Tyshawn Jones: “I do everything for my mother”


This story originally appeared in i-D’s Out Of The Blue publish, no. 366, Winter 2021. Thanks to Tiffany & Co. Order your copy here.

Tyshawn Jones is the coolest and best skateboarder in the world. 2018 Thrasher Skater of the Year, owner of Taste So Good – a Caribbean restaurant in the Bronx, star of Supreme Cherry and Blessed skate videos, Tyshawn now has two signature adidas shoes to his name, and the world at his feet only 22 years old. year. Covering his second iD coverage in this issue – this time alongside model Imaan Hammam – we caught up with the Bronx native to talk about money, cars and the importance of moms.

Tyshawn wears a High Jewelry platinum necklace with diamonds. Earrings with diamonds in platinium TIFFANY & CO.

Hey! Can you introduce yourself?
I am Tyshawn Jones. I do a lot of things and I don’t like to limit myself. I don’t like to label myself as one thing or even as several things because who knows what I will do someday.

How has your life changed after winning the Skater of the Year award?
I wouldn’t say my life has changed in a way. I’m still the same person, I just got a little more notoriety.

Is there a memory that comes to your mind from when you won the award?
There are a lot of memories that come to my mind from there. I remember the exact moment in my life when I was about to win and how hard I was working to complete my video portion. I would go out with my friends and wake up at six in the morning trying to be the first person on the street to have a ride. You know, just little things like that. And then: to be celebrated afterwards, to fly to San Francisco to receive the award with all my family and friends.

Tyshawn seated on a stool shirtless wearing a diamond necklace and black tailored pants.

BERLUTI pants. High Jewelry necklace in platinum and diamonds. Schlumberger® Acorn pearl and diamond shirt studs and Sixteen Stone ring with platinum diamonds. Earrings with diamonds in platinium TIFFANY & CO.

What was it like playing a video game yourself?
I once played myself in a video game for about twenty minutes. That was it. It was cool and I love being in a video game but I don’t know I’m at an age where I can’t really sit and play video games. I try to live in the real world.

And who is the most inspiring person in your life?
My mother. I do everything for her. I work hard for her. I want to put her in places where she’s never been before. She worked to get me to where I am today, and without her I wouldn’t be where I am. She helped me pursue my dream.

What did she teach you?
She taught me everything I know. She taught me to work hard and work hard. How to go out and get it. Things like that, you know, things that are installed in me today. She inspires me just for life. I just watched her and learned from her. A teacher doesn’t always have to talk, you can just watch and learn.

Tyshawn wearing black tailored pants, black silk shirt and diamond ring, bracelet and earring.

SAINT LAURENT shirt BY ANTONY VACCARELLO. BERLUTI pants. High Jewelry necklace in platinum with diamonds and platinum ring with a diamond of more than 25 carats and diamonds. Earrings with diamonds in platinium TIFFANY & CO.

Do you remember what you bought with your first big paycheck?
I am cheap. I bought watches and stuff like that, but it doesn’t compare to the biggest paychecks I’ve received; not to brag. When I get money I have to think about it because I don’t want the money to change my life. Like if I got a check for one hundred and fifty thousand dollars, I wouldn’t go out and spend it all at once. I think about my purchases. I hate wasting money on materialistic things that don’t make me money. I don’t want to buy stuff that doesn’t matter.

What have you learned from running your own business?
That it takes time. People may think when they get this investment for the first time or when they buy or start their own business that they are just going to turn a profit quickly. Everything takes time. Everything is patience. It can take three years before you recoup that investment and start making money, you know? People think if you are the boss you are rich, but I have learned that you have to put the workers before yourself. The team is the only one. That’s what it’s about. They continue. It’s nothing without them. You have to pay your employees before you pay yourself, because if their check is lost, they leave. You have to bite the bullet if your check isn’t there because eventually you will reap the rewards.

“Some people like to dwell on what they have already achieved. I even hate to talk about winning the Skater of the Year award because it’s 2018, that was a long time ago.

What advice would you give to a young skateboarder who is just starting out?
I’d say just skate, have fun and be yourself, and it’ll happen, you know It’s a cliché to say chase the dream. We’ve all dreamed of being a pro skateboarder, but don’t think too much about it because it blinds the love of skateboarding. If you are passionate about it, love it and are willing to work on it, you will make it happen.

Do you remember something that you really wanted when you were just starting out?
I wanted to be a pro, I wanted a car. I wanted everything, you know, I wanted these materialistic things that I thought meant something. Eventually you realize that they’re fun, but they don’t matter. Once you have a little cash, a nice car, you realize it. I always try to think of the rest. I don’t like to dwell on the moment.

What is your current goal?
I wrote a TV show. I shot a pilot for it, paid for it out of pocket and everything, and it’s being edited right now and I’d like to get it bought by a big network for the world to see. So that’s one of my goals. I’m just the kind of person who likes to move. Some people like to dwell on what they have already achieved. I even hate to talk about winning the Skater of the Year award because it’s 2018, that was a long time ago. Love the price. I love directing, and people respect and honor it so much, but in my mind, it’s ancient history. I don’t want to keep talking about the past. I want to keep moving forward, setting new goals and achieving new things. I want to give people more to say. It doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate everything I’ve accomplished. I took the time to recognize it when it happened. But time is the only thing you can never get back. Not for all the money in the world.

What is the meaning of life?
The meaning of life is quite a difficult question! Everyone’s response is different. It all depends on your morality and what you believe in. But my meaning in life is to work hard, take care of the people you love, and be a good person. This is how I like to live.

What’s your Uber rating?
I drive everywhere. I swore that when I had the money I would have my own car and never take public transport again. Not in the sense that I’m too good at public transportation, but I’m from across the Bronx and had to take the bus every day; I’ll take the bus to the train. I couldn’t walk to the train because it was so far. It was hell ! It was like a two hour commute a day just to go skating. But I was passionate, I did it every day. There hasn’t been a day that I haven’t. I went to town every day to pursue my dream. The traffic in NYC is bad but I’d rather be in my car, listen to music or with my friends and relax than on this crazy MTA. I’m not an Uber guy unless I’m going to the airport. In New York, I drive. I know where you are. I’m going to stop, I’m coming to get you. Let’s go.

Can you park in parallel?
I can do everything. I am the best driver. I should be a NASCAR driver! But drive safe, you know, wear your seat belt.

What is the background photo on your phone?
The lock screen is a photo of me standing next to a Lamborghini Urus. I want this car. This is the car of my dreams. It reminds me to work hard. It’s not like “I love myself, I’m my screen saver”. The time is here. This is the number of hours I have in the day. This is the time that I need to devote to getting this Lamborghini. Unless they’re reading this and I can be their spokesperson, their ambassador, and they can give me one for free.

Tyshawn and Imaan on the cover of ID 366 The Out Of The Blue

Credits


With thanks to Tiffany & Co.

Photography Mario Sorrenti
Fashion Alastair McKimm

Bob Hair Recine
Frank B makeup at The Wall Group
Honey nail technician at Exposure NY with CHANEL
Photo assistance Kotaro Kawashima and Javier Villegas
Digital Technician Chad Meyer
Fashion Aid Madison Matusich, Milton Dixon III, Jermaine Daley and Casey Conrad
Martin Keehn suit
Kazuhide Katahira hair aid
Elle Haein Kim Makeup Aid
Production Katie Fash, Layla Néméjanki and Steve Sutton
Production assistance William Cipos
Casting director Samuel Ellis Scheinman for DMCASTING

All jewelry (worn end to end) Tiffany & Co.


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