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Sean Cliver Sums Up the Importance of Art in Skateboarding

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Sean Cliver and Todd Batrud currently have a show up at the London House of Vans. In honor of the occasion, Cliver recently sat down for an extensive interview with Slam City. If you are as big of a fan of Cliver’s work as we are, you’re likely familiar with most of the information contained in this latest Q&A. But, near the end, he eloquently sums up the importance of art in skateboarding, and what makes the connection so unique.

My wife pointed this out to me after a few such exchanges at the House of Vans exhibition, saying most professional artists go their whole life and never hear of anyone having such a visceral connection to their work in the way that skateboarders do. Look, I know I’ve lived in a foxhole for damn near most of my existence, but I like to think what we have as skateboarders, the weird world-away-from-the-world that we’ve created, it’s something incredibly special and unique. I can’t think of many (any?) other activities that celebrate and cherish the artistic culture as much as we do.

I mean, can you imagine the baseball—or in maybe in your UK case a better analogy would be football—community coming together and rallying around someone’s art show at the local sporting good’s store? Or someone mid-lifing in their ’40s who’s desperately trying to track down the first cricket bat or ball they had as a kid? Who knows, maybe they do and I’m just making shit up to support my case for the importance of art in skateboarding, but what do you expect? I’ve been very lucky to have this as my labor of love for the past 30 years and I intend to keep doing it as long as my hand holds out.

Read the entire interview here.

Image Via Sean Cliver

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Watch Unlock the Spot Albuquerque Highlights

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Mariah Duran returns to her hometown in Albuquerque, NM to “unlock” the Civic Plaza for an open skate jam for local skaters. Watch the highlights below.

Mariah was stoked about opening the Civic Plaza to skating for the event as she narrated how they would get kicked out of the place when they were skating there before. She also talked about how the community shaped her into the skateboarder that she is.

The Unlock the Spot in Albuquerque featured cash-for tricks and an open skate jam for the local skaters.

This is the third stop of Unlock the Spot organized by Mtn Dew as part of their “Skateboarding is Unstoppable” campaign. The series of events takes place in Mtn Dew Athlete’s hometowns. Each event would give local skaters a chance to shred spots that are otherwise off-limits to skating.

The fourth Unlock the Spot will be this Sunday at Gilham Park in Kansas City, MO with Sean Malto.

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The first of the series kicked off last July 3 at Hula Lakeside, Burlington, Vermont with Chris Colbourn. The second one was at the Recreation Park in El Segundo, California with Theotis Beasly.

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Mtn Dew’s “Unlock the Spot” Next Stop is in Albuquerque, NM

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Join Mariah Duran and Mtn Dew as they “unlock” the Civic Plaza for an open skate jam with local skaters on July 17 from 11 am to 3 pm. This is the third “Unlock the Spot” event organized by Mtn Dew.

Skate content creator Lamon Holt will also attend the event.

The Unlock the Spot events feature Mtn Dew’s skate team members returning to their hometowns. Together with the locals, they skate in spots in their town that are otherwise off-limits to skating. The series will culminate with the Summer Dew Tour in Des Moines, Iowa on July 29-30.

Watch the highlights of the recent Unlock the Spot in El Segundo, California with Theotis Beasley.

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Mtn Dew’s “Unlock the Spot” Coming to California

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The second of the five Mtn Dew’s “Unlock the Spot” is happening at the Recreation Park in El Segundo, California this Sunday, July 10. Mtn Dew Pro skater Theotis Beasly will grace the event.

“Unlock the Spot” is a series of events located in Mtn Dew athletes’ hometowns. Each event will give local skaters a chance to shred spots that are otherwise off-limits to skating.

The first of the series kicked off last July 3 at Hula Lakeside, Burlington, Vermont. Pro street skater Chris Colbourn returned to his hometown to skate with Lamont Holt, Anthony Ferraro, and Vermont locals inside the coworking campus.

The next two stops will be in Albuquerque, NM with Mariah Duran, and Kansas City, MO with Sean Malto.

The Mtn Dew’s Unlock the Spot series will culminate with the “Summer Dew Tour” in Des Moines, Iowa on July 29-30. The Dew Tour is one of the highly-anticipated skateboarding events attracting the best skaters from across the globe.

The two-day tour features street and park competitions. It will be free and open to the public.

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