From a conversation with Werner Herzog, conducted by Ian Michna for Jenkem, a skateboarding magazine.
ian michna: Can you hear me?
werner herzog: I can see you.
ian michna: You sound great.
ian michna: What was your first thought when someone asked, “Oh, you know, what do you know about skateboarding?”
herzog: I am puzzled because I am not familiar with the scene of skateboarding. At the same time, I had the feeling, yes, that’s my people. You have to accept trial and error. And I see them doing a certain jump or trying to slide on a metal rail, and they do it twenty-five times and fail.
ian michna: Yeah.
herzog: It’s good that you accept failure.
ian michna: He tried it so many times on so many different days.
herzog: It’s not too good to his pelvis.
ian michna: I wanted to ask you about physical feats because in an interview you said that what David Blaine does, where he holds his breath underwater for a long period of time, is not something you’re into. How is that different from ski jumping or flying or skateboarding?
herzog: David Blaine shouldn’t be trusted. His absurd quests are meant only for his own shining out.
ian michna: I’m curious what you think of this guy who skated in a museum?
herzog: Fine, why not?
ian michna: I’m curious, in skating there’s a camera that’s very popular. It’s a Sony cam. Have you fallen in love with a camera before?
ian michna: Let’s say you were to shoot skateboarding. Let’s say you went to Venice Beach. What would the soundtrack be?
herzog: That’s a good question. What comes to mind first and foremost are Russian Orthodox church choirs.
ian michna: [Laughs]
herzog: What you are doing is bordering the sacred.
ian michna: Thank you. On behalf of us skaters, we consider you a skateboarder.
herzog: I accept.