Luis Tolentino – Juice Magazine State of Skate Interview

Name: Luis Tolentino
Hometown: New York, New York
Age: 29
Sponsors: SHUT, DVS, Thunder, Spitfire, Central, Homage. 

What set-up are you riding right now?
SHUT board 8.0, Thunder 149s, Spitfire formula 53s wheels, SHUT hardware, Bones bearings, some grip, not sure what it is.

What’s the most fun DIY, skater-built or renegade spot that you’ve skated lately?
I think this bowl built by Dan Carrera is the best spot I’ve skated in a while.

Have you ever built something to skate?
Nope, but I’m about to get some classes from Dan, ASAP!

Who do you like to skate with the most these days?
Lately, I just skate with the local brothers at the skatepark.

Best skate graphic you have seen lately?
Alright, I fell in love with my latest board graphic. It’s the Dominican flag crest board. Thanks again SHUT and Matt Willett.

Best thing you’ve ever skated in a skatepark and what skatepark was it?
Best thing would be this manny pad at the 88 Street Skatepark.

Favorite skateboarders of all time?
Sean Sheffey, Jeremy Wray and Daewon Song.

Is there anything that hasn’t been built to skate yet that you’d like to see built?
A snake run or some more bowls.

What’s one of the best road trips you ever took?
I remember riding for 5 Boro and going on my first tour. It was a wild experience. DVS tours are always amazing too.

Are there any skate-related charities that you support?
I support the Harold Hunter Foundation and anything else with the right intentions for the next.

What music have you been listening to lately?
Jim Croce, Rage Against the Machine, classical music… It depends on the moment. Merengue.

What do you consider the responsibilities of a professional skateboarder?
I think a professional should represent himself and the team he rides for with honor. Also, I think a professional should always be mindful of always striving to better themselves so that they can be an example. Also, not forgetting the reason they started skating in the first place.

Which skate shops do you support and go to the most?
I support SHUT Skateshop and HOMAGE Skateshop.

What is your favorite skate photo of all time?
My favorite photo of all time. Hmm… I think I don’t know.

What is your take on girls skateboarding?
I think it’s amazing. They are inspiring because they have to really love it to take it as far as they are going with it, especially since they have so many doubters. Things are changing and I’m glad they are finally being accepted, not only in skateboarding, but in whatever they choose to put their mind to.

What skateboarding memorabilia do you have that means the most to you?
I was given the Labor of Love award once, for the love of skateboarding.

Who contributes the most to your local skate scene?
I think it’s SHUT and the Harold Hunter Foundation. Special thanks to Jessica Forsyth. She really cares.

Top three favorite skate tricks?
Front 360, front 180 fakie 5-0, and fakie heel.

Do you think skateboarding should be in the Olympics?
Sure. Why not?

What is your proudest moment in skateboarding so far?
When I saw how much good skateboarding can bring.




When we started Juice Magazine 22 years ago, you could count the number of skateparks on one hand and grindable pool coping was mostly a distant memory. Now there are thousands of skateparks all over the world, along with a vast quantity of DIY spots built to skate. In 1993, the majority of skateboarders listened to punk rock or hip hop exclusively. Now skateboarders listen to almost every kind of sound created. Two decades ago, skateboarding related charities were non-existent. Today, there are numerous non-profits giving back to skateboarding in many ways. One of the most important differences between now and then is that, 22 years ago, there was a clear division between old school and new school skateboarding. Now that wall of separation has followed the same path as the Berlin Wall, allowing for an unprecedented unification of skateboarders all over the globe. Great strides have been made for girls that skate as well as the acceptance of skate history and long overdue recognition for skateboarding’s pioneers and its artifacts. At the same time, the current generation of skateboarders is taking skateboarding to new heights, previously unimaginable. As the landscape of the skateboarding industry changes on a daily basis, and the topic of skateboarding in the Olympics rears its head once again, along with the disturbing subject of who controls skateboarding being tossed about by corporate entities, we decided it was time to take a good look at the State of Skate. We asked 20 questions to 100 skateboarders, ages 8 to 58, and found that skateboarding is as diverse as the skateboarders that are addicted to it, no one controls skateboarding except skateboarders, and the State of Skate is savage and strong. Now get out there and skate tough!

JUICE MAGAZINE STATE OF SKATE features interviews with 100 skateboarders including: Tony Alva, Dave Hackett, Chris Strople, Duane Peters, Steve Olson, Dave Duncan, Steve Alba, Tony Magnusson, Pat Black, Jesse Martinez, Bill Danforth, Jim Murphy, Ric Widenor, Lester Kasai, Glen Charnoski, Bryan Pennington, Peter Furnee, Jeremiah Risk, Ryan Smith, Jason Jessee, Omar Hassan, Cam Dowse, Jen O’Brien, Depth Leviathan Dweller, Brett Roper, Travis Beattie, Chris Gentry, CW Dunn, Chris Albright, Charlie Wilkins, Cairo Foster, Pierre-Luc Gagnon, BJ Morrill, Dr. Lenore L.A. Sparks, Sid Melvin, Jesse Irish, Packy Fancher, Greg Lutzka, Jimmy Larsen, Adam Dyet, Luis Tolentino, Greg Harbour, Frank Faria, Ryan DeCenzo, Dave Bachinsky, Johnny Turgesen, Casey Meyer, Edward Sanchez, David Gravette, Ben Hatchell, Brian Geib, Felipe Gouveia, Eric Santos, Kyle Smith, Cameron Revier, Josh Stafford, Justin Grubbs, Etienne Eden Archila, Sanzio Piacentini, Josh Elder, Eddie “Mighty” Moreno, Kevin Kowalski, Otto Pflanz, Jeremy Smith, Adam Wiggins, Jimmy Wilkins, Danny Gordon, Jake Hilbish, Corey Blanchette, Adam Legassie, Nick Santos, Trey Rounds, Curren Caples, Justyce Tabor, Andy Anderson, Sarah Thompson, Coral Guerrero, Collin Graham, Derek Scott, Ace Pelka, Sonny Rodriguez, Jarren Duke, Mikayla Sheppard, CJ Titus, Noah Schott, Emily Earring, Julian Torres, Wyatt Wisenbaker, Josh Forsberg, Nathan Midgette, Roman Pabich, Yago Dominguez, Jack Winburn, Jonas Carlsson, Kiko Francisco, Bryce Ava Wettstein, Desmond Shepherd, Matty Jessee and Luke Kahler.


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