‘THAT WORLD OF “GLORIFIED FREESTYLE”‘: An Interview with Barrier Kult

Would you talk a little bit about the recent book?

PHOTOGRAPHER ANTHONY TAFURO DID AN EXCELLENT JOB CAPTURING THE SURROUNDINGS, INSPIRATION, HAUNTINGS, PARAPHERNALIA AND PRIMARY WORKINGS OF THE BARRIER KULT IN THE LOWER MAINLAND OF VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA.  TAFURO WAS NON INTRUSIVE, RESPONSIBLE AND UNDERSTOOD THE OBSESSED ROUTINES OF THE BARRIER KULT IN VANCOUVER; ESPECIALLY AMONGST THE WET AND COLD CONDITIONS THAT PLAGUED THE VARIOUS LOCATION SHOOTS.

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Have you visited New York to skate the barriers there?

DEER MAN OF DARK WOODS RECENTLY VISITED NEW YORK FOR A GALLERY BOOK SIGNING EVENT WITH BOOK PHOTOGRAPHER ANTHONY TAFURO.  DMODW ALSO FILMED AND SHOT PHOTOS WITH THE SKATEBOARDERS FROM STOOPS MAGAZINE.  THEY BROUGHT HIM TO VARIOUS NY BARRIER SPOTS.

What makes a good barrier spot?

INTERIOR AND LOWER MAINLAND BRITISH COLUMBIA ‘RITUAL’ BARRIERS.  THERE ARE MANY TYPES OF BARRIERS: TRUE K-RAIL BARRIERS, JERSEY BARRIERS, MAGICAL BARRIERS, MID-RITUAL, ETC. BUT ONLY SOME HAVE HAD A TRUE REVELATION AND UNDERSTANDING OF THE BRITISH COLUMBIA ‘RITUAL’ BARRIER.

AS FAR AS FIXING IS INVOLVED; AS MINIMAL AS POSSIBLE – TO NEVER ERADICATE THE ESSENCE OF THE BARRIER’S ALTAR-LIKE FORM, THE VIOLENCE OF THE TRANSITION.

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Are there any taboo subjects/tricks/actions in the world of barrier skating?

WE TRY TO AVOID FLIP TRICKS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, BUT DEER MAN OF DARK WOODS AND BEAST OF GEVAUDAN ARE PROFICIENT IN THAT WORLD OF ‘GLORIFIED FREESTYLE’ AND THEIR REPRESENTATIONS OF THAT TRICKERY HELPS TO SPREAD THE TIGHT TRANSITION KNIFE STABBING PLAGUE TO THE MORE FEEBLE MASSES THAT CANNOT UNDERSTAND THE POWER IN RITUAL PURITY MOVEMENTS – IE. THE LAP-OVER GRIND, THE TAILBLOCK.

Where does ‘glorified freestyle’ come from?

‘GLORIFIED FREESTYLE’ IS AN EXPRESSION THE BA. KU. USES.
EVEN OLLIES ARE GLORIFIED FREESTYLE.
THERE IS A REASON THAT THERE IS A PHOTOGRAPH OF OLSON AND HACKETT PISSING ON A GRAVE MARKED ‘OLLIE’.

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Do you know of any other groups similar to yours?

WE OFTEN CITE INSPIRATION FROM THE MID 80s ‘DEAD MEN’ IN THE INTERIOR OF BRITISH COLUMBIA.

WE HAVE SOME STRONG AFFILIATIONS WITH THE JAK’S TEAM.

WE ALWAYS APPRECIATE BEING A MORE CONTEMPORARY PART OF THE TEAM SKUL LEGACY.

WE ARE ALLIES WITH THE LARB AND SKELETON KEY.

WE HAVE PROFOUND RESPECT FOR THE NY AND NJ BMX RIDERS FROM ANIMAL AND SKAVENGER THAT FOCUS ON CELLAR DOOR / TIGHT TRANSITION RIDING.

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Are there any other barrier skaters we should look out for?

LUTHER MOSS-COVERED WITCHMAKER CANDLEMAS AND POSSIBLE FUTURE GIFU, JAPAN MEMBER.

Is there a correlation between transition and Satanism?

THE BARRIER AS ALTAR TO TIGHT TRANSITION WORSHIP.  CONSTANT REFERENCE TO THE OCCULT / BLACK ARTS KEEPS THE BARRIER KULT MILITANCE AND VARIOUS KNIFE [SKATEBOARD] STABBING RITUALS CONGRUENT WITH THE FANATICISM NEEDED TO STAY FOCUSED / PURE TOWARD THE ABSTRACT AND POWERFUL NATURE OF THE RITUAL BARRIER AS ALTAR.

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