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A Kansas City Halloweekend

Posted By dustin in Skate | Dec 2 2010 / Thursday Skip To The Comments (39)

Words/Photos: Sam McGuire
Video: Ryan Lovell

Sean Malto Man, that truck in the background is pretty damn creepy if you ask me. Get the hell outta there Malto. FS 5050 Topeka

This inexplicable wave of panic came over me as I started to turn around and tighten every muscle I have in my body. I came to the conclusion early on in the robbery that I was going to get shot, so rather than avoiding it, I started to mentally construct the least painful and frightening ways of getting shot.

Stupid, I know, but your brain thinks of some weird shit when you’re faced with the possibility of dying. Mikey once rolled his car off a mountain, he was telling me, and while flipping over and over he explained, “I thought, if I didn’t close my eyes, I couldn’t die.” For some reason I figured if I was facing him I could turn my shoulder, take the bullet in my shoulder and everything would be ok, ok as in I wouldn’t be dead. So here I am in Kansas City making this sort of life or death decision while visiting for a Halloween skate trip. Ironic considering Halloween is a celebration of life and death, and what better way to celebrate life, than with a little brush with death?

Jay White They don’t call it Killa City for no reason, always bleeding Red n Yellow, Jay White hollers out a back tail to all his thug park homies in Downtown KC.

Davis Torgerson I’m sorry; you’ll have to forgive Davis. I was trying to shoot a photo of Mikey ass Mikey filming on location for the Berrics but Davis’ 5050 Transfer got all up in my shot.

Dillon Sequence I couldn’t help but resenting Dillion while shooting this. He’s big dude, crazy dreads and can Nosegrind Nollie Flip out on bank to rails. No way any robbery would be fucking with him.

Dillon Sequence Ryan Pearce said he just wanted to front board this whole ledge but said as soon as he turned his back to the lens, he just freaked out and had to spin it around to lipslide so he wouldn’t get shot in the back.

I’ll be completely honest with you. I had absolutely no desire to go on this trip when Sean called me up and invited me. However, not because I didn’t want to go to KC.

Fall in the Midwest is beautiful, but I had little to no desire to leave my house—more specifically my room. I hadn’t been home more than a few days before this trip, but in that time I got the most amazing bed set. Oh man. I really went for it with this one—high thread count sheets, a new comforter, four new pillows and new foam padding. It’s perfect. A beautiful fusion of style, thrift and comfort—truly is a thing of beauty. So, as you can imagine, the prospect of leaving said perfect bed fell nothing short of a huge “No.” Actually, a huge “Fuck no.”

Coupled with the fact that for the last few months I can’t seem leave my house without something weird occurring, this trip was not happening. No way in heck was I about to leave that perfect, warm, safe and cozy bed for KC.

“Hey do you want to come to KC?” Sean asked when He called.

“Ok,” I said.

So Mikey and I flew out to KC and Davis drove down from Minneapolis to meet up with Malto and the KC crew for a week of partying and skating.

Josh Crane The citizens of Topeka were saved and ecstatic when Josh Crane turned this Hurricane 180, thus downgrading it into far less life threatening tropical depression.

The day before I left I’d come down with a pretty bad cold so I decided to venture out on my own to get some much-needed soup. After eating, one of my friends told me to swing by the Done house, just a few blocks from the hotel, and say “What’s up.”

So I started walking. I love walking, but I hate walking on busy streets because the noise and traffic just end up stressing me out. I take to a side street instead, one I’ve walked many times before. About a block from the hotel a man walked by me as I was on the phone.

“What up?” He says.

“Hey what’s up?” I replied, continuing walking. I walked maybe five steps when he yelled to me, “Hey,” and as I turned around he rushed at me and shoved a gun in my face.

“Hey give me all you’re shit right now!” he demanded while nervously waiving a gun in my face. I gave him my phone, a knife and my wallet (which is made of recycled paper and looks like a cheap map). He looked confusingly at the wallet and looked back at me—I was sick, had no cash on me and I hadn’t showered or changed clothes in at least days.

I think he knew his gig was up. “Ok go,” he told me and did that wavy gun motion you see in movies when people with guns want you to go away. So I turned around and walked off.

I turned around for maybe a second; took one step and I froze. I couldn’t move, I could barely breathe. The idea of getting shot in the back as I were walking off became too overwhelming and I thought that if I could see the gun, if I could see his eyes he wouldn’t shoot me. So I did probably the dumbest thing ever and turned around, stared him dead in the eyes. He had no clue what to think, I could tell.

I hadn’t really thought of what to do once I turned around. I broke the awkward, tense silence with my plea, “Dude, please don’t shoot me.” I really said “dude” too. I remember criticizing myself as I said it, “Dude? Don’t call him dude, you don’t even know this dude.” He was irritated. No money, a broken phone and then this dude, calling him, “dude.”

“If you turn around right now and run away I wont shoot you,” he said. With conviction this time, with confidence. So I ran. Fast. Faster than I’ve ever run, dude.

Mikey Taylor What drives me nuts about Mikey, he is good at everything. Of course his Lincecum outfit was on point, and odd’s are if he got put in the game he’d have a mean fastball. Not to mention bank to Feeble grinds on lock.

Max Chilen Sequence Taking a break from the grind, Max throws out a quick party spin, Nose Slide Big Spin in Kansas City.

Dillon Aguilar Sequence You know who couldn’t have been less interested in Dillion’s Manual Ollie out? That girl walking up the hill could not give a shit less.

Davis Torgerson Get used to it buddy, you’ve got about 6 more months of these QP transfers waiting for the snow to melt in MN. Davis bridges the gap at the indoor park on a cold rainy night.

Josh Crane Sequence The citizens of Topeka were saved and ecstatic when Josh Crane turned this Hurricane 180, thus downgrading it into far less life threatening tropical depression.

After ducking behind some houses, I ran to a busy street corner where two guys, one dressed as a lumberjack the other as a weird shirtless American Indian, were on bikes going to a Halloween party. They were drunk. I was hyperventilating at this point and gasped for them to call 911 while lying in the street trying to choke back tears from all the adrenaline. The shirtless Indian called 911 as the lumberjack stood in disbelief, trying to calm me down as I stared up at the sky.

The cops came soon, arriving to me lying on the ground, this lumberjack towering over me and a shirtless Indian drunkenly swaying on his bike talking to the 911 operator. I have been in weirder situations, I think—I just can’t remember when.

It took about 20 minutes to recount the story. I told my side, the lumberjack and the shirtless Indian gave their accounts and the paperwork was filed. A loud jumble came over the walkie-talkie of the police officer, he yelled “Lets go” to his partner, threw me a copy of the police report and they all left. The lumberjack and shirtless Indian—they biked away.

Sean Malto You know what sucks about getting robbed? A lot of things. You know what rules about getting robbed? Pretty much nothing, but at least Malto did this cool 180 Switch crooks to try and make me feel better.

Max Chilen MAX! Oh man, I hope he doesn’t land this front feeble, there’s some creepy dude hiding in the ride away shooting photos, what a weirdo.

Sean Malto When I asked Malto to shoot this tailslide, he informed me he had shot it like, 4 other times. So I put my finger in my coat pocket and pointed it at him. “I don’t think you heard me, Sean. DO ANOTHER TAILSLIDE!” It worked. Malto, Tailslide Kansas City.

"...I ran to a busy street corner where two guys, one dressed as a lumberjack the other as a weird shirtless American Indian, were on bikes going to a Halloween party." - Sam McGuire

Sean Malto Sequence You know what sucks about getting robbed? A lot of things. You know what rules about getting robbed? Pretty much nothing, but at least Malto did this cool 180 Switch crooks to try and make me feel better.

Max Chilen While driving back from Topeka, Max started to get stressed out about the whole robbery thing and asked us to stop at the Lawrence park so he could smoke a quick front blunt to chill out.

Tyshaun Johnson Red stripes, yellow paint. Ledges scared of him but them hoes ain't. Tyshaun Johnson bleeds out a frontside Noseslide in Kansas City.

Sean Malto Malto’s over it. The rail that is, he’s just gonna kick it instead. Kickflip, Lawrence, KS.

I was alone again. I decided to take the busy street back to the hotel this time and I started thinking of my bed. How neat and made it was. How fluffy and safe those pillows were and the copious amounts of threads that were in my new sheets. It was all at home rubbing it in my face, “Hey, we told you not to go.”

They never caught the guy, although they did find my wallet. Sadly it had exactly the amount of money it never had in the first place. The weather held up decent the rest of the trip and everyone had a good time dressing up for Halloween, skating around the park and enjoying the last few dying days of summer before winter reared is ugly head. People kept asking me if I was ever going to come back to Kansas City after being robbed.

I always gave the same answer. “No.”

But it’s not that I’m never coming back to Kansas City, but, rather that I’m just going to stick to my original idea in that I should never, ever leave that big, warm, pillowy safe and comfortable bed again.

The End.

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39 Comments A Kansas City Halloweekend

  1. Sean Malto!!

    Alex Osborn
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  2. he is the best of the best

    luke anderson
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  3. Ahh! dude your THe SHiit!! you dont even khow!!

    Ivan Angel
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  4. It's mind-blowing how steezy Malto truly is!

    Posted: 5 years ago,
  5. missouri pride.
    kansas city is a great place
    filled with talented skateboarders and awesome bbq. thank you s. malto and r. ploesser for putting missouri on the map.
    ryan pearce is a bose.

    matt fink
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  6. uhhhh... mikey, that glove yer holding is a softball glove dude. and wtf? yer pro dude, how come you didn't spring for the jersey? rad costume anyway... i guess.

    r. dahl
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  7. Malto= legend

    Chauntelle McCosh
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  8. ETNIES all the way!!!!
    Sean Malto is amazing makes history!!!

    Javier Shiosaky
    Posted: 5 years ago,

    John Daily
    Posted: 5 years ago,

    jeff daily
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  11. dude these pics are sweet...the vid was pretty chill to and keep putting stuff out like this i love looking at this stuff.

    brandon zirzow
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  12. Josh Crane epic dude! Awesome

    Denise Crane
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  13. So proud!!!

    Denise Crane
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  14. etnies where you see lumberjacks with American Idol tees ... Slammin' Dawg

    Kathy McCrae
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  15. This author sure likes to talk about himself the whole time. geez . I guess he shoots alright photos though.

    David Thomas
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  16. man, that last photo of malto doin that kickflip over the rail is in topeka, not lawrence. but its still sick.

    James Courty
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  17. GO MALTO!!

    Miles Bass
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  18. YA MALTO!!!

    Rick Long
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  19. matlo

    nicole heinen
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  20. he's awsome

    mario reyes
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  21. The shoes match the moves. Aka: amazing! :)

    Malory Garrison
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  22. you are amazing, my son is a big fan and could use a pair of cool shoes like that..

    diedre mcqueary
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  23. Merry X'mas everyone!!

    i love sean malto. he is super cool and very down to earth.

    i wish i can won the giveaways..

    Cheers Etnies!!!

    Posted: 5 years ago,
  24. My kids love to watch you. I keep telling them that it is always good to have an athlete to look up to

    debbie carrillo
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  25. I didn't really know who he was but watching a few videos I realized he's awesome and has major skill at what he does and keeps his ego pretty chill all in all he's a pretty amazing guy!

    dylan Jones
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  26. one of the best skateboarders

    David Tosado III
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  27. the best mon

    Cole Younger
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  28. What camera and what mode did you use to film the video? Amazing quality

    James Killer
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  29. cool . . . .

    tom tuttle
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  30. sean malto is so amazing i have his shoes and they are awsome malto is the boss of skateboarding

    cole fontana
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  31. Sick!! Great shoes also

    Scott Yates
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  32. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i can do zo much better thats like BABY THINGS U GUYS ONLY CANT DO THAT STUFF SO U GUYS ONLY SAY POST ITS AMAZING................(wimps)

    maddie grace
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  33. YEAH SEAN MALTO IS THE BEAST!!!!!! But hes not the only sickest rider for etnies don't forget Ryan Sheckler!! Both of the are SO BEAST WITH ETNIES!!!!!!!

    Posted: 5 years ago,
  34. uffffff terrible try malto perfect spot ;)

    kichart valero
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  35. Sean malto
    you are the best skater i know
    i come from germany and i saw all your videos
    you are my model

    Posted: 5 years ago,
  36. Gratuitous Lawrence-park-handrail-shot. That rail is, like, maybe knee high and about four feet long.

    Posted: 5 years ago,
  37. Sick article, that robbery story is crazy! Glad that dude didn't pop you homie.

    Posted: 5 years ago,
  38. The way he said it makes me not wanna go to KC with the freaky people I just don't wanna get robbed.

    Posted: 5 years ago,
  39. something smells like fish

    Tyler w.
    Posted: 5 years ago,

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