What’s Good with Thomas LiPani


          Thomas James LiPani is a 16 year veteran in the Rollerblading scene and eventhough he is currently living in Florida he is still an NYC OG. ShutupandSKATE recently caught up with Thomas to check in on him and to reconnect with this OG who is still putting in work in front of the lense as well as behind it. And in the words of TP…enjoy the read keeeeeeeeeeeed!


SUAS: What’s going on Mr. LiPani, how is Florida treating you?
TLP:
Florida is sweet man, the weather is great of course but the nightlife could be better.

SUAS: You thinking of taking the club clothes out of retirement?…I heard how you used to shut down the dance floor at clubs when you were still in N.Y.
TLP:
Haha, nah I still get down!


*1-Footed Wallride

SUAS: You have been living in Florida for about 3 years now so how would you compare the NYC Rollerblading scene to the FL Rollerblading scene?
TLP:
Yeah, it’s been about 3 years now. The rolling scene where I live honestly sucks…there are only about 5 other Rollerbladers besides myself in Port Saint Lucie. But down South is where it’s at!. I skate with my boys Rob Squire and Jon Fromm as much as possible. They know what’s up for sure. But there is no comparison, NYC is the shit right now. Especially with all these “Let’s Roll New York” sessions going down. Luckily, I was there about 2 months ago and made it to one of them.

SUAS: It was definitely a surprise seeing you there! So, word on the street is that you may be moving back up to New York soon, is there any truth to this rumor?
TLP:
Yes, I am working really hard at the moment to get back to my hometown in Queens NYC…I miss it so much. And now they just built that new skate park in Flushing Meadows!…Can’t wait to skate that. Besides the fact that my whole family and all my best friends live in NYC. So, it’s a very exciting idea to get back ASAP!


*Negative Fish

SUAS: Well, I live in Brooklyn now so I doubt that we will be neighbors again haha. But you are an O.G. in the Rollerblading game with 16 solid years under your belt. What is your own personal outlook on the future of Rollerblading?
TLP:
Rollerblading is DEFINETLY going somewhere…it already has in my opinion. We just gotta keep doing what we do best and stick together. It’s crazy how big it is in Europe at the moment..hopefully it will be as big in the USA again.

SUAS: Being the Rollerblading game for as many years as you have, who or what keeps you motivated to continue skating?…or is it a combination of the two that inspires you?
TLP:
Honestly, anyone I get to roll with amps me up…there aren’t too many bladers out here. And when I get the chance to skate with them it’s always a pleasure…Jon Fromm and Rob Squire def amp it up. But for NYC Alex Nunez is one to motivate me for sure…his outlook towards skating and style is really motivating. Also, all of the OG’s of course..Jose Disla, Jon Ortiz, Brandon Guttierez and the Cortez brothers.


*X Grind

SUAS: What’s your preference, tricks or style?
TLP:
Style!!!! It’s all about style. Most of the time you can notice exactly who it is skating at the time just by seeing them lace a trick. Rollerblading has the most noticeable style in tricks, stunts and creativity when it comes down to it.

SUAS: I totally agree, you can easily tell when Rollerbladers such as Sagona or Morales are skating just by looking at the style of their tricks. On that note, let’s delve into those individuals who capture those tricks and present them to the masses such as yourself with your Just Live Productions. What’s going on with JLP these days?…any new releases coming up?
TLP:
I’m always filming, but I wouldn’t really consider making another film until I move back to NYC…my latest film “An Elite Few” is still selling pretty good. I also try to release as many online sections as possible.


*Mistrial up Tractor

SUAS: What new video editing software have you been using lately and what kind of video equipment have you upgraded to recently in your laboratory to keep your releases fresh?
TLP:
I Edit with Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5. My last release “An Elite Few” was basically all filmed with my Canon GL2. I plan on upgrading to HD of course…But that wouldn’t be until I get back to NYC as well.

SUAS: “An Elite Few” was a good release and what I love about your releases is that you have a good ear for music and after I watch one of your dvd’s such as Elegance I immediately run a search for some of the songs that you used. What would you call your music style?
TLP:
It’s all about flow. I try to make each skaters’ style flow with the music that is playing in the section. I like to keep my mind open about music. As long as it has a good beat we’re good to go!


*180 Over The Rail

SUAS: Sounds good T.P. I definitely look forward to your next release! Do you have any last words or shout-outs to close this off?
TLP:
I’d like to give a shout out to Jess D. and Jon Perez at 50-50, England, Isaac at Eulogy Wheels…Also, all my boys in QUEENS NYC!

Tom LiPani Eulogy Wheels 2010 Edit

Tom LiPani Remix Section

Tom LiPani 2009-2010 Section

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3 Responses to “What’s Good with Thomas LiPani”

  1. Rob Squire Says:

    much love for the TP from NYC

  2. good work TP!

  3. HIS TALENT AND COMPASION FOR THE SPORT AND , AND PEOPLE , HAS LED HIM DOWN A VERY STRONG PATH, WITH LOVE AN SUPPORT FROM HIS FRIEND’S AND MOST OF ALL HIS FAMILY, WE WISH HIM ALL THE BEST , I HEARING THAT HE WILL BE GOING INTO JOINT VENTURE WITH 2 LARGE SKATE COMPANIES?

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