STOKED x MECA Intensive

INTERVIEW

Photography and Interviews by Kamryn Coles

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CITY

New York

PROGRAM

Year 1

INTERESTS

Skateboarding

What inspired the design on your board?

Being Black. I put “Black Power” on my board. And I put a little spray can here, cause you know, since I’m a girl, I feel like this would be a board designed for black females because we are going through the most, and then some.

How has being apart of the STOKED Intensive at MECA shaped your outlook on action sports and branding?

I mean, being at STOKED helped me get a board and helped me further my hobby with skating, because before I had a toy skateboard. Then, my first year doing this, I had a skateboard and that helped me like build myself up. I learned a lot more about skateboarding since I have a skateboard to take along with me. And I’m thinking of joining STOKED too, so that’s pretty good.

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What inspired the design on your board?

I really like Malcom X and I like his culture and stuff like that, but it was also because, I like civil rights activists. They inspire me because they stood up, not only for black people but other people of color as well.

CITY

New York

PROGRAM

Year 1

INTERESTS

Skateboarding

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Tell me about how you designed your board.

I was just looking online for like clip art and I just saw this picture and, it looked nice. Then it was pretty much like, two people on puzzle pieces, and one of them was helping the other connect the pieces together. Then, I put “service” on the top in a different language.

How has being a part of the STOKED Intensive at MECA shaped your outlook on action sports and branding?

I was already skateboarding before I came here and it improved, like my opinion about skateboarding. It helped with branding with doing the artwork and putting it on the board.

CITY

New York

PROGRAM

Year 1

INTERESTS

Skateboarding

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What inspired the design on your board?

*Shrugs* I just wanted it to look nice.

Did you previously skate before being a part of this intensive?

Yeah.

So, has being a part of the STOKED intensive help shape your outlook on action sports in a positive way?

Yes! Positively.

CITY

New York

PROGRAM

Year 1

INTERESTS

Skateboarding