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Nate Bozung’s Last Hump Day

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(Editors Note: Eric Fernandez wrote this interview. Expect to see much more of Eric in weeks to come.)

I met Nate about two years ago living in Salt Lake City. It’s easy to understand how someone might get a wrong first impression considering the face tattoos, but he’s really a totally charismatic dude. He’s always quick to a joke, or has some really funny story to tell. Now, two years later by complete chance, we are neighbors in Brooklyn. And things haven’t changed–besides the stories being a little crazier and the jokes being a little funnier. For the sake of avoiding a long-winded, boring introduction, ladies and ‘gents, the Nate Bozung Hump Day interview is as follows, with all you’ll never need or want to know. Enjoy.

-“I can’t wait to hear some of these questions. It’s just like, you know what… I don’t give a fuck about snowboarding anymore so, whatever. I wish I could get a little more drunk.” -Nate Bozung

Start with your name, age, and place of residence…

Hold on let me re-light my cigarette. It’s windy god damnit. Mmm, well obviously my name is Nate Bozung, I’m 28 years old. Actually fuck, I’m 29. I just had a birthday. I live in Brooklyn, New York.

I heard you spent your entire Neff royalty check on a year’s rent in Brooklyn. Is that true? Are you hyped on your spot?

It wasn’t even a royalty check, it was just out of my Neff payments. So I just paid it all up front because that’s the only way I could get into an apartment, cause my credit is bad. Neff came through and wired in a lot of money, so now I live here. It was sweet.

So are you hyped on your spot?

Yeah I’m really hyped. I just wish sometimes that I lived in the city, because on drunken nights it’s tough getting back to Brooklyn. Like the other night I took an E pill at like 6 in the morning, and I thought I had a metrocard, so I turned down a ride back. And then realized I didn’t actually have a metrocard, so I walked back. It’s only a mile but it was the longest mile ever ‘cause I was on E. By myself. (Laughs)

Is the walk back over the bridge your daily dose of exercise?

(Laughs) Yeah the walk back over the bridge is it, unless you count bar-to-bar. But yeah. And I also never see the sun anymore.

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So, I see that you’ve compiled quite the tattoo collection. What sparked your desire for home tats?

It was just more of the situation I was in out in Greece. We had a tattoo gun and I just really, really, really didn’t care. And I still don’t. So we were there and I was drunk, and I wanted to learn how to do it so I just did it. I still have a lot more work to do, but they cost a lot of money so, I really wish I had that tattoo gun here.

You know you can make those right?

Yeah. I did a stick and poke one day with a needle. I don’t know… I need to do something with my life one day, so maybe I could be a tattoo artist, except I’m not the best artist so actually, maybe scratch that one. I’ll just be a party promotor. (Laughs).

Which was the first tattoo you got on your face? Did you just wake up one morning and say “Ok, I want a face tat,” or was it more on a whim?

Well no actually my first face tattoo was in Laguna Beach. I got this little asterisk on my temple. Just a little guy. So I got that one, and then pretty much, I was like whatever ‘cause I didn’t have a girlfriend anymore so I was like “I can do whatever I want” so I just went crazy. And now I’m pretty much single for life ‘cause of it. (Laughs).

How many more face tats are you gonna get?

I’m gonna get one more. I just haven’t gotten around to getting it. It’s just little lips. You know like the lipstick kiss lips. I’m gonna get it right here on my temple, but no more on my cheek or anything like that.

You should get a yobeat tattoo on your face.

Tell them to fuckin’ pay me and I will. I’m getting a Facebook tattoo soon, probably not on my face though.

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Who is Paulina Pink? She’s all over your facebook. Who is she? Does she exist?

Oh yeah…. Yeeeahhhhh. Good question. Yes she definitely exists. I’ve actually been trying to get a hold of her today. But I couldn’t get on facebook. I talk to her on the phone all the time, so many hours talking to that girl on the phone. She lives in Columbia, and I’ve never met her.

You’ve never met her?

Never met her, but yeah I got her name tattoo’d on my neck (Laughs). If I ever meet the girl I’m gonna marry her. Paulina Pink, she’s the shit.

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What’s going on with Bozwreck? Are you guys going to make boards this year?

Ha! Well now that I just kicked Matty out from the house two days ago, I don’t know what’s gonna happen with it. The thing is, all these people owe us money and it’s like, well what the fuck. I really don’t think we’re making boards anymore.

Do you have a good following on the east coast? I saw a dude at my work wearing Bozwreck shirt the other day, it seems pretty popular.

People are hyped on it. People being hyped on something and making money off something is two different things, even though we’re not really trying to make money off of it. But it’s like, it takes money to do shit. And I’m sick of taking it out of my own pocket. We thought about just making boards just for the team and that’s it and not even selling them, and that’s what we were last leaning on, but as of now I have no idea. I really don’t care. (Laughs)

From what I understand, you’ve taken a liking to the NYC nightlife. Is this truly the most fun place to party on earth?

Yeah, it’s definitely probably the funnest place to party in the world. But there’s definitely also other places to party that are really fun. The reason I really like it is ‘cause it’s so condensed and there’s so many fucking hot girls here. It’s completely mind boggling that everywhere you go there’s a hot chick, and your neck starts hurting. Ratio of girls to dudes though, yeah it’s the best place to party on earth.

And what’s the longest amount of time you’ve made nonstop party without sleeping since being here?

I try and usually sleep but I think… Yeah probably three days. I know people who’ve gone way longer, but I can never really pull it longer than that. I dunno it just depends. Yeah it was probably three days I think. I don’t remember the situation but I know I was wasted. (Laughs)

Was that recent?

Well last weekend, I was raging. I think I was out for like, two days straight. And I was raging and getting really fucked up. And I ended up at the pool party at the Thompson Hotel, and I couldn’t even open my eyes dude, I was just so twisted. But yeah, it’s a fun city. People think I’ve just lost my mind here, but if they saw the shit that I’ve been doing and getting into, they’d just be so jealous. (Laughs).

What was your drink/drug of choice during that particular time? Or was it whatever really comes your way?

I can’t remember. (Laughs). I really can’t remember. (More Laughs). Obviously I was drinking what was right in front of me, or whatever I could get a hold of. And of course, some of the high-powered street stuff. One weekend I was on some acid for like two days, E every now and then, coke every now and then. It’s just, whatever. Those god damn models just keep stickin’ stuff in front of me. It’s not my fault. (More Laughs)

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Are the drugs readily accessible in NYC better, worse, or the same than in other places you’ve partied, like Greece for example?

Oh god they’re the best! God yeah, the best for sure. Greece didn’t have any drugs, Greece was just drinking and that’s why I lost my mind so bad there. Cause I don’t know, anyone who parties can kind of vouch but you do a little coke and it brings you back to reality a little bit, as crazy as that sounds. So, I don’t know. I don’t really do any coke lately ‘cause I don’t have any money. But the other day I talked my drug dealer into giving me an E pill ‘cause I was at some rave I’d never been to, I didn’t know where I was and I was like “C’mon man, I owe you… I’ll owe you 20 bucks man, c’mon.”

You’ve got to have one end-all, just fucking awesome story from your time in NYC. If there’s one totally crazy, fucked up, funny, wild scenario to tell about, now is your chance.

Well… they’d actually need to write a book about it. (Laughs). It’s like, every night. It’s something new every night. Every night is crazy. You get wasted and then you’re going from bar to bar to bar, and then clubs, and tables, and bottles, and just whatever. Every night is the best. And there are so many fucking hot girls. For a second there I would just wake up and be like wow… I cannot wait to go out again tonight. It just keeps getting better and better and better.

That’s cool.

Yeah, it was cool ‘cause I got here and I met these kids Jay and Majors and Lo’… and I’ve just been running around their scene ‘cause they’re the promoters for all the clubs, so you get into crazy clubs you’d never get into normally. They pretty much run New York.

So would you wanna be a promoter?

No, I don’t wanna be a promoter, but I did promote my first night the other night with CJ. But it was more like, don’t even pay me, just give me a bottle and a table, and I’ll bring some friends, and some hot babes… and let’s get wasted!

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Have you ever thought about sobering up and making a fucking killer “comeback” part?

Nope. (Laughs). Why would I want to do something like that?

I guess that question is a little off topic.

Yeah… go kill myself, just to get in trouble by somebody when I’m not even doing anything wrong. Fuck the snowboard industry… well actually I wouldn’t say fuck the snowboard industry like that, but fuck trying to do it professionally anymore. I’ll fuck around with it and stuff, but I’m 29. I’m not trying to be 35 and still trying to get my best video part of the year like a lot of other people are. I’m on some new shit. I own a snowboard company now, I don’t need to ride for anybody. I took a step up in the game, the way I look at it. A lot of people are hating on it… but Ha Ha Ha.

So do you think you’re gonna stay in NYC for awhile? What’s your next move?

Yeah I’m gonna stay here, renew my lease.

Same spot?

Yeah, same spot. Next year should be dope ‘cause my tax shit will be all done with, and I’ll actually be able to travel a little bit. I didn’t get to travel at all this year. So I’ll go to some events, and whatever.

You going to film at all?

Ehh, I dunno. It just depends on the situation. I wanted to film for Keegan’s video a little bit. But I think about actually strapping into a snowboard and getting that nervous/scared feeling and I’m like Mmm nah, I’m over that feeling. I’d rather go skate thru traffic and almost get hit by a taxi.

Yeah, cause if you get hit by a taxi at least you get a grip of cash out of it.

Yeah, exactly. I mean no matter what you do people will always talk shit, so I just don’t really care about that side of snowboarding anymore. It’s just kinda bullshit.

So I think that’s a wrap man, any good last words or shout outs to people you wanna give?

I’ll give a shout out to all my friends in New York, the world, all my family, and to Neff. And that’s pretty much it. Everyone who’s helped me along the way, it’s been fun. And tell (Nick) Lipton that I decided this is the last interview I’m ever doing, and the only reason I did it was because it’s Yobeat. So there.

Drunk on the Slopes!

Turns out marijuana is the only illicit substance effecting the safety and enjoyment of patrons at Breckenridge resort. The locals go under cover to expose yet another crisis.

BYND x MEDALS: Episode 3

These boys have been getting themselves into all sort of trouble lately, which begs the question: is this a case of when keeping it real goes wrong? Either way, their antics tend towards the amusing side. In the third episode of BYNDxMDLS, Kevin and Tor head to Flachauwinkl Austria, for the 2013 Spring Battle. While there, they meet up with Mario Käppeli and Ethan Morgan, who show them the ropes in the Austrian backcountry.

Filmed and edited by Frederick Thelen. Additional footage Ryan Scardigli.

BYND x MDLS Episode 1

Ahh Europe. A place where being kind of a piece of shit is still handsomely rewarded in snowboarding. And two of our favorite Euros, Kevin Backstrom and Tor Lundstrom are up to no good in the first episode of BYND x MDLS. Get it? Cause it’s about more than just hucking your meat at contests. We can’t really be sure where their meat will end up, in fact.

A2M Full Movie

Just when you forget why we all secretly wish we were European, this movie appears.

Riders: Hákon Traustason, Ísak Kristinn Harðarsson, Gunnar Viðar Gunnarsson, Adam Granqvist, Sölvi B.Helgason, Matthías Arnarsson, Kareem el rafie, Abbe Hjellstrom, Svavar Jensen, Harold Helgason, Sindri Steinarsson and Coach Thunder!

Yobeat Visits BozWrecklyn on Humpday

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BozWreck, n. A combination of Bozung and Homewreck, a snowboard company, movement and way of life. Brooklyn, n. New York City’s second favorite borough, often considered hipster heaven, birthplace of the Notorious B.I.G. BozWrecklyn, n, A combination of two awesome forces, a great word created via a text message.

Love or hate them, Matty Ryan and Nate Bozung have had an impact on snowboarding. Careers filled with highs, lows, bangers and blowouts, tales of wild debauchery, moments of glory, down and out days and a revival through BozWreck have created an enigma of sorts out of this dynamic duo. But since the drop of BozWreck 2 things have been quiet. Only because BozWreck moved to Brooklyn.

Why would pro snowboarders live in Brooklyn? Because they wanted to, and well, Bozung had a huge Neff check laying around, and an apartment lease in Bedford, Brooklyn seemed like a great way to spend it. Also, have you ever been to NYC?

bozwreckBozWreck backstage at something. Don’t miss the face tat…    p. Matty’s Blackberry

Unless you’re unfortunate enough to live in Vegas, you can’t argue that NYC doesn’t have the country’s best nightlife. Now, drop two of the hardest partying people in snowboarding into a world of 4AM last call, drugs, taxis, models, loose beautiful women, motivated people and a ton of money and what do you get in return? A collection of great stories.

When Matty and I went out in NYC, I always saw the sun come up, always had fun and never looked at my bank account. Matty even has a trick for dealing with the expenses of New York living, “Just put your hand over the screen, you don’t need to see that number.”

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Matty loves taking photos with his blackberry.

Each night I’d give Matty a call or meet with him after he got off work. We’d head to the Lower East Side, drink at The Ace Hotel or head to a bar Matty was hyped on. I never saw Nate. “Nate goes to the clubs and that stuff. You know, the celebrity spots and all that. When I lived in LA I did that, I’ve seen Lindsay Lohan a dozen times, I don’t need to see her again.” Interestingly the night after Matty said this we ended up at Avenue, a surefire celebrity hangout. But crazy nights and wild times are losing their importance to Matty.

Having spent the summer working in the South, and spending time with his family, Matty has obviously matured and refocused his goals. As far as BozWreck is concerned, Matty and Nate hired a friend from upstate New York to handle the boring business side of things leaving these two free to explore the city, something Matty has fallen in love with. “Dude I don’t care what I do here as long as I’m checking it out. I mean, I’ll even play whiffle ball in the park, I don’t care, I just love walking around all day.”

mustacheYep, that mustached man is Matty Ryan.   p. Matty’s Blakberry

The mysterious Nate Bozung is apparently living off of Neff checks, which is awesome, but seemingly impossible in my mind. Even with a packed party schedule, Nate has done plenty of work establishing Neff on the East Coast. He’s already recruited a local NYC skater named Majors. Look for the hat Majors just designed in one of the fifty thousand stores Neff sells in. Nate’s also decking NYC in Neff gear. While waiting for Matty at work I saw plenty of bright hoodies, sagging beanies and other assorted Neff goodies adorning the staff. So who knows, maybe those checks will be getting bigger. Maybe Nate can convince Jay-Z to do a Rocka Wear/Neff collabo’?

On the other side of the coin Matty seems to have cemented new roots in the NYC scene. He has picked up a job at The Breslin, a restaurant inside the eccentrically hip Ace Hotel NYC, and my god does the boy work. Matty might just be the hardest working barback in all of NYC. He cleans the bar, helps the servers, pours drinks and stocks glasses at light-speed while holding at least two or three conversations at a time. The best part is Matty takes pride in his work, and seems genuinely happy in his new world. And, since the staff googled him and found out he’s a big shot pro snowboarder, things have gotten a bit easier around the bar.

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“I gave this dude a Holden coat and he gave me some free tattoos!”     p. Matty’s Crackberry

As it stands, this gruesome twosome have until December before their current lease runs out. When it does a few things could happen. Matty wants to film another part, a holy-grail, end-of-days, that’s-it-I’m-done type part, but has no plans on moving out of the city. Nate, well Nate might move to South America to be with a girl from Facebook (he apparently tattooed her name on his knuckles just the other day) but Nate might end up a lot of places. Who knows, he might just end up taking over snowboarding again. For now though, he’s content working the nightlife and expanding the Neff empire.

wastedbutlerThe Wasted Butler…   p. Matty’s Blackberry

Bozwrecklyn plans to keep doing what they’re doing. Staying up late, waking up later, meeting women, trading gear for tattoos, exploring their new surroundings and forcing their butler to pick up mid-day sandwiches. Yes, I said butler. BozWreck has employed a “Wasted Butler” named CJ–a male model also living in NYC. So while people may not understand why two pro snowboarders are living in Brooklyn, you can’t blame two dudes who’ve found a happier situation, have a butler and are continuing to find new success while enjoying life.

Get Cool with the Hipster Look

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Yobeat wants you to achieve your snowboard dreams, and our advice is to fake it ‘till you make it by going hipster. Afraid of rails? Dress like a coked-out chick and 5-0’s are all people will expect from you. Hate big jumps? With painted on pants and a leather coat you’ll never have to leave the ground again because, “Only jocks hit jumps.” Maybe you’re just not very talented? Nothing hides that better than the hipster look. So start next year, or this summer, onboard the hipster train and watch your street cred’ skyrocket. Here’s how to do it…

Get Your Pants Right:

Nothing is more important than your pants, and obviously tighter is better. But you can easily fuck this up. Think you’re pants are tight because you bought some ladies Holden pants, Airblaster slacks or Krew Denim? Or maybe mom sewed up your gear? Nope, either way you fucking blew it. Buying shit is uncool. Receipts are evidence that you’re not sponsored. Also, mom’s sew-up job turned your normally uncool pants into bellbottoms, an obvious leap in the wrong direction–more on that later. What you need is that painted on look. Not a waterproof pair of tights or bellbottoms. Do your knee’s bend in those things? Fuck no, so you’re doomed to disco spins on the fun box and missed grabs. You want to look the business right? Our advice, paint ‘em on, use waterproof acrylics.

Grow Facial Hair:

Ever notice how coffee shops are filled with mustaches and beards? Those dudes are hipsters, copy them. If you can grow a big mustache or beard, do it now. Don’t fret if puberty let you down, mustache wax and a sharpie work wonders, also; mascara is cheap as hell. Hip facial hair has rules though. Don’t you dare grow a goatee, chin strap or soul patch. Those are for gangsters, guidos and people that call you “fag” now.

Your mark:

Tattoos, broken teeth, rings, trinkets and many other items of flare are massively important in directing attention away from your inability to shred and onto your ability to look cool. Also, you can chop your subpar video part up with excess lifestyle if you look interesting. Even riders with actual skill do this. For examples check out Jon Kooley’s intro in that one People movie or Jarad Hadi’s intro in Skeleton Crew.  But, if your body’s a temple and you’re afraid to break some teeth you’ll have to take the dirty road. Up and coming O-matic ripper Billy Mackey has more rings and trinkets on his hands and in his hair than most jewelry stores. As a hipster your options are endless because you’re so fucking creative.

Music:

What’s on your ipod is officially crucial to your existence. Here’s the breakdown; 20% Rap, 10% Electric (But it’s old and you hate it now), %10 New Wave and %60 garage rock and/or the many sounds of the british invasion. Defy this breakdown and you’re cover is blown. Disco is a no-no, and if caught wearing bellbottoms and listening to disco you’re going to have to forgo hipster and latch onto the eccentric look. For added believability become a music snob. Scoff at friends choice in music regularly. Top hipsters have an explanation and analysis for why “your” music sucks. WARNING: The eccentric look requires actual snowboard skill, otherwise you’re just a douche bag.

Cigs and Booze:

When in public smoke cigs as much as possible. In the car, in the lift line, on the chairlift, on the run, in the lodge, at home, while setting up a rail, before eating, during eating, after eating and at the bar are all great places to smoke. Smoke any cigarette that is offered to you, but do not purchase Camel crushes or any other cigarette besides Camel Lights, Full Flavors or Marlboro Reds. Girls are allowed to smoke American Spirits, Laura Hadar made this OK. In regards to booze you better drink it. Drink as much as you can. But be weary, there are rules. Never appear drunk unless you are the drunkest. Be known as the guy who is either in control or in handcuffs, you determine when either is appropriate. Also, brag about the amount of whiskey, wine and Pabst you consumer on a daily basis. This will make you appear tough and cool to people who care about their health. You can also lie about your lack of skill and claim to be drunk.

Emotions:

You don’t care about anything. Life’s pointless and you’ve known that since you read Nietzsche in Junior High, or since Mommy left Daddy. You’re just gunna’ have fun until you keel over.

Follow these guidelines and watch the doors open. Companies will hire you because you look cool. Girls will wanna make-out because you’re the bad boy. People will include you because you look like fun. Just don’t forget, only a small percentage of hipsters will ever be good at snowboarding, win a fight against a jock, or keep up appearances long enough to trick the masses, but good luck.

Finally! Bang Show Teaser 2!

Love this crew. Love this teaser. Don’t love the second pair of tits but the slams make up for it. BangShow dropping this Fall. Be sure to pick one up.