Thirteen years ago, when I was struggling to land my first kickflips, V7 distribution was organizing the ‘Teenage Tour’, revealing young talents much stronger than me all over France. At that time, YouTube didn’t exist and the few images available of this contest were enough to kickout punks like me. Among the finalists, the young Anthony Lopez unleashed the crowds with a certain Lucas Puig, unveiling french skateboard to a glorious future. Thirteen years later, skateboarding has reached an incredible level, tricks are becoming crazier and Anthony is a key figure of the European skateboard. Originally from Bordeaux and presently living in Barcelona, it is with DC shoes europe that he explores the continents with its monstrous pop and fluency in switch. Hip hop fan, his clothes floats off the beats that accompany most of his videos. Meeting with a French that Barcelona just made... even better.
Jacker / Hi Anthony, how you doing ? What are you currently working on ?
Anthony / I’m on my skateboard a lot, I’m filming for the FTC video and I’m planning to stay in Barcelona for the summer just focusing on the movie. Otherwise, everything is going well, no sores... Thank.
J / Your favourite spot in Barcelona ?
A / Sants Estació will remain one of my own favourites forever. That’s where I learned almost everything, although today I don’t have a favorite spot in Barcelona any longer because I try to change all the time.
J / What were the most memorable moment you had there, this past decade ?
A / I have had many highlights during these last 10 years but I think the last 4 years have been particularly interesting. More than anything else, i had some rather unforgettable meetings and trips... The project DC Europe has been mind blowing enough for me especially with the video «Where EU at» where we had some very good tours and stories for 2 whole years. Finally, all the trips in the U.S. and sessions with my friends are some of the most heartfelt memories for me.
J / The worst ?
A / For a while I had special trouble with touring in northern Europe, mostly because of the cold. It was gradually becoming a nightmare for me. I’d say that the worst is still Mexico, too risky of a country specially with the material we need to travel with. Finally, the worst experience for any skater on a road trip, is to go to a city full of amazing spots and have bad weather all through it.
J / I saw you also have an interest in music, what kind of stuff are you into ?
A / Quite everything, just no techno, electro ... but turntables are more to scratch at home because I have a lot of friends who know and show me, I love it but I don’t progress so much I must confess you.
J / You got famous thanks to the Teenage part in 2000. Tells us about this experience !
A / Media coverage of such events had their place in the magazines at the time. This experience was something special because there were major pros present, it motivated us to see and skate. It has surely helped to get us all well- known in France, at least I remember having met Stevie W. for the first time.
J / Do you remember what brought you to skateboard ?
A / Surely curiosity, you know, how did others manage to get their board off the ground. At the time, my friends were skateboarding only to move from one place to the other. I thought i was bieng a smart ass, ha ha. Then I really wanted to do an individual sport because, ever since I was young I was always doing team sports and I liked the fact that everything had to happens between me and my Board.
J / You living in Barcelona, what do you have to say about this City ?
A / Well, there are already a lot of things you already know ! It’s an easy city to skate, there’s sun, chilling, football, tourism, the diversity of nationalities, party ... really it’s quite a unique lifestyle ! But it can also be a nightmare, particularly if you do not find your own rhythm or you are too easily influence and you can easily get trapped night after night, if don’t know what you want ... you know, many people get lost here. This is in a small area of downtown, you should know that Barcelona is a great city that has it all ! Even the crisis ! Ah ah ! Really, I don’t see myself moving anywhere else in Europe at the moment.
J / Apart from that, do you have any other interests ?
A / I do like a lot of things like music, movies, football, video. Unfortunately, I feel like I have less and less time outside skateboarding, and when i have some free time I try to rest. Unfortunately, I have always something to do in relation to skateboarding. I find nearly impossible to follow another parallel activity.
J / A board from Lockwood skateshop came out under your name, but was made by graffiti artist Tilt. How involved are you in graffiti ?
A / I’ve always loved graffiti but like my interest for music I am just a big fan, and I am fortunate to know Tilt since we were young so I can follow what he does. He also loves the skateboarding community and we had been thinking about a collaboration for a long while. It just had to happen...
J / Which are your biggest influences in skateboarding ?
A / On more recent stuff, i’d say the DGK video. I think this video is a good representation of what I like in terms of clothing styles, ways of riding and music, which are well suited to the guys ... It’s been a while since I was waiting for a video like this ! It really has influenced me and never stops motivating me.
J / Thank you for your time and answers, is there any stuff planned for this summer ?
A / Skate as much as possible, I’d like to release a video before the winter arrives ; i’m also, considering the Copenhagen pro.