When I heard that Thrasher’s Skate Rock Tour was stopping in Missouri, I knew I had to go – especially since it was to be at Hermann’s Hole, an epic private skate facility I’d never before seen. Since I had epic private skate facilities on my mind, I called up Barn Bowl Joel to see if he wanted to go, and next thing you know It was Monday, May 6th, and we were picking up Tom Wyker (aka Wyke-A-pediA) in Kansas City and making the drive. When we got to Hermann we were greeted by some very kind and very drunk good ol’ boys, who were offering shots of Hot Damn and giving people rides in their truck across the river, which acted as a moat, or an appropriate obstacle before entering into the wild unknown of the Hole. Many folks tried to breach this moat in their own vehicles to no avail – their cars were left there like skeletons, or severed heads spiked onto the gates of a fortress… After we set up camp and united with other KC/Lawrencians, we got an interview of sorts with the mastermind behind the Hole, JP Kraus. Follow him on Instagram @organicconcretegardens. The place is amazing, to say the least. Intense skateboarding and drunken debauchery ensued, along with “skate rock,” obviously. Unfortunately I missed most bands because we went into town to get supplies and then fired up some brats, but I overheard some of Figgy, Nuge, and Frex’ band Arctic, and they were ripping. I did catch Phelps, TNT, and Trixie’s band Bad Shit, who headlined. “All Hail Cardiel” is their main atraction. Jake Phelps sure does like to talk about meth a lot… My favorite part of the trip was talking to Anti Hero pro Andy Roy. I told him how I met him in Manhattan, KS in 1995 at a Consolidated demo when I was a 13 year old grom, and how he gave me half of his hamburger from Last Chance Saloon after the demo. The “demo,” by the way, was just the ten or so skaters in Manhattan and the Consolidated team (Andy Roy, Jesse and Richard Paez, Karma Tsocheff, and Doug Saenz) getting kicked out of every street spot in Manhattan. When the campus cops pulled up to the pyramids at Durland Hall we evaded them by skating THROUGH the building and made our way toward the Claflin “banks,” a little bump to downward sidewalk between one driveway and another. Alan Peterson ollied the whole damn thing. Andy Roy still has the same infectious personality. He was psyched I shared the memory and told me it was his favorite story of the tour so far, and then he gave me half of his hot dog. Full circle. We cheers dogs and chowed down. Pretty epic. But I digress… It was pretty crazy seeing so many faces in once place – Phelper, Rowley, Stranger, Gerwer, Grant Taylor, David Gonzales, David Gravette, etc. The only pro who really skated was Gonzales, but other people I remember killing it were Chadd Pollock, Dirty Al, Keith Reese, Jeff Rasp, Chris Cope and Kyle Shifflett. Anyway, fireworks were blown and mayhem took place, and if you don’t think I took a risk by sharing Andy Roy’s hot dog, watch the video and think again. Thanks for having us, JP, thanks for shooting pics Nick, and thanks for driving Joel. We didn’t catch everyone’s names for the photos or video so fill us in if you can.
– JP Redmon
ODD COUPLE: BEN MANRY AND JAKE PHELPS
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Wyke-A-PediA interviews Hermann’s Hole creator JP Kraus, concrete gets gnarled, and Bad Shit happens.