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Slam City Delves Into the Origin of Bobby Puelo’s Visual Aesthetic

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Bobby Puleo has always been known for his creativity. He has an eye for spots, and has maintained a certain look with the photos and footage that he’s put out throughout his career. Slam City connects the dots between Puleo’s skating and visual aesthetic in a new interview that focuses on both, and how they connect. We found the below excerpt about Puleo’s earliest memories of graffiti to be very telling.

You have an interest in graffiti, was that on your radar before you started collecting street artifacts?

Yeah way way before. Graffiti has been around me my entire life. Even growing up in Jersey, you would drive the highways here. I lived close to the highways into the city. Back then graffiti writers from New York and Jersey would write graffiti on the highways. I grew up next to Passaic and Paterson. Those two cities had their own groups of graffiti writers back in the 80’s so you would see that a lot.

My father drove a container truck for a living. One time he drove the truck to my house just to stop off and say what’s up and the container on the back of the truck had this insane graffiti piece on it and I was just blown away by it and it was right in front of my house. It was my first real memorable moment with graffiti.

He brought you a piece home…

Yeah basically, it was crazy. I remember me and my brother staring at it, like what is this? You know, a giant piece of rolling artwork.

Did that inform how you looked at things from then on and did it find you in different parts of the city?

Yeah definitely. In the 80’s and 90’s graffiti was everywhere. It still is everywhere in New York but it just gave me a different understanding of what art could be or is. Art is not necessarily something that’s just in a museum. It can be applied to a wall or sometimes it’s just nature. Your surroundings can create a visual print in your mind.

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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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