We just finished up an interview with Ray for iloveyourtshirt.com. We answered a few questions along with talking about our Winter release. We were happy to work together and share a bit of our story.
The interview/piece in its entirety can be found below:
Artist. Skater. Risktaker. Matt Verdell from Baltimore, MD by way of Mississippi was gracious enough to work with us this month. He was a fan of the collection and was great to talk with. We loved his story and how he truly embodies our brand. He's made DC his home will be working with him again in the very near future. Follow him on instagram at @mastuh_menace for more great art and videos. #swim
Gabe: What's going on Keimon, lets start this off right--how long have you been doing the skating thing?
K: I'd say About 4.5 years...
Gabe: Got it. You've been doing it a while...Where would you say you like to skate?
K: Richardson High School, Allen skate park, and some mani pads I live by in Richaradson, TX.
Gabe: Ok...gotta have the pad game right. Who would you say is your favorite skater and why?
K: My favorite skater is definitely Antwuan Dixon, because he skates so effortlessly and everything he does is sick.
Gabe: AD is pretty nasty, I'm a big fan too....As far as tricks, do you have a favorite?
K: Tre flips & Hard flips.
Gabe: I feel that, but i know when you try new ones it gets sketch. Whats the worst injury you got while skating?
K: My worst injury was when my board popped up and stabbed me in the face haha. I had to get 10 stitches and my face was the size of an cantaloupe.
Gabe: Damn that's serious shit bro haha----What keeps you going through all that?
K: What motivates to skate everyday or the days I have to skate is just the freedom to express myself through my tricks, meeting new people, and having A.D.H.D..releasing some energy.
Gabe: I think most people can feel that....before I let you go, tell everyone what music you listen to these days..
K: My favorite artist right now is Kid Cudi. Whenever I'm listening to his lyrics it reminds me of my own life. In one of his songs, "Just what I am", he rapped: in my spare time, punching walls f*$!kin up my hands, but if you had my life you'd understand."