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Jonah Hill Explains His Connection With Palace in New Vague Interview

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Since the release of Mid90s, and the subsequent press junket surrounding the film, Jonah Hill will be connected with skateboarding forever. He was first introduced as an unlikely ambassador of our culture via a series of Palace commercials. At the time, Hill’s involvement with the brand seemed like it came out of nowhere. He explains how it happened in a new interview published by Vague to coincide with the Mid90s UK release on April 14.

How did working with Palace come first about?

Lev, who knew I was into skating and shit back in the day, he hit me up years ago and was like “Do you wanna make this commercial?” and what I love about Lev and those guys, Lev and Stuart are just personal, close friends of mine, but it started through working together. He just called me up, he got my number from someone and was like “Is it true you used to skate, are you into that?” and I was so into it and it was really early days for Palace.

What I like about Lev so much was, you know, with Supreme when I was growing up, before it became this whole other thing, I’d come to New York in the 90’s and my brother and I would go to Supreme right from the plane because we were so excited, we didn’t even have one in L.A. we’d just heard about it and it would be so exciting to go and part of the whole experience is that everyone was an asshole to you (laughs). The culture I’m showing in mid90s is like ass-hole culture; you know what I mean, like how Stevie has to work so hard to get into his group of friends everyday because you walk into a skate shop and it wasn’t like this friendly environment, and what I love about Lev and those guys is that they’re as cool as Supreme, they’re as cool as any other great company but they’re nice people, and they’re friendly and they’re funny. They have a sense of humor about themselves and they’re kind, and it makes a big difference, I was like “Wow you’re doing something good for this culture”. People should be nice to each other, the fact that you walk into the Palace store and people were just fucking nice to you is awesome, you know.

Head over to Vague to read the entire piece.

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‘Good Work’ Episode Features Lisa Whitaker and Meow Skateboards

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Skater Lisa Whitaker narrated how she started Meow Skateboards in this episode of “Good Work”.

She also related how she got introduced to skateboarding and how she founded Girls Skate Network in 2003.

Whitaker started her skateboard company in 2012. Now, Meow has more than a dozen talents including Vanessa Torres, Mariah Duran and Kristin Ebeling.

“Lisa has always been the catalyst for women skateboarding”, says Torres who was one of the first skaters to join Meow’s roster.

Produced by Red Bull, the Good Work series features skater-owned and operated businesses.

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Monster Energy’s Aspire-Inspire Episode Features Mami Tezuka

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Get to know more about Mami Tezuka in this episode of Aspire-Inspire by Monster Energy.

Surrounded by skaters growing up, Mami showed interest in skateboarding at around the age of three.

She started participating in competitions abroad in 2017. In 2021, she won silver in the X Games Women’s Skateboarding part. She landed third place in X Games Chiba 2022.

Fellow Monster Energy rider and friend Lizzie Armanto describes Mami as easy-going, fun to be around, and inspiring. “When I’m around her, I want to push myself better,”

Tezuka admits that she enjoys filming video parts more enjoyable than participating in contests.

“Competition is kind of stressful for me”, Mami said. But added that she does enjoy seeing everyone at contests.

“Filming part is more fun for me…it doesn’t to be hard, tricky trick, but you can see the style and progress of the skating”, explained Mami.

I want to inspire girl skaters and young people. Do what you love and then don’t be afraid to be yourself.

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Aspire-Inspire is a mini-documentary series by Monster Energy. Previous episodes featured Aurelien Giraud, Kelvin Hoefler, Rune Glifberg, Ayumu Hirano, Nyjah Huston, and Matt Berger.

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The Nine Club Features Elliot Sloan

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Elliot Sloan narrated how he injured his neck while doing a 900 and his other worst slams on the ramp in this episode of The Nine Club podcast.

He also talked about getting into vert and then mega ramp, building his own vert and mini mega ramp in his own backyard, and hosting the X Games in his backyard among other things in the two-hour podcast.

Sloan is a four-time X Games Big Air gold medalist. In the recent X Games held in his backyard, he landed second place in the debut of the Mega Ramp category and first in the Skateboard Vert Best Trick.

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