We’ll be running short interviews with the crew members of the Stinky Movie trip to Bulgaria. We’ll feature questions from us and will throw in the mix the best questions that some of you asked for each one of the guys over our Instagram, check all of them HERE. Bellow you’ll read the answers of the man of the trip – Danny Kern was all over the place filming and taking photos simultaneously, and then shutting down the spot first try. Couldn’t be more happy for the support that Danny have for Stinky, the passion and the work that he put not only to that project. Read bellow:
-The trip to Bulgaria was the first time, when pretty much all of the Stinky Fam got together. What was the feeling meeting the whole crew?
I really enjoy meeting people whether they be people that are completely knew to me or people I know of but have just never been with in person. So with that it was really awesome. I guess it felt nice to put a personality to all the names I’d seen and heard before. Now that I really think about it I’d met probably 2/3 of the people that were there on the trip but I’d never spent time traveling boarding or even hanging with many of them. Beside Marcus, Jasper, Ian and some of the GBP homies. So yea it was cool to get to know people better and meet and board with new people.
-How was Bulgaria? What’s the impression that you’ve got to the country from that trip? Drinks, food, the whole thing?
I think it’s a up and coming country. The people I met that lived there and were from there were amazing, welcoming and easy to talk to about really anything. The land was really unique. Almost reminded me of the east coast in a way. The mountains and hills weren’t enormous. I would really like to visit there during another season and explore more outside of the city’s. The left over and abandoned rubble and building from the past was something I’d never experienced before though. I’ve been to Tijuana quite a bit and Bali once so I’ve witnessed living in that sense but this was different. It was a footprint of history and of power and war. I never felt uncomfortable there or scared really though. It was nice. The new architecture and the old was interesting and intriguing. The food was delicious and very affordable. I was blown away when I ordered a beer from the bar the first night we got there and it was 1.60 for 16 ounces in a glass bottle.
-What was the first thing you’ve said once you got back from the trip?
I honestly can’t remember. I was exhausted. And pretty sick. I’d been traveling for over 5 weeks with only 14 hours back home in between trips. I flew back to Nashville to visit a friend and not the west coast because a week after being back I was going on a film trip in the East coast. I battled the flu I think for a week before that trip and was still kinda ill while on it. But I think I told my friend that the trip was awesome. Even though I had a split open elbow and was feeling super shitty I was still really happy with the trip. I boarded, filmed, shot photos, skated, met new people, partied, ate good food and saw and got to explore a country that I’d never been to before.
-What was different in that trip than the rest of the trips?
Quite a lot compared to other trips I’ve been on which has really just been tripp’s to Japan for an adult snowboard your type camp thing. Van trips across the country in the Strange Brew van and then a few other randoms for other companies. This trip was very unique. By far the most people I’ve ever traveled with besides maybe my 8th grade trip to Washington DC. We had 5 vans cruising around at one point. Bunch of people from a bunch of different places. Everyone with different ridding styles. At times I felt overwhelmed because I just really wanted to make everyone happy and be there to document everything. Im a people pleaser. I realized though that I couldn’t film that many people and I just left it up to whoever was motivated or interested in snowboarding where were at to make the calls. It was also different from most because it felt a bit like a vacation. It was super laid back. The agenda was loose. We had a few things planned like the demo at Borovets but other than that we just followed where the snow was and had a good time.
-You did that zine with photos, can you tell us more about it?
Yea I told Dimo and Ristro that I would be down to put something together to distribute with the movie once it was done. Everyone was firing off film photos trough out the entire trip I know I shot about 10 rolls myself. So with the help of Risto we gathered all of those together and come up with some selects and I laid out a lil zine or photo book that I though kinda showed the trip start to finish just through images with very little words. I would have liked to use more photos because there were a ton and a ton that showed more light on the trip but I think in this case and also most others less is more.
-Hi 😊 did u like Uzana 🗻 ? (instagram question) @uzanaruns
Uzana was really cool. I had so much fun there and staying in the old hostel type hotel was really amazing. Everyone hanging in the super long family dining room with the fire place always blazing. It was the best place to bring everyone together to bond and drink rakia. The traditional Bulgarian food that the older man that ran the place made was delicious and cheap. I wish I could remember his name. I remember the night I boarded there I unstrapped after getting of the top of the rope and I hike further up the hill to take a lil pow run through the trees. I remember looking up at the stars and having a bit of a realization of where I was and what I was doing. It was beautiful. The fresh snow glowed on all the bare tree branches that intertwined between all the stars. The fresh snow wasn’t too deep and the base was no more than a foot but it was a magical ride back down to the bottom. I really appreciate that place and I fully understand why Risto and Dimo have a love for snowboarding along with all of their friends. That place felt like a home away from home.
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