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Meet : Scott Oster

Portrait | 10 SEPTEMBRE 2018

Meet Scott Oster : skater, designer, curator and DJ

When Scott Oster is 7 year old when he put his foot on a board. A star is born. Observing the As od Dogtown, he learns to surf and skate, between Santa Monica and Venice Beaches.
While training himself in skateparks and empty pools, he becomes with his crew the Z-boys, one of the legends of the « surf culture ».
Now a DJ, curator, designer and architect, Scott has created for the Los Angeles Rive Gauche exhibition « Le Cube », a full pipe under the form of a reflecting and mirroring cube, named floating above the ground floor, while professionnal skaters demonstrate their talents every Wednesdays and Saturdays.

How did you skateboarding carreer start ?

In 1985 I was skating in Venice a lot with a friend of mine named Kelly Jackson who skated for Dog Town. At that time Dog Town was just reviving itself from the early 80's skateboard crash. Kelly introduced me to Jim Muir, he was the owner and original team member of the legendary innovative Zephyr skateboard team. He was someone I looked up to as a kid and was a bit intimated by him at first. We talked, he saw me skate, and asked me if I wanted to skate for Dog Town, I was 15 at that time and was so honored to skate for Dog Town, all the guys I admired as a kid and tried to emulate either started on the Zephyr team or skated on the Dog Town team in the 70’s.
I skated professionally till the end of 91', at that time skateboarding was going in a different direction, my style of being a surf-skater became less in vogue and a more technical approach that didn’t suit my abilities took over. I tried to keep up but when kids were doing the tricks I was learning and doing them backwards (switch) or just bigger and longer, I knew that my time at that level had passed.

What are the three most important qualities to be a good skater ?

The three most important qualities to be a good skater are, first and for most style, the speed and power. Two extra qualities I would add are the drive and grit it takes to get back up over and over again to learn or pull off a trick.

How did you come up with you installation "Le Cube" ?

My friend and creator of the brand Adaptation Ali Fatourechi approached me to curate a party and design a pop up store for him at Maxfield, that included a skateable component. His inspiration for the line that season was Venice, Santa Monica of the 70’s and 80’s surf and skate culture. Since I grew up surfing and skateboarding in that era and around those areas with the legends he was referencing, it was a perfect fit, and quickly became more of a passion project for me. For the Maxfield event I wanted to do something unique, not your normal ramp or skate features, something more sculptural, something that was a piece of art that happened to be skateable.

What was your main inspiration for this project ?

My inspiration for the Adaptation cube was the photos I saw as a kid in the 70’s skateboard magazines of these massive cement full pipes in the desert. My original idea was to find one of these pipes and set it on top of a pedestal, but after some research that was not a viable possibility. That’s when I came up with the idea of building one, and instead of building a full pipe sitting on a pedestal, make a cube with the full pipe inside it. I love the simplicity and form of a circle and a square.

What did you enjoy the most about your collaboration with Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche ?

What I enjoyed most with collaborating with Le Bon Marche is their commitment to the arts, their attention to details, and making whatever they do be as authentic as possible.

Tell us about Paris vs. Los Angeles

I think Paris as a city has so much more history and is a sexier and more romantic city. I also think just watching Parisians walk down the street they have way better natural style, that spans all the generations. Especially the women.