disk and scrubbing through lots of footage. I remember thinking and asking, “What if you miss a trick while you’re fast forwarding?” Ha. Well, there was so much stuff and I had no idea what was going on that we just laughed.
From Box Magazine interview with Jay Dick
Tracey White: So tell me, people probably want to know about, tell the people out there, how big was that drop off the rail in “Hoax 3”?
Jay Dick: Too far. I didn’t want to fall.
Lee: So what was at the bottom of the drop?
Jay Dick: Bike racks, pipe bending machines or something, some crazy shit like plant pots and things.
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awesome stuff guys!!
This is awesome!
thank you one
Thanks for this, I hope there is more to come in the future.
my friends and i would watch “quest for the holy rail” everyday after high school and basically memorized it like a sublime album. it was the only video i had for a long while but we all loved the part where jay dick seemingly broke the escalator.
Jay, glad to have been your friend & teammate during those Hardline years, we had so many good times, I can barely recollect all the mischief we got into. Miss ya bro…lookout Jay is Back!!! just stay away from kink rails, I almost saw you die at least 20 times, no lie.
Glad your getting back on the skates Jay! I come from those days as well and appreciate your perspective on rolling and taking care of your body. Excellent interview.
This is the best skate-related online article I’ve ever read.
Jay, you’re a legend. Thanks for doing this interview. You and Ernie Villarino are my top two ‘what ever happened to’ skaters.
These articles are terrific. So nostalgic. Rollerblading was my entire life during the mid and late 90’s. I don’t follow very closely anymore though I will watch videos from time to time so I know next to nothing about the new crowd. I moved from south-western Ontario to a small town in the Rocky mountains of Alberta and kinda lost interest with no spots to skate and no friends to share them with. I actually don’t even think I’ve seen a rollerblader in 7 or 8 years which is sad but I’m glad to see the sport is still alive elsewhere even if it’s not so much up here.
G step aj jay Rick stark Miss all you guys p
Nobody could do a unity squat down a kink rail like this man. He inspired me during my youth. My friends still mess with me because I swore he was the greatest ever. We are ready for the HOAX reunion video!
Please bring back the “Lookback” feature!!