We sat down with the incredible Irish skateboarding photographer Rich Gilligan to have a quick chat about how our collaboration came about, read the small interview below & pick up the tattoo tee which Rich shot & designed by clicking here.
Q1. Who are you & what do you do?
I’m Rich Gilligan and I am a photographer. Right now my tummy is rumbling and my dog is staring at me to go for a walk.
Q2. How does the skateboarding scene in Ireland differ to other countries?
Skateboarding scenes everywhere are all pretty much the same – some people are dicks and some people are really sound. However the main difference with skateboarding in Ireland is that the ratio of dicks to sound people provides less dicks than most countries for some reason. Also as Ireland is this tiny island on the edge of Europe nobody tends to take it too serious here – which is a good and bad thing in a way. Good in that there is no room for ego’s but bad in that it can breed laziness and nega-troids. Basically as a skater in Ireland you have to deal with shit weather, small minded attitudes and loads of scumbags on a daily basis but this will all just toughen you up and make you shred harder. So yeah overall skateboarding in Ireland is amazing.
Q3. Is there a photographer in particular that’s standing out to you at the moment?
I am obsessed with the work of Paul Graham, Ciaran Og Arnold and Ari Marcopoulous at the moment.
Q4. Can you tell us a bit about the collaboration with FucknFilthy & how it came about?
You asked me if I was into it, I said yes. Then you told me you were going to tattoo your brains and I got worried.
Q5. What are you up to over the summer? You have a book coming out on DIY skate parks right?
I’ve been skating loads in this cool bowl that we built in Bray. Thankfully I’ve also been working away on some really nice commissioned photography work and I am just about to release my first book through an amazing french publisher (http://www.1980editions.com/19-80/). The book is called “DIY” and is a project I have been working on for 3 years about homemade skateparks all around the world. I should have a copy in my hands within the next few weeks and I’m a bit freaked out that this time next month it will actually exist in bookshops.
Q6. Any final words?
Keep on keeping on.