Lodge Guest, Lewis Francis Bell


A night out in London with all the local crew from Stockwell Skatepark. Credit to Lou Salasca  @landartride

 

Where do you currently live and where are you from ?

I live in Soborg, Denmark and I come from a town in the suburbs of South East London called Forest Hill

Tell us a little bit about your past ?

I grew up around alot of drug and alcohol abuse as a kid. Of course that had an effect on me later in life as I also was abusing drugs and alcohol from 14 to 19 years old. I was going to lots of house parties, illegal parties etc and getting pretty messed up on mdma, cocaine and beer and spirits, basically mixing everything up. But overall I have had positive times too with friends and family. A big credit to Lou Salasca, family and friends for making me who I am today 🙂

Why skateboarding ? How did it start for you ?

Well as a kid I used to play Tony Hawks Pro Skater and it had a huge influence on me to pretend to skate vert using my sofa and a mini board pretending to do 900`s and crazy tricks Tony Hawks done in the game and videos too. So I was also fascinated with Rodney Mullen which influenced me into freestyle street skating, caspers, truckstands and primo tricks were vital to me back then lol. But as I stopped and started skateboarding from young I came back to the board when I was 11 years old and skated a place called Peckham Rye skatepark with good friends of mine, Jack Soden, Max Critchlow, George Toland etc. The crew is called GCS and is our crew from a young age. So I more became into skating everything and developing my creativity in my own observation of different skaters around the world and who I have met too. And since a few years ago I have stayed with skateboarding again after my little binge drink and drugs rampage and I dont want to end up in that life of a vicious circle again 🙂

 

What size set up, wheels & trucks do you currently ride ?

shaped 8.8 board OJ wheels and ace trucks at the moment

Any sponsors ?

Not yet, I hope to find something, I cannot keep spending out on skate essentials its too expensive and I am not very stable at the moment.

Who is your favorite skateboarders ?

I do not have any favourites but i can say names of who inspires me. Ben Koppl, Jake Snelling, Tom Moatti, Mekka, Jack Soden, Max Critchlow, Quentin Boillon, Junpei, Osker Rosenberg, Grant Taylor, Poetic Collective, THE GCS CREW :), BMT CREW, FRIENDS OF STOCKWELL SKATEPARK, Sox also is a big inspiration to me aswell. I could write you a book and can continue basically everyone who is fighting through life and skateboarding is inspiring for me so there is no favourite for me

School, work, not working or other occupation ?

I am in temporary work but looking for a full time job BADLY

 


Layback front feeble, Mimizan SW France credit to Lou Salasca for the photo

 

How is a normal day looking for you ? ( start from morning til late night)

Every day varies to me. I dont have expectations on any normal days. I just take them how they come mostly. Other than that its chilling at the moment I want to be working more.

Tell us how a good long weekend is looking for you

Every day is just a another day and weekends are nice but I try not to envy a weekend and escape away until its back to work or something

 


Smith Tailgrab, The Source Hastings photo credit to Lou Salasca

 

How is your summer coming along ?

Yeah its good its always changing every day. I am happy with how its turning out especially with this hot weather Denmark hasnt seen for long time haha

Any new projects or missions 2018, you wanna talk about ?

Find a full time job, try to find a sponsor and be stable in myself and my household mostly 🙂

Who are you hanging out with at the moment ?

Summy, Sammy, alot of the locals from Copenhagen and skating with some of the younger kids like Aske, Hugo, Louis etc

Any youtube links ?

I have not got one but i refer you to look at these: GeorgeToland, BlastSkates, TobyHews. All my mates from london who i skate with and some who i filmed with.

Who and what is your motivation at the moment ?

Myself and Lou really only I can motivate myself in my reality and it also motivates me to see people going strong through life so basically the whole human race can motivate me depending on what situations I observe.

What was the last show you saw ?

I watch a surf film called Blue Crush and it was sick 🙂

What was the last item you bought ?

Faxe Kondi and sweets lol

What else is going on ?

nothing much else just trying to build my life here in Denmark

What do you do besides skateboarding, hobbies, other interests ?

I like to draw mandalas as you can look onto my instagram. I like surfing, rock climbing, snowboarding etc

What is your to go to resturant ?

Konyali Falafel big credit to Habib there hes a really nice dude 🙂

When you cook food, what do you cook ?

veggie currys, eggs, rice, bonners, pasta, pizza etc

Whats your top 3 favorite drinks ?

Faxe Kondi, fizzy water, Beer

How do you see the future of skateboarding ?

Its evolving good and bad in the same time but without good and bad there is no balance between the pair. I think the new generation of kids are completely crazy skaters and i have big respect to them for the position and level they have in themselves.

Who do we need to interview on the lodge ?

Cant answer that right now, I dont want to refer anyone without their consent.

Wanna share a slippery story ?

I shat myself a couple of weeks ago on the way to work and had bits of poo on my hands and trouser all day nearly lol

Last words ?

Thank you for choosing me for the interview I am always happy to share my life with others and not have any fear to open up about things 🙂

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a picture of me and the woman i share life with ( Lou Salasca ) taken in one of the photo booths at House of Vans London

a picture of me and the woman i share life with ( Lou Salasca ) taken in one of the photo booths at House of Vans London

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