Who is the Hood Crew? Thatís not an easy question to answer. The crew has morphed significantly over more than a decade of existence; even Danny Schwartz, the crewís current instigator-in-chief, canít tell me much about the history of the crew, besides that he was first given the password for the Hood Crew Newschoolers account in 2002.
Since then the crew has grown to include many of the Northwestís best up-and-coming skiers, as well as some Midwest transplants. One aspect Iíve always liked about Hood Crew is their openness, which always brings new talent into their edits. At the end of the day, Hood Crew is whoever is still there hiking for the shot.
Original Q&A Thread -- http://www.newschoolers.com/ns/forums/readthread/thread_id/753885/
On the topic of not taking skiing too seriously and "just skiing for fun", how is it being sponsored by your parents? -DaFranchizeLives
Whose sponsored by their parents? Everyone is holding down jobs this summer to pay rent, save for the winter, etc.
Heff: To give you an idea -- myself, Alec, and Meeks have been working on hill all summer doing salt crew. A4 and campa kev busted ass in the kitchen of the CDR at tline all summer... mad homies are back in SLC, the east and Colorado working and grinding out school. That way we have time and money in the winter to film and travel.
Freed: Some people receive more support from their parents than others. For me, being fully sponsored by my parents this past season in Utah was fucking great. I was able to spend all the excess money they gave me for food/rent on blow, which really helped me stay focused at some of the heavier spots we came to.
Meeks: Some of the kids who are going to school full time get hooked up by their parents and thats sort of to be expected when you're busting ass to get a degree. Currently I just got into Napa Valley a week ago to work my third wine harvest, this includes digging up to 15 tons out of carbon monoxide filled tanks, forklifting for hours at a time and working with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of wine. Putting in 110 hour work weeks all fall ainít something most people can comprehend but its worth it to go into the winter with your paper flow at an all time high and I recommend that everyone tries to do something similar at one point or another.
Kutner: Sponsored by my parents? My parents are scrappy joe mom and dad-4.
Which one of you called out Stept? -.RainbowDash.
Freed and Meeks.
How drunk were you when you called out Stept? -Puzzled
I was sober. Meeks was shitfaced in Europe.
And which one of you decided to take down the callout? -Mousseau
A4 although plenty of people werenít too happy about that. Spreading negative vibes isnít necessary in the small ski world.
Spencer: Nothing but respect to the Stept guys. Nobody is putting out gnarlier content in the game, thanks for that guys.
Who do you think is the most overrated skier? -Mousseau
Probably Big Air Dave.
Who do you think is the most overrated production company? -Mousseau
Photo by Rocky Maloney
Which amateur film company do you think will take home top honours at iF3? Who's movie are you most excited to see this year (both pro and am)?-Mousseau
Blatt: Weíre rooting for The Bunch to take the am title. Iíd say the movies Iím most stoked for this fall are Partly Cloudy, All Damn Day, Mutiny, The Last Ones (snowboarding flick), Roll Call (another snowboard flick), Supervention, and the Wallisch video part.
What advice would you have for other kids who dream to make films and live the life you guys do? -PWorldwide
Freed: Always ski with your friends so you can feed off each other to progress. Donít waste money on film / editing equipment. Never hire a filmer. Give out free spliffs to the biggest gapers and tourists at the resort. Stay positive and outgoing, but still do your best to remain humble.
What do you guys do with the money you make from the NSTV Producer Program? -Mousseau
Focus has been to save up for a winch. Money was also put towards a hard-drive for the movie, stickers, and custom Dromas shirts. Fortunately, we were responsible and didnít blow all the money on cartons of Marb reds for Jerrrriah the giraffe.
Who is the leader of The Hood Crew?-Mr.Bishop
We have a leader? Freed leads the editing side of things I guess.
How many different people run the hood crew's newschoolers account?-dgraves
Blatt: Pretty much the entire crew has the login info. Most of us just use it to post videos though.
How did you find all those spots before 4bi9 hit them 5 years ago? -SteveStepp
Tanner: We built a time travel machine to go back in time and secretly spy on 4bi9 and other local pros. Thanks to our head engineer Kilo Green.
Kevin: For us it's not just about hitting a new spot or trying to show up another crew, but more about having a great day at a spot. Whether its a lonely one for A4 or a banger one for Mr. Briggles we always get a kick out of it.
Meeks: In my opinion itís all about the trick selection, if you can keep it fresh on a played spot than its cool, some spots have just been classics for years.
Heff: Iíve never understood why people trip over others hitting their ďspotsĒ itís fucking salt lake city and thereís 8 million crews... everything is gonna get hit a gazillion times. Claiming spots is hurt. How many times has hollywood high, carlsbad gap, etc been hit in movies or featured in skate mags?
Briggs: Salt lakeís huge, thereís still unfound gems.
Why doesn't your main filmer own a camera? -ESB
Freed: Too much responsibility. I also broke two DV tape cameras a couple summers ago so I havenít been motivated to acquire any more camera equipment after that. Why buy your own gear when you can break your friends instead.
Approximately how many joints have you guys consumed over the course of this season.-Ruit
What do your parents think of your videos? Do you show them? -Mr.Bishop
Freed: They think its a ďwaste of time making amateur home movies that are never gonna go anywhereĒ. Iíve barely shown them anything Iíve edited.
Briggs: They get to see the clean edits... which is the occasional persy edit.
What's it like leaving some of the Hood Crew members out from filming, as in the older generation who created it but also helped some of the members like JVDM get to where they are today? -Turkelton
Kevin: We haven't been leaving anyone out. They are just on different agendas for the most part. We love the opportunity to ride with the OGs like Tommy, Griffin, Seth, Josh and the boys but they spend the whole winter at hood where as most of us just spend summer around hood.
Why is finding someone capable of producing quality video not something you guys think about? Not trying to talk shit but with the amount of talent you guys have on the skiing side I think that a well made video on a good camera could really bring things to a higher level for you dudes. -JAHrig
Freed: Good cameras / filmers come with time.
Blatt: I mean, I would like to think thatís my purpose in the crew -- to help with the production side of things. Unfortunately, I was usually in class or studying at times when everyone else was hitting urban last season. Definitely going to be making it out to spots far more often this season and playing a bigger role in overall production. Along with myself putting more work in, Sam Trefaller, will be making moves with the fam this year. He was also my roommate in the dorms at Utah, definitely a homie; and he kills it behind the lens (interned at Windells this summer and still interns with me at Saga).
Spencer: Want to film us?
A4: Working with "film bitches" is really annoying. They seem to be on their own tip, where they know the best place to film, they want input in editing, they want credit, theyíre usually not the homies who weíre kickin it with errday and so we donít hit them up to come to spots. Also quality equipment only goes so far if you have no clue how to work the settings haha.
How often do you film, it seems like quite there's a new edit almost every week? -FigNewton
Heff: Someone always or usually has a camera in their pack or the car so there will always be a camera at the mountain ready to get shots. But sometimes the camera wonít get charged or cleaned so thatís why a lot of shots have a dirty look, cut off or missed, etc. But for the most part the cam is there ready to go 100% or not and someone out of the crew is always throwing down so shottas will be stacked
Freed: Iím always hyped to film bangers on the iPhone; nothing wrong with getting your season ender on ya phone.
In every edit you guys are sending it so hard and it looks like you're not afraid of anything. what gives hoodcrew the balls to do hoodcrew things?-steezewizard
Definitely all the blow.
You all have health insurance right? -Skibumsmith
Freed: We all have health insurance and so do you thanks to our presidente Baracka Flocka Flame.
Tanner: Definitely have health insurance.
Have you started thinking about what your next "big" project will be? -@drew
Sober living with THC.
Spencer: Iím not sure how much Iím allowed to say here, but Hood Crew Adult Media will be our ďbigĒ money maker project, coming this year. Thereís just no money in skiing.
What are your future plans? -MainLandCollab
Blatt: We got a lot of ideas on the table, but nothing is really set in stone yet. All we know so far is that next year everyone is looking to put more work into making whatever we do as hammer as possible.
Freed: Progress womenís skiing.
When does the Hood Crew Zoo open and what will its next feature animal exhibit be? -JuliusJ
Tanner: Thatís not a bad idea my friend. Possibly a webisode name (The Hood Crew ZOO)? You can expect to see some pelicans in the near future, along with giraffes, puffins, and other wild animals.
Who draws all this stuff? Can i buy one? -ckk
Nick Broms! The homies at Dromas Apparel are selling shirts with some of his Hood Crew artwork so go pick one up.
How do you decide which type of milk and/or cereal to pour on rachet hoes? -riddsicle
Kutner: When it comes down to it it's not about quality it's about quantity. I personally prefer a family size bag of knockoff apple jacks. Crack open that bag and just let that thang go.
What cereal do you prefer most to eat out of girls asses. -CHRONIC.TOWN
A4: Fiber One 80-Cal Honey Squares
Favorite park? -jrl
Blatt: Timberline and Brighton
A4: West Coast Sessions Park, Summit at Snoqualmie and Bear Mountain
Pat Moore: Brighton
Tanner Boudreau: West Coast Sessions and A51 [Keystone]
Kutner: WCS and my home mountain Summit at Snoqualmie
Tonetti: Pork Shitty
Kevin: WCS and Breck
Meeks: Brighton and Mammoth
Ian King (The Kid): Keystone!
Alec: West Coast Sessions and A51
Hudson: Mammoth, Keystone
A year or so ago Clark~G called you guys out. He then disappeared from Newschoolers.
Did you have him killed? How? -Mr.Sloth
Heff: Freed locked him up in the hoodcrew zoo and it was old news after that... maybe mikey dosed him, who knows?
How does it feel to live that epic lifestyle? Answer honestly, you guys loving it, or wish you were doing something else? -crooks
Bulzan: Honesty man wouldn't change it for anything! Nothing I would rather do than spend time with the crew. Everyone has something in common which is that they don't give a fuck. And it makes anywhere we go or anything we do real interesting all the time. Anything can happen when we set out for a day on our skis and you always know we gettin turnt.
Hudson: There is nothing more that I would rather be doing than staying drunk for 40 hours straight on a regular basis and going out and hitting big street spots with my homies, although most days I end up sitting inside and watching youtube videos.
Literacy preferences? Geoffrey Chaucer or Oscar Wilde? -Dwarftosser1
Tonetti: I would definitely have to go with Chaucer. The Canterbury Tales is a great book (although extremely hard to read). As for classic books, I am more of an H.D. Thoreau kind of guy. He spent years in the woods living in solitude and doing whatever he wanted aka not giving a fuck about society. Many people have tried to live like he did and failed (McCandless). I have a lot of respect for his theories and essay on slavery, as well, when slavery has a common and unthought about practice. As for more recent I have been really into Ed Abbey. If you live in the American West and haven't heard of Abbey you need to take a good long look at your life. He rebelled against development, and the impacts technology was having on our deserts. Basically the first one to stand up for this neglected area. He understood the impacts if our actions in the desert affect things like snowpack in the mountains. When a person goes four wheeling in the desert they break apart the soil and destroy the layers that help keep the soil in place. It then goes blown in the wind and ends of melting out snowpack faster.
Spencer: Dwarftosser1? Was Dwarftosser already taken?
Heff: Probably ski gabber... itís great!
Blatt: I tend to avoid that sort of literature, but I do quite a bit of reading on pubmed.gov. It's the best source for free primary literature and research articles in biochemistry, microbiology, pharmaceutics, medicine, and other biotechnology-related fields. Definitely a sick site for those of you looking to read useful things.
Who / what inspires the Hood Crew? -HP123
Heff: VX cameras and shake junt... yadaddadaddamean?
Young wabs: We inspired by that flock of pelicans you see up there flyiní high at 30,000 feet mane.
Kutner: Pretty much anything, hoodcrew is so different than other crews because we all have individual ideas / thoughts / feelings about the sport. We try to use everyones input and that's what gives us our creativity. You may think our work is random at times but all that is the collaboration of different ideas.
Kevin: Mostly we inspire each other I think. Have you ever wondered why there is someone yelling in almost every shot? We are stoked for each other when someone gets a banger.
A4: Iím inspyyiad by gus engle and jake o.e.
Blatt: Freed and Matt Robertson. Those two were the guys making the Hood Crew edits when I started to get into freeskiing. Theyíre the guys that initially got me stoked on the idea of filming and editing. Along with that Iíve been really stoked on Videograss lately. Those guys kill it harder than anyone else in snowboarding.
Briggs: Tom Warnick and Bricksquad Monopoly
Hudson: The fine Hood River ladies and Sammy C.
Do you guys ever not steal others' songs for videos? When will you produce something that's not 240p? -taj.
Freed: I will never produce something thatís not 240p and have barely ever stolen songs from other peopleís vids. Iím confident that the soundtracks of these four movies are pretty original.
It is getting to a point though where thereís so much content out there that itís easy to mistakenly re-use a song that you werenít aware had ever been used before.
Why didn't Louis have a segment in "Freed The Streets?' -SamC
Didnít have enough footy. Next year...
If two doors fell off a four door motorcycle how many pancakes would it take to cover a doghouse? -coolflash8
Old E or Mickeys? -BNik
A4: Mickeys is pretty much just regular beer. Its all about the six packs of old e for $1.21 per can. True turnup drank in the simplest form.
Whatís the most trouble any of you had gotten into in your high school days? -Noha
Bulzan: Got a hand job in the library once under the table at school. Got suspended multiple times for smelling like bud, having dip in during class and fighting... but still managed to graduate early so I could get the fuck out of Ohio!
So lil ian aka "the kid" is a tiny little guy... how big is he?? -TotallyTrevor
4í5 and growing! (The Kid claims he is 4'10 100lbs; ready for action swingin in with a 348 rbi)
The real question is how many times have you tripped while skiing. -FerrisBueller
Freed: At least four due to concussions. The last time I ate mushrooms and tried to ski I mostly ended up filming clouds.
Let me rephrase, how is the vibe in Utah, in respect to drugs and alcohol, different from other places? It seems to me most of the more straight edge skiers are there a lot, like twall... -Powpolice
Probably not the best idea to try an spliff the world in Utah.
Wabs is lit like a light on a pretty consistent basis.
Blunts or bongs? -STNW
Spliffs and blunts, as Afroman says, when the cops are pulliní you over, you canít be throwin bongs out the window.
How many bong rips, on average, do you have to take to get ready for an average day of shredding? -schwertlec10
Moles are bad for your soul. If you take too many of them before you plan to go riding, you might go into a mole-hole and not make it off the couch all day or for the entire month.
Kutner: I saw first hand the damage moles can do to a soul. I seen a4 go from bad to worse, from the top to the bottom, back up to the top. If you mole, you will lose your soul.
Meeks: Used to be about 4 or 5 moles, keep it 70/30.
What is the groups collective favorite color? -CWT
Has the Hood Crew ever poached High Cascade during one of their sessions? -dopenuts3
Yes. Not during the day, mid snowboard session, though, thatís a death wish.
Briggs: I skied through the pipe at the end of the day yesterday, some snowboarder got really butthurt.
How happy are you guys that the hood crew is also THC? -STangelDangle
Why did freed only have a few shots in the movie? We want to see more of that shit. -rickroller
Freed saved the majority of his bangers so he can release a personal movie in 2016 similar to The Wallisch Project.
Tits or ass? -40oz.
Whatís your favourite city/state to shred & party in? -P3t3r
Hood river. New York. California. Boulder. Whistler. Almost anywhere in Europe. Australia.
Is Chad Meeks really going to leave the street scene to kick back in Cali? -gingersteeze270
No, heís leaving the street scene to focus on superpipe.
Did you guys ever have any "interesting" run-ins with other crews on the hill (locals. snowboarders or other "rival crews") -P3t3r
Not really. Usually we see the 4bi9 guys around SLC/Park City and thereís never beef. We did have an incident with the U of U Kappa Sigma frat once though (Hudson fire extinguisher shot in FTS) and they decided to swashbuckle with some homies. By the way, shoutout to Kapp Sig: we love yaíll!
Heff: Pretty sure Meeks and A4 got kicked out of a spot by chicks...thatís just what Iíve heard though
Freed: True story. We came to the girl rail, used their bungee and giant lip, then they showed back up and wanted to session their feature. Unfortunately that rail didnít make the movie (probably for a good reason.
Wake n bake or wait for first chair? -P3t3r
Getting woken up to a spliff is real nice.
Meeks: 3rd or 4th run
Will there ever be a hoodcrew tour? It would be awesome if you guys toured around the states throwing down at random resorts. -B-WASS
How did Alec, Meeks and the rest of the midwest guys become apart of the hood crew? -[YEAH]
Tanner: They have been skiing out on Hood during the summer for the last few years. We all met shredding the summer before we all moved out to Utah. Everyone had the same goals and were on the same level of turnt' so naturally we started filming together. Alec, Forster, and Ben also connected us with a bunch of other Midwest shredders like Brad Bulzan Matt Heffernan Ian King Ben Howell Abner F Wyman Blake Edward Frautschi and some others. So the Midwest definitely is a big part of influencing the crew and bringing our street cred up.
Meeks: I went out to Hood the summer between my junior and senior year in highschool without knowing anyone west of Salt Lake. After crashing in an unoccupied apartment that a few people had broken into I met Scrappy on the lift while he was asking me for water because he had a bad case of cotton mouth. After that I was introduced to Freed and Briggs and proceeded to have the summer of my life living in the woods and skiing every day. The next summer I brought my homie Ben Van from Illinois back with me and we made our first real film 2 hawt for summa camp. He was living with Alec the next year and linked everybody up with Tanner etc.
Is it true that scrappy hooked up with both Lisa and Philio at WCS? -disguy11
Scrappy: You could say they were diddy boppin on my D allll damn night.
Heff: ^ TRUeeeeeeee
Would you rather ski high, drunk, or both? -humpty
Freed: Skiing is such an amazing sport that using mind-altering substances is rather indulgent. However, if youíre competing, itís always a good idea to get shitfaced beforehand so you can claim that much harder after you take gold.
Hudson: You know that gap to redirect on the red wall? 10 beers in by that point, I love Superbowl sunday.
How many doobies are rolled for your average "Hood" day? -SummitMediaLabs
Anywhere from 0 to 50.
How did Forster Meeks get the name ďChadĒ Meeks? -ehv69
Heff: Iím pretty sure the real reason is because I brought this ratchet over to the crib whose from Jersey and Meeks confessed that heís spent some time in Jersey in which then continued to chad out and argue with this beeeeezy... thus the name Chad.
What was up with the intro to first day of middle school? I almost had to stop it. -Rick.Roll
Freed: That jesus speech happens annually at the Colorado Christian College railjam. Someone needed to film it cause youíll almost never see that at a ski / snowboard event.
Who do you think is the most underrated skier? -beachball
Photo by Drew Smalley
Who do you think is the most underrated production company? -beachball
Far out -- they lit like a lantern.
Why does A4 always buy the bunk ass kratom?
A4: Buying bunk kratom happens. Itís not too big of a deal. The most bunk kratom can be found at your local smoke shop. Sometimes your weed guys all out and you might have to run to the store cause you don't want to wait for it to be shipped. Sometimes you might have a midweek fuck lined up and you want to go in for hours. So what do you do go buy 10 bucks of bunk ass kratom and go to town. Online vendors are generally better. Ya I buy from Bob so what!? For the most part I've been stoked, and I think its only semi bunk, I mean he has some bad shit but if you purchase the more expensive shit its pretty quality just got to make sure you buy plenty of grape juice. To be honest I'm scared to shop around, I don't want to end up with some fake ass stuff, and I sure don't wanna ask advice from the kratoms head out there because theyíre loony as fuck. On a more positive note be sure to check out A40 bought the bunk kratom again dropping January 6th 2014, exclusively featuring Abner F Wyman Spencer Harkins and Forster Meeks.
Kutner: Back in january A4 got that good good shipped to our house in Utah. As soon as he ran out it was a constant chase for the loud. All he could seem to get his hands on was that bam bam. This was the start of his walk down the boulevard of broken dreams(as seen in FTS)
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