New York-based skateboarder Beatrice Domond recently checked in with Montreal-based boutique Ssense for an editorial shot by Alexis Gross as well as an interview in which she provides some background on her come up as well as the current state of the culture.
Originally from West Palm Beach, Florida, the 26-year-old Domond started skating when she was seven-years old. Not only is she the first and only female member of Supreme‘s skate team, she’s also sponsored by Vans and skateboard label Fucking Awesome.
Domond made her connection to Supreme through the brand’s videographer Bill Strobeck, with whom she shared videos of herself in action. Strobeck saw her talent and included her in Supreme’s 2014 documentary titled “cherry,” a film that marked Strobeck’s directorial debut and was also Supreme first full-length project.
In the exchange, Domond tackles the impact of black skaters on skateboard culture. She explains, “We’ve been here for so long but with the internet, we can show ourselves. People don’t have to market us, we market ourselves. Like, Kareem Campbell, Stevie Williams, Devin Calloway all have this impact and brought this different flavor to skating.
“I was just talking to Ian Reid the other day. He was telling me that they would tell him, ‘Oh that’s some white boy stuff.’ But all the OG skaters that came out of New York, they were all Spanish or black. They didn’t want to market us. As sad as that is, now it’s like, ‘You have no choice. Either you can help market us and make a little money, or we’re going to do it ourselves and take all the money. That’s on you, dude.’ Black people have always been amazing.”
Below check out the Ssense editorial below, along with Supreme’s “Cherry.”