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Pro Skater Jerry Hsu – Epicly Later’d – VICE

Pro Skater Jerry Hsu – Epicly Later’d – VICE


PATRICK O’DELL: What videos do
you have that you’re in? I can see one of them? JERRY HSU: I can’t believe
you’re making me watch this. Wait, this is a trick that I
worked on for weeks, like weeks nonstop trying
to learn it. PATRICK O’DELL: Dude, you
have the hugest pants. JERRY HSU: I know, it’s funny
because I wanted them bigger. Because that was what skaters
did, and I just wanted to look like skaters. Like skaters looked so retarded
when I started skating, and I wanted
to look like that. PATRICK O’DELL: What is this
so torturous for you? JERRY HSU: I don’t know. PATRICK O’DELL: I mean, is it
from watching yourself state? JERRY HSU: I don’t think
I’d like it. PATRICK O’DELL: Hi, welcome
back to the “Epicly Later’d” show. This episode is about
Jerry Hsu. I went on a little trip to San
Jose, met up with Jerry. He just took me around in his
car, we went to some of the spots where he learned
how to skate. Jerry, since the first time he
started skating it seems, was a total child prodigy. At 13, it seems like he was as
good as most pro skaters. He also entrusted me with a VHS
tape of all his home skate videos from when he was 13. Anyway, this is the Jerry
Hsu episode and I hope you enjoy it. JERRY HSU: So basically now
we’ve entered the hotbed, the one mile radius of the
house I grew up in. So this is basically where
I did all of my skating. It’s right there. Oh, dude, they knobbed it. PATRICK O’DELL: Your
first handrail? JERRY HSU: Yeah. Probably slid like here to
here, did a no slide. PATRICK O’DELL: That was your
first handrail trick? JERRY HSU: Yeah. PATRICK O’DELL: Because of you
they put a knob on it. JERRY HSU: Yeah, I hadn’t
really been skating that long– just like three or four years. MARC JOHNSON: Did he show you
the footage of him skating in his garage? JERRY HSU: Filmed it himself? MARC JOHNSON: Yeah, like
just doing [INAUDIBLE] around his garage. Like him just going back and
forth, doing really hard tricks for back then
and stuff. PATRICK O’DELL: Did you just
set the camera up? JERRY HSU: Yeah, I’m just
setting the camera up and filming myself because I wanted
to know what everything looked like. I just wanted to know what
skating looked like. I wanted everything in my life
to revolve around skating. So this is where my
parents live. And this is where I
started skating– and there’s my parking block. My mom figured out that skaters
liked the skate parking blocks. One day after work she went
to a construction site or something and bought
one and brought it home for me to skate. Hello? Hey, dad. CHING HSU: Hi. JERRY HSU: Dad, he’s filming me
for a little internet show. CHING HSU: OK, cool. JERRY HSU: Yeah, is
mom around, too? CHING HSU: Yeah. JERRY HSU: Hi, mom. SU HSU: Oh, he’s going
to interview me? JERRY HSU: Yeah, is that OK? SU HSU: Oh, OK. PATRICK O’DELL: When he was
young did you ever worry he was going to get hurt or
anything like that? SU HSU: Sure. Which mother doesn’t? PATRICK O’DELL: Did you want
him to go to college? SU HSU: Sure. That’s probably every parent’s
first choice. Well, I’m happy for
him as I said. This is his job, not mine, and
it’s his life, not mine. MARC JOHNSON: It’s traditional
Chinese, like comes from a traditional Chinese family. And it’s just the cultures are
different and he just chose a different road and I don’t think
he’d have been happy being a computer programmer
or something like that. I think he knew what he
wanted to do, despite what anybody said. He just kept doing it. JERRY HSU: Are you waiting
for me to speak Chinese? PATRICK O’DELL: Yeah. [SPEAKING CHINESE] JERRY HSU: I got caught
shoplifting here when I was like 13. And they called the cops and
the cops took me home. And my grandpa was there and
he didn’t speak English. And the cops dropped me
off, and my grandpa was freaking out. And he thought I got arrested,
which I kind of did. But I totally lied to him in
Chinese and told him that I got lost and the cops just
brought me home. PATRICK O’DELL: What
did you steal? JERRY HSU: This is pretty funny,
but I tried to steal my own photos. PATRICK O’DELL: What were
they photos of? JERRY HSU: Probably just me
and my friend skating. This is like my first
line spot. We would come here after school
and hang out with this guy who worked here. And he was like an older guy who
claimed to be a pro skater in the ’80s, but we totally
believed him because we were just like 12. So it was so impressive to us
that we believed anything he said, but really he was kind
of just like a liar. MATT EVERSOLE: [INAUDIBLE] me and his brother went to
play basketball down the street from his house. And there was these two kids
skating and they came over and said hello, and it was Jerry
and his friend Will. He was just like some
dorky little kid. He was wearing these Dickies and
they were blown out ass. And he was just going for it– hucking his body off of the
deck, 360 flip, and just eating shit. And we were all like oh my
God, this kid wants it. But it was pretty incredible. JERRY HSU: These are like some
stairs I ollied once. These are actually stairs
that we skated like every single day. And we’d try to do every single
trick that we possibly knew how to do down them. And we would just like
throw ourselves down these little stairs. One of the myths that we heard
when we were little kids is a skater ollied from the stairs
to the street, which is basically impossible– I don’t like anyone
could do it. But we would try and ollie, like
long jump, we would try and ollie as far as we could to
try and eventually get to the street. I made it to here. MATT EVERSOLE: Darkslides, he
did darkslides back then. PATRICK O’DELL: Yeah,
I couldn’t believe that, I was like what? MATT EVERSOLE: A kid in middle
school doing darkslides. PATRICK O’DELL: And
landing them. I could see him getting
into them. MATT EVERSOLE: Oh yeah,
I just watched him just grow into himself. Like he found a uniqueness like unmistakable Jerry, you know? FEMALE SPEAKER: Quiet
down everyone. We have a new student today in
class, his name is Jerry Hsu. OK, Jerry, why don’t you
tell the class a little bit about yourself? JERRY HSU: My name’s Jerry Hsu,
and I’m 14-years-old and I live in San Jose. Sorry, it’s just like I’m
watching this and it’s kind of crazy. It’s like every video part that
I make, I want it to be the best I could possibly do. Of course it never really ends
up being like that, but definitely every time I start a
new project, I just want it to be really good. I think it’s just wanting to be
good at something, and to get better at it. And then when you don’t
want to do that, then you stop doing it. Oh, this kid? He tried to pickpocket me in
Moscow and I caught him. And then he swung around
and did a karate kick, but he missed me. He was like a gypsy kid. His whole family were gypsies
and they’re all trying to rob us by creating diversions. Like his sisters were all doing
cartwheels in front of us, and then all the brothers
were behind us trying to pickpocket us. And their dad was walking
alongside of us, supervising the robbery. This is a photo of
my friend Louie. We’re just riding mopeds
in Cambodia. That’s the only country I’ve
ever been to that doesn’t have a McDonald’s in it. But it’s crazy, it’s one of
those countries with like naked babies walking around, and
people with no arms, and people with machine guns
just walking around– it’s pretty fucked up. But yeah, we went
to a gun range. And for $20 you could shoot
AKs and throw grenades. And for a little more money, you
can bring a cow there and throw a grenade at it and
just watch it blow up. This was in Moscow, and this
guy was just wasted and couldn’t stand up. And then we were all watching
him and then he just tipped over like a tree falling over. And he fell, like his head right
on the curb, there’s blood was everywhere. And everyone walking around was
just ignoring him, like it wasn’t even happening. This is kind of like a gem. This is me, I used to play
Rambo when I was a kid. I seriously have no filing
system, it’s so disorganized and kind of embarrassing. This is my drawer of
sketchy photos. PATRICK O’DELL: That’s hidden? JERRY HSU: But you probably
can’t film it. PATRICK O’DELL: I see
that you spend a lot of money on framing. JERRY HSU: Yeah, I take really
good care of them, too. I like to collect masks. I got it in Japan, and the name
of it was Hollywood Girl. MATT EVERSOLE: The way that
Jerry lives his life is like he lives it on his own terms. He wears what he wants
to wear, he sleeps when he wants to sleep. He does whatever
he wants to do. And when you’re in a business
situation, they either don’t like that because they can’t
do that, or they don’t like that because it’s not marketable
or whatever. He’s kind of like an old soul,
like he’s way ahead of people up here. He’s the guy that’s younger
than you and you look up to him. JERRY HSU: This is kind
of like the rec room. PATRICK O’DELL: Dirt floors? JERRY HSU: Yeah, this
is probably the coolest room in my house. PATRICK O’DELL: Are you
going to build a well? JERRY HSU: Yeah. I started, but it’s underneath
that piece of plywood. And it’s not done yet,
so I don’t really want to ruin the surprise. PATRICK O’DELL: Are there
any chicks down there? JERRY HSU: Not yet, but
hopefully soon. Whoa, look at this one. PATRICK O’DELL: Oh shit, that’s worth money right there. JERRY HSU: It’s like one
of the best skate videos probably ever. PATRICK O’DELL: What do you
consider the job of being a pro skater? Like, what are the things that
you’re supposed to do? JERRY HSU: Well, I guess the
main thing you have to do is be good at skateboarding. It’s funny, because there’s
nothing involved and there’s a lot involved. You can be really, really
good, but no one will give a shit. There are amazing skaters
who are really unsuccessful as pro skaters. It’s crazy, there’s a lot of
discrimination in skating. But also it kind of makes sense,
because they want the people that endorse their shit
to be interesting and they want people to like
them and stuff. I don’t know, ask me
another question. PATRICK O’DELL: Oh, this photo
is pretty controversial. JERRY HSU: Yeah? PATRICK O’DELL: What was
the deal with that? JERRY HSU: That’s my
friend Tim’s cat. I just, I don’t know. Nothing’s happening there, I’m
like really close to the cat, but I’m not touching it. That photo ended up on
a porno website, too. It was like a porno website,
one of those sites like has just shocking photos of things
that your friends email you. Some guy just sent me
a link to that. And it was on some sketchy
website with chicks with dicks and guys’ dicks tied in knots
and things like that.

100 thoughts on “Pro Skater Jerry Hsu – Epicly Later’d – VICE”

  1. 3:51 Now why would he be a computer programmer if he didn't skate for a living? Haha he´s Chinese so ofc it would be something that involves a computer loll

  2. And this is what happens you dont do drugs and skate kids! I havent finished the video but he seems to havr got all his skillz with out any dope er booze.

  3. What's the video where they do the asia tour and I remember they go to Russia also?? The one he talks about in here. I had a copy of that but I can't remember what it is..

  4. I love this SOOOOO much. I saw this years ago, its been stuck in my mind but I forgot what it was called and who it was by. I just found it again and Im happy. This is a special little segment. Rocks. Thank you!

  5. i remember I met this dude at a demo like 20 years ago, he was being pretty douchy for a skater. he was talking crap to all the kids how they can't skate and such…so we were at the van asking for stickers and he said he isn't giving crappy skaters free stuff, but if I landed a kickflip he'd give me a deck, I landed the kickflip and he shut the van door. his word is worthless and he treated fans like he was better than them as a person because he can skateboard better than them. I found that to be a shame. still want my deck you corrupted sham of a man.

  6. Yep I remember that was the thing back in the day them baggy ass JNCO jeans. The baggier the better. Lol could fit a person in each pant leg.

  7. I remember when strange notes made epicly laterd did you guys buy them out or did you just steal the name

  8. Naked babys and people with machine guns are on the same level?? Good to know, next time i will run away from the evil naked babys, playing calmly at the beach or somewhere else 😀
    I think it wasn't meant that way, but funny

  9. I just came on here to help you all get away from satan. Look. Scientific proof of GOD. There is codes(language) in our d.n.a. & God's spirit is pure love & love brings life sense it just blesses. JESUS is god in human form & he came down personally to die & rise again for us to be saved from death & sin having deminion over us to be broken, God loves to give us the kingdom even when it hurts, but we gotta learn to be good children that are not enemies sense he lays his life down for us sense love lays down its life & God's love is towards us. So God's word is correct when it saids that God's the good shepherd that lays his life down for his sheep & that's what he did on the cross to redeem us from sin/satan having deminion over our soul by adam & eve breaking the law of sin & death. An sin seperates us from God. An if u continuously sin, it means u got sin in yr heart & once you ask the holy spirit to live inside u & u fully repent(turn from loving evil & trusting in satans beliefs. An we will become God's word made flesh & do God's will & walk in love when we just trust in God's word & let God's spirit into your spirit.
    Here is some tips if u want to listen to my advice more that God taught me. We are meant to abide in love & then we abide in God. An we are meant to want to do what's right & be righteous. We got satan tempting us & whispering lies at us so if we dont kno truth, we could end up giving our soul to a cause that is only for satan & to destroy u & others u come in contact with & the people that u were meant to help & be by their side, is probably dying slowly without yr help.

  10. Wow his mom is one of a kind.. that’s awesome that she encouraged his skating career. What a wonderful woman.

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