Welcome to episode 1 of Face to Face with Robert Guerrero, where we sit down together and discuss his past, present, and future in rollerblading. Robert is currently in Drummondville, Quebec, a two-hour drive from me here in Vermont, where I recently visited him to skate and create content for this channel. We sat down to reminisce on our past, discuss what he’s been up to, and find out his future. We cover how we first met and dig into his early years of skating in Austin, Texas, and San Jose, California, with people like Jason Howard, Jon Julio, Jayson Reduta, and Erick Garcia.
We talk about how his first crew kicked him out and how this made him focus on becoming the best skater in San Jose. Then we go over some highlights from the two sections we filmed together in Urban Decay and DBV5 No One’s Children. We get into the misguided practice of forcing your feet in skates too small for you. Robert then reveals why he is in Quebec, where he was before, and his plans to go to Europe and stay with Ricardo Lino, Mirek from Hedonskate, and then instruct at Blading Camp in Spain. To finish the episode, we watch and react to footage I filmed of him in the mid-90s and his sections in Urban Decay and DBV5 No One’s Children.
Robert Guerrero - DBV5, No One’s Children Section (2002)
Robert Guerrero (18) - Urban Decay Section (1998)
This is the Robert Guerrero section from the Video Urban Decay released in 1998. It was filmed entirely in Nor Cal when Lonnie Gallegos and Jan Welch made a road trip to there from Texas. Filmed by Jan Welch & Lonnie Gallegos, edited by Jan Welch. Urban Decay, Full Video: PLAY.
“This is by far the biggest drop I ever took off a rail”. - Connor O’Brien.
Card Description: Connor O’Brien, 19 years old, San Diego California, 7 years of skating.
Without wheels: I would probably be: a) one of those surfers bros who constantly conforms to be cool, b) More inclined to pursue my acting career on the hit show “Dawson’s Creek”, or c) A ladies’ man.
Looking forward: The Remz Tour, a summer to chill and skate with my friends, and eventually graduating college.
Photo: The ghost of DailyBread.
Chris Edwards joins me on this episode of the trick library as we talk about the roots of the Aggressive inline skating trick the Soul Grind and how it was invented and who. If you are new to inline skating this is a great bit of history and if you are an OG you should find this interesting too. - Joe Stuart.
Bruce Matler - Christ Fishbrain - Daily Bread Mag (2004).
Photo: The ghost of DailyBread @old_dailybread_pics.
Without Wheels: When I was a little younger I liked art a lot (I still do), but I started to like skating a lot more. So I would probably be getting into something having to do with art if I didn’t skate.
Looking forward: I’m looking forward to watching skating progress and seeing all the crazy shit people will start to do a few years from now.
Photo: The ghost of DailyBread.
For the first episode of the Then and Now Podcast, I interviewed the legendary rolling artist, Chris Peel. Chris played a huge behind-the-scenes role during the late 90s to mid-2000s in the aggressive inline skating industry. Growing up in Wakefield, in the UK, he started designing t-shirt’s for Puberty Clothing before landing a job with DNA magazine. He then made his way stateside to San Diego, California, in 2000 to work for and design Daily Bread Magazine. In San Diego, he created the initial branding, image, and logos for Ground Control, Rat Tail Distribution, 4x4 Urethane, Vicious Bearings, and Nimh skates.
Chris is a long-time friend who also designed the Big Wheel Blading logo for me in 2017. We haven’t had much contact these last few years, so I thought it would be fun to contact him to catch up and reminisce on our years in San Diego, working at Daily Bread together and teaming up on many projects for Rat Tail, and its brands. - Jan Welch.