January 25, 2021/ / VIDEOS/ Comments: 35

Werner Herzog is a pillar of cinema—a pioneer known for his prolific output, quick wit, and uncommon approach to film. He’s a guy who brings a true sense of uniqueness to an industry increasingly overrun with superheroes. But what does he have to do with skateboarding?

Technically speaking, nothing. Werner has no background in skating. But I believe he is one of us.

This suspicion started a couple of years ago when I stumbled upon Werner Herzog – A Guide for the Perplexed. Not knowing much about him I skimmed the back cover, which eerily read like a skater’s manifesto. Werner preaches maxims like getting the shot by any means necessary, carrying bolt cutters everywhere, and thwarting institutional cowardice with guerrilla tactics. His film school teaches lock picking, forgery, and his entire career has been built on a DIY approach to life, his craft banged into existence through decades of trial and failure.

Because Werner’s approach to life and filmmaking mirrors the ethos of skating in so many ways, I decided to track him down to chat about the similarities and differences between our two worlds.

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  1. Alex

    January 26, 2021 12:54 pm

    You should have shown him the Fully Flared intro. That is probably the closest skateboarding has ever come to conventional and/or art house film-making. WH could probably dissect it for hours: “like penguins on a vast continent of ice, they were heading for certain death”…

  2. Alex Tudor-Hart

    January 26, 2021 3:09 pm

    Werner Herzog!!! Hats off. Amazing you thought of this and did it. Guys a legend

  3. Tadab

    January 26, 2021 4:13 pm

    Great interview…Thanks!

    Now I want to hear Herzog interview Giorgio Moroder

  4. Warm Up Zone

    January 26, 2021 5:00 pm

    Great questions, Ian.

    And the answers didn’t disappoint.

    Perfect length to this video as well. This wouldn’t have worked nearly as well at 30 minutes.

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