I’ve had the privilege of meeting and interviewing a lot of top-shelf skaters for the pages of Giant Robot: Don Nguyen, Daewon Song, Kenny Anderson, Eric Koston, Shogo Kubo, Steve Caballero, Willy Santos, Peggy Oki, Richard Mulder, Kien Lieu, Chad Tim Tim, Jamie Reyes, Daniel Castillo, Pat Channita, Jimmy Cao, Lincoln Ueda… (I know there are more and if I forgot you, I’m sorry.) Truthfully, the topic was probably lost on many readers but hopefully the culture wasn’t. Streetwear, street art, and even punk rock–so much of that stems from skateboarding and no one should forget that.
I dare you to say that you don’t like their rice. The SGV For Life crew’s commitment to spiciness, hardcore skateboarding, and the Chino-Latino connection that flavors the San Gabriel Valley is unquestionable, and so is their very first deck. I got mine from my homie Tad Suzuki (a.k.a. The Working Man) who in this photo by Michael Clifford proves that the SGV is more than spicy enough for DTLA. You can get yours at select shops in the SGV (where else?) and allegedly Noodle Planet on Valley (!), as well as SGVforLife’s online store. If you’re still not convinced that this is your next ride, check out the rad commercial on YouTube. Yes, it rules and it also features some footage from my friend, total ripper, and fellow TWM conspirator John Lee. Committed to SpicinessContinue reading