Ripped Laces Meets Oliver Clark

In the depths of Williamsburg, you’ll find many things: hipsters, struggling artists, overpriced food, street art, etc. The place, while overwhelming, has its own breed of unique-unto-itself qualities, and within this whirlwind of a scene you’ll find Oliver Clark.

If I were to describe Oliver Clark to you accurately, I’d paint the portrait of you meeting the youngest version of your skate rat self, except in the current body you have today. That’s not to say he’s a big little kid; he’s an adult with a wit that reminds me of the late Don Rickles; he’s sharp and is genuinely always excited about skateboarding – a skate rat in the truest sense. Oliver is currently 30 but started skating for the first time in his life 2 years ago at the age of 28. What does this all mean?

To me, it means Oliver has hit the life lotto. By this age, most skateboarders are jaded and injured from all of the previous years of skateboarding intake, while Oliver is just getting started. If you’re around him, you’ll hear the excitement in his voice as he references tricks from first-time viewings of videos like Misled Youth and other classics that you watch to reignite any childhood nostalgia.

Since falling in love with skateboarding, he’s decided to make it a part of his life in more than one way. As you’ll hear from Oliver, his background lies in high-end fashion and while many of the models may not apply to our favorite past time, he’s created one of a kind skate shoe models just for his newfound love.

Find out more about Oliver on IG & visit OliverClarkNYC.com for additional offerings.

 


Filmed & edited by Christopher Nadziejko
Produced by Jeremy Lugo
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Comments

  1. George

    April 17, 2017 5:03am

    Can’t wait for those Romero Chelsea boots to come out.

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  2. DannyH

    April 17, 2017 3:38pm

    If the boot came in all black I’d be down for sure. I like how he put work in to get here and isn’t trying to hit the scene hard. I like how he mentions “skateboarding would be 4th” on the list. I’m also a career motion graphics artist and animator, and skateboarding definitely is my thing- but my career always comes first. Gotta balance the passions.

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  3. Mayor Grimble

    April 17, 2017 3:43pm

    It’s rad to see him get so stoked about skateboarding. Zuriick hit like a tidal wave when they first came out in SLC. Hope he is successful in bringing a fresh perspective to skate footwear. Great job!

    Reply
  4. Doggo

    April 17, 2017 4:09pm

    The shoes look great, will definitely be checking them out.

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  5. sam

    April 17, 2017 4:32pm

    This guy is fuckin awesome

    Reply
  6. Jeurgen Smith

    April 18, 2017 2:41am

    Well done. I am definitely into this.

    Reply
  7. Moon

    April 18, 2017 9:40am

    thx but no thx

    Reply
  8. Duh

    April 19, 2017 5:02am

    If he really started to skate at age 28 he has good style and seems to make good progress. Starting late, most people -no matter how good you are at other sports- would be struggling. This guy even has a good push and seems comfortable on a board just riding. So it makes me wonder: did growing up in a snowboard environment help him? Did he not secretly push on a skateboard during that time? He seems way too natural for me to grasp. He can’t be better than me. That would not be fair. Anyway, keep with it!

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    • Randy 'The Big Unit' Johnson

      April 28, 2017 12:05am

      His Mountain Dew sponsorship put steroids in his dews. Thats why he has great push.

  9. Dr. Robert Doback

    April 19, 2017 10:42pm

    I endorse these shoes. Also agree it’s strange he has so much style for someone who started skating at 28. Maybe he just good tho.

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  10. Mike

    April 20, 2017 8:35pm

    This dude is real. I back this.

    Reply
  11. Joeseph Bigguns, Mormon Pioneer

    May 24, 2017 3:15am

    this dude is really 42 and skated in high school in the 90s

    Reply

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