Get Familiar with **AMMO** Pro Skater Manny Santiago. During the last couple of months we got to spend some time with Manny Santiago. He has been putting in work: From Winning at Cross Roads to the release of “EVERYWHERE WE GO” Famous Stars & Straps skate video then, the release of “SHAPE DUECE” after, taking part on the AXION shoes skate tour also, becoming pro under **AMMO** and lastly, being part of the rookie of the year 2011 nominees. Enjoy his full interview after the jump and don’t forget to vote. Word!
Images via TWIT & Manny
TWIT:For those that don’t know: What does MSA stand for? MS: MSA stands for Manny Slays All which is my skate website, that i run with my Brotha SpanishMike
TWIT:How did that come about? MS: Actually randomly, at that time think wanted to get the blog game up and the one on the site wasn’t really working so they made the name and site, surprised me with it and here we are now.
TWIT: You’ve been skating for a while: how much has your deck set up changed through out the years? MS: I mean growing up with nothing and getting hand-me-downs haha its been craze but i started with the 7.75 when i was getting flow from Almost, then same with Shortys…. Now I’m on the big boys board 8.0! Haha.
TWIT: When did you get on Famous? MS: I think around ’06 time not sure but its been nothing but amazing.
TWIT: What is it like to be mentored by Felix? MS: A blessing! He really looks out for us and wants nothing but the best for us you know. He pushes you to be the best you can with out saying much, kind of like you want to make him proud, you know.
He always has a little saying when we do, “I roll with nothing but Pitbulls” which to us growing up where we’re from we know what Pitbulls are so it’s a compliment! Haha
TWIT: What has been your biggest challenge since you started traveling on a regular basis? MS: I actually enjoy it, send me whenever, wherever, and for however long. Haha But mainly just being stable and being with my homies…. but I got the rest of my life to do that!
TWIT: If you didn’t skate what would you do? MS: Most likely a welder, I graduated Tech school for welding and had a 40 hour week job. Still skated everyday though, even during lunch breaks…. Haha. The older guys always made me do tricks…
TWIT: Whats your favorite food? MS: Moms cooking!.. Rice, Beans, Pork chops, corn and a Malta GOYA! If you know, then you know!
TWIT: When did you get your first tattoo and what was your last tattoo? MS: First tattoo was at Tampa Am like 3 years ago I think. I got “Yoly” on my neck… Babymama… Haha.. Kidding! It’s my moms! I figured, I would get the worst tat so they rest wouldn’t be bad….
TWIT: Skating is like what? MS: It’s an escape from reality…
TWIT: Now that the filming is done and the video has been released, How Do You Feel!? MS: Feels good, but doesn’t mean I’m done filming! I got another video part coming out near the end of February for “SHAPE DEUCE” another East Coast video. Can’t wait for that…Dave Bachinsky and I will be having full parts, also they made a Shape Deuce x Hubba Wheel for the video!
TWIT: How was the Axion tour? MS: It was amazing, just skating everyday and giving out shoes. Skating different parks, meeting kids. Pure skating and having fun…. and the new shoes are BUTTERY! Look out…
TWIT: What’s next on the Schedule?
MS: Sat. Famous sk8 video Premier in Hollywood
Frisco Next Week for another premier
Magic/Skate Slate Trade show in Vegas
Home for the SHAPE DEUCE premier
More FAMOUS skate video premiers
TWIT: How dope was it to win the Cross Roads contest? MS: It was an indescribable feeling! I just want to thank Felix, the crew and the 5Boro crew for all the hype. Also thanks Jamie for letting me skate the contest.
TWIT: Contest or not, a good day of skating is like:
MS: Better than SEX…. Haha! Had to do it.
By the way in case you didn’t know Manny turned Pro in Tampa!
TWIT: How did it feel to get your pro board? MS: It was an unreal feeling, still hasn’t hit me yet! But I’m sure when I see a kid with one it will trip me out!
TWIT: How did that tooth broke? How did the swelling start? MS: I face planted at the Costa Volcom Mesa Damn AM last year in November. Since it wasn’t too bad I just let it rock, ya know but recently it just blew up! I had to wait through the weekend till Monday to get it fixed… Let’s just say: worst pain of my life!
TWIT: What are you doing with **AMMO**? MS: Just anything I can, you know. Sticker bombing, web hype, giving out the ok decks and skating! Which is most important… Haha!
TWIT: How did you get nominated for rookie of the year? MS: Honestly, I don’t know, but it’s an awesome feeling to have my name next to those guys.
TWIT: Is there still a chance for people to vote? MS:I believe so, so go VOTE! Haha…
TWIT: What’s the first thing you do when you wake up? Aside from using the bathroom… MS: The usual. Check my email. Check Mannyslaysall.com…. Then you know, FACEBOOK! After that, hit all the homies to go skate!
TWIT: Who are your sponsors? MS: Famous Stars and Straps, **AMMO**, Venture Trucks, Hubba Wheels, AXION Footwear, Siege Audio, Quintin Hat Co., Diamond Supply Co.
P.S first 10 People to email me will get the 20% off code for some Axion shoes on the website, MannySlaysAll@yahoo.com
Don’t miss the limited release of MSA hats by Quintin Co. available HERE at the end of the months.