Amateur Hour: Josiah Gatlyn

For a fellow who has been floating amongst the flow trash for a few years a great many people have a great many things to say about Josiah Gatlyn. Some love him, others completely hate him. Some think he's got good style others think he has no style at all. Well, Jamie Thomas has always had an eye for raw, moldable talent and he has decided to give Josiah the chance he's been needing on Zero skateboards. Make no mistake, he's not fully on. "He's, like, 25% on," said Jamie, "He's got a lot of work to do to get fully on."

Talking to Josiah I think he's got a fighting chance. He's a workhorse and down to put the time in and I think that kind of work ethic alone might have what it takes to sway his new possible teammates.

Mikey Little

Josiah Gatlyn pulls a frontside bluntslide on a great ledge with some crummy run-up.

Your cellphone is a 417 area code? Are you from Missouri?
I'm not from there. I lived there every summer for like four years. I'm from North Carolina but I'm living in Fort Lauderdale, Florida right now just skating. I'm just now at the point where I'm going out to California all the time. I felt like before it was too much, too fast in California and I didn't know how to deal with it. I thought it would be a good idea to get out of it for a little bit but I ended up getting out and staying out for a while.

What happened with you and Stereo?
Stereo has gone through a lot of changes and tough times; I didn't get paid for the entire year of 2010, so I couldn't even afford to buy food in California. I hung on through all of it, but it started to affect my love for the brand, so I just felt like it was time to move on. I think Stereo is doing better now and I'm still cool with Chris Pastras.

How did Zero come about and where are you at with it? Because I know you have a ways to go.
The first time I spoke to Jamie was about getting on Fallen. He told me that he had some concerns about how I'd fit considering the changes that were happening with the team, but he was so upfront and descriptive about everything, which I really respected. I never had anyone do that with me ever. Whenever I've talked to someone they beat around the bush and Jamie was straight up with me. When it came time for me to switch from Stereo Jamie was the first dude I hit up because I felt like I could trust him.

You're flow trash right now. How far along in the process are you?
I'm not really sure. I went on this trip and it seemed to go pretty well. I know the only guy to get on the team within a week is Keegan Sauder, everybody else has taken a while and I was only on tour for a week. It's just going to take longer for me to get to know everyone.

You said the tour went well but I heard the team was busting your nuggets pretty hard.
Yeah, but that stuff always happens. When you're the new dude you always get your nuggets busted. It seemed like it got better toward the end of the trip.

What were they torturing you on the most?
In Florida I gained a bit of weight so they were giving me crap about that. On the trip I was weighing 180, but I've lost some weight since.

Damn, that's big. Those are my numbers. You must break a lot of boards.
No, but I think I needed that torture because I've always eaten really bad like soda and chips and I started drinking beer. So I think it was good for me; I haven't drank soda or beer since the tour.

Josh Cronje

Josiah snaps an ollie on a tight street transition in Florida that's seen its share of sessions.

People on the Internet either really like you or really dislike you. Why do you think that is?
I don't know. Maybe it's the way I look or because I'm a Christian. Everybody has the right to their opinion, so I can't really worry about what they're saying.

What is your game plan for the rest of the year?
I'm just going to work as hard as I can. As of right now I'm filming for the Zero video, "Cold War." If everything works out with Zero hopefully I'll have a part; that's my biggest goal right now. Hopefully I can get enough footage before the deadline.

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