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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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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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