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How Illegal Civ Remains Core While Crossing Over Into the Mainstream

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Okay Player just published an in-depth interview with Mikey Alfred. The Illegal Civ founder and mid90s coproducer is refreshingly honest while touching on a variety of topics that haven’t been discussed in pervious interviews. One of the more interesting points is how he and Illegal Civ are able to stay core amidst all of the recent mainstream success.

Like I said, Jay-Z is one of my favorites. An interviewer asked him once, “When you do a deal with Def Jam or whoever, does that take away from your street cred?” And he’s like, “Not to people who have really been in the street.”

I think that Illegal Civ is similar in a sense that we really are skaters for real and put that time in, put that blood and sweat into it, and a lot of other people know that. And all the people in the skate industry know that. So it doesn’t matter if I hang out with Tyler or Chief Keef or whoever. Because you know what’s up, you know? There’s nothing I can do to take away from my credit as a skateboarder. I’ve spent too much time doing it, I’ve put too much of myself into it.

And every time I’m with those people it’s to bring skateboarding up and help all of us. Skateboarders are the lowest paid athletes in the world, it’s crazy. There are people who play cricket who make more than skateboarders.

Anytime I’ve ever had someone criticize me it’s always someone who didn’t put that time in, who wasn’t a part of it the same way I was. I’ve fought people over this, I’ve been hurt over this. I don’t care what you say.

Head over to Okay Player to read the entire piece.

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Santa Cruz Skateboards’ ‘True Grit’ features Tom Asta

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In this latest “True Grit” video by Santa Cruz Skateboards, Tom Asta revealed that he never planned on becoming a pro but just enjoyed skating as a teen. He turned out to be one of the best pro skaters we know today.

He talked about growing up in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, and also showed his favorite skate spots in his hometown. Town mates Chris Cole and Ian Berry, and other pro skaters spoke about how they met Tom and how they have seen him develop into the skater that he is today.

The “True Grit” video series attempts to get an in-depth look into how skaters came to where they are now by visiting them in their hometowns and interviewing the people around them.

Watch more of Tom Asta in the Santa Cruz Skateboards’ welcome video below.

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Shecks Guests on the Latest ‘The Nine Club’ Episode

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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

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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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