A CHAT WITH LUDVIG HAKANSSON, THE OLDEST SOUL IN SKATEBOARDING


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Looking by way of Instagram, you’re more likely to come throughout folks like Ludvig who appear to elude easy categorization. Is he a skater, an artist, a mannequin?

Plenty of instances as skaters, we have a look at personalities like this with some stage of skepticism—assume Evan Mock or Ben Nordberg. A few of the most outspoken bunch may name them clout chasers who’re attempting to journey the hype of skateboarding, however that’s till you understand they really maintain their very own on a board and have a deep understanding of the tradition.

There’s plenty of cautious curation occurring with these sorts, from their outfit selections to the backdrops of their pictures, so to demystify the persona, we wished to hit up Ludvig to see what he was all about. Seems, he actually lives the life he places ahead.

You might have a pretty big Instagram presence, is there a selected time the place you keep in mind issues taking off for you?
I assume it was after I grew to become pals with Jim Greco and Jeremy Klein. And when Greco put me in Jobs Never and The Skateboarding of Leandre Sanders and Ludvig Håkansson. I really feel honored being in Greco’s films, he’s one in every of my favourite skaters. Additionally, after I rode large 90s formed boards, lots of people appeared to love that.

Your Instagram web page provides off an outdated soul vibe. Would folks say you’re like that in actual life too?
Haha, sure I believe some folks may say that truly. I’ve all the time been into classic garments. Relating to skating, I’ve all the time been within the historical past of it. Particularly the setups. I’ve skated plenty of boards which have the identical form and measurement because the boards did within the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. They’re enjoyable to skate. I additionally like studying about artwork historical past. Discovering out about totally different artists and totally different portray strategies of the previous. Goya’s black work, for instance, have actually caught my consideration.

Why the loafers and blazers?
My grandpa has been an enormous inspiration for the way in which I gown — outdated pictures of him. Actually, a number of the blazers I put on are his outdated ones. Additionally seeing Greco skating in jackets and loafers is all the time very inspiring. Me and Jim go thrift buying collectively at any time when I’m in LA, it’s plenty of enjoyable.

Because you’re so into issues from the previous and older issues, are you extra drawn to outdated folks?
That will depend on what you imply by attracted. I often get alongside higher with folks older than me.

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What’s your normal impression of American skateboarding attitudes vs attitudes of skaters again house?
One of many issues I like about skaters is that we’re all enthusiastic about skating and might simply grow to be pals with different skaters. It doesn’t actually matter what nation you’re in. Relating to angle, there’s all the time going to be some folks you get together with higher than others. I’m extra of an introvert than an extrovert, for instance. As for vibes between the 2, aside from the spots I don’t assume there’s an excessive amount of of a distinction.

You appear to have an affinity for American artists, like Jack Kerouac and Willem de Kooning, are you impressed by American cbulture? Would you ever transfer to the states?
I’m an enormous fan of Jack Kerouac. He was an awesome author. He was additionally pals with a number of the painters I like — Franz Kline for instance. I do assume I’m impressed by the American tradition. The summary expressionism motion occurred in New York. I’ve spent plenty of time listening to them speaking about their work and I believe it has influenced me. To be trustworthy, I don’t assume there appears to be plenty of tradition left. The world is changing into increasingly more international. For higher or for worse. I do assume I might get pleasure from dwelling in LA — good folks and good climate all 12 months, and many enjoyable spots to skate.

”I don’t assume there appears to be plenty of tradition left.”

Sweden is a skate mecca itself, with skate colleges like Bryggeriets Gymnasium. Do you’ve got plans to maneuver to a bigger metropolis like Stockholm or Malmo?
Sure, Malmo is nice for skating. I don’t assume I wish to stay there although. If I do transfer some day, I believe it is going to be someplace exterior of Sweden. There’s extra spots in larger cities.

It’s been fairly good these final couple of years, dwelling right here, working and saving up cash. I’ve gone to LA at any time when I may get a while off work. It’s all the time a great time skating and hanging out over there. I haven’t performed any touring this 12 months although, because of the virus.

As for skate colleges, I can’t actually make sure about this since I by no means went to that faculty. However, I’ve pals that went there, and from my understanding, the general public who go there don’t actually take into consideration whether or not they may have a future in skateboarding or not. They merely all simply love skateboarding and need to skate and hang around with different skaters as a lot as potential.

Would you ever skate for a significant model like Nike or Supreme?
That’s tough to say. It will depend on if it’s a model I like. Main firms are often extra involved about pleasing a broader public. I believe it’s tremendous sick when an organization makes a product understanding that it in all probability gained’t be a big-time vendor however makes it anyway as a result of the proprietor actually desires to see it being made. Not compromising for the market, so to talk.

Stroll us by way of a typical day for Ludvig Håkansson.
Nicely, if it’s a weekday, I rise up and go to work. I do bricklaying for a dwelling. Once I get off work, I’ll both go skate or paint. I bought this ramp I’ve constructed that matches excellent within the trunk of my outdated Mercedes. I often drive round to my favourite native spots. There’s a few enjoyable, steep banks round right here. There’s additionally this ping pong table at a college that’s plenty of enjoyable to skate with the ramp.

Throughout the weekend, I often rise up round 5 and paint for a few hours. It’s just about all the time portray. I get pleasure from portray within the early morning. Then I’m going again to mattress for some extra sleep. Later within the day I’ll go skate. Within the night I would learn for a bit. Often Nietzsche or Schopenhauer. I like the sensation of understanding most individuals round me are nonetheless sleeping, plus the sensation of getting the entire day forward of me.

Was portray your past love or skateboarding?
Nicely, I believe it’s just about equal. Nevertheless, I do them individually. Once I’m doing one factor, I’m not fascinated by the opposite one. Once I’m skating, I’m skating, after I’m portray, I’m portray.

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The place did you be taught to color?
I’m self-taught. I’ve realized plenty of issues from interviews and lectures with folks like Clement Greenberg and Frank Stella. The Baroque portray is one thing I began taking inspiration from fairly not too long ago. I assumed it could be attention-grabbing to mix portray from the previous with fashionable portray. To this point, I’m proud of work I’ve made this fashion and it appears to essentially work for me.

There’s this film that I’ve realized rather a lot from referred to as Painters Painting by Emile de Antonio from 1972. It’s in regards to the New York Faculty painters speaking about their work of their studio. It’s actually good. I don’t assume skateboarding performs any position in my portray.

I’m into summary expressionism. I like to color on large canvases and like working in oil. I’ve been utilizing the palette of Rembrandt currently, his colours actually appear to work for me. The work get this vibe of an earlier time, which I like. I’m an enormous fan of the Previous Masters. I don’t actually do figurative portray, however I get plenty of inspiration from them — particularly The Cranachs. Simply as I get plenty of inspiration from the New York Faculty painters — Franz Kline, Robert Motherwell and Willem de Kooning specifically.

I’ve been half of some exhibitions, one solo. I’d wish to have extra exhibitions sooner or later. I focus extra on growing my portray than on publicity. There’s a great quote by Larry Poons I actually like — “Success is within the studio. That’s the one success there’s. The one different sort of success is enterprise: it’s not artwork.”

It additionally looks like you’re actually into poetry. When did you first begin writing?
I purchased a typewriter about two years in the past. It’s an Underwood from the ‘30s. I don’t write that a lot however I give it a shot once in a while.

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Should you may time journey and have dinner with any friends, the place would you go and who would you eat with?
That’s an awesome query. There’s a number of that come to thoughts. I believe that I might go to the Cedar Tavern bar in Greenwich Village within the 1950s and have a meal and a few drinks with Willem de Kooning. We’d focus on portray and what it was like for him transferring to America. There’s additionally an awesome likelihood I might see a lot of my different favourite painters in there since they often hung on the market collectively.

Or I might go to Frankfurt within the 1860s to go to Schopenhauer. I’m taken with his philosophy. I might focus on artwork and instincts with him.

Possibly I might return additional, to Wittenberg in Germany across the 1520s, and go to the workshop of Lucas Cranach the Elder. There’s a language barrier right here and they might in all probability not let me into the workshop. I believe I might attempt to sneak in and research what they have been doing with out being seen. That workshop was one thing else. He and the staff made prints, painted portraits, and many others, very quickly, and the end result was all the time very high-end. His son Lucas Cranach Jr. took over the workshop later and was additionally an awesome artist.