Interviews

Benjamin Deberdt’s New York

Benjamin Deberdt gifts us a New York time capsule for the closing chapter of our three-part interview. Amazing photos and stories from his first trips to the Big Apple and more...

Benjamin Deberdt’s Paris

Following on from the London instalment of our photography retrospective with Benjamin Deberdt is this decade-spanning chapter shot in Paris...

Benjamin Deberdt’s London

In the first chapter of an interview told across three cities, photographer Benjamin Deberdt recounts the tales behind a selection of photos shot in London...

NBD Archive Interview

NBD Archive Interview by Ben Powell | Slam City Skates

The curator behind NBD Archive talks timelining the earliest examples of documented skate tricks and how the video part as we know it came to be...

Tony Hawk Interview

There's no better person to be the figurehead of skateboarding than Tony Hawk, and as we approach forty years since he first turned pro...

Offerings: Tom Karangelov

"Tom Karangelov talks early 2000's Toy Machine, the minutiae behind Michael Mann's 'Heat' and the creative brilliance of David Byrne.”

Justin Henry Interview

Justin Henry Interview | Words by Farran Golding | Photography by Dakota Mullins

Words by Farran Golding with photography by Dakota Mullins and Andrew James Peters. Additional images courtesy of Mike Chinner, Pep...

Alex Moul Interview

Alex Moul’s entrance to the broader UK, and European skateboard landscape came at the age of 12, by way of some truly mind-boggling Tim Leighton-Boyce photos and sequences in a 1989 issue of RaD magazine. Read his story from then to now...

Offerings: Bobby Puleo

When the idea for this format of interview emerged, Bobby Puleo was one of the first people I thought of. We have talked previously about his artwork in an interview for Slam, but this is a space for other insights and I knew he’d have some interesting choices...

Don Brown Interview

From borrowed boards on Brighton seafront to Huntington Beach and shaping one of the biggest and most important skate shoe companies ever, Sole Technology’s Don Brown has been around for most of the significant changes in modern skateboarding over the last thirty years, and it’s definitely fair to say that he had a hand in shaping a few of them...

Adam Mondon Interview

This interview with Adam Mondon explores his involvement in a variety of highly influential skateboard releases, his current endeavours to archive and preserve East Anglian skate history and his life after working in skateboarding. From filming First Broadcast, through to making cheese and ham sandwiches for Kareem Campbell and team managing The Detectorists...

Sam Ashley Interview

If you have any interest in modern skateboarding, then there’s a very good chance that Sam Ashley shot some of your favourite photos. Neil Macdonald spoke to him about the changes in skateboard photography, the media, the geographical lines and his own journey through it all...

Offerings: Ray Barbee

Ray Barbee has been consistently, constantly creative and never less than completely inspiring. He's given back to skateboarding one hundred times over and we could all learn from his drive and relentless passion. Who better to turn to for inspiration and recommendations than one of skateboardings pioneers whose output is continually evolving...

Swift Blazer Interview

We spoke to one of the UK’s most prolific Instagram archivists and remixers who most of you will have encountered on your phone screen, whether you know it or not. Matt Swift AKA @swift_blazer has been pumping out Insta remixes of classic skate footage since 2015...

Catch Up With Diego Bucchieri

Diego Bucchieri is an inspiration, a legend whose contribution to skateboarding is firmly stamped in the history books and onto our grey matter. His single minded dedication to carving his own path blazed a trail for others outside of the US intent on realising their dreams, a path which continues today.

Jeremy Elkin Interview

From shooting his friends skating in Canada and making videos which include Poisonous Products and The Brodies to working on Entertainment Tonight and for Vanity Fair, to directing All The Streets Are Silent, Jeremy Elkin’s cultural contributions in his 33 years already outweigh those of many people’s lifetimes...

Offerings: Ryan Lay

Offerings: Ryan Lay Interview | Featured | Slam City Skates

Ryan Lay is one of those skateboarders whose skill you might overlook simply because they have so many other things about them equally capable of commanding your interest...

Steve Kane Interview

Steve Kane might not be immediately familiar to everybody but the mark he made on UK skateboard culture should be. From having what might be the first documented flip trick to his time at the editorial helm of the second-generation Skateboard! magazine between 1988 and 1990...

Lightbox: Jake Johnson by Jonathan Mehring

Lightbox: Jake Johnson by Jonathan Mehring Interview | Featured

If a skateboarder came into prominence not all that long ago, broke ground and guided their contemporaries, is their stature on par – or even paramount – to those whose impact has had decades to marinate? This is a story about Jake Johnson, and it begins with a photo...

Pete Thompson Interview

Back at the tail-end of the 1980s when Pete Thompson started shooting skate photos, it was an entirely different landscape he was a part of. This interview covers his journey from shooting visiting pros in his native North Carolina, to travelling the world shooting the people that ultimately ended up changing skateboarding...

Tobin Yelland Interview

Not only is Tobin Yelland in the fairly unique position of having shot for each of the main US skateboard magazines—simultaneously at times—but it could reasonably be said that he worked with each one during its most pivotal era...

Offerings: Zach Riley

It was a pleasure to be able to do this interview with Zach Riley in our second Offerings feature following Casper Brooker’s a few weeks ago. You will have seen Zach...

Darren Pearcy Interview

In an attempt to provide some actual answers to the myriad of questions relating to the Olympics we thought it would make sense to speak to someone deeply involved in this process on a professional level. Read Ben Powell's interview with Skateboard GB Team Manager Darren Pearcy...

Carl Shipman Interview

It’s no understatement to say that Carl Shipman is one of the greatest skateboarders to ever come out of the UK, and while he himself might not agree with that, I don’t think he’ll care that I’ve said it either. From skating Nottinghamshire curbs with friends to...

Offerings: Casper Brooker

We checked in with Casper for a skate video, album, film and book recommendation however Casper shared a lot more than just that. As always, it was a pleasure catching up...

Mason Silva Interview

Mason Silva Interview | Slam City Skates | Featured | photo: Gabe Morford

Mason Silva's output over the past few years is a near-perfect case study of skateboarding media coverage, circa 2020. Solo parts, enders in a full-length, a Thrasher cover and article, a heavy introduction to his new board sponsor...

Brad Johnson Interview

From Trilogy to Mouse to Timecode, Brad Johnson was the guy wielding the Hi8 filming vast amounts of the iconic tricks that went down at San Francisco’s legendary street spots, without really getting the recognition that his contribution to skate video history deserves...

Corey Duffel Interview

Corey is one of the most open and honest people I’ve ever met, and it took me a while to realise that. I think that’s because there are so many questions that we, as humans, just don’t want to ask each other and therefore an equal number of topics that don’t get discussed as they should...

Isolation Station: John Cardiel

This week I had the pleasure of checking in with John Cardiel. It was early evening my end as John commenced his morning bike ride on the other side of the Atlantic. It was a pleasure to talk to him,...

Seu Trinh: Creative Destruction

Seu is a rare breed; A fervent creator—almost dangerously addicted to creativity via his photography—but he is also 100% skateboarder to this day; an unrecovered and unrepentant skate rat. In his own words...

Catch Up With Pontus Alv

As always Pontus has been up to a lot, relocating, recovering, building a house, running Polar logistics on a daily basis as well as throwing a shoe company into the mix. He is happiest when projects fill the horizon and we caught him with a few on the boil...

Isolation Station: Darius Trabalza

Darius Trabalza gifted us the goods this week. He has been a long standing member of the Slam team for about ten years now and his skate video pick throws us straight back to just before that stint began...

Isolation Station: Bobby Worrest

The days keep rolling by but now it seems some semblance of normality could be looming in the not so distant future. Meantime we are still reaching out to some...

Isolation Station: Brian Anderson

Our Isolation Station feature continues to roll, during these uncertain times some distraction has definitely been welcome. We have enjoyed many different tangents from past contributors...

Jeff Pang Interview

Jefferson Pang wasn’t the first person with UK roots to make a significant mark on New York skateboard culture, and nor would he be the last, but he’ll always be one of the first New York City skateboarders to...