Skateboarder Magazine – Jamie Thomas: Solo Mission – Feb/Mar 2012 Issue

Check out this Jamie Thomas article called “Solo Mission” from our Feb/Mar 2012 issue and see what the Chief was up to around this time last year.

Originally published in our Feb/Mar 2012 issue
Words: Jamie Thomas
Photos: Andrew Peters

Over the past 25 years, skateboarding has played many different roles in my life. When I first started, every day felt like Christmas, I couldn’t wait to get up and skate around the neighborhood. As I got a little older, skateboarding was the sanity that helped me get through adolescence. No matter how much I hated everything, skateboarding was the outlet that helped me to escape the reality of life. Skateboarding gave me hope that there were possibilities outside of my small town in Alabama, the hope that I could do something with my life. When I left home for California, I had no idea skateboarding would become my vehicle for life. I couldn’t be more thankful that I’ve been able to earn a living and see the world through skateboarding. As I try to hang on to the dream, I’m constantly reminded of how precious time is. This keeps me motivated to embrace the struggle and make the most of every opportunity. Skate or die.

One of the best feelings is learning a new trick. This is Jamie's first frontside blunt in the wild.

One of the best feelings is learning a new trick. This is Jamie's first frontside blunt in the wild.

If only you could always get a photo while messing around. Gap to layback frontside boardslide. Sydney, AUS

If only you could always get a photo while messing around. Gap to layback frontside boardslide. Sydney, AUS

Jamie never understood the vibes about skating rocks. Frontside noseslide on a rock out ledge. Huntington Beach, CA

Jamie never understood the vibes about skating rocks. Frontside noseslide on a rock out ledge. Huntington Beach, CA

Jamie tried to take this lipslide to the street for an hour before he came to the conclusion that landing in a firecracker was the way to go. Sacramento, CA

Jamie tried to take this lipslide to the street for an hour before he came to the conclusion that landing in a firecracker was the way to go. Sacramento, CA

Taking advantage of unlikely circumstances always feels right. Polejam wallride, Oceanside, CA

Taking advantage of unlikely circumstances always feels right. Polejam wallride, Oceanside, CA