What’s your name and where are you from?
My name’s Sam Cardelfe, I’m from Spring Lake, New Jersey
Do you recall your first exposure to skateboarding?
It’s crazy but I can still remember it super vividly, when I first moved to NJ before my friend Joe
Kane and his brother Drew were my friends, they would always skate on this curb that they
waxed up outside my house. I’d always watch them skate it from a far, but eventually I got the
courage to go say hi and from their it just took over every aspect of my life, best decision i’ve
We have all had a first “set-up.” What was yours looking like?
It was a Powell Angel boy board where he has flames behind him and he’s flicking a coin in the
air, and god knows what trucks, they definitely weren’t an actual skate brand they were like one
step above K-Mart and same with the wheels, haha. Thinking back, the graphic was so crazy, it
made no sense whats so ever.
What got you interested in drawing and art?
My parents and my grandfather, my grandfather paints portraits and landscapes, my mom and
dad always drew for fun, little cartoons, drawings of people they knew things like that.
Who would you say were some of your early inspirations?
Again i’m going to have to say my parents, at least my sense of humor comes directly from
them, my dad would always draw the funniest cartoons of people doing the most heinous stuff.
But as far as artists, there weren’t to many artists that I really knew until I got to college, which
opened me up to a world of art and artists I didn’t know was there. I like a lot of older cartoons,
they had such a brutal sense of humor that really grabbed you.
Where do draw your inspiration from now?
Mainly just people around me, I live in Philadelphia which has a lot of interesting people from all
walks of life which helps a lot and I also live with a great group of people who provide fantastic
material daily. I like to make fun of things and people too, but for the most part I make fun of
myself or a situation i’ve found myself in, that sort of thing.
Besides Skating and Drawing, what else keeps you busy?
School and work, haha, graduating in May and working on my thesis so things have been a little
all over the place. Also hanging out with my roommates and playing smash brothers takes up a
lot of time too. It’s essential.
Do you have anything special in store for 2015?
Try and have some more shows, I’m currently working towards one coming up in July which
should be a bunch of fun, there’s going to be a lot of great artists involved, I can’t wait to see
everything come together. I also want to try and do more collaborative projects with different
artists, meet new people, travel a bit, and skate a lot more. Trying to keep everything relatively
fresh in 2015.
Last question. If you could travel and skate anywhere in the world, where would you go?
That’s a tough one! I’d have to say i’m stuck between Malmö, Sweden, and Copenhagen
Denmark, because i’ve never been to either and both seem like they’d be fun to skate and
explore. I really appreciate everything Pontus (Alv) does and I’m drawn to that DIY style of
skateboarding. All those DIY spots he’s built out there are something i’d really like to check out.
So, I guess i’m not really stuck at all, Malmö for sure.
Any Final words?
I’d like to just give a shoutout/thank you to all my teachers who have helped me with all aspects
of my artwork and believed in me, Kevin Mercer, Jason Greenberg, and Rossitza Skortcheva
Donesky, my parents for always being there also my crazy siblings,1511 money team mansion
and also thank you John for the interview on your awesome site!