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Lizzie Armanto images taken in Oregon
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Lizzie Armanto's "Fire"

Apr 242017

Lizzie sets the skateboarding world ablaze, crushing coping, taking flight, and even flipping herself upside down. HEAVY part!

GET IN THE VAN!

A QUICK SIT DOWN WITH LIZZIE CHATTING ABOUT LIFE ON THE ROAD

 

One of the things I’ve always loved about skateboarding is that it’s given me a family when mine let me down. It never mattered if you were white, brown, yellow purple or red. If you skate, you have a family and a group of friends that will support you for life, but for some reason the girls and boys don’t play together very much in our world.

 

The gender barrier hasn’t been broken or even talked about very much.  It’s undeniable that there is a chauvinist under current in skating.  I truly don’t think it’s intentional. It’s more of an unanticipated byproduct of a male dominated industry. 

 

In the last 5 years the progression of skateboarding has reached new levels, along with that we are seeing a whole batch of women skaters who have insane talent. So if race has never been a issue in skating we shouldn’t let gender be one now.

 

I recently went on a road trip with Birdhouse and Lizzie Armanto jumped in the van.  Like I said before, skateboarding is a very male (man-boy) dominated industry so having a lady jump in the van doesn’t happen very much. In the 15 years I’ve been shooting it’s only come up one other time. 

 

In all honesty, at the beginning of the trip, I was a little worried we might break her. In retrospect, that was a very “man boy” way of looking at it.  I wasn’t sure she could take the locker room mentality of the van. When you’re stuck in a tin can for 2 weeks with a bunch of dudes no subject is off limits. When 8 to 12 smelly men are living off fast food, drunk, farting and pissing in bottle, jokes and conversations start at “off limits” and go downhill from there.

 

Lizzie was amazing! She defiantly held her own. She not only jumped in, but she did a double gainer into the deep end! I’d like to see more women do what Lizzie is doing. Go on more sessions with the man boys and show these dumb dumbs what’s what!

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