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How Brian Lotti Went From Street Skating Pioneer to Fine Artist

Brian Lotti helped lay the groundwork for modern street skating. From bigspins to frontside bluntslide kickflip out, tricks that Lotti innovated are now staples of most pros’ repertoires. Aside from his technical prowess, he’s also remembered for his impeccable style. In many ways, Lotti was the prototype for the modern pro nearly 30 years ago. Given his giant contribution to the culture, you would think that he would remain in skateboarding forever. This is not the case. Lotti currently works as a fine artist in Brooklyn, and has little to no involvement in the industry. Lee Smith sits down for an in-depth conversation with one of skateboarding’s most respected figures to get the full story on how his creativity took him from street skating pioneer to accomplished painter in Episode 10 of Mission Statement.

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Catch up with Lee Smith in the ‘The Nine Club Podcast’

If you follow Lee Smith on Instagram, you might have seen some of his artworks posted there. In this episode of The Nine Club Podcast, Smith talks about he got into art and how he relates it to learning skateboarding.

“You feel you’re really not good at it and you keep doing it and keep doing it. And then one day something in your brain clicks. And you’re like, I think I kinda figure it out.”

He also narrates growing up in San Francisco and meeting Karl Watson as a kid, moving to Barcelona, starting his own podcast Mission Statement, and more.

Watch the full interview above.

 

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It’s Official: Spencer Hamilton Announces NB# Deal

Spencer Hamilton has been prolific over the past year or so. His hard work has paid off in the form of signing a deal with NB#, which is revealed at the 55:04 mark of the latest episode of The Bunt.

I’ve been loving the Tiago. You know how it is. When you get to your 30s, your feet are bruised and battered. You need some protection. I don’t know how these kids skate in these thin-ass shoes. Ever since I’ve been skating the Tiagos, I’ve been feeling pretty good. Yeah, I just recently signed on with New Balance.

Good to hear that Spenny landed on his feet (pun intended) after the demise of Supra.

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Mark Suciu’s SOTY Run Will Begin in November

It sounds like Suciu’s SOTY run will officially start in November. In the latest episode of The Nine Club, he reveals that he will be dropping footage to coincide with the release of his Gazelle colorway. But this edit is just a prelude of what’s to come. The Habitat pro confirms that his longer part with Justin Albert and Spitfire project are still in progress. If both drop within 12 months of the adidas launch, we’re predicting that he’ll take home skateboarding’s top honor in 2022. The appropriate timestamp is cued up above.

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