Mark Filipowicz …most know me as Flip @ Albe’s
You are one of the men in charge of Albes, A dad, and a few other rolls, how do you manage to still kick so much ass?
Ha….i have NO extra time. not sure how I find the time to do the things I do. being an owner at Albe’s I put in a shit ton of hours at the shop and work almost as many hours from home. the hardest thing to find time to do is travel so when I do make it work I make sure the trips are VERY fun.
I will always find time to be a dad. i have 2 boys and they are everything to me.
Catfish once upon a time reported you were “born in 1400 B.C” how was the sessions back then?
ha…fucking catfish…i think he’s like 6 months older than me.
It seems like the Albes team has been taking a lot of top spots at the big contests, how did that happen?
most of our team was picked more on them being fun people to be around. just turns out that all of them seem to kick ass on a bike as well. notice we have some of the biggest name pros on our team as well as people you probably never heard of. our team is pretty diverse. get them all together on or off their bikes and it’s a good time for sure.
Albes has been doing a lot of promo contests lately, even getting in trouble for a few of them, do you have any new ones coming up?
we don’t plan shit like that too far ahead. in most cases we get the ideas while drinking way too much beer and then the next day we set it up.
You recently met Rick Flair at the Orlando Dew Tour, how did that go down?
haha…i had no idea it was even him. he’s sweet and all but I’m more of a Hulk Hogan fan. Brooke is kinda cute too.
Now that you got the bus running again, what trips do you have planned?
we try to hit as many jams / comps as we can. its just fun to ride and hang out with everybody. the Albe’s bus just makes it that much sweeter.
Are there any big changes happening at Albes for 08′?
not that I can really tell you about. a video maybe??? guess you’ll have to find out.
What is the secret to doing no foot cans so well?
haha…thanks. doing them longer than most of the people reading this have been alive.
Last time I saw, Kase photos he was doing rails and all sorts of stuff, what is he doing now days?
he’s been working on more tech stuff. yesterday he did a 540 tailwhip tailtap to tailwhip in. not bad for a 2 year old on a 12″ bike.
Where are some places you would like to travel to that you haven’t been to yet?
we have been thinking of heading overseas but it cost big bucks. I’d need to find a place with a bunch of cool riders i trust could show us around and show us a good time. we may do another Florida trip in early 2008. we seem to go there every year but it’s always fun. lots of stuff to ride, good night life, beaches, and weather that isn’t shitty like in Michigan.
What would you like to accomplish in the next 5 years?
just want to keep albe’s running well. keep the team stoked. travel some more and a few things i can’t talk about yet.
If you could pick one band to listen to for the rest of your life, who would it be and why?
wow…i have no idea. my tastes in music is all over the map.
What is the craziest riding story you have?
one time i was riding flatland in a parking lot and this old lady pulls up across the lot to a mail box and gets out of her car to drop in a letter. she forgot to put her car in park and her car took off. i rode over to the car as fast as i could, did a dukes of hazzard slide across the hood, jump in and stopped the car right before i drove out into a busy road. i rove the car back over to the old lady and when i got out of the car she hit me with her purse and yelled at me. that’s the only PG story i could think of.
When you aren’t riding or working, what do you do?
hang with my family. that is my life. Work / ride and my family. sometimes you may find me snowboarding.
If you could spend the day with any person in the world, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
I can’t answer that. i have such a cool family and so many great friends that i could never pick just one. however if you were to pick one for me what would HER name be?
What is one question you wish I would have asked, and what would the answer be?
I got nothing. i think you should ask other people that know me what they think of me and post their comments. ask some others you have interviewed. that may be fun to see.
Alright guys here’s what we will do, to the right, or in the comments, post your best story about flip, or what you think of him, any comments as anonymous=your a pussy
Any shout outs or thanks?
family and friends, my bike, anybody that helps support albe’s
Anything else you would like to say?
no sir. thanks again
(My favorite picture due to the fact that there are 100 stories from that night alone haha)