Q. I was curious if you ever found Animal Chin? Let me know.
A. No, and that's why it's still fun. There is a guy that comes to skate events that claims to be Animal Chin (even though Chin was a fictional character made up for the video).
Q. What do you do to clear your mind of fear and calm yourself?
A. I go skate! If I'm having trouble while I'm actually skating, I try new techniques so I don't get frustrated making the same mistake over and over.
Q. Hey Tony, like, what do you eat before a big event like the Boom Boom HuckJam?
A. Either a turkey sandwich or a #2 from McDonald's (no onions).
Q. Hey Tony, have you ever torn ligaments in your knee? I'm back to skating after I tore 3 ligaments but can't seem to overcome the fear of doing it again. Do you have any tips?
A. I have torn cartilage a few times and managed to get my knees back to 100% working order. You just have to take it slow and make sure to strengthen it before going out and pushing your limits.
Q. I was curious as to where you got your wedding band and who designed it? I
really like the 360 degree diamonds. It's a clean, masculine look.
A. I had it custom made, but it was inspired by a ring I saw at Asprey Jewelers in NYC.
Q. Hey Tony,
I was just wondering what you think the three most important things in your life are?
A. My family, my health, and my integrity.
Q. Hey Birdman! I was just wondering if you and Bucky Lasek had a falling out?
A. Not at all. Bucky comes to skate my ramp on a regular basis. I'm glad he got a deal with Element... it's tough to make a career as a vert skater these days.
Q. When and where was the first time you did the loop and how did feel when you saw it?
A. I first tried it in 1995, but I designed it wrong and I couldn't make it out after I went all the way around. Seeing it for the first time was almost scarier than my first attempt. My heart jumped and I thought "what did I get myself into? Is this really possible?" I finally designed a proper loop two years later and completed it successfully for "The End."
Q. Soo… I bet you probably think I'm weird for asking, but what kind of cars do you have?
A. A Jeep Commander, Jeep SRT8 and a 1964 Corvette Stingray.
Q. Who came up with the design of a birds skull for your first Birdhouse skateboard?
A. It was a guy named "Cort" - the original artist for Powell. It then went through many variations drawn by Sean Cliver.
Q. What is your favorite skating movie?
A. Thrashin' because it has the best quotes, like, "What do you thrash?"
Have you ever put your wheels in the freezer? I've heard they last longer. Do they?
Your friend, fan and fellow skateboarder,
A. I have never heard that, or tried it.
Q. In "The Search for Animal Chin" how did those 4 people do those inverts on that spine? It just seems freaky.
A. We just timed it right. It was a little freaky, but I trusted Steve, Mike and Lance enough to not kick their boards away (and into my face).
Q. I went to all of your shows in St. Louis Six Flags and I was wondering if you appreciate the older fans as much as the younger ones?
A. Absolutely! I always try to throw in an old-school run for them as well.
Q. What inspired the pure anarchy that was Birdhouse "The End"? The segments with the van were inspiring.
A. Those were entirely from the mind of Jeremy Klein and they were more real (not staged or pre-approved) than you can imagine.
Q. Tony, do you want your kids to be great skaters like you?
A. My oldest son is already a much better street skater than I'll ever be, and his future as a pro is bright. My other kids like to skate, but it's not their main focus at this point.
Q. I am very inspired by you. Could you tell me who inspired you?
A. Anyone willing to take a chance for the sake of progress. I have been inspired by Lance Armstrong a great deal over the years.