The Stories Behind Skateboardings Greatest Nicknames | “People think I’m Sluggo because I beat people up,… “
Skateboarding is full of characters and with these larger than life maniacs come unique nicknames. Jenkem tracked down the owners of these nicknames – like Sluggo, Weeman, Ragdoll, etc. – and got the full story.
Where did Sluggo come from?
I was 15 when I got it and had only been skating a few months. I was this little dude with a bowl cut, wearing boat shoes, cruising around and getting in everybody’s way. I had no park etiquette. A local kid, O’rian Anthony, pointed me out one day and told everyone I looked like Sluggo from Sluggo and Nancy in the Sunday papers. Then Sluggo was my name.
Is the name Sluggo your marketing tool?
Dude, it was built in marketing. I’m a stunt double and a snowboarder and it’s like, “Who do you want to hire for this job?” It just pops up, like, “Let’s hire Sluggo.” Sluggo carried through every aspect of my life.