Glaboe – You’ve seen her characters. You didn’t know her name, now you know it’s GLABOE. We had been walking with young Glaboe for a minute through the dirty streets of Hollywood. It’s always lovely to see the creative surge of young people. We recently had the opportunity to meet up with GLABOE and talk about art, Hollywood gear, and their upcoming footwear collaboration.
What’s up, Glaboe? Still on vacation in Hollywood?
Yes, I’m still around. LOL
Where Does The Last Name Glaboe Come From?
I wanted a name with some pictorial term, like paint stain. And I don’t know Spanish very well, so I thought glob would be Glaboe in Spanish. I even wrote a song for him, but few people know that it’s about Glaboe, “The Medo Boy”.
It’s good to see a graffiti writer in Los Angeles. There aren’t many of them.
What Attracted you to symbols instead of Letters?
I started scoring before, but not very well. Although, I would do it anyway. I was more interested in graffiti art like climbing, playing hide-and-seek and other fun stuff. But I thought it was more eye-catching for everyone. I want everyone to see this. Either they love it or hate it or don’t care, but they saw it.
Who are your Favorite Character Artists?
Damn, I should start with Matt Groening. He’s a GOAT. Hell, so many addicts do this. Next up will be my good friend Hamok (@eats_glass), guys who are always up to something extraordinary.
Have you ever been selected to go to freight or rail yards?
I certainly painted more patio walls than commercial ones. I drew trains like I used to do with my good team member LUCKS. S*** is too secret, lol.
Why do you think Skaters Naturally Gravitate towards the Arts?
You both have this freedom where no one can tell you what to do, and it gets better with time.
Being from Hollywood, who was on the Team you Grew up with?
I kicked it with my team, which was WZ at the time. Many skate homies mainly skated at the park, but other friends or friends of friends would always show up, like the guys from US, KWS, and FYF.
What are your Earliest Memories of Skateboarding in Hollywood?
Dude, it was a sunset parade with my family, and we walked past Hollywood High and saw these kids fucking. I ate back to back eight and tripped. I didn’t even know that shit was all around me, and my parents were a bit strict. Although, I couldn’t get past my local elementary school on Vine Street. So we stayed at four and five. I saw a kid trying to roll down the fifth step and kick her off. Damn, I guess why I try to stay off the rails, lol.
What Professionals did you Grow up Seeing on the Streets?
As I said, my parents were pretty strict, so I didn’t travel much at first. But as I got older, I started skating with some guys who are now pros or skate for big skate companies. My dad took me to a Catholic skate park, they put up ramps and a little man showed up. He was fucking angry too.
What is Swiss Heights?
It was our homies skate team. Like Ike is an actor and musician. Dylan and Akim also do a fantastic job. We try to make it into something like a company or a way of life, but all the people are very busy growing and running their businesses.
Who do you think has the most robust control in Hollywood right now?
Shit, I should have said SICK BABY—only the level of creativity and the number of children. Heck, also from EI/MTA/JOR, this guy is everywhere I’ve been or been in Hollywood. I mean, he’s Mr Hollywood for a reason.
You have a shoe launch for Lakai at Val Surf on March 9. How did this collaboration come about?
Stevie Perez and I are excellent friends, and he liked my drawings for a while, and I think Daniel Wheatley noticed my art and asked if he was coming over to make the shoes. And yes, I would never say no. The guys at Lakai are always so damn nice that sometimes they’ll even let me ride in the van. Although even I went with them to Riley Hawks’ birthplace for the “Full Flare” premiere, that’s something that will stay with me.
Where can People Test you?
The shoes will officially appear on the site on March 1. Lacey and I are also hosting Skate Jam at Val Surf (Whittset location), just like the old days when they had ES skate games.
What’s on the Horizon for Glaboe?
As long as I’m alive, Glaboe will live, and as I said, things will get better with time.
My mom and dad for taking the risk (laughs), my sister, my girl for being there no matter what and praying for me, my old friend Preston for getting me into skateboarding, and also Tony Hawk or THPS for the same reason . . My good friends who grew up Rudy and Christian from being there. Jaime and Gloria (Morua family). Ali, Akim and Leila (Safdari family). Noah and Isaac (Lee family). Tony Vince and Ulbadina, aka mom2 (the Oseger family), for letting me lay in their bed and feed me. Julie and Adrian for being like big brothers and sisters to me. The whole Swiss Heights team, the Clinton team. Acura KWS for involving me in the bombing. Hanoi for making me go back to the blitz. My uncle January and Marvin Moran for helping me get back into figure skating. To my family for connecting me with LOVE. Anyone who has bought my art and let me show my art. However, YUMAD CREW, Plummer Park, HHK KREW, Pedlow Mafia, Old Lake St. Sidekick, Stevie, CJ…fuck all my friends. My grandfather for teaching me shit in real life. LocalBlac, Deditree, My dog cha-cha, all of Lakai’s friends, Daniel Wheatley for the sneaker idea. Oh, and of course, you, Tim, for coming back so quickly not knowing what you knew before and about all those sessions at Plummer Park. I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone, lol.
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