Getting Rad with Get Rad
Anyone invested in the Sydney skate scene will know the name Jackson ‘Getrad’ Buhck. Skateboarder and filmmaker, Getrad has been ‘that kid with the camera’ for over 15 years - documenting some of Australia’s biggest names in skating with his signature, raw, for-the-homies style. We got rad with the man himself.
Describe yourself in three words: Large Cheeseburger Meal
Is ‘Getrad’ your real name? When I was younger I joined the sk8parx.com.au forum with the username ‘Getrad’, around that time I first started venturing into the city to skate.
There were two distinctive crews back then - The Hammer Kooks and the ORBLS. Hammer Kooks were Richie Jackson, Matty J., Rhys Grogan, Schooner and Cameron Sparks - just to name a few. They were the start of the punk-rock, tight ripped-jeans style of skateboarding that was beginning its take over from the baggy pants, stylish side which the ORBLS were in.
I ended up filming a trick or two of Troy Roberts, who I recognised from the Hammer Kooks. I guess he thought I was a funny kid to have around, because he fully took me under his wing. He took me into the city and introduced me to all the dudes who, for years, I looked up to. Back then everyone’s forum name was their real-life nickname, so I was introduced as Getrad. It’s been with me ever since.
Tell us a bit about yourself - What do you do? What did you do? Basically, who are you? I’m a skateboarder first and foremost. Everything else in my life has been built on that four-wheel foundation. I’ve been filming and making skate videos of my friends for at least 15 years now, and I still love it.
I try to be a positive role model for any kid coming up in skating; there’s so much to be gained from being a skateboarder and the people you meet from it. Don’t get caught up trying to get sponsored or trying to be the best dude, just skate and have fun. It doesn’t matter if you get on a company or not, that’s not what it’s about.
Were you always, ‘That kid with the camera’? At the time, I was easily the youngest dude with a VX1000, and probably one of only three who owned one in Sydney. People would trip out on it.
Before I met the city dudes, I used to go to Vert-X in Padstow. At the time Jai Smith worked and skated there.
One day I was just hanging out in the shop when a bleached, bowl-cut Cameron Sparks and a few of the Hammer Kook dudes rocked up. Jai was like, ‘Yo show them your camera’. I remember feeling so vulnerable. I got it out and it was treated like a rare, Egyptian artefact - handed from one person to another. I swear it was glowing and had some kind of ominous angel chorus following it.
Besides bangers and good times, what are you aiming for when you make a clip? Just capturing the entire moment. I just want to make sure I’m getting everything that’s happening around the trick or the spot. I’m always looking for something.
As a dude invested in the Sydney skate scene, how would you describe it? Is it pumping now, or could it be better? Is it a scene you’re proud to be in? I love Sydney, but it’s getting tough. A lot of the classic spots have been gone for a while now and others are getting taken away.
The scene is still very strong and there’s groups of people who are still motivated and skate in the CBD every weekend. I think the city is just getting a little tedious because there’s not too much option. But yes, always Sydney proud!
The 90s guys before us put in a lot of work, we’ve got to do our best to keep the Sydney flame lit.
Do you have any names of local skaters we should be watching out for? Killkidz are fun to skate with. Erik Cole from The Shire shreds shit up, so does Jack O’Grady. I’m looking forward to seeing where he goes.
Over the years, you’ve documented some pretty heavy hitters in the Australian skate scene. How has it been watching dudes like Dane Burman progress from local ripper to international status? With Dane, it’s not even surprising. I knew from when we were grommies he was going to make it happen. He was just so motivated. If you put in that amount of work and dedication, there’s no way it can’t pay off.
The first tape I made was Dane's sponsor-me tape for Vans. We edited it together, but I snuck in a note before sending it off in the mail - basically just giving them a heads up that Dane was going to be something special. They didn’t listen to me! Haha.
Any standout stories from one of your filming missions? For sure it would be first time I met and skated with Shane Cross (RIP). One afternoon in the city, a young Shane and Jake Duncombe rocked up to Chifley after skating the Globe World Cup Competitions at Maroubra. There were whispers going around about how this kid Shane just shredded the comp.
They were just skating around Chifley, killing it with so much energy. We ended up taking them to Martin Rail and instantly Shane was jumping on the thing with no problems. Front and back 50-50s and 5-0s first go, while we were all left with our minds blown.
Everyone there knew straight up Shane had talent that was unlike any other kid in Australia. Shane Cross Forever!
Your videos have always had a raw, ‘for-the-homies’ vibe. Is this an aesthetic you apply to everything you work on? It’s something I think I’ve applied since I first started making clips. I have always thought, ‘What do my friends want to see? What do they want to be apart of?’ Everyone I grew up with just wanted to have fun and make funny clips.
Are there any skate filmmakers you think stand out? Who has inspired your style? I was really influenced by the Tiltmode, Army video. Fun songs, crazy titles and ridiculous, non-skating related clips. It was just perfect. And J.Strickland’s Baker 2G and BOOTLEG 3000. His style was so real and that’s what I liked. Beagle’s approach to filming opened my eyes - to look past filming only skateboarding.
You need to show the world around the skateboarding. Keep your eyes open for that bee you see flying around your friends - chances are it might sting one of them. That’s the stuff you want to get on film, to then mix with skateboarding.
Would you consider venturing into more ‘art-style’, produced work? HD time-lapse, lifestyle footage and all that stuff? I can’t see myself creating a video where there will be a three-second shot of the skater brushing his hair away, revealing the sun with a high impact lens flair before it cuts into the start of a line. When it comes to filming, I’m not trying to make something beautiful. In fact, my stuff is pretty dirty.
Got anything in mind for future projects? I want to make something that represents the Sydney and Australian skateboarding scene for generations to come. Something that will have more impact than a video that gets pumped out in a year. Something that covers the experience of growing up skateboarding - so when we are old and grey, we can watch it as if we’re living those 20 years of our life again.
Any last words? The Getrad Video, coming soon!
Visit the Getrad Youtube channel here