We’ve just hit over 20 years on the web. You can see it for yourself here. This wonderful logo was created by Mike Moore. Hard to believe that time has passed so quickly. As the June issue celebrates our 15th Anniversary issue, I will be featuring an editorial that looks at the roots of the magazine. The Skategeezer Homepage definitely kicked things off. We are long overdue for an interview with Mike. I am pleased to present it to you now. THANK YOU Mike for your inspiring art! How did you stumble across the skategeezer homepage? This was well before google…!Mike Moore: My wife and I were visiting her sister and brother-in-law. He was on line before I was, and was pretty sure I’d be hooked. He set me up on his computer, showed me the basics, and let me roam. This was ’96, I started typing in different searches, just goofy stuff, and WAS quickly hooked. To that point I had only used computers as graphics machines. I started skating Christmas of 1975, at 10, with the other kids on my street, the first trick was to see how far you could go down the sidewalk, without dying, on a clay wheeled Roller Derby board. Didn’t know you could do much beyond that. Puttered around like that for a while. Sometime between ’77 and ’78 (with the release of Skateboard “The Movie”) skating blew up in our area. I started buying Skateboarder at the local 7-11 (sometimes taking the “tube sock discount”), I was hooked. Kept skating from then thru college, was out by ’91…thought I should be a grown up. So after my brother-in-law sat me down at the “wonder box” and I spent time goofing around, I started searching out skate stuff. That era of skating (’96 – ’97) was completely foreign to me. It was ugly in my eyes. So I started searching old company names, old pro’s names, etc. Somewhere along that search safari, The Skategeezer site popped up. If I remember right, you had a quiz, “Are You a Skate Geezer?”….I passed with flying colors, though admittedly I’m probably more of a Skate Geek. We went home from the visit. I convinced my wife we needed a blazing fast 28.8 hook up, which thankfully soon morphed into a mind numbingly fast 56.6. I searched out the Geezer and made you some sorta cheesy sales pitch to do graphics, cause I needed to be part of skating again. (the rest is history!– Ed) What are some of your favourite skate memories from the rebirth in the mid to late 90’s?My favorite memories of skating are probably from ’80 to ’90. There were no other skaters in my area, or more to the point in my school in Jr. High. I started High School in 1980. There were a few skaters I had no previous knowledge of. As any old guy knows…in that period, if someone was wearing Vans…you started asking questions. Met a few guys, took me to a few spots, good times. Not a super tight crew by any stretch of the imagination. My hometown is blessed with an inordinate amount of good ditches for an otherwise bummer of a conservative little Texas town. Ditches are still my main skate love. Skateboarder had died, Action Now came and went, I discovered Thrasher at a skate/bike shop in Waco, TX. (Ordinary Bike Shop) on a skate trip with my one go to skate friend in High School Larry Cook (R.I.P). Through Thrasher I learned of the Pflugerville ditch, the Big Boys, Zorlac, and all that was skate cool about Texas. The first trip I made to Pflugerville, I didn’t know where the ditch was. I drove around til I found a cop, I asked him about the ditch and he led me to it. (so cops don’t always suck kids). I witnessed the chaos of Craig Johnson ripping the ass out of the Pflugerville ditch, after all these years…that is still a magic memory. On my visit to Texas Tech (to potentially attend college). I witnessed skaters skating around the library on campus, rolling along, then suddenly in the air and rocking on benches…my first view of the ollie. What was skating in college like?College (’84-’89}. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…Art School, Skating, Bands, Beer, Friends, Fun (and all that can be implied). You could conquer the world or be crushed by it. Ditches, ramps, pools, the old Big Spring Park, first Powell videos…we were pirates. Then it blew up again. Mall shops, goofy fashions, soggy wood, dumb graphics, kids (that were better than me…by a long shot),it got corporate and dumb again. The bridge between adolescent and adult got shorter. Life slapped me around a little, I probably deserved it. There’s some ugly bits I won’t go into, but by ’90-’91 I was out of skating. My last set up was a Small Room Deck, with Sixtracks, and some sorta OJs or SC wheels. I did not want to let go, but it seemed there was no other choice. I was old and done. How did you deal with the fact (that hits many skaters at some point) that you weren’t going to be the next great pro?To be bluntly honest, I knew from VERY early on…I wasn’t a great skater, I barely scratched good, but I loved it. I loved everything about it. From grinds to road rash, it was all nirvana. I always wanted to be part of it somehow. I was the artist guy, the funny guy, the smart guy. I had a pretty good way of talking my way into, or out of, “situations”. I was allowed clearance into the higher ranks because of those skills. Didn’t matter to me, I was in, and it was good. Tell me about your entry into a new artist contest? Sometime in the mid ’80s (’85-’86) Powell had a contest for a new artist. Replace VCJ? Certainly not worthy, but willing to try. I submitted some pieces. The fact that we’re doing this, shows the outcome. Sean Cliver won it, and very deservedly so…still doesn’t make me not want to hate him a little. From that point forward, I knew if I was gonna be involved in skating, it wouldn’t be on a board. Learn more about Mike Moore at his website.