This Rad Movie Starring Legit Female Skateboarders Is Coming To A Theater Near You!

Friday, June 22, 2018



We have been waiting for this film for what seems like forever!  Director Crystal Moselle's new film THE SKATE KITCHEN drops at theaters (hopefully near you!) this August.

In the meantime, we have the full-length movie trailer to tide you over.

If you aren't familiar with THE SKATE KITCHEN girls, you need to be. They are a real-life group of girls (Rachelle Vinberg, Dede Lovelace, Nina Moran, Kabrina Adams, Ajani Russell, Jules Lorenzo, Brenn Lorenzo) who skate together in NYC. The first time we saw them being celebrated worldwide, was in Crystal Moselle's short film "That One Day" for the fashion upscale brand, Mui Mui. Since then they have appeared in everything from the pages of Glamour Magazine & Elle Magazine, to  various videos and ads.

And if you are wondering what "The Skate Kitchen" means? For centuries women have been told to "stay in the kitchen where they belong" as a way to put them down,  even today you'll find that some people use that awful phrase when commenting you videos of female skateboarders. So this group of rad girls took the word, turned it on its ear, and said yep, this is where we belong "The Skate Kitchen".

Pretty rad.



It's Go Skateboarding Day - A Special Treat To Celebrate!

Thursday, June 21, 2018


all images via the book It's Not About Pretty /  Photos Ian Logan / Design Elise Crigar 


It's that time of year again, yep, today is Go Skateboarding Day!  We are sure you don't need a reminder to get out and skate every day, but here's some inspiration from our "It's Not About Pretty" book just in case you do.

You can grab a copy of It's Not About Pretty: A Book About Radical Skater Girls on AMAZON  or via our online site, and we hope these rad girl inspire you every single day!

"It's Not About Pretty"shopgirlisnota4letterword.com is a hardback book featuring 65 different female skaters from ages 5 to 50+, it is 144 pages chock full of street skating, longboard, vert & pool and downhill. Each book contains 1 of 4 skater girl posters inside.

** FREE SHIPPING on anything you purchase on our site for the next 24 hours only to celebrate Go Skateboarding Day!  That includes our rad new tote bags that say GIRL POWER on them!!  Use code FREESHIP at checkout.  USA orders only




One Of Our Fav Female Pro Skaters Is Up For An ESPY Award!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018


 Chloe Kim | Photo: Eric Lars Bakke/ ESPN Images


Big news this morning!!

ESPN X Games Athletes were nominated for severall ESPYS categories - and 13-year-old pro skateboarder Brighton Zeuner is one of them!! Make sure you scroll down to the highlighted link below and cast your vote!

Brighton Zeuner / Photo Acosta


It's also awesome to mention that snowboarder Chloe Kim is nominated for three ESPYS, including Best Female Athlete!

The 2018 ESPYS nominations include the world’s top action sports stars in categories of Best Female Athlete, Best Male & Female Olympians, Best Male & Female Action Sports Athletes and Best Male Athlete with a Disability.

Snowboard phenom Chloe Kim leads the charge with an action sports athlete record three nominations for Best Female Athlete, Best Female Olympian and Best Female Action Sports Athlete. And snowboarder Jamie Anderson is also included in the Best Female Olympian Nominees category. Pro surfer Stephanie Gilmore (one of our favs!) is also in the Best Female Action Sports Nominee category. 


The 2018 ESPYS, hosted by Danica Patrick, will be broadcast live on ABC Wednesday, July 18, at 8 p.m. ET from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The 2018 ESPYS return to ABC for the fourth year with a star-studded evening celebrating major sports achievements, reliving unforgettable moments, and saluting the leading performers and performances of the past year in sports. The complete list of nominees for The 2018 ESPYS can be found here.

Voting is open now at ESPYS.com through Wednesday, July 18 at 8 p.m. ET.



BEST FEMALE ACTION SPORT ATHLETE NOMINEES

Chloe Kim, Snowboard
Jamie Anderson, Snowboard
Brighton Zeuner, Skateboard
Stephanie Gilmore, Surfing

BEST FEMALE OLYMPIAN NOMINEES

Chloe Kim, Snowboard
Jamie Anderson, Snowboard

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE

Chloe Kim, Snowboard


Female Pro Skater Gets a Capsule Collection (incuding a Shoe) & It's Pretty Sweet!



Pro skateboarder, Lizzie Armanto, Adds Floral Touch to the Sk8-Hi Pro. It's nice to have another (and fun) skate shoe option out there for female skaters and the fact that Lizzie endorses it makes it even better.

This fall, Vans partners with global skate team rider Lizzie Armanto on a special capsule of footwear and apparel, highlighting a custom rendition of the Sk8-Hi Pro. Armanto’s endorsed colorway of the Sk8-Hi Pro features colorful floral embroidery accents on canvas and suede textiles, engineered with Duracap reinforced uppers, Vans’ superior UltraCush footbed technology, and Vans’ original waffle outsole. The Sk8-Hi Pro is complemented by two apparel pieces, a matching long sleeve tee with floral graphics, and a traditional t-shirt adorned with a floral Vans logo. Lizzie Armanto’s capsule celebrates the new expanded size run of Vans Pro Classics, inspiring all women and men to achieve new levels of skate progression.




Part of the Vans global family since 2014, Lizzie Armanto was recently featured in the latest Vans global brand campaign chapter, “ Girls Skate India ”, documenting her experience on inspiring and empowering young women in India through skateboarding and D.I.Y. spot building, activities that are often considered unorthodox for girls





One of the most recognizable models in the Vans Pro Classics collection, the Sk8-Hi Pro features enhanced performance skateboarding technology with Vans’ proven Duracap reinforcement and UltraCush HD sockliners, providing unrivaled durability, support and cushioning needed by skateboarders worldwide.




PRO CLASSIC BENEFITS

DURACAP DURABILITY
Constructed with reinforced rubber underlays in high-abrasion areas to provide long-lasting, unrivaled durability that’s able to withstand the abuse of the Vans global skate team.

ULTRACUSH HD IMPACT CUSHIONING
Vans’ polyurethane-based footbeds increase board feel and provide the highest level of impact cushioning that won’t pack out over time.

VANS ORIGINAL WAFFLE COMPOUND OUTSOLE
Utilizing over 50 years of Vans’ professional vulcanized natural gum rubber compound to deliver ultimate no-slip traction and premium board feel.



The Vans Lizzie Armanto footwear and apparel capsule is available online and in-stores now.

* As always, we ask that you support female skateboarding buy buying the product that pro female skaters endorse or design!

Lola "The Young Vandal" Interview.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Lola "The Young Vandal"   /   Photo John Midgley

When we saw the petite dark haired girl smiling at the camera with spray paint in her hand and a mural of a female skateboarder behind her, we knew we needed to know more about her. Little did we know that her name/nickname is Lola "The Young Vandal" (and you know how we love that!) and she is one of the coolest girls ever!

We had a lot to cover in this interview and Lola was a trooper answering all our questions, even after a long day where she did a guest appearance at the Apple store, and an even longer weekend when her latest mural debuted.

So let's get right down to it, because this is an interview that will make you smile, and inspire you to follow your own dreams, no matter what they may be.

Thanks for the inspiration Lola!


Can you tell us your name and age and where you live?

My name is Lola Glass aka Lola the Illustrator. I’m nine years old, and I live in Brooklyn, New York.

How old you were when you started drawing/painting?

I was six when I started spray painting, and I started drawing when I could hold a pencil, so about three years old I think.

Some kids draw but later lose interest. What do you think kept your interest in moving forward and onto a bigger scale?

Not a lot of people get to spray at The Bushwick Collective, so I guess that’s one thing that helps! Other than that, I just like doing it. I don’t really know why. I draw every day. Sometimes it helps me express myself, like when something isn’t fair.



What forms of art were you doing back then when you first started?

I was doing a lot of girl superheroes and drawings of girls doing stuff I like to do, like gymnastics. Sometimes I drew portraits of my family. I drew books for my little sister Phoenix. A page would say, “You go in my room, I scream,” or “You eavesdrop on my private stuff, my face gets hot,” with funny illustrations of my sister and me. I would read them to her, and she kept them in her bed.






How has your art evolved since you started – we know you do murals now - which is very cool - can you share how that came about?

Now I put more details on my walls and on paper. One thing is I don’t draw pointy, spread out fingers anymore. They look way more like human hands now! I take more risks on my walls these days because there’s more details involved. I do people most of the time, not animals like elephants and manta rays that are kind of easy, like I did when I was six and seven. People are harder. I also work a lot on the background. My first wall didn’t even have a background.

I was very lucky to meet Joe Ficalora. He is the curator of the Bushwick Collective, and he asked me if I wanted to join.




We always say “go big or go home” about skateboarding.  Sounds like murals may be the same thing for you?

Yes! I love the challenge of big walls because it’s fun, I get to skip school, and I get to use toxic art materials! I love seeing my wall finished because everyone can see it when they walk by. It feels super good because it’s like I’m contributing to bringing something beautiful to the neighborhood. My biggest mural is “Coney Wonders.” You can see it when you’re riding the Wonder Wheel. A lot of people ride the Wonder Wheel, so if they can see it that way, it’s Pretty Radical. ☺



You go by the name “Lola, The Young Vandal” – we think that has to be the coolest name ever! How did you get that – because we know there has to be a great story behind it! Please tell us, because as you know, we are all about rule breakers and game changers here at GN4LW.

When I was six years old, my mom, my sister who was a baby then, me, and my mom’s friend who was visiting NYC, went to the Bushwick Collective for the first time to see the walls. My mom’s friend had given me a spray marker and I REALLY wanted to try it out. I drew on every empty wall I could find. I was drawing a small replica of the Beau Stanton mural when Joe (Ficalora) drove by with another artist. He saw me drawing and screamed, “WHAT ARE YOU DOING!!” I froze in my frilly white dress. After he talked with my mom and her friend, he approached me gently and asked if I wanted to be a part of the Bushwick Collective. Obviously, I said yes! Later, John Dominé wrote an article on me for Sold magazine titled “The Young Vandal.”

You are part of the Bushwick Collective – sounds pretty rad! How did you get invited to be part of the collective and what does it mean to be part of it?

It feels nice to be around artists I see all the time there like Sipros, Mr. June, Giz, Lauren YS, Dasic Fernández, and Franck Duval. They talk to me about how I’m doing and how school is going and ask me about what I’m painting. Joe (the founder) is really nice. He asks me questions about my wall and tells me the parts he likes about it. I feel like it’s alive there because of all the different walls. I feel proud when I’m there.









OK, we have to ask – we have seen photos of you with cans of spray-paint – how old were you when you got your first can and is there any secret street art (a la Banksy style) going on we should look for? ☺

On a beach in France, I painted a little portrait of my sister Phoenix on an old war bunker from the 1940s. I like to paint my “Peeking Phoenix” around the city sometimes with a spray marker. It’s kind of my signature. It’s my sister with big eyes peeking over a wall, with a ponytail that goes straight up over her head. The hair is adventurous and a little crazy, like she is.





We know that you are also a skateboarder –we love that both your passions are very “street” and different than a lot of girls – any comments from outside people about being a female in 2 predominately male worlds that to them, may also seem a bit “off the grid”? If so, how do you handle that?

Some of the boys at school have said that they don’t like my style. Sometimes they say I should draw things other ways. It bothers me a little. (But they like to draw death and guns, so…) I always say that everybody has their own style. When I’m having a bad day, skating to the subway after school makes me feel better. Staring at a Pusheen also REALLY helps! ☺ @pusheen

What advice would you give to another young girl reaching for her dreams if she has to deal with people who don’t understand or people who discourage her?

Skate, skate, skate! It can be soothing when you’re just rolling on a familiar pavement, it’s nice outside, and you know where to go, and you know what’s ahead and what you’re going to do. Find what you do best and DO IT!






Where is your favorite place to skate?

Golconda Skate Park in Brooklyn, aka the Fat Kids’ Spot. It has so many ramps.

Fav trick?

I like doing rock to fakie. I’m also learning how to do ollies and manuals.

Can you tell us about the board set up you ride?

My board is from The Pink Helmet Posse. It’s got palm trees on it. I have Theeve trucks and Sparks wheels and stickers from artists from the Bushwick Collective.

Is skateboarding your transportation of choice when heading off to do your street art?

Always! I don’t go anywhere without a skateboard. I take my penny board from Venice Beach when it’s just for transportation.






Your latest piece in Brooklyn (btw it’s huge!) features a young female skateboarder – is she based on a skater we might know? Or is she a combination of many girls?

Her name is June, and she’s inspired by Kody Tamanaha. The pose is based on a photo from page 106 of your book “It’s Not About Pretty.”

Your mom told us that the “It’s Not About Pretty: A Book About Radical Skater Girls” was also a source of inspiration – how did the book and the girls in it inspire you?

The poses are great for drawing, and there are girls in it like Sky Brown, who inspires me because she’s my age. I mostly only see boy skateboarders when I’m out. It’s difficult to find books about girl skaters. Dogtown is really popular, for example, but it’s mostly boys. There’s Peggy Oki, but they don’t talk about her much. I was really happy when I saw a girl at Golconda the other day! Anyway, that’s why I love this book. It’s one of my favorites.

Are you given a certain space or wall you work with each time when working with the Bushwick Collective? And if so, do you have to paint over your last piece to create the new one?

Yes and yes.

Is that always kind of sad? Or are you “on to the next”?

I miss all my old walls. It is sad, but I have to do it, so it’s also “on to the next.”

About how long does it take you to complete a mural?

Three days, about six hours each day.



We noticed that you really think it all out beforehand– notes, lists, colors, ideas - is this something you always do - or just when you do large murals?

I practice my drawings sometimes. I’m experimenting with a genie character right now named Cleo. But I usually just draw off the top of my head. However, with murals, I need to order the right colors and need to be sure where to put things. It’s easy to erase on a page, but it’s hard to erase on a wall. It’s not like you just grab a giant eraser. You have to repaint over your mistake with your background color and wait for it to dry.

Can you share with us some favorite artists whose work you love and that inspire you?

Sure! Besides the people I already mentioned from the Bushwick Collective, I like Hayao Miyazaki, Jerkface, London Kaye, Danielle Mastrion, Magali Le Huche, Mike Maihack, you, Lucy Sparrow, Raina Telgemeier…

We absolutely love the new Shepard Fairey documentary – do you have any fav documentaries on street art that you recommend?

“Banksy Does New York.” (A lot of them have mature language, so I have to wait until I’m a little older to see them, like 12.)

Favorite 3 books at the moment?

The “Scarlet and Ivy” series by Sophie Cleverly, “It’s Not About Pretty” ☺, and Percy Jackson. I’m not reading “Bone” by Jeff Smith right now, but it’s probably my all-time favorite.

Favorite Food?

Fried Chicken Buns from Bunsmith in Dekalb Market Hall. And pork dumplings.

Favorite things to do when not skateboarding or creating art?

Writing. I like to write comic books and novels. I’m working on a book right now called “The Ghost Club,” which is 20 pages so far. I also read a lot. And I love playing Nintendo games, especially Animal Crossing and Mario.

3 things people don’t know about you?

1. I sleepwalk. Once I even brushed my teeth in my sleep.

2. I play snare drum in my school’s band.

3. My cat Ollie follows me when I get up at night and attacks my feet. He thinks he’s the king of the jungle.


Lola at the Brooklyn Apple store during her guest apprearance




We just saw a post that you were at the Apple store doing a workshop for young artists – that is really cool – can you share how the day went?

I was really, really nervous at the beginning. My mom told me that the waiting is the hardest part, and I have to agree. They put a special microphone on me. After I sat down, it was pretty much smooth sailing. Everybody had an iPad with a sketch I did of my genie with no face, and I showed them how to pick pen types, draw and color, and use layers and undo. It was up to them to create their own face. It was mostly kids, but there were some grownups there too. Even though it was stressful at the beginning, it was fun.

What programs do you like to use for your art?

I use an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil and the app Procreate.

Lola adding the names of skater girls that inspire her to her mural



We love that you are all about inspiring other girls to be their best and you even gave shout outs to quite a few female skaters on instagram who inspire you. We feel that encouraging another girl or woman takes nothing away from our own success – you seem to feel the same. Does that stem from being around artists who championed you as you came up, so it’s natural for you to do the same?

So many artists have encouraged me: Jerkface, Joe, my mom, Cindy Whitehead, London Kaye, Danielle Mastrion, Lucy Sparrow, Dasic, Sipros, Franck, Lauren YS, Mr. June, Giz, Tracy 168, Chor Boogie. There are so many! So yes, it’s natural to me to give shout outs to other people. I put girl skaters’ names on the edge of the ramp on my latest mural “Splatter Void” because I felt like they might see it and know that they are admired by girls like me.

Any advice for someone who wants to follow her dreams on a big scale like you do?

My mottos are “Be a London,” which means be fearless, funny, never give up, and have a positive attitude like London Kaye. And “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.”




Advice for girls who want to skate but are a bit intimidated?

Just do your thing. If somebody bothers you, I’ll kick their butt. Hard. ☺

Where can we currently see your work?

My new wall “Splatter Void” is on Scott Ave between Troutman and Jefferson in Bushwick. “Coney Wonders” is on a wall right by the Wonder Wheel in Coney Island.

Anything else coming up in the near future that you’d like to promote/share?

I’m designing some t-shirts for a Brooklyn clothing company. I’m still working on it.


You can follow Lola's rad adventures on:

Instagram: @lolatheillustrator

Website: www.theyoungvandal.com