Photos by Ryan Mosse (action) and Juliann McCandless (portraits)
This past Friday, adidas Skateboarding and rapper A$AP Ferg hosted a launch in LA Los Angeles for the second Trap Lord footwear and apparel collab.
Before he jumped up on stage for a surprise performance, the adidas Skate Copa Court went down with adidas Skateboarding team riders Daewon Song, Pete Eldridge, Na-kel Smith, Jack Fardell, Miles Silvas, Alec Majerus, Silas Baxter-Neal, and Nora Vasconcellos all present and accounted for. The local skate community turned up for the friendly comp, and while it was going on we caught up with A$AP Ferg to grill him on his new shoe, and the link between skateboarding and Trap Lord.
When we asked him about the shoe, he said, “In my neighbourhood there were a lot of BMX riders and skaters. So it’s all of that rolled in one. You can skate in these, ride your bike, you can get jiggy in these or you could go on a date in these.”
Ferg was sitting with a young skater named Lil Dre, and turned to him to ask him what he thought about the link between skateboarding and Trap Lord. Lil Dre just replied with “Everybody’s on it.” We didn’t have time to clarify before Ferg added, “Everybody’s doing their ollies, hitting the ramps and got their headphones in, turning up.”
I think it’s safe to say there’s a lot more hip hop being listened to at skate parks in 2017 than Slayer and the stuff we were listening to to get hyped. And I’ll say this—you would never see a group of skaters break into an all-out dance party in the middle of the skatepark in my day (something I’ve recently seen happen in LA on multiple occasions). Today’s skaters are more cultured and might be having way more fun than we ever did. Praise Trap Lord!