HOMELAND BRAZIL TO THE US, EMBODIMENT OF AMERICAN DREAM
──FELIPE GUSTAVO (ENGLISH)
Interview by VHSMAG, Photos by BLABAC PHOTO courtesy of DC, Special thanks: DC Japan
VHSMAG (V)： How did you get hooked up with DC?
Felipe Gustavo (F)： Back in 2010, Colin and Kalis reach out to me and said they are stoked on my skating and want me to be a part of the team. I was hyped because I already knew a bunch of the team. It made sense to ride for DC and go on trips with my friends.
V： What's the most memorable project you've done with DC?
F： I believe the last video, De la Calle/Da Rua!
V： You've been to Japan several times. What's your impression on Japan and how were the spots? Any memorable spot / session?
F： Man I love Japan. I have been there a couple times and every time it is amazing. The food, spots, culture, and the locals always make you feel like you are home. I mean the language is pretty hard, but skating talks!! Too sick. In 2013 I went on a trip with the LRG team and it was epic. My first too, so for sure I took home some good memories.
V： You had some epic clips in De La Calle/Da Rua. Any behind the scene story you can share?
F： Man the tour for the premiere for the video in South America was insane! 18 days, 8 countries, 12 premieres, 6 demos!!! That right there means a lot went down. The most fun trip I’ve been in a while!!
V： So many talented Brazilian skaters are coming up these days.
F： Damn there are a lot of them all over in Brazil man. I would say Pedro Biaggio is a young ripper man! Style and trick selection is just on point!!!
V： Any Brazilian skater you keep your eye on?
F： Hard not to keep an eye on Tiago Lemos! Dude is a truly phenomenal!
V： You've released your color way of the NEW JACK model from DC. What did you keep in mind when working on this?
F： Honestly, I was just trying to get a white shoe and get some dope footage with it on! Haha.
V： What do you like about the shoe?
F： The way it skates and how it looks. It gives you a lot of board feel and I can pretty much skate everything with it! Shoe is just dope!!!
V： What's the reason for choosing white for the color?
F： Why not? Hahaha! I just think white shoes look super sick in footage!!!
V： How does this shoe affect your tech skating?
F： A lot of board feel, and the gum sole keeps it really grippy, so when I flick, I get the best of it!
V： What's your plan after releasing your NEW JACK model? What can we expect from you for the promotion of the shoe?
F： Yeah, I'm trying to film as much as I can and put out a solid part rocking them!
V： Aside from DC, you had a part in Plan B's TRUE video. Is there anything in the works with Plan B?
F： Not really, we're about to do a summer tour!
V： Now skateboarding made it in the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. What's your take on this?
F： I think it’s awesome. If that will help skateboarding grow even more, why not? I’m down!
V： Any project you're working on?
F： Working on this push project for The Berrics.
V： What's your goal? Anything you want to accomplish through skateboarding?
F： I just want to be able to help my family and friends with skateboarding, and be able to skate as long my body lets me! Thank you skateboarding!!!!