The Hustle To The Top w/ Tyshawn Jones | “Who wouldn’t want to be an Olympic gold medalist? The person hating ain’t ever gonna get to say that cause they’re sitting there hating.”
The future of skateboarding? Tyshawn Jones just might be. The Supreme NYC star has the style that makes you wanna watch. It’s more entertaining watch him session a garbage can then some other pro’s entire parts. Tyshawn’s latest Jenkem interview is choke full of one-liners like you’d expect a hustler from the Bronx to be. Check it.
Was there anything else specifically that made you think, “This is the kind of life I want”?
It was just really seeing people with money and not living rowdy. I knew I didn’t wanna hang in the hood or gangbang. I knew there was no point to that life. I still see the same kids I went to school with doing nothing, and they see me on the street sometimes and be like, “Yeah, TJ! Keep doing your thing! You really stuck with that skateboard shit! We proud of you!”
I always wanted nice houses or nice cars, so I’d go downtown and actually see that, and I knew what it’d take to get it. I wanted to stay down there and fake it ‘til I made it. Not even fake it, but just surround myself with these people and learn from them and see how they did it and hear their stories. I knew there was nothing uptown for me.
My mom would give me like $10 a day, but when you’re going to school, by 9AM that shit is gone. By the time I got downtown, I ain’t had no money left! I used to ask my friends like, “Can I get a dollar? Can I get a dollar?” [Laughs]
“I KNEW I DIDN’T WANNA HANG IN THE HOOD OR GANGBANG. I KNEW THERE WAS NO POINT TO THAT LIFE.”
You don’t drink or smoke, right? Does that mean you never have, or you used to but don’t now?
I never have. That shit corny. I’m just not a follower. When you see me, you see people following my lead. I’m not walking behind nobody doing what they doing. People wanna follow me because they can tell I’m doing something positive. It’s not even on some shit where I’m like, “I’m the boss!” People just fuck with me because they know I wouldn’t lead people in the wrong direction.
So nobody ever peer pressures you to try shit?
Hell no! They’re usually like, “I wish I could be like that, I’m proud of you.” That’s all you can do, respect the decision. You ain’t gotta like it, but you’re gonna respect it.