In my opinion, the word “legend” is thrown around too loosely these days. Despite that, there are times when the word is perfectly appropriate to describe someone. Take Tommy Guerrero, for example (even if he’s much too modest to accept the title). He was my childhood skateboard idol—the first pro to be known for street skating, and a member of the illustrious Bones Brigade. After that, he helped found one of my favorite companies, Real Skateboards, which has been an institution in skateboarding for over two decades. He makes music so incredible that it’s hard to describe when you tell people about it. And he’s capable of taking Mark Gonzales napkin doodles and faxes and turning them into completed skateboard graphics for Krooked. Words can’t describe Tommy’s creativity—the dude is a genius. He took the time to answer a few questions about his roots, skateboarding, music, and art as he prepares to go on a small tour in support of his new album, Perpetual, which is out now.