Our spotlight this month is settling on Marisa Garcia; a video-game loving, sewing-machine operating, kitty cat holding, skateboarding creative who quietly slays everything she takes on. With old skool style and new skool attitude, this Texas native is an anomaly we can't get enough of.
What’s your name and where are you from? Where do you live now?
I was born in San Antonio, Texas and I now reside in Austin!
When did you start skateboarding and how did you get into it?
I started skating in 2013 around April! I got into skateboarding in college when I realized a skate park was 5 minutes away from campus. I had always wanted to skateboard growing up but never had the opportunity, support, or ideal situation for it. As hard as I tried, skateboarding was not an option for me when I was younger, so I made it my opportunity after being in college for a few years and summoning up the courage to actually go to the park with borrowed boards and friends that knew how to skate.
Why have you stuck with it? What hooked you?
I’ve wanted to skateboard my whole life and within these last couple years, I finally had the opportunity to; it brings about an unexplainable happiness and I can’t imagine a life without skating. There are a lot more reasons, some obvious and some more personal but in short, skateboarding lit a fire within me that nothing else compared to. I’ve hurt myself skating in ways that will leave me in pain for the rest of my life, but I’ve never for a moment questioned why I keep skating. I just step on my board, forget about everything, and let that inner fire and passion take me to places I never thought possible.
You’re passionate about other things too- what are they?
I love drawing and painting a lot! It’s another form of creativity and skateboarding has actually really inspired a lot of the art that I make. I’m also pretty passionate about playing video games! Whether it’s on my consoles at home or in the arcade, games are a great stress reliever and of course, super fun. Fight games are some of my favorites; if I could, I would buy the Killer Instinct II arcade game/cabinet from the main arcade I frequent!
When did you start making art?
I’ve been making art since I was little, but as far as the art that I make now, I started that when I also started skating. Growing up, I drew some skateboarding art (since that was as close to skateboarding as I could get) but I mostly drew comics and little anime characters. In 2014, I started making the art that I do now; definitely adopted a darker twist on things along with my main ghoul guy that I always draw as well.
What’s your favorite thing to draw right now?
Ghouls! I really love making little creepy monsters with tons of eyes, skeleton or muscle bodies, and goopy features. Dark style has a lot of possibilities when drawing and you can get inspiration from so many different things.
What are your favorite mediums to work with?
Ink and watercolor! I absolutely love mixing harsh, black lines with vivid watercolors.
Does your art tie into your skateboarding? Or vice-versa? Do you think they’re connected?
Oh absolutely! I tend to draw people that inspire me or skate spots that that scare me. Sometimes painting what I’m scared of actually helps my skating; it makes it less scary and more approachable like the art in front of me. Skateboarding is an art and art requires creativity; the two involve an “outside of the box” approach to get to a desired final outcome, so they are most definitely connected and go hand in hand in my opinion!
What’s something you love about the Texas skate scene that we don’t know?
The support that is given in the Texas scene is unbelievable. Everyone has so much talent and passion in how they skate and they love to share the happiness skating brings with others. There will always be people that are sticks in the mud, but I can proudly say that in Texas, all of the awesome experiences and rad people that I’ve met have helped encourage everyone and also helped get me to where I am today. We have a huge network of skaters that are also just amazing individuals; friends are everywhere and Texas skaters just want to shred and get stoked!
What’s your favorite trick right now?
Oh gosh that’s a hard one! I’d have to say on vert it’s backside airs and in bowls it’s front smiths and monty grinds/back smiths!
What’s your favorite piece from the Nikita FW1718 collection?
It’s so hard to choose, but my favorite piece is still the Starward Jacket! Texas is finally cooling off and I love the jacket because it’s warm, fashionable, and the hood reminds me of Assassins Creed. Design lines and fabric make this jacket a staple piece that will never go out of style. I feel like a badass video game character in it and just love wearing this jacket!
Who do you ride with regularly? Who’s your crew?
I skate with so many people but my main crew is my boyfriend and my vert friends! We all love skating the vert ramp together as well as some of the other gnarly parks in Texas. A lot of us share the same interests as well so after skating we go to the arcade or to shows! In Austin, we also have an all girls crew called Rip Riot and I love skating and getting inspired by those ladies!
Who do you look up to and who inspires you?
Nora Vasconcellos inspires me so much! She’s my favorite skater and absolutely shreds; not to mention seeing her go pro on Welcome was a huge deal. It’s hard not to get inspired by someone like her! In addition to that, Darren Navarette is another huge inspiration in my skating; he skates vert like a mad man and his style is something I definitely look up to. My friend Sandy Peraza is also a huge inspiration to me not only in her shredding, but in her art as well! She is a true skateboarder and an amazing artist that has her very own style. She might be a thousand miles away from me, but she keeps me stoked even from states away!
What are you working on right now (in skating, in life, in general- whatever!)?
I’m currently working on some denim apparel designs specifically made for skating and a few wedding dress designs as well for some of my friends that might potentially be tying the knot in the next few years! Besides trying to draw as often as I can and move some skate tricks up to vert, I’m pretty much enjoying life and taking each day as it comes! Oh and beating Zelda Breath of the Wild! I don’t even want to look at how many hours I’ve put into exploring every corner and mountain in that game!
This month’s Nikita Spotify playlist is equal parts tough & tender, leather & lace, feminine & masculine. Stevie Nicks, Warpaint and Angel Olsen start the mix off on a softer note, and then Suzi Quatro, Alison Mosshart and Savages take it to the edge. Every iconic rock star needs a ballad.
Hit play and let us know your favorite track.
It's all about the attitude. p. Nika Kramer
Suck My Trucks has been putting on events for girls who ride for a few years now, and only growing in popularity. When a event like this has been going on for a few years and only getting bigger, chances are someone out there created something that the people are loving.
A look back at Suck My Trucks 2015- year after year, it just gets better. p. Nika Kramer
That 100% is the case with Suck My Trucks in Germany, with their latest event, a Spottour Event- where they put on a street and bowl skateboarding contest just for girls, with prizes like a year-long product sponsorship from Nikita Clothing (that's us!), plus some cash and tons of other great prizes.
The girls showed up and made it known that they were there to ride their hearts out; landing tricks, laughing and trading new song lyrics they made up along the way.
Take a look for yourself and see just how fun the Suck My Trucks 2017 Nikita Clothing Spottour event was this year!
Images - Nikki Hand
We just checked the weather for Phoenix, and it says 105°F all week long- how are you coping with this summer heat?!
How old were you when you started skating? What’s changed about your motivations to ride since then? And also- what was your first board?
How does your riding style affect what you wear on a board?
What’s your favorite piece from the current Nikita SS17 collection?
*EXTRA* - What’s your current fav trick to work on? Or dream spot to ride!
My favorite trick to work on right now is probably front smith grinds. They are so steezy, and it feels so good but I’m trying to a longer grind. My dream spot to ride is probably Mammoth, Burnside, or Kona.
Photos - Max Thaler
Video/Edit - Julian Pfretzschner
The day was hot, the curbs were too, and if there was a pool full of water there- it would've been cool. Suffice it to say, the event that went off on July 22nd was everything it promised to be, and more.
Girls got together and skated for fun and for prizes, with the top ladies walking away with some $$$ to support their talents!
Trend forecast: Tutus and leis?
The judges never missed a move-
And everyone left a winner!
Thanks again to all the girls that showed up for the Hot Curbs and Cool Pools Girls Jam. You all ripped, and we had such a blast hanging out with you. Big thanks to the organizers and all the other sponsors; Skateboarding München. e.V, Gorilla, who came together to make this event happen.
We can't wait to get back on our boards!
Kicking off this weekend July 22nd and 23rd- the Hot Curbs and Cool Pools Girls Jam is about to go down in Munich!
With contests for all ages and abilites; prizes, food and more- this is going to be an event you won't want to miss, so be sure to RSVP on the Facebook Event now.
See below for more info from Skateboarding Munchen! See you this weekend- Saturday and Sunday 🔥🌴 #forgirlswhoride
The Saturday and Sunday begins with free coaching powered by Gorilla. Here everybody can learn the first steps (or pushes) on the skateboard, regardless of their age. At the same time, the skateboard park "Am Gleisdreieck" in Pasing will provide the European women's skate elite with a true trick battle at Skate Jam. This is not only about rum and honor, but also about prizes worth over € 4,000! If you do not already have a contest experience, you will not be short of course. We split the contest into categories U14, Ü14 Sponsored and Ü14 Unsponsored. Also in the other categories there are fabulous prices of Blue Tomato, Nikita, Volcom, Stance and Nais Berlin dust. Since, despite the contest, the fun and the feeling of a real girl gang are all about us, Greek salad is inviting us to a dignified rider's dinner. Afterwards the Girls Night Out is pulled around the houses.
On Sunday we do not let ourselves hang and go straight on with a hammer program. If you could marvel at the pro-class yesterday, you have the opportunity to cruise with international pros in the skatepark "Im Gefilde" and to get valuable tips and tricks. With a lot of new inspiration and power, you can go directly to the Girls Gone Wild Jam, where you can clear up the fine prices of our sponsors in various categories. If the weather does not play, the skating rink in Freising is exclusively available for the entire weekend. The Hot Curbs & Cool Pools Girls Jam takes place regardless of the weather.
For all girls, who want to come from a little further but do not want to miss a mega weekend, we provide free sleeping possibilities and guiding to the spots available. The places are coveted, so nix as ran to the registration . Please remember to send the disclaimer .
This month we’re serving up a funky, soulful and melodic mix with iconic beats worthy of listening from start to finish- ranging from old school Missy & TLC to the last from Madame Gandhi and Kaytranada.
Whether you throw this on for a mellow night at home, or trance-out wearing headphones around town, it’s sure to deliver a head-bobbing buzz.
Swim High - BABYTEETH, Rivka Rose
Black Ego - Digable Planets
I Spy - Skepta
Under Your Spell - Desire
Zealots - Fugees
About Her - Malcom McLaren
Make It Up - Tirzah
Care - Kaada
Her - Madame Gandhi
Summer - Raf Riley, Etta Bond, Avelino, Dun D
Bad Blood - SBTRKT Remix - NAO, SBTRKT
The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly) - Missy Elliott
Ain’t Too Proud 2 Beg - TLC
I Want Your Love - Chromatics
Army Of Me - Bjork
The Narcissist (ft. Inga Copeland) - Dean Blunt
There’s a Light Out On The Horizon - Chromatics
The Gaudy Side Of Town - Gayngs
Sunny Duet (feat. the Mind) - Noname, The Mind
I Fell In Love - Gidge
Breathe - Telepopmusik
Little Death - Lupe Fiasco, Nikki Jean
Strangers - Portishead
Skin - Grimes
Distrations I: The Opposite Sex - Kilo Kish
Empire Ants - Gorillaz, Little Dragon
You’re The One - KAYTRANADA, Syd
I’m Better - Missy Elliott, Eve, Lil Kim, Trina
Pains - Silk Rhodes
Bullets - KAYTRANADA, Little Dragon
Tell us about your background. Where are you from and where do you live right now?
I kinda grew up all over the place. I’ve lived in Louisiana, Northern California, Orange County, San Diego and LA for the last 10 years. I'm temporarily caught up in OC at the moment.
You are one multi-talented lady. Is there any surface you’re not already creating on? Anything you really want to get into with your art?
I’ve always wanted to do my own screen printing. I know how from making my own screens with crude little home made versions from silk scarves and elders glue. I have a real set up for screen printing, but I’ve just been too scared to dive in… Now that I say that, I have NO idea why.
What medium did you start with? Did you go to school for illustration? If not how did you get your start on this path?
I have been drawing and painting since I was a child… I learned anything I know how to do from either teaching myself or watching other methods and taking it on myself to try and make it work.
I used to share a little skate house with 5 dudes. One day at the house, I remember looking at a piece of paper I had been painting on and I figured out I could make SOMETHING out of it. Then I just started drawing more and more- trying to find a character that represented me. I can’t draw people, so I think my reaper came from trying to depict a human form to express myself.
When did you realize that art could be a source of income and how does that affect your use your social media?
I got fired from a job I had for 2 years and, although I’ve always been reliable for work, for whatever reason I panicked. Luckily, I had spent the last two years building an online audience for my work. I posted about being fired and having to sell some art until I could find a job…. I haven’t looked for one yet. Now, I have to keep my eye on my Instagram and Twitter pretty much all day- I’m either getting questions about a piece already on my website or someone is asking about commissions. I never expected it to be like this.
What keeps you inspired to keep working as an artist? How does this channel into your “style”? Do you fans provide this kind of support?
I feel as though all forms of art are simply an extension of ones personal perception of and struggle with the world. When I started creating I did so only to convey the pain and isolation I had experienced in my life as a whole up to this point and every day. I didn't realize that letting the pain go and sharing it with the rest of the world would be the thing that would ultimately alleviate it and bring me out of the isolation I was feeling.
I feel like that is the duty of all creative people- we have a responsibility to create and share in the hopes that it may alleviate someone else's pain and isolation as well. My fans are constantly reinforcing this belief in me- that response is overwhelming.
How has skating influenced your work and is there a connection between skating and your work?
I've been around skateboarding essentially my whole life. By being raised with young parents, I was able to experience the skateboarding community from an early age. I feel like the connection between the two is in my humor. I’ve learned to be extremely frank from hanging around with mostly guys. All of the girls I know who skate seem to have the same kind of weird humor that I do, and that makes me feel better.
When did you start skating and how did you first get into it?
Well I’ve been pushing around since I was like 13. The last time I skated an actual park I hurt my wrist, and also recently actually hurt my ankle pushing around my old neighborhood. For me, it’s hard because I use my right hand to draw. If I hadn’t found illustration as a career, there’s a good chance I would have been able to focus on skating more. I suppose for me skating is something thats just a normal part of everyone’s life; and especially for my generation, I really think that’s true. Even kids that don’t skate have a best friend or sibling that does- this community is and always has been open to everyone who wants to really be in it.
Do you have a crew that you skate with or that keeps you motivated to keep skating?
I have a bunch of girl friends that skate. I rarely see them because of busy schedule or literally just crazy distance- those girls keep me hyped on it even though I’m not going out and skating anything sick- it makes me wanna go out.
What is your deck set up right now? Trucks/ wheels/ etc...
I most recently was using a tired board with independent trucks, but I really can’t remember what wheels are on it!
What's your favorite piece from the SS17 Nikita collection?
I love the mesh hoodie and i'm obsessed with beanies.
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From obscure beats to featured namesakes you'll know and recognize; this latest forgirlswhoride Playlist from Spacegoth will get your creative interstellar juices flowing, whether you're riding your board on the streets or painting over an old one at home.
So turn it up, browse Spacegoth's latest on Instagram for some inspiration and Enjoy 👽
1 Troyboi- 4321
2 Two Feet- Go F*ck Yourself
3 Great Dane- Yeezy
4 Getter- Rip 'n Dip
5 Stooki Sound & Mr Carmack- Uppers
6 Troyboi- OG
7 Lapalux- Without you
8 XXYYXX Ft. 2 Chainz- About You (not available on spotify, link)
9 Radiohead- Jigsaw Falling Into Place
10 Radiohead- National Anthem
11 Rihanna x KorN - Bitch Better Have My Money (not available on spotify, link)
12 Zhu. x Skrillex x THEY - Working For It
13 Keith Ape ft. A$AP Ferg - It G Ma
14 Skrillex, Pusha T, Yogi - Burial
15 Wild Belle x Major Lazer- Be together
16 Skrillex and Diplo- Mind
17 Holy Other- Yr Love
18 Holy Other- Touch
19 Holy Other- Know Where
20 Caribou- Odessa
21 Animal Collective- Who Could Win a Rabbit
22 Radiohead- Nude
23 A.Chal- Far From Home
24 Debbie Deb- Lookout Weekend
25 KC and The Sunshine Band- Boogie Shoes
26 Great Dane - Invite Only
27 Talking Heads- Burning Down The House
28 The Clash- Police and Thieves
29 Talking Heads- This Must Be The Place
30 The Clash- Straight to hell
The June Playlist is here and it’s packed with a whole lot of feminist music history to explore and enjoy. Featuring subversive female artists from the post-punk/ grunge/ and alternative genres; this midtempo mix starts off with faster favorites like Ex Hex, The Queen of Siam’s Lydia Lunch, Souxisie ATB, and then rounds out on a softer note with Nico, Anika and Sinead O’Connor. Let us know what gems you discover and of course follow us for more on Spotify @Nikita_Clothing.
JUNE 2017 PLAYLIST #FORGIRLSWHORIDE:
1. Don’t Wanna Loose - Ex Hex
2. Launderette - Vivien Goldman
3. Atomic Bongos- Lydia Lunch
4. Split - Kleenex
5. Lola - The Raincoats
6. Hong Kong Garden - Siouxsie and the Banshees
7. Fools Rush In - Bow Wow Wow
8. I Wanna Be Where The Boys Are - The Runaways
9. Too Many Creeps - Bush Tetras
10. Stop It - Pylon
11. Mind Your Own Business - Delta 5
12. Hot Topic - Le Tigre
13. Spacer Woman - Charlie
14. Nautilus - Anna Meredith
15. Instant Hit - The Slits
16. Connection - Elastica
17. Lovetrap (ft. Ariel Pink) - Soko
18. Cannonball - The Breeders
19. No G.D.M. - Gina X Performance
20. Peek-A-Boo - Siouxsie and the Banshees
21. Hondo - Beta Frontiers, Becky Ninkovic
22. So Destroyed- Prince Rama
23. Tom’s Diner - Suzanne Vega, DNA
24. Yang Yang - Anika
25. Janitor - Suburban Lawns
26. Metro - Berlin
27. I Found A Reason - The Velvet Underground
28. Nightclubbing - Grace Jones
39. Island Song - U.S. Girls
40. All Apologies - Sinead O'Connor
Thanks for taking us out to one of your favorite hang out spots - how long have you lived in LA?
Yeah no problem. I love the family arcade. My boyfriend and I always go there. I have lived in LA on and off for about a year. I am originally from Missouri.
When did you start skating and how did you first get into it?
I started skating when I was around 12. I got into it because my brother started skating and I always did everything he did. My dad took me to the skatepark for the first time and it was on from there.
How would you compare the skate scene in Kansas City to that of Los Angeles? Has moving affected your style at all?
The scene in Missouri is obviously smaller than LA. In Missouri I have skated with the same group of friends my whole life so it's more of a family vibe for sure. I do love skating in LA though because of all the spots and the history. I don't think moving has affected my style except I started skating more street.
What kind of tricks are you working on right now? Any tips?
Right now I am working on front heels and just trying to be more consistent. The only tip I have is to have fun!
Do you have any words of wisdom for girls looking to advance their skating, or even just for beginners?
Just to do you and don't listen to anyone that is trying to bring you down.
Current motto/words to live by?
I don't have a current motto but I will say to always wear sunscreen!
How many boards do you own right now and which is your favorite?
I have so many decks and cruisers at home I don't even know how many I have. My favorite right now is my current set up which is a Doomsayers deck, Spitfire wheels and Independent trucks.
Will you be hitting up any concerts or music festivals this summer? If not, any travel plans?
I don't have any plans for music festivals but I plan on going to Florida to skate. I also want to go back to Missouri for a few weeks to see my family. I am always traveling last minute so who knows!
What's your favorite piece from the SS17 Nikita collection? ;)
This is hard for me because everything is cute but I am a huge fan of jackets and I would have to say the Starward jacket.
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