Chris Shonting is a hell of a guy, maxing out at a whopping 6’7” at the age of 15, as a result he earned the nickname Manute. His knowledge of music is unparalleled and he skates as hard as he falls. One of the best dudes you will ever meet and also one of the most talented. Check him out. (All images taken from Manute’s TUMBLR PAGE)
THE WORLD TURNS TO SHIT AND YOU HAVE TO LEAVE YOUR HOME BEHIND. WHAT DO YOU TAKE?
You mean like a zombie type thing? I would grab my girl and my dog and then anything I could use as a weapon. Maybe a skateboard since it doesn’t need batteries.
WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT AUSTRALIA?
The people I know from there are spectacular. About 5 years ago my friend turned me onto that music from the 70’s you guys had. Before AC/DC. The Coloured Balls and Lobby Lloyd and Billy Thorpe. Aussie Sharps. Lets see… I hear the gene pool was birthed from criminals. That’s pretty cool. I laugh a little every time I hear an Aussie accent… but its just because I like it. Eric Bana is funny as shit. I know I want to visit there pretty bad.
WHEN DID YOU DECIDE YOU WANTED TO BE A PHOTOGRAPHER?
I think it came from religiously scouring magazines as a kid. Music and skateboarding mostly. I studied the images and theorised how they were being shot. Come to find out later all my theories were nonsense. But I became so into tour articles. In skateboard magazines most of the time the photographer would write the story too. so for years growing up I assumed you had to be able to write to be a photographer. So I focused on that too and before I ever got a photo assignment I was actually writing for magazines here and there. but now my sense of right and wrong grammar is totally shot. So I’m happy photography found me.
WHATS THE BEST THING ABOUT LIVING IN LA?
My friends and a few of their friends. The people in between can take a hike. Of course the access to mountains, beaches and deserts is pretty great.
WHAT WAS THE FIRST METAL ALBUM YOU BOUGHT?
It was a tape. I scored ride the lightning at some used book store in Arizona. My sister let me buy all the baddest shit when I stayed with her on vacation as a kid. That day I scored appetite for destruction and run dmc’s tougher than leather. That was the first music I ever bought.WHAT WAS THE LAST METAL ALBUM YOU BOUGHT?
I was pretty buzzed at the record store the other night in NYC and my buddy henry handed me Autopsy’s Mental Funeral album. It’s so good. Of course I was so hammered I bought the new cranberries record too. But, hey, I liked their old shit.
WHO CALLED YOU MANUTE FIRST?
The people at the skate shop in Newport, rhode island. Its called water brothers. I was 6 foot 5 at age 15. And before the real Manute Bol ever made it to the NBA he was playing in on a semi professional team that held their games at our local high school gym. I was called (in order) Kareem Abdul Jabaar, Marmaduke, Big Dookie, and then Manute Bol. Thank god Manute stuck.
DO YOU PLAY ANY INSTRUMENTS?
I can string together 3-4 power chords in various orders on guitar but to say I “play” the guitar would be a little too generous.IS IT HARD TO BUY CLOTHES THAT FIT YOU?
Always always always. My whole life.
DO YOU PREFER CHARDONNAY OR RIESLING?
I would prefer to save the beer factory.