Scott Johnston met up with Bobshirt for a comprehensive interview that covers his entire career. SJ discusses his roots, video parts, sponsors, and footwear design in this informative piece. At the 26:37 mark, Scott tells the story behind his first Lakai ad and how it almost didn’t happen due to a common mishap that happened frequently in skateboarding during the days of analog photography.
“The cool story about this is I went with Mike Ballard to shoot this ad. And it was just me and him, no videographer. It was just me and him. And we’re shooting film. It’s, like, a bust. And we’re going back and forth. I tried it for a while. And then, I finally did it. I could tell in his hesitation—he’s, like, “I think I got it.” Cause he ran through the roll at the end. I think the ad was due on Thursday. It was, like, a Monday. Get the film back, it was, like, Tuesday. It was a pretty good one. But right when I’m about to land, that’s it. We were gonna try to piece it together. I had missed the grind and done a lot of tailslides. So they were going to try to piece it together. Rick [Howard] was like, ‘I don’t know man. It doesn’t look right.’ In my head, I’m like, ‘Well, I did it. You could put it together and it’d be fine.’ They were like, ‘You gotta go back.’ I think I had tried it before and it didn’t work. And that time, I somehow got it. So I had to go back. And they were like, ‘We’re sending Ty [Evans] with you this time.’ It all worked out for the better. Getting it on footage was always cool.”
The video also includes the raw footage of Scott’s attempts that day. You can revisit the ad below.
Scott Johnston’s Footnotes