Lucas Puig is a guy from Toulouse with an incomparable style , making Switch Tricks to ask ourselves if he is goofie or regular, and over all, with a foolproof modesty. Described as a feral from people who know him, far away from the glitz and the glamor, the fact is no less that he is one of the best French skateboarders to date. Everything began in 2000 when he won the Teenage tour at 13 years old, making the hexagon discover this new prodigy who will get pro in 2004 thanks to Cliché, to whom he remained faithfull till this day. Then he joined Lakai alongside legends as Mike Caroll, Guy Marianno, Eric Koston and so on... He will then participate on the mythical video “Fully Flared”. He joined Adidas Skateboarding in 2011 with whom he signed a very succesfull shoes pro model and also created a cap brand “Hélas” with a friend of him, five panels that he always had on the head, as he is used to wear everyday. Lucas Puig is an example of the french skateboarding scene that will not go to the US for the money and we enjoy that fact.
Jacker / Present yourself to our readers.
Lucas / Lucas Puig, pro skateboarder, from Toulouse, I’m 25, and yeah, we’re at the Bright and it’s fucking awesome.
J / What has motivated you to start skateboarding, how does it all began ?
L / I didn’t want to be like all my friends at school, not to play soccer, not be supervised by a coach or anything either, I wanted to be free, and I found skateboarding.
J / I read on the internet that you did switch back tail big spin out at 14. Really ?
L / It’s true, I was 15 years but yeah, you know how people amplifies... I became popular when I was 14, at 15, I made two, three tricks and everyone will remember, I think that’s good, but for me it’s normal. I’ve seen people better than me everywhere, I’m not shocked, I’ve just done what I had to do with luck.
J / You spend a lot of time in the U.S., you skate around the world, in which city do you feel best, and which is your favorite place to skateboarding ?
L / I love the U.S, but I must tell you that it’s Europe, just because it’s much easier, people are more understandable and there are many beautiful spots too. The U.S. are really cool, but it is something else, you’ll get fired, too risky, while Europe is much easier. When you come to Berlin for example, people are so nice, it looks like it’s a village. Barcelona is the same, so I’ll say Europe.
J / What is there in Toulouse that there is not in the U.S. ?
L / In Toulouse there are all my friends with who I grew up, who don’t care about the level I have or anything, they don’t care if I’m cool, they’re just some friends, there is no interest. There is also my family of course. What there is not in United State is that, it’s my real friends. I will not say it’s just the business but hey, I can have real friends but you never know what is fake, what is business, if it’s just skateboarding, in short I worry a lot about that. However I prefer to stay with people whom I can rely on. Not have a desilusion in two years something in this kind, like I’m in LA but I have no friends anymore.
J / You have got an Adidas pair of shoes at your name at Adidas. How does it feel ? How have you collaborated with them to achieve it ?
L / Well they gave me the opportunity to have a pro model. For my part I looked at all the old Adidas shoes, I took details of tennis shoes from the sixties, then some of the first skate shoes they have done in the seventies. I took something of one shoe, another thing from another one. The geniuses of Adidas listened to me exactly as I wanted it, they did exactly what I wanted, and it’s a huge thing for me, a big chance in my life, a large door that opens and yeah, I will do everything so that it continues like that.
J / You created your own caps brand “Hélas”. Is that a past time or is it a real job ? Tell us how you develop it.
L / It started with one of my best friends with whom I started skateboarding, he has not stopped but we have taken other directions. He studies, he works really hard in a restaurant and all that. We’re still best friends, I tell him always about my sessions, my exploits. Two years ago, we told ourselves let’s do something together or anything, we are 25 years old, if we don’t do it now we never will, even if we regret, it doesn’t matter, I don’t want to have regrets, so we started thinking to launch a brand, we are wearing five panels caps since we were super young, so let’s do it then. It’s not for the dosh, it’s not to do like Supreme, it is especially for something that really gets off, it make sense for us you know. If I would make a griptape brand, that would be for the money, but “Hélas” is really for the trip.
J / What is the planning of a pro skateboarder ?
L / Well it depends, I could get up later but I get up early enough, in general I’m up at 10 hours, I get up, I have lunch, I’m chilling a bit, I check some videos, I watch the news, I read my mails, I answer my manager, and around 14h or shortly before, I’ll go skating, sometimes all day, sometimes 10 minutes, all night. We’re free you know.
J / Who is for you, the greatest skater of all times ?
L / I’ll stay classic, but I don’t care, for me it’s Marianno. I like what he brought to skate, his depiction, all what passed through his life for me is an example. This is not a Tony Hawk, or I do not know if he really brought something to the street skateboarding, you do not need to be the best, do the best tricks, as you make them in a manner with your style, I think it’s good, that’s what I want to do, do what I like, not doing it for others you know.
J / The best rapper after Biggie ?
L / It depends on my mood, I like 2pac, but it has to be quite aggressive as I often am, after, I would say all the classics that everyone knows, Nas, Jay-z, Big L, is not for nothing that everybody knows them.
J / Thank you for taking some of your time to answer us, we are in Berlin for the Bright, you love this city ?
L / Yeah as I told you, Berlin is fucking dope, it looks like a small village, everyone knows everyone, people are cool, as on holidays, everybody smiles to each others, blonde babes all around, it’s pretty cool yeah.