Matt Castellano and the Bicycle Skate Co.

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So, Matt….Tell us a little about yourself!

Well, I’m originally from Miami, Florida now living in Little Rock, Arkansas I am a skateboarder, artist and a cook having fun.

What’s Little Rock like?  Home of Bill Clinton right?  Ever had a Bill sighting?

I moved to Little Rock in 2010/11 and the downtown was a little more empty then it is now. I lived really close to the capitol so skating from the doorstep was always fun, like at night there were no cars on Sunday night, so the parking garages are fun.

Yep Clinton, he has a library in the (rivermarket) part of downtown which has revitalized the area… made some neat spots. No Clinton sighting. I wish.  

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When did you get into skateboarding?  How is growing up skateboarding in the South?

I got into skating in middle school but I had older style skateboards around. I vaguely remember a Bruce Lee fishtail with rails when I was super young.  I spent most my time growing up in Homestead, Florida skating in a corner store packing lot. We had two curbs waxed and we ollied parking spot lines. Then we got older and started head to Downtown Miami and just loved skating around see different spots and chill, good times.

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What drew you into becoming an artist?  What and who were the inspirations?

I love making stuff. Almost everything about it. Only in the past 3 years I truly can say I was “trying” to make art and fully express the emotion behind each piece. So most likely before then I was trying to figure everything out. I’m having a blast still figuring it out.

My inspirations are very much pop culture, people, the city then right into ancient culture, tribes and rituals. I like reading up about the mutable reasons they put different shells or feathers in their hair or headdress you can easily match up emotions with visual knowing about those things.

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You have a very distinct style and even your own little guy.  Tell us, what’s up with these little guys you use in your paintings/drawings/prints?  Does “it” have a name?

First he was the lil dude. I was painting on wood with white paint and it just happened. Painted him holding a triangle, and it sat there. I looked at it for days, then it hit me. He was so blank, vague, generic, plan etc.. It would be a good representation of humanity. And with in holding the triangle “civilization” it was pretty powerful. He sticks around because i enjoy figure drawing a lot which is powerful in itself.

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You recently started a company/ brand called “Bicycle Co.”  What’s up with the Bicycle Co.?  Who’s on “board”? Where’s the name come from?

Yea, I have a really good bud David Sawatski out in Arizona Right now, it’s just us, trying to get this thing off the ground, doing the skating. A few prospects but nothing definite yet. Just trying to have fun making some nice products and showcase everyday skating.

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Are you primarily the creative direction and force behind Bicycle Co.?

Yea, I do the doodling, ideas and some computer work. What I like is that there is a ton of communication between me and David on ideas. It works out.

You guys are primarily printing shirts and jackets? 

David works in an established print shop and oversees everything that is made.

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I saw you did some boards as well? 

Boards are made here in Arkansas, North Little Rock by Paige Hearn and hand screened super renegade style by me.  No press, guessing and one fun night. Made only 10, going to be doing a new graphic using the same technique soon.

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Any Bicycle Co. projects planned for the near future?

We’re trying to make some sort of video piece. Hopefully have a full run of boards out by fall with a few other nice things for sale. We’ll do it sooner than that if we can make it happen.

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I read you guys are trying to travel a bit.  I’m always interested to hear where people are trying to go. So, where you headed?

I really liked pushing around New York last time. But meet up with David out in Arizona is the primary mission to hang and skate some neat dessert spots.

Where can we find Bicycle Co. gear?

www.bicycleskateco.bigcartel.com

You also have a project called, “Tea Time Skates.”  What’s up with Tea Time?

Tea time is a project with my buds to have some fun filming hanging out. I always wanted just to do arty videos with skating so tea time became that opportunity and that outlet. With intsagram’s fifteen second videos it fits.

Thanks Matt, any final words, comments, shout outs?

I want to Thank you for this opportunity first and foremost

Thank you family, friends for all the support…..  And skateboarding !

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