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Dolan Stearns Talks Art & Originality in the Age of Social Media

Dolan Stearns was recently in the U.K. showing work alongside Brian DeLaTorre in Brixton’s Public Service Announcement show. Slam City took the opportunity to conduct an art-focused interview with Stearns. He weighs in on both the positive and negative effects of social media, and how it’s personally impacted his work. His insight really speaks to the age of Instagram, and if it’s even possible to  produce anything original within a framework that allows for unlimited influence and subsequent copying of ideas.

It’s hard, I mean I’ve randomly found people on Instagram who are jocking my shit. They’ll follow me, I’ll check their page out and they’re totally ripping it off. The comments will be people going “Oh this is sick, it’s so original”, and I’ll leave a similar comment just to fuck with them. It’s hard to put anything out there without someone jocking it – but it is good and bad, you do reach a wider audience. I went through this Instagram phase a couple of months ago where I unfollowed a lot of pages, because I felt like it was brainwashing me into making a certain type of art. I come up with an idea, I think it’s an original idea but maybe I’ve seen it three months ago on Instagram and I liked it. But it’s definitely half and half, it is rad having a free platform for your work.

For more, head to Slam City’s site to read the interview piece.

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‘Good Work’ Episode 2 Now Playing on Redbull Skateboarding Channel

Alphonzo talks about how his past time of photoshopping images of celebrities skateboarding and sharing them on social media turned into a full-fledged business in this episode of “Good Work”.

Good Work episode 2 features Alphonzo Rawls and his #EVERYBODYSKATES and Savalé Footwear brands.

Alphonzo talks about how his past time of photoshopping images of celebrities skateboarding and sharing them on social media turned into a full-fledged business.

#EVERYBODYSKATES brand sells shirts, hoodies, hats, boards, and accessories.

He also had been involved in designing shoes for international footwear brands.

After 25 years of working with other companies, he decided to launch his own luxury footwear brand, Savalé.


Alf was also a pro-skater back in the day.

He started skating when he was 10 and turned pro when he was just 16 years old.

He thinks that skateboarding has somehow helped him be successful in business.

“Skateboarding, it’s for the most part, a really inconsistent sport, which means you definitely have to have some patience and some perseverance…It’s allowed me to think outside the box and apply that ‘out of the box’ thinking to run my business”

Redbull’s Good Work Series features skater-owned and skater-operated businesses.

You can watch the first episode here or on the Red Bull Skateboarding YouTube Channel.

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‘My War: Gabriel Summers’ Now Playing at Thrasher Magazine

Watch “Gabbers” Gabriel Summers as he narrates how the story behind the “Damn It All” part where he got a broken collarbone while trying to conquer a massive kink handrail.

I will think about that forever because that’s something that’s like, took me so hard, and it’s so hard to accomplish and that I actually did it.

The gnarly goofy-footed Australian Skater has been a member of the Zero team since 2019.

Watch the “Damn It All” Zero part below.

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Skate Tales Season 2 is Coming

Skate Tales Season 2 is coming on Red Bull TV starting April 20.

Madars Apse’s documentary series takes us through skateboarding underground to share life experiences and ask more skateboarding mavericks to find out what skateboarding means to them.

You can also watch the series on Red Bull Skateboarding YouTube Channel on these dates:

  • Ep 1 – April 20th
  • Ep 2 – May 5th
  • Ep 3 – May 19th
  • Ep 4 – June 2nd
  • Ep 5 – June 16th
  • Ep 6 – June 30th

You can watch all the season 1 episodes here.

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