I have met him a few times, always impressed with his attitude. I suppose the movies sometimes portray him as this arsehole self centred skater but in reality he is just one of the crew. Maybe he was that person, and he has aged into a skating elder style dude.
I met him at this years Vans event, which they did instead of bowl-a-rama. Asked him if we could arrange a podcast interview, he said yes but don’t know if he had time this trip, work it out with the Vans management etc. It felt like Vans were managing stuff for him to in between his skating :-). At the Vans event, they had a skatepark in the lower level of the building. Tony would randomly show up, unannounced and skate. Very funny to watch skaters reactions of standing next to Alva on a ramp, waiting his turn, not wanting to snake anyone.