We’ve got a lot of rippers in New York that don’t get a lot of shine. Matt Cartledge is one of them. His tech wizardry gets slept on, but this new part should help wipe the crust out of our collective eyes. After all, It was only a few years ago that in 2014 Matt missed the finals at Tampa Am by 4 spots, coming in at 14th out of 28 skaters in the semi-finals. Check out his full part and read below to get to know Matt a little better.
Name: Matt Cartledge
Hometown: East Meadow, NY
Current Location: Hicksville, NY
Years Skating: 17
Where did you grow up skating?
At this place called the skate barn. I moved to North Carolina when I was four or five. These dudes built a bunch of ramps in a barn. Bucky Lasek used to live behind it and I think he started it, then Jimmy Ellington took it over. But I grew up skating in my grandma’s basement mostly.
You have a pretty technical style of skating, who influenced you?
Luan Olivera, I think everyone looked up to Sheckler at some point but I grew up skating with Chet Childress and tranny dudes. I grew up skating bowls, so maybe that’s why. Like, I knew I could skate miniramps and quarter pipes but I couldn’t skate ledges. Like I didn’t even know how to back nosegrind in 2013.
Oh so you decided to push yourself to learn that stuff then?
What’s your favorite stuff to skate these days?
Probably ledges but I really like transitions into them like banks to ledges, quarterpipes & pyramids.
Who’s hooking you up right now?
Peter Smolik has been hooking me up, and Dan Pheo’s Coffee Wax Co.
That was kinda crazy, I was signing autographs for people and thinking like, I’m not anybody. That led to me skating in the Tampa Am contests.
Oh like Skate Mafia?
Nah he split off from them a while back. Jake Brown and Smolik started this brand called Real Life Pillage and have been hooking me up with boards. My friends at Witches Brew hook it up too.
Yeah haha AKA @YungJello!! He’s the homie. We started skating for a little and hit a decent amount of spots. Got a few lines at Blue Park. I like how its a street park that’s kinda like a DIY.
What else you got going on?
Well I just got a fulltime job, working 6 days a week. [ to a random dude sitting in the hot tub ] You you in on this?!
Random dude: No [laughs].
All good, I wanted you to be in on this [laughs]. So yeah I got a fulltime job but I have time to skate after.
Do you skate contests at all or is that not your thing?
Oh yeah I skate contests. In 2010, when I rode for Pheo’s company Hazel skateboards, I skated the Maloof cup in Queens.
I feel like everyone is so isolated in skating these days. It’s singular now, it’s kinda sad.
How was the Maloof contest?
That was kinda crazy like, I was signing autographs for people and thinking like, I’m not anybody. That led to me skating in the Tampa Am contests.
Which years did you skate Tampa Am?
2011, 2014 & 2016
Nice, you gonna try and skate this year?
Pheo you in?
Alright we’re going! Doesn’t mean we’ll make it back [laughs]
So what brought you back to New York from North Carolina?
Family. I’ve been back here a while but it’s been back and forth.
Who do you usually skate with?
Mainly James Reres and YungJello. Those are the only two I really go out with. I feel like everyone is so isolated in skating these days. It’s singular now, it’s kinda sad.
CVS in East Islip, you know it?
Nah, what was there?
It was a mini loading dock, some angle-iron ledges, you could do wallrides too. We took a photo there one time and there was a ghost in the photo. It had a hat on and everything…crazy.
When’s your next part coming out?
Probably this winter. Going to film all summer.
Sick. Well last thing, you have any shout outs or thank you’s?
Shout out to the Skate Barn, they taught me everything. Mark Simmons, Nick Zizzo. They taught me how to skate.
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