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Diego Bucchieri Introduces Cleaver in Slam City Interview

Long before Benny and Griselda rose to prominence in the rap world, Diego Bucchieri was known as The Butcher. This is entirely relevant to his brand Cleaver, which is an obvious reference to the nickname. Diego tells the story of how COVID cuts at Nike SB led him to focus full-time on his board company in an interview with Slam City from last week.

Your job for Nike had evolved into a fairly tech role by then?

I worked for Nike SB for nearly nine years. I started in Argentina as a TM and consulting with everything they were doing with skateboarding. We built the whole Nike SB program there from scratch. Then a couple of years after that I got the brand manager job for Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. Then the Jordan brand manager role was added to the SB job. Then there was big re-organisation of the company and they moved me into doing all the media deals for all categories. A cool job opportunity, but not exactly what I was looking for.

I started working for Nike, because I could contribute with skateboarding, and once that was gone, I was ready to move on. That is when we moved back to Spain. A few months later, I began helping Nike SB with small projects like the “Gizmo” video, then I got a role as the Nike SB retail manager, working with the shops across Europe. Then, I did sales for Spain and at the end I was in charge of the marketing and retail activations for 4 of their biggest accounts. But things come to and end, and changes are always refreshing.

 

And this change has led to you being able to focus on Cleaver full time.

Yes, as soon as that happened, I knew that it was time to put all my energy into my own thing. When it’s yours, you put all of your heart and soul into it. You know that if you fail or succeed it’s because of what you do. I feel like I’m going back to the beginning again, a full circle.

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Back to the essence.

Yeah, you get a job and it’s cool, but at the end of the day, if you are not doing what you love, you need to start looking for something else. Skateboarding for me has been my motivation, my driver, my guide. So if I can support my family with what I love the most, that’s enough.

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Images Via Slam City

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Shecks Guests on the Latest ‘The Nine Club’ Episode

Pro skater Ryan Sheckler talks about growing up in Southern California, starting skateboarding at the tender age of two, his over two decades of career, and his personal struggles in the latest podcast episode of “The Nine Club”.

He also discusses starting his skateboarding company, the Sandlot Times, and the story behind the name.

The Nine Club is a skateboarding podcast started and hosted by professional skateboarder Chris Roberts in 2016. The show is co-hosted by Roger Bagley and Kelly Hart.

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Vans Skateboarding Drops ‘Lizzie’ Video

Get to know more about Lizzie Armanto through the lens of the persons closest to her in this 35 mm film directed by renowned filmmaker Greg Hunt and presented by Vans Skateboarding.

Lizzie is an X Games gold medalist (Barcelona, 2013) and the first-ever woman to make it to the cover of Transworld Skateboarding in 2016.

She was also the first female skateboarder to do the loop, a 360-degree vertical ramp on which the rider turns completely upside down while maintaining contact between the wheels of the skateboard and the ramp’s surface.

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New Episode of ‘Neighborhoods’ features Leo Heinert and Marco Hernandez

The second episode of “Neighborhoods” featuring pro skateboarder Leo Heinert and photographer Marco Hernandez is now live on the Jenkem Mag channel.

Heinert and Hernandez toured the back of the Boston Market parking lot, Gifford Playground, Greencroft Playground, and their other childhood spots in their hometown Staten Island with the Jenkem team.

Produced by Jenkem Mag, “Neighborhoods” is a series where skaters revisit their old stomping grounds and share stories of growing up in their communities.

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