January 5, 2017/ / Podcast/ Comments: 11

photo: pierre minhondo

photo: pierre minhondo

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.

photo: kent uyehara

photo: kent uyehara

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photo: mehring

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  1. Stephen

    January 5, 2017 2:48 pm

    Bobby is smart, Some very interesting critiques on the information age and pops career. I really hope his conspiracy episode doesnt reach too far out there.

  2. Persona

    January 5, 2017 3:59 pm

    I can just relate so much on what Bobby speaks about, starting from the technology, social media, this time and age, skateboarding and the whole thinking and the idea behind. His perspective is where I perfectly see myself.
    I was just wondering and I regret that no one asked what really happened between him and Traffic? He was a perfect fit and even though I understand that having your own brand is great, being on a company that represent and stand for the same values as you do is still a safer bet.

  3. almost asleep

    January 5, 2017 9:08 pm

    Kinda let this one get away from you Timbo. yeah yeah yeah yeah .. right right right right .. blah blah blah

    • Alphpig

      January 18, 2017 1:32 am

      Right bro right right yo? Right Yea ! Yo right yea yea yea bro?
      Um dude hip hop love park ? Emb ? Mindseye ?ideals, yea…

  4. H

    January 6, 2017 6:17 am

    reminds me of Stanley Kubrick somehow

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