Sergio is a skateboarder and videographer from Napoli, Italy who creates music and also skateboards for skate company PlazaBoards
“Skateboarding is what led me to start shooting photos and videos, like many others. I owe a lot to it.
I’m 25, and I’ve been skateboarding for 12 years now, non-stop, and now more than ever I’m starting to realize how quickly things change. That’s the reason I try to document everything I experience in my life, especially people and relationships: both are peculiar and change constantly.
It is as easy as it is useless to emulate other people’s work or their skateboarding. I reckon that if everybody could express their self in a way they feel good about it then everything would be more enjoyable. Nevertheless, inspiration is an important and positive phase to me, I love to see what the people I respect are doing.
Lately, I think I’ve been watching this video of Garry Winogrand once a week. It’s the first video that comes out if you look him up on Youtube and, no spoilers, it’s just so exciting to watch him shooting in the street.
I really enjoy Ryan Subette and Hugo Maillard’s music. My favorite companies at the moment are Isle Skateboards, Polar Skate Co., Frog Skateboards and Toy Machine. I’m a big fan of Ed Templeton’s photography, skateboard graphics and Toy machine ad creations.
I discovered The No Comply Network not too long ago, but I think it’s a great platform to share our controversial love for skateboarding and find new people to get inspired from.
I also enjoy playing keyboards and surprisingly Jacob (Harris) found my music interesting enough to use it in his latest documentary/videopart with @Chris Jones. As a huge fan of his previous videos, I was way beyond stoked to contribute, his videos are true cinema expression to me. Hopefully we will work on more projects together.
As for me, I have a project/platform named TOC.
The concept is this: I travel to places for more than just a few days and make skate videos with people I meet, became friends with and that let me enter their home/life.
To me, it’s interesting to document skaters not only on the streets, but also in their houses/rooms. It’s a way to make new friends along the way that will also eventually cross paths too.
I’ve made a full length from when I was living in Barcelona and another one made in my hometown, Napoli (Italy). I’m currently editing a new video, shot in Sweden, featuring my old friends who I was skating with in Barcelona, and some new friends too; it should be coming out just before this summer.
Last but not the least, a new Plazaboards full length video is coming out really soon, in which I’ll have a full part. Plazaboards is the board company I’m proudly sponsored by, created by my long-time friend Mario Torre and his girlfriend Milena in a town in South Italy, where he was the only skater.”