March 14, 2016/ / Podcast/ Comments: 12


After a short break we are proud to announce a new and improved episode of The Tim O’Connor show. So what’s improved about it? Well Tim figured out how to record phone calls, so now instead of having to go interview people face to face, he can do it over the phone from the comfort of his couch in New Jersey. What does this mean for you? It means the recordings are better quality, since there’s less ambient noise in the background and the guests can be anywhere in the world. In addition, Tim took your advice and flexed his listening skills, giving a bit more room for his newest guest to talk.

For episode 9, Tim called up the founder of Habitat skateboards, Joe Castrucci to talk about Habitat’s distribution change, the craziest team riders of all time and Joe’s hippie tendencies.

Don’t forget to check out the show highlights and the links and mentions from this week’s episode. And, as always, send shit for Tim to talk about next time here: [email protected].

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[3:10] How Joe started working at The Workshop and in skateboarding/Working on his first brand “Solid”
[11:00] Helping get AVE and Dill on The Workshop/Ushering in a new generation of Workshop riders
[15:40] Putting together an Alien 411 Industry Section/Getting started on “Photosynthesis”
[17:00] Starting Habitat out of DNA Distribution & Picking a new roster of riders
[21:50] Joe’s inspirations for the Habitat aesthetic
[23:45] Decision to keep Habitat in Ohio vs moving to California
[27:15] Joe’s hippie tendencies and his fear of a robot takeover
[35:10] Habitat man buns
[38:15] Austyn back on Habitat?/Stefan Janoski’s wisdom
[40:30] Moving Habitat from Tum Yeto to Official Distribution
[45:00] Death of Alien/Dyrdek’s role as a household name
[56:35] Cancelled Habitat TV show
[1:00:00] Current relationship with Carter and Hill of Alien
[1:02:00] Joe’s opinion on Andy Shrock and Revive Skateboards out of Cincinnati/YouTube skateboarders in general
[1:09:40] How the Pink Floyd x Habitat collab came about
[1:11:50] Craziest team riders in the history of Habitat
[1:16:00] Most memorable Fred Gall stories
[1:21:30] Highest selling Habitat boards of all time
[1:25:50] Did Habitat rip its name from an old, short-lived skate shop?
[1:27:40] New video projects for Habitat/Bobby Dekeyzer’s secret Canadian life

young joe castrucci circa 2001

young joe castrucci circa 2001

joe and tim in japan circa 2001

joe and tim in japan circa 2001

joe feeling sick

joe feeling sick

joe puking somewhere in costa rica circa 2001

joe puking somewhere in costa rica circa 2001

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  1. asdf

    March 15, 2016 4:32 pm

    I think it was important to bring up the countless amount of BS that is populated into mainstream skateboarding culture (nike, mountain dew, revive, youtube, snapchat even). WE as a culture are being exploited. this invasion even more so blurs the lines between “legit” skateboarders and those who could give a shit less about our history and way of life. Where Andy Shrock’s joke in a video leaves a stronger impact on our community than say a skater doing a 360 flip sexchange up a 2 stair euro while at the same time hippy jumping the 8-stair rail next to the euro, something unprecedented meant for our culture to thrive and reflect upon, gets swept under the rug. what is a legit skater anymore? what does core mean now? how many skaters out there REALLY care about skateboarding and the cultivation of our craft? how many skate companies out there care about this mindset? You better believe nike studies the shit out of these aspects, and they do it solely to maintain legitimacy within the skateboarding world, not because they care about us. We as skaters really have to be aware of those in our industry that may have multiple agendas outside of skateboarding. a big company like mtn dew fired a team rider because of him living a skateboarding lifestyle, yet those guys are still legit in the community and a plastered on banners across multiple skate websites! WTF!!! Why are we letting this happen?

  2. Snap KFitness

    March 15, 2016 7:56 pm

    So freaking good

  3. [email protected]

    March 16, 2016 11:27 am

    Get Jake Johnson!

  4. Jo shmo

    March 18, 2016 2:56 pm

    Will you add the download option. Thanks.

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