The exhibition, PWBC: A Retrospective, is billed as a celebration of “the low lives and high times of the PWBC: ten glorious years of happy, messy, gnarly skate gang”.
“Yeah it’s a completely new shoe. Which is another reason I was excited as it’s just fresh innit? They haven’t done anything else with it, so this is the first one. There will probably be a few other colors, like block colours. I was the first person to pick it and get something nice going with it, I was on a hype about it!”
The exhibition itself celebrated ten years of PWBC (Palace Wayward Boys Choir). Formed in the mid 2000s, PWBC is a group of mates comprising skaters, artists, musicians and troublemakers who lived, skated and partied together.
It’s clear from speaking to Lucien that little has changed in regards to this togetherness:
“When they (Supra) presented me with the opportunity to do the colourway, I was like all my friends have had the chance like Brady with Lakai, Benny with Adidas, I’ve finally got an opportunity to do a shoe with all the boys.
To do something like this, an art show, mix something in together. Edson and Snowy have put this thing together, photos from all the boys of PWBC from way back when all those boys started it till now. It just made sense man, it was just perfect to do it together.”
Palace Skateboards is by far the most successful project to arise from PWBC – though Thames and The Wayward Gallery also deserve a mention here. Palace have been working on a full-length video for a while now so we asked Lucien how it was all coming together:
“It’s going good. Ah, what’s he (Lev Tanju) saying now? He’s saying like March bring it out, February is the filming deadline.
It will be all London, or like little bits outside of London. But he wants it to be all London, it’s going to be sick man. I think it will look very cool for sure. It’s weird to see you know a video of just one place, makes it feel very homely.”
Lucien and the PWBC represent something important in an often identikit world – showing that you can achieve success by by representing your scene and doing things on your own terms.