RIch Adler passed through New York a little while back after having to flee Japan due to an expired visa. Finding it pretty bizarre that he had just fully expatriated to a country as foreign as Japan, I figured it a good opportunity to catch up with him and hear from the horses mouth what the hell he’s been doing out there and what it was that caused him to uproot from Philadelphia after nearly 2 decades of pushing through the city’s streets.
RIch Adler is about as Philly as a skater can get. There are few modern skaters who display a better use of the streets and all that a city has to offer. Considering Rich’s history in Philadelphia and how integral to the Traffic family I was a bit shocked to hear that he had not only planned to leave but that he’d already up and moved to Japan, overstayed his Visa and fled back to the US. During a rare visit up to New York City, Jack Sabback and I caught up with him over at John Mehring’s house. When I showed up the two ex-roommates were deep into a nostalgic 1990’s Youtube session that had reached somewhere around the year 1998 by the time I’d shown up. With Josh Kalis killing Love Park and City Hall on the computer screen and several spent beer cans lying strewn about, it took a while to capture everyone’s attention long enough to get some solid sentences on tape. But it eventually became more fluid and Rich was soon telling us about his reasons for leaving, his life in Japan and even a possible book project he’s been working on. We ended the night with a rather unorganized viewing of Rich’s part in the “Night Prowler” video and got a little bit of insight into filming for that project.
It’s a bit long so I split it into 2 parts…...enjoy.