Rave Skateboards x Nike SB "H.A.C.K" / ARTICLE

Since the beginning of the lockdown in France, the local geniuses behind Rave Skateboards have teamed up with the big shoe sizes over at Nike SB in order to come up with one special sort of "H.A.C.K.": the "HOMIES ALONE CONFINEMENT CONTEST", consisting in a succession of weekly Instagram-based contests but, also and most importantly, a constructive initiative for the scene nation-wide - as one intended to shed some popular light onto the finest, widely unrecognized local creatives' talents and their respective regions, including the skateshops that inhabit them, by being open to all entries regardless of geography, pre-established notoriety in the field and consideration for potential industry ties.
 
Such a modern, progressive social and cultural initiative definitely warranted some attention from LIVE and today, we are providing you with a full report of the second round of that game which, at this stage, had to do with the spontaneous creation of amateur board graphics for every participant's local skateshop. A great way to content everyone involved, really, all the while injecting new blood, visions and aesthetics into the body of French skateboarding (an ambitious enterprise still currently ongoing with a third round revolving around constructions of the most original and unique skateboard possible, entries being open till Friday night - please feel free to click here for more info!).

Around the corner of said third round, LIVE went to interview a selection of five participants in the last one - all now strong of the experience of creating deck graphics for their local skateshops, on the same level of merit as the other seven hundred and sixty people who also submitted designs for a good seventy stores throughout the country (!), but whose works caught the organizers' attention well enough to officially earn them the win in round two, eventually materializing as freebies aplenty for all parties involved but most importantly in the actual, limited-edition production of the submitted decks for everyone to enjoy. Quite logically, LIVE just had to catch up with those five chosen ones and now, we're also inviting you to meet them and their respective universes, below!
 

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Rémi "KEUTCHI" Biolet


Rémi's design for Wall Street Biarritz.

LIVE Skateboard Media: Yo Rémi! May you please introduce yourself - how old are you, where are you from? What's your background in skateboarding like and, besides adhering to the contest rules, what is the reason why you picked that particular local skateshop of yours to design your graphics for?

Rémi Biolet: Yo, I'm Rémi Biolet, twenty-four and I'm from Biarritz, in the Basque region.

I started skating when I was eleven, after a friend of mine had sent me this video clip of him doing a kickflip. Back then I thought that was insane, and it all just went from there!

Representing the fairly recent Wall Street Biarritz was an obvious choice to me, actually.

It had been a while since Biarritz last had a skateshop, so this one's appearance on the scene started federating all the skaters again, the vibe there is the best, and Emily is so chill! 

LSM: How long have you been dabbling in graphic design for? Do you have a sample of works, personal website or really any type of portfolio to share with the world?

Rémi: I've always been drawing, since I was a wee lad.

Not unlike many, I used to spend more time scribbling portraits of my school teachers in my notebooks than actually listening to what they had to teach me. 

"I grew up worshipping
the works of the likes of

Ed TempletonElzo Durt,
Rick Griffin or Mark Gonzales"

I knew I wanted to do something with visuals, eventually, so for a bit I went to Bordeaux to study graphic design, which is how I learned what I know now.

Right now, I'm an independent contractor and freelance for many clients who, for the most part, have nothing to do with skateboarding.

On the side, I have an Instagram page on which I share some of my more personal creations.

LSM: May you name drop some other artists that you tend to look up to as references, and explain the source of your inspiration in general?

Rémi: Everything around me is a source of inspiration, I feel like. 

I really like observing people on the streets - the elderly, the mundane skirmishes, the store fronts, the social gaps I occasionally get to witness…

My drawings are mostly about highlighting the ridiculous aspect of those situations... I'm super into the tacky, washed-up stuff.

"One can discover
new artists everyday
online, nowadays
"

I try not to take myself seriously though, and just to have fun in general.

I get inspired by my friends, the people I meet - and also, I grew up worshipping the works of the likes of Ed Templeton, Elzo Durt, Rick Griffin or Mark Gonzales

As of late, I've been into following artists such as Ellie Andrews Gonzáles, painters such as Andrew Durgin-Barnes or tattoo artists such as Keegan Dakkar L. or Alex Petty… I'm definitely blanking on a lot of names, right now.

One can discover new artists everyday online, nowadays - so that's just as many sources of inspiration. 

Also, I'm a fan of Neckface and of what the guy behind Lotties Skateshop [Mike Gigliotti - editor's note] makes.

LSM: Any creative projects you know of that one should be on the lookout for? Yours of course, but also the ones of more great local talents in your scene, perhaps?

Rémi: Well, the skate scene is to be kept an eye on for sure - the Basque region has some sick skaters!

Jarne Verbruggen and Phil Zwijsen both recently moved to Biarritz, and their motivation is something contagious!

I will also mention Anthony Fornasari, our best local pants designer, now living in Bruxelles.

Then as far as I'm concerned, I've been working on new boards with Pierro over at Rekiem Skateboards that are bound to drop once this current lockdown is finally over!

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Marion Micigolski


Marion's board graphic for Chez Molly Skateshop in Besançon.

LIVE Skateboard Media: Hi Marion! May you please introduce yourself - how old are you, where are you from? What's your background in skateboarding like and, besides adhering to the contest rules, what is the reason why you picked that particular local skateshop of yours to design your graphics for?

Marion Micigolski: Hello, the name is Marion Micigolski, I'm twenty-three, from Haut-Jura and studying Beaux-Arts in Besançon, Doubs.

I'm not a skateboarder, but I've always been around them. Last summer, I developed a proximity with local skateshop Chez Molly and ended up working on some photo editorials with them - shouts out to Fares, whose trust I can never seem to appreciate enough!

I've always been a photographer first and foremost, but then after high school I naturally gravitated over to studying graphic design and visual arts.

This contest was the perfect occasion for me to try and work on a board graphic for that shop!

"For a while, I just switched
between art schools with
different philosophies till I
eventually found the one
"

LSM: How long have you been dabbling in graphic design for? Do you have a sample of works, personal website or really any type of portfolio to share with the world?

Marion: After high school, I first started fine art and architecture studies, and then for a while I just kept switching between art schools with different philosophies till I eventually found the right one for me, under the form of a compromise between image and volume manipulation, digital arts, editorial content creation and all that.

I've been doing graphic design for three years now - both in analog and digital formats.

The visual style I was going for with this deck graphic is something I just do for fun, some personal shapes - otherwise, I'm more into publishing, and also incorporating architectural representations in designs. I'm in the process of writing my thesis, too!

LSM: May you name drop some other artists that you tend to look up to as references, and explain the source of your inspiration in general?

Marion: Well I'm interested in many fields when it comes to visual arts - videography, photography, editorial stuff...

When it comes to digital art and 3D works, I might as well mention Andrew Thomas Huang who's made designs for Björk or FKA Twigs video clips, and whose personal approach to motion design really inspires me.

"Right now,
I'm in the midst of
writing my D.N.S.E.P.
thesis
"

I also really like the works of the multitalented Grimes, whose rich take on aesthetics I've been digging for years now.

I tend to get inspired by many rap artists' experimentations with visual communication, too, and by the artistic direction of N.D.A. Paris due to their amazing 3D and video pieces.

LSM: Any creative projects you know of that one should be on the lookout for? Yours of course, but also the ones of more great local talents in your scene, perhaps?

Marion : Right now, I'm in the midst of writing my D.N.S.E.P. thesis - which has more to do with theory and research. It's quite the fulfilling experience thus far, actually!

I'll probably be working on new stuff with and for Chez Molly again, this upcoming summer - who knows?

Despite this little creative break, I keep on making illustrations and other graphical compositions that I nurture my Instagram feed with.

Also, feel free to follow my school: l’Institut Supérieur des Beaux-Arts de Besançon on Instagram, for a glimpse into the mind of many up-and-coming creatives who I think are very talented already, in spite of being in their formative years.

Finally, here's a list of friends who inspire me on the daily and are working on some cool projects these days: visual artists Thibault, Léonie, Robin and Nathan - I love you.

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Noé "YAZZART" Absalon


Noé/Yazzart's graphic for Milk Skate Café, Thibaud Fradin's skateshop in Nantes.

LIVE Skateboard Media: Yo Noé! May you please introduce yourself - how old are you, where are you from? What's your background in skateboarding like and, besides adhering to the contest rules, what is the reason why you picked that particular local skateshop of yours to design your graphics for?

Noé Absalon: Oï! I'm Noé Absalon a.k.a. YAZZART, nineteen-year-old, from Nantes !

If I remember correctly, I first took up skating when I was ten; then I stopped for a bit and, finally, naturally started again, four years ago.

"I'm into digital art,
oil painting, gouache,
a lil' bit of everything
"

I've always been interested in designing board graphics; I mean, all I like to do is skate and draw, so...

I decided to rep Milk Skateshop with my graphic as I like the selection of board brands they carry, and the style of the shop in general.

Also, it was the first shop I ever stepped in, just upon moving to Nantes.

LSM: How long have you been dabbling in graphic design for? Do you have a sample of works, personal website or really any type of portfolio to share with the world?

Noé: I've been creating for as long as I've known how to hold a pencil - as soon as I first figured out, it was on, I just never stopped!

My Insta is totally devoted to my work, so feel free to check it out!

I'm into digital art, oil painting, gouache, a lil' bit of everything.

LSM: May you name drop some other artists that you tend to look up to as references, and explain the source of your inspiration in general?

Noé: I'm super into graffiti aesthetics, skateboarding (obviously), and I guess street culture in general.

I'm super into fashion, especially when creators subvert expectations and play with the codes; personally, now, I'm trying to study concept art and I feel like that shares many traits with the fashion world in that you're playing with textures and shapes in order to create strong silhouettes. That's exactly the spirit I'm sensing in Minju Kim's pieces, for instance.

I dig the style of Jacob Ovgren, who does those board graphics for Polar; as far as comics, I like Guillaume Renard a.k.a. Run, the man behind "MUTAFUKAZ". Taiyō Matsumoto, too - the author of "TEKKONKINKREET". Also a big Freddy Carrasco fan.

"Sharing is caring,
especially in this field
"

LSM: Any creative projects you know of that one should be on the lookout for? Yours of course, but also the ones of more great local talents in your scene, perhaps?

Noé: My girlfriend and I have been screen-printing clothes under the name Fine Lame Inc. - so far we haven't had much time to develop that much yet, but that's the eventual plan!

On the rap scene, Alakazam kills it; also Eeejee, coming in hot with nothing but home-made beats, tracks, everything.

I'm not too familiar with those guys myself but I think they're worth a mention, still: the Nautilus crew is a local collective of comic book artists. 

And now, as far as illustrators with strong aesthetics: Joséphine Armand is very well-rounded and improves at a crazy pace; François Bourdin is dope and last but not least, the sickest: M. Larbin - contrasts, colors, the man knows!

Anyway, getting to share all of this is really cool - sharing is caring in this field, so thanks, Rave Skateboards!

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Camille Bourdon


Camille's graphic for an institution of a skateshop: the Paris-based Nozbone.

LIVE Skateboard Media: Howdy, Camille! May you please introduce yourself - how old are you, where are you from? What's your background in skateboarding like and, besides adhering to the contest rules, what is the reason why you picked that particular local skateshop of yours to design your graphics for?

Camille Bourdon: Yo ! The name is Camille Bourdon and my friend - who worked on the concept with me - is Arthur Nabi, we're both from the Essonne region in the South of Paris, and both twenty-two!

I've always been into skateboarding and action sports in general, because of the mindset and lifestyle their practices convey.

I also like how there's no actual wins or losses in those, just perseverance. Their practice mostly comes down to pure dedication, which I really respect.

I remember setting up my first board four years ago, and then I met Arthur who had already been skating for some more!

Creating for our local skateshop only logically made sense to us; we chose out of our favorite ones out of the most classic, iconic ones in Paris!

"I'm into
graphical vandalism
just as much as I'm into
neoclassicism
"

LSM: How long have you been dabbling in graphic design for? Do you have a sample of works, personal website or really any type of portfolio to share with the world?

Camille: I've been doing graphic design for four, maybe five years - same as Arthur.

I'm still a student - it's actually at school that we first met and, over time, we ended up gathering a good crew of friends around one same love for visual arts!

I have a personal website on which some of my works can be seen, including many a collab with Arthur.

As far as he's concerned, he works at a renowned Parisian agency as a creative director and his works can be found on his website as well as his Insta. He's a beast!

LSM: May you name drop some other artists that you tend to look up to as references, and explain the source of your inspiration in general?

Camille: Opaaa, now that's going to be all over the place!

I'm into graphical vandalism just as much as I'm into neoclassicism.

That's ranging from the universe of Tex Avery to the one of Antoine Leisure and Félix Beausoleil, but the spectrum also comprises the works of Maxime Mouysset, Ingres' and Botero' paintings, and the « scribbles » of Mario Picardo's or Saeio's… And so many others, really.

Arthur himself gets inspired by everyday life, as well as by retrospective designs from 1950 onwards... I reckon he might a bit too into video games and cartoons, too!

LSM: Any creative projects you know of that one should be on the lookout for? Yours of course, but also the ones of more great local talents in your scene, perhaps?

Camille: Sure thing! One should keep an eye on Argentik Mag, for photographic matters - issue number seven should be dropping soon (with the accompanying event in Paris to boot).

Also watch out for Keftagine's Paris stints (or Berlin trips, when not Madrid visits...), unless you don't want a hard tattoo on the right butt cheek!

We both love Baptiste Degrémont's contributions to the fashion world as well as Pierre Courtial's creation, under studio Pierre Cardin. Oh and Évoque Studio, too!

I'd also advise keeping an eye on the Robuche duo, especially if you're into the idea of a big painting for your living room.

And then, creative agencies such as Machine Operated or Plus Murs, for their ideas are always so fresh!

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Jean-Baptiste Bonhomme


Jean-Baptiste's graphic for Shifty Boardshop in Dijon.

LIVE Skateboard Media: Hi, Jean-Baptiste! May you please introduce yourself - how old are you, where are you from? What's your background in skateboarding like and, besides adhering to the contest rules, what is the reason why you picked that particular local skateshop of yours to design your graphics for?

Jean-Baptiste Bonhomme: My name is Jean-Baptiste, I'm thirty-six, I live in Dijon, work in France but also, sometimes, abroad.

I first started skating when I was ten. 

I joined that contest because, not unlike many a skateboarder, it's a little kid's dream to ride my own skateboard with my own graphic on it.

LSM: How long have you been dabbling in graphic design for? Do you have a sample of works, personal website or really any type of portfolio to share with the world?

Jean-Baptiste: My artistic endeavors started a few years back.

I'm into mixed media comprising foods, drugs, big brand products, basically everything notorious for triggering addictions and more...

"I tend to find
my inspiration
in advertising
"

I have no website yet, but I have my Instagram account - although, not all my projects are on there.

LSM: May you name drop some other artists that you tend to look up to as references, and explain the source of your inspiration in general?

Jean-Baptiste: My reference artists are René Magritte, Maurizio Cattelan, Toilet Paper Magazine... And more.

My inspiration, I tend to find it in advertising, and by watching people consuming all kinds of products ranging from food to clothes, like consumerism addicts; more often than not, I only need to venture into big stores.

My theme of choice is consumption meets addiction.

LSM: Any creative projects you know of that one should be on the lookout for? Yours of course, but also the ones of more great local talents in your scene, perhaps?

Jean-Baptiste: I have several upcoming exhibitions lined up in Belgium, Estonia and France.

And finally, we're just about to get a proper skatepark in Dijon, after all these years... 

Thank God.

 

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Honorable mentions
 


@kamelone_b for Zeropolis, Lille.
 

Alex Magné for Riot Skateshop, Bordeaux.
 

@rari4k for Riot Skateshop, Bordeaux.
 
 
 

@noverrrr for Zeropolis, Lille.
 

Hugo Bigonet for 242 Skateshop, in Lausanne and Geneva.
 

Seb Caldas for Milk, Nantes.
 

@wazteed
 for Bamboo Skateshop, Le Mans.
 

@graphiccool
 for 242 Skateshop, in Lausanne and Geneva.
 
 

 
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