I met Tyron Ballantine last February on my very unprepared last minute adventure to Winterclash. Erick Rodriguez and I both bought tickets to Amsterdam two days prior to leaving with no real plan in front of us. Upon arrival we found ourselves lost, homeless, and cold with thousands of dollars worth of equipment along with massive amounts of clothes in bags. Realizing we had nowhere to sleep, we spent a night in a hostel and decided we would find a skate park the very next day and try our luck. After getting lost and being given the wrong directions by a local, who we’d later find was setting us up to be robbed in the hood, a young girl on the train saved us and showed us the right way. Thank you random girl. We’d be f*%#$d if it weren’t for you.
Once we got to the park we watched, met, and were astonished by the young monster that is Tyron. Tyron kindly took the initiative to approach us and welcome us into his home. The two of us graciously accepted his invitation. For the next two weeks he warmly showed Erick, the always fashionably late Rachard Johnson, and I around the city to all of the best local spots that most tourists never find. His super-duper awesome mom let us borrow her car; she also cooked for us, which was a huge blessing. We still can’t thank her enough.
Now a year later, Tyron is here in the one and only Brooklyn, NY to display that he is not only a monster that will destroy anyone in his path but also a super humble party animal that many folks aspire to be. After only two weeks of filming, here are the fruits of his labor in the city that never sleeps. He’s better than you. Enjoy and be jealous ; ) Step yo game up New York!
filmed by Cesar Macay and Shawn Engler