Interview & Studio Photo | Jonathan Labez | @JMLabez
Location Photo | Courtesy of Soichiro Kanashima | @Soichirokanashima

THEM Skates is headed to the UK to promote the release of the heavily anticipated 909 boot. Until the Them team lands in the UK in two weeks, Be-Mag is interviewing everyone on the THEM 909 UK tour, getting to know their experiences in Britain, favorite parts of Brit culture, and what tour life means to them.

Next up — Soichiro Kanashima (@Soichirokanashima).

The team will be stopping off in Manchester February 8th and London February 9th. Tickets are available on and

Is this your first time in the UK? 

I’ve been there only once, for the 2010 Chaz Sands Invitational. I had so much fun with VALO team. It was unforgettable!

Favorite UK memory

Definitely the Chaz Sands Invitational!

If you find the time to go sightseeing, where would you want to visit?

I wanna check out Big Ben and Abbie road in London. I’d love to walk across Abbey road with the Them boys.

What are you most looking forward to on this trip?

Everything!  This is the first time since my first visit in a decade. There must be so many changes! I can’t wait to see everyone there.  Let’s hang out and have tons of fun!

Do you collect certain knickknacks when you visit a new place?

Every time I go overseas, I buy and collect shot glasses of the places I’ve visited. They remind me of good memories I’ve had when using theses glasses. Let’s get your favorite drink with me!

If you had to choose a theme song for this tour, what would it be?

Beatles – Come Together 

Who is your all time favorite skater from the UK?

Oli Short

Person you’re most likely to get into trouble with on this tour?

I don’t think I’ll get into trouble.

What do you dread the most about traveling?

Getting on a airplane as I have acrophobia when I’m not wearing skates.

Do you have any good luck charm you bring on trips?

THEM Skates

What are five essentials you are bringing on this trip?

• Them skates
• Ramune candy
• iPhone 
• Contact lenses 
• Hair gel

What are some lessons you’ve learned on tour?

Be sure to check there are no vegetables in the food I eat.

The Beatles, the Rolling Stones or Queen?


Sherlock Holmes or James Bond?


Doctor Who or Monty Python?

I don’t know both… so no idea.

Cup o’ tea, pint of beer, or shot of scotch?

Auga (pure water)

Bronson or Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels?

Stock and Two Smoking Barrels? I don’t know both of them, so I’ll take a look.

Crisps or chips?


Meat pies or Sunday roasts?

Meat pies

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