Lugano’s Warriors Family recently decided to stop operating as a commercial business and instead moved to become a non-profit association. Intrigued by this change we spoke to Igor Fardin to find out the reasoning behind the decision. Read on for a bit of Warriors history, what their current status as a non-profit means, musings on the state of the skateboarding industry and more…
All photos: Roy Clavadetscher
Can you give us a bit of a history of the Warriors? Who’s in the crew, how did it start?
To make it short Warriors started as a crew around the mid ‘90s. Just a group of young guys traveling and skating together, all with a good attitude towards skateboarding. After a while one of them, Yari Copt, drew a logo and from then on the crew started to make videos. At this time they also moved into a party house for a while, The Casotto, and brought some younger people in. These younger people built new connections and so the crew got bigger and bigger to include other Swiss cities and people from different countries. At a certain point we decided to turn this crew into a brand, it lasted for a while, and now we are making this new thing.
Regarding who is in the crew, I am not really sure. I see it more as a platform to create something, so basically anybody that we are close to and that is into doing something that we like is in the crew I guess.
Dennis’ skating seems to really embody the word ‘warriors’, not afraid to throw his body on the line. Does he always skate like this?
(Laughs) yes he definitely does, and it’s not just skateboarding that he approaches in this way – he’s got the same attitude in many other aspects of life, such as driving. Also I am pretty sure he picked up boxing at his father’s gym.
I’ve seen Martino skate in person a couple of times now and it’s pretty mind blowing, what’s the most impressive thing you’ve seen him do?
I personally can’t pinpoint a specific trick or spot. He’s impressive pretty often, but I guess he is the most impressive in the Lugano bowl on a late spring afternoon when the sun is out, there aren’t many kids around and he’s in a good mood. When that happen it’s always incredible to see him skate.