That’s right, The Podfather himself is finally back with another episode of the #goodpod. It’s been another long wait, but we’re happy to finally bring y’all another episode of The Tim O’Connor Show. Tim managed to track down the elusive Bobby Puleo, the East Coast legend whose approach to skateboarding has undeniably inspired the styles of the major influx of cool guy New York transplants we see today.
For those who don’t know his story, Bobby has spent countless days and nights digging through the five boroughs and New Jersey for undiscovered crust, making sure to leave no subway grate unturned and no cellar door unskated. He’s lived through the many highs and lows of New York’s skate scene, from the glory days of The Brooklyn Banks, the heyday of Astor, and the gentrification of Downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn. You name it and Bobby will surely talk your ear off with a long-winded story from a time when things were just a little bit different.
Just listen for yourself before we ruin any of the good stuff. If you’re an impatient listener, indulge your ADHD and check out the timestamped highlights below. Make sure to check back soon for part two, chock full of some wild conspiracy talk between Bobby and Tim.
[2:30] Bobby’s fakie ollie and doing certain tricks wrong.
[3:45] Life before cell phones and the age of the Internet.
[6:16] Adapting to new technology and the Instagram era.
[9:52] Promoting Victim on Instagram.
[11:50] Discovering new things via word of mouth.
[14:40] Bobby’s self-released 2013 video part.
[17:07] The obsession with social media in skateboarding.
[19:15] Skateboarding as a “practice” vs. a “sport”.
[23:55] Bobby’s approach to discovering skate spots.
[27:50] Bobby’s interests in urban exploration and graffiti.
[30:55] The Brooklyn Banks as a regular meet up spot.
[32:45] Moving to Brooklyn in the late ’90s.
[34:42] Other pro skaters imitating Bobby’s style and approach to skateboarding.
[37:10] The evolution of Anthony Pappalardo.