Solon Lalas sent over Blad Wellington, a full length video from the city of Athens. Featuring: Emmanuel ''Manolo'' Ziveldis, Giwrgos Kappes, Endrit Duro, Manolis Botis, Vaggos Agrios, Thanassis Arampouli, Denis Skamnas and many more! We fired over a few questions for Solon regarding the video and the Athens skate scene at large, have a read below:
Where does the name Blad Wellington come from?
The name Blad Wellington basically came from being goofy and high with some friends of mine when we were younger, we would spout out random words to each other just for laughs I guess, someone said blad and someone replied wellington and it stuck. It doesn’t really mean anything but I always picture like a British man when I hear it haha.
Do you have a favourite clip from the video?
Not necessarily, but Dennis Skamnas’s varial flip down the big ass 10 was insane, and his 360 ollie kickflip from the shitty ass bump thing he did twice back to back! Everyone killed it but those two days had some epic hype in them. Also Giwrgos Kappes’s last trick in his part, we filmed it a couple days before we did our premiere and we were all very stoked he got that!
I know you had some tricks in the credits, but how come there wasn’t a Solon Lalas part?! Give the people what they want!
I wanted to make a video for my friends basically. I was thinking of not putting any clips of myself at all in the video but I guess I thought I would look back one day and maybe regret it? I don’t know, I put some throw away clips in there and we are keeping all my clips for the S.O.S promo video that’s coming out soon!
How's the skate scene in Athens at the moment?
Not the best. We are hoping to hype up some young kids through the video, get them go out and skate. There's not a lot of skaters in Athens to be honest, we are a handful maybe. Still, there is hope!
How have Greece’s economic problems impacted on the skateboard industry?
A lot, and that’s one of the reasons people don’t skate, especially young kids. Its hard to buy a board and shoes if you don’t have some kind of support or a sponsor, but there still are people who support local brands and Greek companies so props to them!
We’re familiar with yourself, Nestor Suki, Notis Aggelis and so on – who rips in Athens that we should pay attention to?
Everyone in the Blad video!
What’s the deal with those tight shorts the guy in the All White section is wearing?
Haha, he is a cyclist also and he came to the spot with his cycling outfit on. He probably thought it would be funny to film a line in those shorts.
You’ve had the Passport, Dime and Primitive teams pass through recently – who’s more fun to hang out with?
They all were cool, but I would have to say the Passport boys cause I had the chance to skate with them the most, the Dime dudes were also really sick! Every one is cool, who am I to judge?
Indeed, thanks Solon, looking forward to that S.O.S promo!