ARTICLE MANDI LENNARD
PHOTOGRAPHY TSVETELINA TOMOVA
LONDON CORRESPONDENT MANDI LENNARD KNOWS WHERE TO FIND THE NEXT BIG THING, THE MOOD OF THE MOMENT, AND ALL OF THEIR INFLUENCES. WELCOME TO LOUD X FAST LONDON.
If there's one person I want to bump into on a packed dance floor at a Supreme party, that's Lucien Clarke. He practically owns UK skating, and since Inventory's all-Supreme S/S '11 editorial, everyone street wants a slice of his lean physique: He's part of the Palace Wayward Boys Choir (PWBC) crew, member of SUPRA Footwear's premiere skate team, and affiliate of KR3W and Slam City Skates. In this VMAN.com exclusive, he talks upcoming plans, his new Palace x Tate skateboard, and where to head out in Dalston.
How are you?
LC Areet Mandi, I'm good thanks; just at this Supreme party in central [London] having a whale of a time. We have Zomby, Mark Ainley, Will Bankhead and Jagger playing... boom.
So many projects, so little time; what's the latest you can share?
LC Yeah, gonna be busy in the next couple of months with mainly Palace and SUPRA Footwear. We are all filming for the first full length Palace video with full parts from everyone, and I'll be flying to LA in January to use my skateboard in the sun.
What's the latest board you're riding?
LC Palace x Tate board 8.3, with Palace Clarke 51 wheels, Swiss Bones bearings, Shake Junt Bolts, Shake Junt grip and Venutre Wide trucks.
What's the latest with Save Southbank Skate Park?
LC Erm there is too much to be said about the bullshit behind the Southbank Centre!
Were you involved with any initiatives to save it?
LC My only involvement is being a skateboarder who spent most of his time down there for the past 13 years or so, and knowing how shit it would be if they were to shuv more bait coffee shops and wannabe Wagamamas in there instead.
Did you see Rocco Ritchie wearing that T-shirt?
LC Ha, no; I was lurking on the internet one day and randomly saw an image of him rocking the "Save Southbank" T-shirt, then Instagramed it.
What are you listening to?
LC A lot of Jay Daniel, Lil Ugly Mane, Travi$ Scott...
As someone who spends time in London and New York, what do you like best about each city?
LC Both cities are the same for me; only New York is a little bit faster in certain aspects.
Where do you head for a night out in London?
LC That depends. Usually I go to Bardens in Dalston. My mate Imit owns it; best bar in London in my eyes.
Where do you head for a night out in New York?
LC Max Fish was the one, but then it got shut down. [I feel for him; he's been known to fall asleep in the street outside after closing.] Lite is always a fade.
You're off to LA, what's happening?
LC Yeah I'm off in January for 3 months. Supra are flying me out there to skate everyday, that's what it is! Cheat winter early...
What are you snacking on to keep the energy levels up?
LC A lot of chicken and fruit juice.