Quimtime: A Conversation with Quim Cardona - Extended Interview

Quim Cardona has been a core member of the Organika family since 2002, so it was only right to get his thoughts on Organika's upcoming video Family Tree. We rang up Quimtime to get his always insightful perspective on the video. We're definitely in for a treat when the next chapter of the Cardona saga drops in 2015. Check out the full unedited text from Quim's interview in Issue 7 of The Kayo Mag.


This is the first Organika video in a long time, are you excited to put out a part with the rest of the team in Family Tree?

I think it's the perfect title for an Organika video, cause we're all connected. Organika has been the roots of Kayo since it started. Since I've been with Organika starting in 2002, I feel like we're the roots. Every tree has roots, and the tree's roots are as high as the tree grows – so I'm so psyched to be a part of this, the whole project and the process of making our skate parts come to life.

You just had a part this year in Static IV, what was the process for filming that like and are you continuing with the same approach for Family Tree?

Josh Stewart is a good friend of mine, we've had a relationship through skateboarding for maybe like seven years. We would travel or we would be places at the same time and we were able to capture some real cool moments on skateboards. So that was a compilation of seven years of filming and traveling. Compared to something that's more in the present, I think that skate projects are good – even if it comes out as an introduction to something new. That's what Organika's bringing it. We got a whole new clothing line, we got new graphics, new series, and we're putting out new ideas – I think it has a new light to show skating. 

Have you been linking up with Eli Reed to film at all? You guys are both in New York and he's on Organika with you now?

I would love to skate with Eli more, we link up every once in awhile; but he has such a busy schedule. He's traveling, and he's got some of his sponsors sending him places – so I'm sure he has his plans set up. I would love to vibe out with him more on skating, cause the energy is unspeakable.

With winter approaching, what's your plan for filming – are you going to be traveling or are you going to brave the cold?

I'm gonna have to pull a few trips to a few select cities that I have in mind. I've been doing my research finding out what cities are poppin' right now. You know how heads used to go out to Barcelona and then heads go out to the ATL. I still haven't discovered the ATL yet, and I just got a call from the ATL twins a few days ago. They invited me to come out and skate for a weekend and just vibe out.  

That'd be sick, they're doing a lot of art now too – so that would be a cool creative environment to go film.

Yeah, but other than that – somewhere where the temperature is warm and the weather is dry, and where we can find some unique new spots. There's spots everywhere, I love Austin, TX, I love El Paso, I might try to make it out to Houston, and I really enjoy the South – I like skating Louisiana and just the south in general. I had a really good time, and there was a lot of good hospitality, and there's some really good people. I really like the North too, it's just cold. I've been trying to map it out and talk to my team and find out what they have in mind. Hopefully we can all meet somewhere, whether it be for five days or even for a weekend. It all depends on everybody's schedule, everybody has busy schedules. It would be cool to touch down in a couple different cities and show up and just have fun skating and see what comes out. 

Who's part are you most excited to see in Family Tree?

Man everybody on the team is so sick. I wanna see Miles, I wanna see Zion Wright, I wanna see Josh Mathews, Karl Watson, Walker Ryan – Eli's part is gonna be super fun.

Can we expect to hear any Quimtime tracks in the video?

Hey, I think anything and everything is possible – so that could be a possibility. 

What else have you been up to lately besides skating?

I've been working on my wheel project, Sushi Wheels – just putting the team together and putting some cool products out. I'm building in New York, I work with an art department crew – we paint, we build, we clean, we set stuff up. I've been working on my second set of a major feature film; and there's one week left. It's been a month long project in New York City. It's called Daughter of God, starring Keanu Reeves and Ana de Armas. I was on set and able to set dress 36 sets in 40 days. So I'm working out in New York, and I also did some stuff for the Cons project a few weeks ago – that was super fun; and there's some more Cons projects happening in February. There's stuff going on in Boston and Toronto, so I might be a part of that. 

Nice, any plans to travel out to Cali anytime soon?

I need to, I need to find some time to make it out there. That's where it's really happening. I miss my friends, I miss hanging out in Long Beach… even San Francisco, it's been years since I've been to San Francisco – almost a decade. 

Anything else you want to say to wrap up this interview?

I just want to stay healthy, build my body, and be prepared to skate more. I like skating with younger people. It's just vibing off the energy and skating a lot of do it yourself spots or just places where skating has that energy flow – then the skating just comes naturally. I hope we can all connect, I hope we get a few trips lined up where we can all skate together.