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Alexis Sablone Talks Art & Architecture With SOLO

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Alexis Sablone’s artistic projects have been getting as much attention as her skateboarding lately. They includes WKND’s video animations, and the skateable sculpture designed for a public square in Malmö last summer. SOLO caught up with Sablone to talk about these projects, and got a bit more insight into Alexis’s sculpture, which is the most impressive use of design and public space that we’ve seen in recent years.

I got asked if I wanted to design a skateable sculpture to be placed somewhere in an urban context in Malmö. Of course, I wanted to do that. As designer and architect, everyone always asked if I wanted to design skateparks, but I was always kinda annoyed by that question. I love skating skateparks, they’re fun, but I never thought about that. Maybe subconsciously, skateboarding works its way in my architecture work somehow, but it was never with intention. But this project seemed really cool because it’s something that’s gonna be living in the middle of the city. Skaters would use it, maybe non skaters would hang out there. That’s really exciting to me. Whatever I work on is really all I can think about. So the things that inspire me change depending on what I’m working on. Suddenly, all my old architecture books came out.

Head over to SOLO to read the entire piece.

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Kelly Bird Opens Up in Latest The Nine Club Episode

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Nike SB Global Brand Manager Kelly Bird opens up about growing up in Houston, getting into skateboarding, becoming a pro, and eventually transitioning to the industry side of skateboarding.

Before he became the global brand manager of Nike SB, Kelly worked for DC Shoes and Lakai Footwear.

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Catch Up with Mariah Duran in the Latest Nine Club Episode

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Pro skater Mariah Duran has always been into sports as a young kid, she revealed in the latest episode of The Nine Club.

The goofy-footed skater from Albuquerque, New Mexico got introduced to skateboarding when she was around 10. Initially, she would borrow his brother’s board, but her mom eventually bought her a board.

She was also into softball when she was younger and basketball when she was in high school. Later on, she shifted her focus to skateboarding.

Mariah won the USA Skateboarding National Championships Womens Street in 2019, and 2021. She placed 4th in the most recent competition.

She is also a two-time X Games gold medalist for Women’s Street Skateboarding.

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Nyjah Huston Talks About SOTY 2022

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Nyjah Huston has only good things to say about his rivals for the 2022 SOTY.

In the ONSTIX Episode 108 streamed on Thrasher’s Twitch channel, Nyjah described the 2022 SOTY Tyshawn Jones as the “King of Pops” for “skating over anything and everything possible.”

He also said that Louie Lopez is just straight-up creative and had a good chance of getting SOTY for many years now.

He also commended TFunk’s latest video part.

Nyjah said in the interview that he watches almost every video that Thrasher posts, even those names he hadn’t heard of.

I love watching everyone’s skating because everyone skates differently and that’s what beautiful about what we do.

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Tyshawn Jones eventually got the 2022 SOTY title. He is one of the three double-recipients of the title, the other two being Danny Way and Chris Cole. He earned his first SOTY in 2018.

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