WORDS: ETHAN SINGLETON
photos: paulo macedo // atiba jefferson
A few weeks ago I caught up with Aramis Hudson in Compton-- a city which at one point was infamous as being the ground zero of gang activity in California. We met at Wilson Park, and by the time I had pulled up Aramis had already gotten himself comfortable. When he caught me walking over, he stood up, opened his arms and, with the fervor of a diplomat, said, “This is where I stay! Compton!”
It was the day before Father’s Day, and Aramis, a twenty-year-old who’d lost his father to cancer only two years prior, expressed no true signs of pain. As a matter of fact, his temperament said quite the contrary. Just like his skateboarding is, his energy was confident, dynamic and radiating of optimism.
Aramis is a humble dude, and not just because he’s been through alot. As he recounted his already ten year experience as a skateboarder, he talked about his roots in Compton; a few of his biggest supporters; and his earliest days of skating in Los Angeles. He expresses that while he can never forget his roots, he’ll also never lose sight of what is possible. He proclaimed, “One day, I’m gonna give back to this city, bro.” And in describing what’s kept him driven for so long, he said, “It’s God, bro. Destiny.”