Lodge Guest, Tomek Ziółkowski
What is your name ?
Where do you live and where are you from ?
I was born, raised and live in Warsaw.
Tell us a little bit about your past… growing up
I was growing up in the center of Warsaw. I spent a lot of time outside with my homies and went to school from time to time. I was always into all kind of sports, mostly football as i wanted to become a professional football player.
Why skateboarding ? How did it start for you ?
When I was 12 I went to my friend to play basketball, but we quickly got bored and he asked if i want to try skateboarding. He already knew some basic tricks so he showed them to me and this is how it all begun.
What size set up, wheels & trucks do you currently ride ?
Deck from my local shop – SH STORE size 8,25″, BONES WHEELS V2 or V5 in 54 MM, BONES REDS BEARINGS and INDEPENDENT TRUCKS size 144.
Any sponsors ?
MALENKA HEADWEAR, NIKE SB, SH STORE, INDEPENDET TRUCKS, BONES WHEELS.
School, work, not working or other occupation ?
I work part-time in a local skateshop – SH Store.
How is a normal day looking for you ?
I get up around 9:00 AM, shower, breakfast, then i grab my cruiser board and ride to open SH Store – i pack the online orders, sell stuff etc. normal job. I finish around 4/5 PM and ride back home. I take the dog for a walk, I do some exercises to warm up and go out to skate. In the evening I eat dinner with my girlfriend, we watch something and thats is. Sleep. Eat. Repeat.
Tell us how a good long weekend is looking for you
A skate trip with my homies. Good people, good spots, good food equals good time.
So how was your months of 2018 ? living healthy already ?
This year is by far really good to me. I spent whole month in Barcelona skating and not giving a fuck about anything. I wish every year would start like this.
Any new projects or missions 2018, you wanna talk about ?
I will have 3 full-parts this year. The first will premiere in April with Kuba’s Kaczmarczyk’s and Paweł Przybył video Neverwhere. We were gathering material for this for more than 2 years. The second will come out in June with the new Michał Rajewski’s 3 Station Video – 3 Station is a crew of my homies. I’m still working on the third part. I’m filming it with Michał Buśko – a good friend of mine, but he lives in Manchester now and it’s not that easy.
Do you read books ? if so, what do you read ?
I don’t have much time for reading, but i like biographies and historical books, especially about my city – Warsaw. The last book i read was Szczepan Twardoch’s novel “Król” (King). The story of the book is based in Warsaw in 1937.
Who are you hanging out with at the moment ?
Right now i’m in SH Store with my homies Mati and Woolee and we are going to skate in a bit. But i hang out mostly with my homies from Warsaw.
Who and what is your motivation at the moment ?
I get my motivation from various edits and skaters. It’s really hard to name some, beacuse there is some many of them. I like to watch edits on Thrasher website, they always inspire and motivate me.
What else is going on ?
I just got back to Warsaw from month-long trip to Barcelona. I feel great, my batteries are charged and im ready for street skating. I just have to wait for better weather.
What do you do besides skateboarding, hobbies, other interests ?
I’m into architecture and taking pictures. I like to explore my city and take pictures of old buildings and architectural details.
What is your to go to resturant ?
I don’t eat out too much, but if I do i usually go to italian restaurants or cheap bars with traditional polish food.
When you cook food, what do you cook ?
Spaghetti Bolognese is my speciality but I also make soups and some polish dishesh my mother taught me to do.
Whats your top 3 favorite drinks ?
Water, orange juice and coca cola from time to time.
How do you see the future of skateboarding ?
I see a bright future of skateboarding. Even in Poland new skateparks are being built all the time. I see more and more kids with skateboards, the level is getting higher. Hopefully nothing will change anytime soon.
Who do we need to interview on the lodge ?
Marcin “Junior” Pawuniak
Tell us a slippery story.
I guess i’m lucky, cause i can’t think of any right now.
Thanks to all the people who helped me become who i am.
Last words ?
Skate for life!