How do you introduce someone that needs no introduction? Kristian Svitak has been a favorite skateboarder of mine for quite some time. His contributions on board and to the skateboard world are pretty heavy and his punishing style on board gives you a glimpse into the passion he has for everything he does. A musician, a skateboarder, and the head of a few companies/projects, his first and most important priority is his family. It is few and far between when you talk to a “hero” and they not only meet your expectations of being cool, but surpass them with their openness, honesty and realness. Kristian is just one of those guys. If there is anyone left out there “keeping it real”, Kristian certainly is one of them.
1. Tell us about what you do, who you are, and how you balance your career with being a dad?
I am a professional skateboarder, owner of Kill The Kool, 1031 skateboards, Landshark wheels and Regulator distribution, I also play a little bit in a couple bands. And I have my hands in a few other related projects.
How do I balance it all? I write LOTS of paper notes!! HAA! I have to organize all the things I have to do for everything I’m involved with all on paper. And I make it a point that my family is on the top of that list every time. My wife plays a major role in helping me stay glued together. She is a Realtor, so having her be self employed and having a unique schedule as well really helps in the understanding of my crazy world.
2. What does being a modern-day dad mean to you?
Hhhhmmmm. I guess to me, its just trying to evolve and improve on what my parents did? If that’s possible? That’s not to say that my parents where not good. They are the best parents!! But I guess what I’m saying is that every generation has a responsibility to look in the past and try to improve on what the prior generation did. Not just be the same. Because every generation has their positives and negatives. Including my generation.
3.How did becoming a father change your life?
It changed my entire inner feeling of what and who I am, what my personal importance is and what is most important to me. Its a very deep feeling I get when I look at my daughter. I see generations of my lineage that I grew up with and ones I never knew. Its the closest feeling that I have ever had to something spiritual.
Ive had a pretty happy life. But I honestly have never been this happy and have been so constantly. It has also made me a better person, the person Ive always been in my mind but was not always represented. But now there is much more minute by minute attention to detail to keep my values and morals to the highest level at all times. I don’t act like someone else when I’m not around my daughter. I don’t get vulgar, rude and disrespectful when im with “the guys”. I am always my daughters papa, 24/7. I need to always be on point. I want to be on point. I want her to be proud of me. I want to be proud of me.
Having her has raised my mental bar. The way I treat people and the meaningful, honest, thoughtful and sincere way I live my life. Ive always been like this, since I was a little kid. But before my daughter I was sifting through a world of other peoples opinions and that could side track where I wanted to be as a person sometimes. Now its clear. Very clear.
4. Whats the greatest part about being a dad?
Constant happiness. Constant cuteness. I feel like I live in the cutest cartoon or something. Its surreal sometimes, and everything I answered in the last question.
5. Can you share a funny story about being a father?
Gosh, funny stories? I feel like there has a already been a million. One thing my daughter was saying just a bit ago before we took her out of diapers….. When we try to touch her diaper to see if she pooped she will say “Don’t touch my poop!”
6. What advice can you give any new father out there?
You don’t need all that crap you see in the stores. Although a good video monitor is AMAZING!! Stare at your kids with nothing else on your mind as much as you can. And have fun with them, they are your best friends. Be there, be involved and love em with everything you got. Also raise your own bar, be a better person than you were yesterday for them. Your child, yourself and the rest of the world will appreciate it.
Oh! And don’t get caught up in everyone else chatter. Every child, person, family, life experiences are different. Nothing is black and white.
Thanks so much Kristian for taking part! I really appreciate you taking the time to talk to us, your continued contributions to the skateboarding world, and your awesome example of being a father. Best of luck, always.