Tom’s natural ability is something to envy. Yeah, he can air quarters and boost any type of transition you take him to, but it’s his natural ability to not give a shit that makes him the well-rounded professional bike rider that he is. Nude contest runs, going out of his way to get reactions of the average stiff, and maximizing all the good times possible, Tom truly is one of shrinking number of people in the spotlight that is the exact person you think he is.
Friday Interview: Tom Dugan
Hi, Tom. What'd you do this last Easter?
Yo, Fudge! This year for that lovely pointless holiday I was in Cali riding a cement park with [John] Povah and a couple other dudes. I ended up losing a heavy fly out game of bike.
Obvious question: I saw you drink water out in California; have you finally out grown Dr. Pepper?
Yeah, I have been drinking the hellacious and dreadful h20. On top of needing it to live, I have to pay for my teeth now, so I have to take care of the motherfuckers. Cavities ain’t cheap, so I threw in the towel, man.
Has being a pro and people pay attention to your every move made you think twice about some of the stuff you choose (or not choose) to do?
Nah, not in real life. I just gotta watch what I post online and I don’t rip my light saber out quite as often—if something is expected it's just not as funny.
How have things changed for you in the last three or so years?
No more day job and I got a lot weirder, but not too much.
Sup with the motorcycle? I'm surprised you still have a license.
Cruisin’ the moto, man—not a care in the world. That's how I'm trying to go out! I've actually been able to keep a cap on my driving record lately and keep the tickets away! I do not take driving legally for granted [anymore].
Remember that time you were in a car with my ex-girlfriend and some dudes in another car mistook you for a girl and you pulled your wiener to prove your manhood and it turned into a high-speed chase around Long Beach? Was that the last time you pulled your dick out in front of a bunch of strangers?
I wish it was! I could have ended it with a banger. But, the thing is that I don’t get to decide when I do it, you know? If the situation needs a nice swoop then it flows out of me.
Cory Martinez repeatedly snapchat'd me videos from a party at your house and I kept thinking how much your neighbors must hate you…
I feel like it's much deeper than hate. They wont even look our direction as if we are the devil. Except for Cindy, she's our older, widowed neighbor that defiantly wants the D.
Gimme a good-to-great story from the 316 house…
One of our friend’s from NYC rented a giant bounce house when she came into town and we had it on the ramp like a foam pit and rode it for hours.
You've had a couple of psychedelic product promos lately; what's your reasoning behind forgoing the typical ride-BMX-really-hard promo?
I never really thought there was a typical promo, I was just glad I found somewhere I could get to work with my friend Bryce who can make these ideas happen. They're so fun to make…
Fit has been working on a full-length for a while. What's it like filming with Stew Johnson and how's your section coming together?
Filming with Stew is awesome—it’s sick to work on a video with him. I feel like my parts been coming together alright, but I still want to get a few things done before the deadline.
Gary Young guest question number one: Did you design your signature Odyssey gloves so that they would leave a “D” tan line on purpose?
[Laughs] Nope. I didn’t know that one 'til right now; what an awesome dude to find out from! I just wanted those puppies thin as they could be and low profile. The "D" was just meant to be…or Jim [Bauer] snuck it in.
Gary Young guest question number two: Have you ever traveled for a specific quarter pipe, like Aaron Ross travels to ride a specific rail? What’s your favorite quarter?
I have yet to do that, but there are a few that I've seen in some skate videos that I would shit to get to go to…like those natural ones you see that make ya say, "GADAMMM!" I have two absolute favorites: the nine foot at T1 and the juicy, lovey-dovey never do ya wrong nine foot in my backyard.
Kyle Hart guest question: If you had to compare your penis to an event in history, what would it be and why?
The great depression.
What is it like having Kareem Williams for a roommate?
He’s the best roommate with absolutely no money that a guy could ask for.
How often do you come home and find him wearing your clothes?
I gave him a T-shirt a while ago and that's the only one I see him wear. But, if I'm wearing a shirt that Kareem likes, he just tells me he’s going to steal it when I go out of town.
How important to you is flossing your teeth?
It's more important than brushing.
What is something else you occasionally use the sink for?
So I pee in the sink sometimes! Who doesn’t?
When I tell people I drive a Saab…
Tryn' not to tell people what I drive yet…I have to have rims first.
Is there a future?
Shit, tomorrow? Maybe
Thanks or no thanks?
I'd like to thank everyone, but who wants to read that?