I published a zine called The Magic of Skateboarding. This was one idea for the cover.
Muhammad Ali has always inspired me. You might not automatically associate kindness with someone who is a boxer. Something not everyone knows is that he loved magic and would perform magic shows. I was told that a lot of times he would actually tell people how the tricks worked because he felt bad about keeping the magic from them. Muhammad Ali would actually make drawings that were his predictions for how the fights would go, a visual affirmation technique used by shamans to create their own reality. Ali has this element of surprise, and I look at him for inspiration on how to keep things fresh!
“It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.” - Muhammad Ali
I invented my own color change with a cocktail umbrella. They always seemed magical to me as kid, and even alone they carry a certain beauty.
At one time I actually made my hair like this. Was sort of going for a "nature man" vibe.
I love that connection: magic and nature.
I have always loved artists that break rules and boundaries. Elissa Steamer changed the world of skateboarding forever with her part in Toy Machines’ Welcome to Hell. With one leap of the board she bridged the gender gap in skateboarding’s boys club. She seems like the most humble, genuine person who loves skateboarding for what it is, and I have the deepest respect for her and the women she has inspired to skate!
“Skateboarding still has a stigma attached to it, even though we know it’s the coolest thing in the world... But you can’t really wonder what society has planned for people my age. If I’m doing what I love to do and it’s working for me – and I have a good view of the world – I don’t think it matters. So am I defying society? Yeah, I guess so. If what society says still matters or is real.” - Elissa Steamer