No new name in the genre, Lui Araki is a pioneer of style both on and off the board, and is the founder of skate and apparel project L.I.F.E. His formative years were spent as a team rider for Zoo York in the 90s, while in recent years, he’s made impact through various parts with Magenta Skateboards, Strush Wheels and VICTORIA. His deftness on the four-wheeler also exudes into the arts, with the photographer’s 35mm film work garnering a following of its own. Known for his striking documentations of cityscapes, Araki’s carved his own niche that straddles the line between street and candid photography. This is further accentuated by his hands-on post production approach in the dark room. His humble work ethic and effortless swagger has made him one of the most revered skaters in the scene. The Japanese artist will showcase a slew of photos documenting his relationship with urban terrain to which he’s grown accustomed to through years in the game. Here's a quick interview with the artist!
VICTORIA "Psych Blues" Exhibition + Product Launch Opening: March 2, February 2018 @ J-01 Gallery
How did your interest in skating start?
I watched "Back to the Future" when I was a kid.
What kinds of things are influencing your work right now?
Nothing special, I just do what I want.
What is the process of your photographs?
I print my photos in my darkroom.
What is the future of skate culture?
I don't know. Let's see.
Tracks/mixes you are listening to...
I'm listening to many kind of music... mostly Jazz and Hip-Hop.
What are some recent, upcoming or current projects you are working on?
I'm working on some projects with Rostarr in Tokyo now. Coming soon!