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Ricardo Napoli Interview

07 September 2013, 03.33 | Posted in Skateboarding | No comments »

Ricardo Napoli started filming skateboarding early as a kid and has expanded his repertoire to include still photography over the past few years. He’s one of my favorite people to explore New York City with and get it done!

Tell me about the city you grew up in Brazil.

Im from Curitiba,Brazil.  It has 26 municipalities with a population of 3.2 million. It’s the 7th most populated city in the country. Curitiba is mostly inhabited by Brazilians of European descent and more then 40.000 japoneses.

The Curitiba skateboard scene is pretty good though,there is a couple outdoor skateparks and one really famous indoor park called Drop Dead.  They have a national contest each year. Rodrigo tx won it twice when he was a kid, Danny Cerezine and Fellipe Gustavo both won it in years past too.  Drop Dead Skatepark has helped so many skaters come up over the years.

Alex Carolino
akira. the bronx
akira. the bronx
Curitiba sounds rad.
It is. Most of the time I skated with Leandro Fischer,Rodrigo Petersen,Alex carolino and some other homies. Yeah miss those times for sure especially the homie Leandro who I haven’t seen him in a while.  He lives in Barcelona and skates with lots of Brazilian’s and others such as Jesus hernadez, Tom Penny and Javier Nunez.
When did you arrive in America or New York?

I moved to the US around 2002. I lived in NJ at first. Now I live in Manhattan.

Majors. frontside nosegrind. NYC

Majors. frontside nosegrind. NYC

Fellipe Gustavo. Los Angeles.

Fellipe Francisco. Los Angeles.

Who was the first skater you met in US?
I already had couples Brazilian friends living here in NY, but I met Anthony at hoboken skatepark. I actually don’t know his last name but he is such good skater.  He lives in Laguna beach,CA with Robert Brink from Ride Channel.  I also met “John Maxfish.” John and I were living in NJ, one night we came to NY to meet with Rodrigo Petersen and watch the listen video “Viajeros Lokos”.. it was this night I met the New York  legend  Rodney Torres. He’s the one who showed me around and introduced us to Max Fish and Sway!!

How do you feel about Max Fish moving to Brooklyn?

I’m bummed. I used to live a couple blocks away from the Fish and met so many rad people there, normally I worked/skate and hung out at the Max Fish.  It’s really sad that the LES is dying!! Max Fish was my second home. I had the best nights at the Fish. I’ll probably never hang out on Ludlow street again.

Jarrod Brandreth. Kickflip frontside board. NYC

Jarrod Brandreth. Kickflip frontside board. NYC

JP Dantas. Bluntslide Transfer. NYC

JP Dantas. Bluntslide Transfer. NYC

What’s the average day like now in NYC?

Go to Mud, grab a coffee and work as a photo assistant for some fashion photographer and if I’m not working I’ll go to the TF, skate some flat, link up with the homies and go from there.

It seems like you have skaters visiting from brazil like every other week. It’s wild. Often times when we link up to shoot there are homies from Brazil killing it. It’s awesome.

Yes dude pretty much, i have a lot friends from Brazil coming in the summer to skate and film.  The homie Rafael Gomes visits often cuz he rides for 5 Boro.  He has a sick part in their last video Join or Die. But yeah skaters are popping into NYC often from Brazil so I like to hook em up.

Fellipe Francisco.

Fellipe Francisco.

JZ. 50-50 grind. Bedstuy, Brooklyn
JZ. 50-50 grind. Bedstuy, Brooklyn

What skaters you mostly shooting from Brazil/NY these days?

From Brazil – Alex Carolino, JP Dantas,Rafael Gomes,Carlos Iqui, Carlos Ribeiro and Danny Cerezini. From New York – Jarrod Brandrenth, Akira Mowatt, Nolan Lee which is one of my favorite person to skate and shoot. He’s just a beast .. so much power and control in the board.  And you homie, we always end up skating really cool spots when I shoot with you bro.

Thanks Ricardo. You’re photos are sick. I find myself fully going for it when I’m skating with you bro.

I actually don’t shoot to many people from New York but would like too.   I recently I had an article published in this Brazilian magazine called Vista Art with DC Shoes (Brazil). It was like an article 10 photos from 10 days shooting in NYC.

I know you went to  california  last summer, tell us about that trip.

That trip was really fun. I was there for 2 weeks. The first 4 days I stayed at my friend’s house Mauricio Bozo and owner of Subspace skate shop in Costa Mesa. The rest of the trip at Rodrigo Petersen’s place and the homie Marcio Torreta’s pad in Echo Park. We would wake up in morning and skate the bowl at the Venice skatepark for a couple hours ..than drive  an hour to Orange County and meet the homies to skate the street spots if they weren’t coming to LA. At night  BBQ with all Brazilians homies and maybe go to Cha Cha lounge or Darkroom.

This trip I got to skate with all my brazilians homies and rippers Carlos Iqui and Carlos Ribeiro.  Both of these guys have serious pop and switch skills!  Watch out for these guys.

What’s up with the Reflection Editorial?

I recently had a reflection story published in Focus Magazine. I am working on this project with another Brazilian photographer Renato Custodio, he already made 1000 copies of his first reflection book and it exhibited in Brazil and Japan.  We are working  together on the second one and plan to do an exhibition in New York.


Nolan Lee. Frontside kickflip. Brooklyn, NY.

Nolan Lee. Frontside kickflip. Brooklyn, NY.

Thanks Ricardo. Any last words?
Thanks for this opportunity Josh. You’re the man and please keep it radical.  Nolan lee for all the good sessions and killer times, Whatit.be and the man behind it – Bradley Cushing,  all the brazilian homies for keeping it real and the New York locals.

Check out more of Ricardo’s work at ricardonapoli.com

Adidas in Madrid

05 August 2013, 23.37 | Posted in Skateboarding | No comments »

I’ve always been a huge fan of Mark Gonzales. Duh. However Dennis Busenitz, Silas Baxter-Neal, Rodrigo TX, Pete Eldridge, Benny Fairfax, Nestor Judkins and Lem Villemin rip hard too. Especially Busentiz.  On my last trip to India I was fortunate enough to meet Mark Sucio and skate with him. Wow! Quite possibly one of the most amazing skaters in the game. Check out this piece from Madrid.

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Adrian McElhaney National Commercial steeze

31 July 2013, 23.40 | Posted in Skateboarding | No comments »

Natural Koncept’s Adrian McElhaney tossed a switch fs varial heel, took a swig of the  989 OnDemand Drink and got proper $ for this nationally televised commercial. Since his move to NYC Adrian is getting booked on the regs. What can I say? The Mack Daddy gots mad style. Hell yeah bro! Get it!

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I Love Kiev – short film by Guillaume Perimony

14 June 2013, 13.53 | Posted in Skateboarding | No comments »

I met Guillaume Perimony this past Spring when the Vans European team toured the USA coast to coast. We skated in NYC for 5 days together and Philadelphia for 2 and they continued on to California over the next 3 weeks.  French shredders Samuel Partaix, Bastien Duverdier & Victor Pellegrin crushed spot after spot, it was madness. I mentioned I was planning a trip to Eastern Europe to skate Moscow, Kiev, Sofia, Bucharest & Istanbul & Guillaume shared this film he had made a couple years back. Sit back and enjoy. It’s rad! And the girls are hot too. Duh.


Natural Koncept’s “Derrapando Las Calles” Mexico City tour

30 May 2013, 23.29 | Posted in Skateboarding | No comments »

The NK crew hit up Mexico City tough in March. Check out the full article on Transworld Skateboarding!

Arizona Iced Tea Throne!

Arizona Iced Tea Throne!

Lai Wing. Backside Tailslide @ Chabacano Banks. Photo: CMART

Lai Wing. Backside Tailslide @ Chabacano Banks. Photo: CMART

JZ. Frontside Tailslide.  Chabacano Banks.   Photo: CMART

JZ. Frontside Tailslide. Chabacano Banks. Photo: CMART

Boner. FS Nosegrind. Mexico City Demo    Photo: CMART

Boner. FS Nosegrind. Mexico City Demo Photo: CMART

CMART way up high at the Converse Park.  Photo: Kays

CMART way up high at the Converse Park. Photo: Kays

Davis. Barley Grind. Mexico City Demo   Photo: CMART

Davis. Barley Grind. Mexico City Demo Photo: CMART

Mike Powley Interview

29 May 2013, 02.40 | Posted in Skateboarding | No comments »

I first met Mike Powley at Eric Munday’s legendary shop Skate Lair in Enfield, CT.  The dude has super clean style and can be seen in the streets of NYC daily gettin’ it done! I caught up with Mike for a quick interview on what’s been going down in the big apple.

Mike Powley

Mike Powley photo: Zimmerman

who were your earliest influences in skateboarding?

my early influences when i started skating i guess came from a few different places, one being just random older kids i would see around skating and videos i used to watch like the EST videos, In Bloom, and old Transworld videos and stuff like that. Then I moved to East Windsor, CT from Vernon and found Skate Lair which was dope and you know how crazy it could get over there.

when did you make the move to NYC?

I ended moving to NYC right after I graduated high school in the summer of ‘06 and then i started going to college when school started back up again in fall. I ended up graduating and staying out here couch surfing for a lil but now im at a lil spot in queens not to far from the flushing globe.

any specific video project you working on right now? i see you on the streets skating all the time. i know you’ve got something exciting in the works.

Yea i mean im actually just trying to finish up this one part for my homie Evan Walsh’s video which i would prefer to be out no later than the end of spring, got some footage i feel might be getting a lil old but i got some new stuff too so it might be chill. I’m also just out skating everyday trying to work with a few filmers out here in NYC to get some stuff in projects they are working on as well, so imma just be out there tryna grind and see what i can make of it.

nollie front nose   photo: ryan zimmerman

nollie front nose photo: ryan zimmerman

canal street bar ollie      photo: ryan zimmerman

canal street bar ollie photo: ryan zimmerman

who have you been skating with mostly?

I’ve mostly been skating with a bunches of the homies hahaha i try to skate with everyone but mainly the homies Elijah Cole, Evan Walsh, Danny Supa, Tityb0i, Richard Quintero, Joseph Delgado and tons of other homies that are out at all the spots.

you been in cali during the winter months?

Yea I’ve been to Cali on a few separate occasions during the colder months. I didn’t end up going this past winter but the year before i was in LA for 2 months at the homie Buchman’s crib. And then i went to SF 3 times and LA one other time. Both places are amazing and I cant wait until i can go back and skate them especially when its dumb brick out and ur toes are about to fall off and shit.

alphabet city varial heel     photo: ryan zimmerman

alphabet city varial heel photo: ryan zimmerman

who’s been hooking you up? any shout outs?

Right now im fortunate enough to be getting hooked up by Shut Skateboards, UXA, DC Shoes, OJ Wheels, Quintin Co. I’d like to give a shout out to all the homies, my mom, my dad, Jeff Pang, Peter Huynh, Eli Gesner, Rodney Smith, Michael Cohen, Rob Paik, Cranny, and everyone else who has helped me a long the way

Wizard Skull – Suckadelic Collabo Limited Edition Designer Art Toy

28 March 2013, 15.52 | Posted in Skateboarding | No comments »

You may have seen Alexander’s cool zines around NYC. Check out his new designer toy @ the Suck Store today, Thursday March 28th. The opening is at 5:30pm – it’s located at 88 East Broadway – NYC! duh.


Natural Koncept Russia article – Transworld Skateboarding Mag

02 March 2013, 02.33 | Posted in Skateboarding | No comments »
ollie over hubba. moskovskaya square. saint petersburg, russia. photo: Max

ollie over hubba. moskovskaya square. saint petersburg, russia. photo: Max

Spent 3 weeks skating Moscow and Saint Petersburg this past summer.  Check out the article on Transworld. Russia kicks ass!

Radio – pop up bar in Miami. Coolest spot on the beach!

29 January 2013, 03.54 | Posted in Skateboarding | No comments »

Flip is the homie. He rips on a skateboard and runs shit in Miami, NYC and beyond. Check out this clip promoting their pop up bar in South Beach starring Kenny Anderson & Danny Fuenzalida. http://www.vimeo.com/58347495

Adrian McElhaney – Guayaki Yerba Mate Tea Commercial

15 January 2013, 00.23 | Posted in Skateboarding | No comments »

45Adrian is featured in the newest commercial from the Guayaki Yerba Mate Tea. It’s a cool 4-minute piece to Dirty Gold’s “California Sunrise” track. Peep it!