- 11 October 2021
Interview 26 is with skate artist and illustrator, French. I first saw French’s work when I opened the shop back in 2015, on a couple of Heroin decks, which means I was really late to the game in discovering his work. Fast forward a few years and I bumped into him whilst he was assembling his art show at the Passport Store in Sydney, Australia sporting a rather nasty looking broken arm. Since then French’s work has graced the surface of d many many more skateboards, including for his own company, Witchcraft. He now runs a Gallery and works on his own brand, Dungeon.
Thanks to French for taking the time to do this. As always, it’s much appreciated.
Can you give us a brief introduction?
What are you currently working on?
Favourite skate related possession
Something about you that is not related to skateboarding that people might not know?
I really like to ride my bike and go camping. I think it’s called bike packing? I have a pretty fun bike, my friend built for me when my arm was broken and I got super into riding it while I couldn’t skate and it became a sort of new obsession.
What did you do yesterday?
Did some emails, drew some stuff for a new Dungeon design. Painted some mushroom monsters on wood at the Volcom office and then skated the park there. In the evening I just chilled with my wife and watched reality TV.
Favourite period in skate history that isn’t right now?
I think maybe around ’93-94 in Farnborough at the underground car park. Learning more and more from the older skaters and getting into trouble.
Favourite skate spot of all time past or present
My fav spot is 100% the Underground Car Park, Farnborough. Hampshire, England. Manny pads, curbs and fun. I’ve skated it all my skateboarding life and its the one place I truly feel at home.
What’s next in skateboarding?
Follow French on insta at www.instagram.com/funeralfrench