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Interview with Volcom Europe Ambassador, Lois Pendlebury

We went to Paris to follow Lois Pendlebury around the city a bit, skating the Volcom skate structure on Place de la Bastille, hanging out by the canal, and talking about her missing tooth, the fact that office jobs are inhumane and her 'sleep where you fall' approach to travel (although this time we managed to stay in a hotel for a change!).
photos by Britta Burger
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Tell us about your gap. I remember that the Cooler fashion editor really wanted you to do your cover without your false tooth a few years back but you didn't like the idea, looks like your attitude has changed...
Brilliant! In with the one bang! Yeah I wasn't keen to do it back then cause I was more used to my appearance without the gap and obviously would rather look that way on a cover. Over the years - it's been about ten! - I've worn the falsey less. I hardly wear it at home, it's always in and out cause I dont eat drink or smoke with it in. And actually the biggest stress of all is keeping track of where I put the bloody thing.

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What happened actually?
I hit the deck skating the soul bowl... I just think it reflects who I am more these days, all these years later. All my friends, all the people I skate with know me this way.

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And who are you?
Who am I? Well, maybe not who I am, but my journey so far or my reality. My war wounds! It's not even the worst injury, it's just the most blatant.

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What were the worst injuries?
I broke my right arm pretty good last year, that's been a bit of an obstacle, broke my foot, my other wrist...

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People probably don't think about that when they see some skaters on a high street fashion website, just looking cool.
Yah man it's probably not something you think about, but I don't go on those websites haha.

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Female skaters have been put in quite a 'fashion' context a lot recently, how do you feel about that?
I mean I wouldn't wear make up to skate but I wouldn't be against it in photos. Fashion will always look to subcultures for influence, if you can still call skateboarding a subculture... But at least female skating is a subculture within skating for the time being. Female skaters present themselves in different ways, but I think whereas back in the day girls were more likely to assimilate themselves with the guys and wear practical clothing, now there's more of a fashion influence. I guess it's sexy to be a chick who's both hot and tough!

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Is there a specific look in male skating too?
It depends on your perspective, some people would say there's no rules.

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Maybe it's unwritten rules?
There's so many skaters these days, not everybody can be pioneers in trends, skaters will look towards their icons and emulate them.

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So where do you get your inspiration from?
Ahhhhh! All over the place. I don't really shop too much, well not in the usual shops, it's more charity shops, markets, swapsies with mates, finds etc. I guess I just reckon anything goes, but it's for that reason I probably get it wrong. I see artists and musicians and people in general and I dig their style but I never really make much of an effort to look the way they do. Just wear what feels right for you.

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What about your life/work balance, how do you survive without doing too much boring work?
I just worked my first ever full time 9 to 5:30 office job, I managed a year and a month. There's not enough flexibility by far in that working week. Who the heck came up with that idea? Using human productivity like that is inhumane.

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How do you manage to travel as much as you do?
Travelling for a month is probably cheaper than living in London for a month. London is way spensive! I often stay with friends when I travel, sometimes when you enter comps there's a hotel provided or sponsors will hook up a room. Otherwise sleep where you fall, sleep in the dirt!

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