FIRST LOVES . . .

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The base­ment stu­dio and family room truly re­flect Peter’s first loves, which were ig­nited in his younger years. An im­pres­sive drum kit sits in the stu­dio where he does all his record­ing and the base­ment walls are cov­ered with a colour­ful col­lec­tion of 55 vin­tage and rare skate­boards dat­ing from the 1980s.

“It’s prob­a­bly the third largest col­lec­tion of skate­boards in Canada,” he says proudly, adding that a Van­cou­ver mu­seum asked if he wanted to do­nate them.

It’s not sur­pris­ing that Peter said no, as he talks nos­tal­gi­cally about a replica of a board that was a gift for his tenth birth­day. It’s a model by the fa­mous skate­boarder Tony Hawk, who was his hero as a kid, and – like the oth­ers – it’s in mint con­di­tion with shiny graph­ics and im­ages.

Peter ex­plains that the silk-screen­ing process on the lam­i­nated wooden decks is highly skilled, with cre­ative de­signs that have some in­ter­est­ing sto­ries be­hind them. “My most valu­able board is worth about $1,200. It’s de­signed by Chris­tian (Rosha Hosoi), a pro­fes­sional skate­boarder who went to jail on drug charges, found re­li­gion, and – after be­ing re­leased early for good be­hav­iour – be­gan sign­ing his boards with re­li­gious scrip­tures.”

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