Lucas - In April 2022 I have released a book celebrating 40 years of skateshops’ history called HEART. But why? Simply because I owe everything to skateboarding. I had the chance to discover this world at the age of 13 and since then, I have never stopped writing and documenting about this culture.
I made “HEART” book during covid time, we were all stuck at home and I wanted to do something for the skateshops, I wanted to pay a tribute to the foundation. A year after the release I thought it would be cool to go visit all the skateshops involved and create a big HEART tour with a first stop in Japan.
Before flying to Japan early April, I could never have anticipated the love I would receive and not only from the skate community.
My last trip in Japan was in 2017. I couldn’t wait to come back as everybody knows that it’s like entering a different world. We started the tour with Tokyo and we stayed in the lively district of Roppongi. This is me at 5.45 am, the first morning of the trip ready to devour the city.
Casual day in Shibuya
When you hang around in Shibuya (Tokyo) you always meet the unexpected and that’s what I love about this district. Sometimes I just sit there and snap a very special moment like this guy who is not a dog sitter. I ran after him and found out that all the dogs were his.
After crazy 4 days in Tokyo and an amazing first show at Prov skateshop, we moved to Yokohama which is just 45 minutes west by train. As all the people who were born in the 80’s I was fascinated by Japanese anime like Dragon Ball or Captain Tsubasa. While strolling on the harbor of Yokohama we discover these 18 meters tall Gundam causing me an emotional shock. You can see this only in Japan.
BBQ with the local Yokohama skater kids.
Uruma Masanori is the owner of Lacquer skateshop and the goat in the city. In his shop you will always find someone to show you the good spots in town. He's such a generous person, he's constantly organizing events for the community such as this legendary BBQ party. I was really touched by this moment, everyone was welcome.
Big time in Kashiwa
Probably one of my favorite moments of this Japan trip. Kashiwa is a small city not so far from Tokyo. Yokkun is the owner of the Humble Batsu skateshop. Before going there, I had no real expectations but when I arrived at the shop, I was surprised by the number of people who came for the show. All the skater kids but also families brought me food and gifts just to tell me how happy they were to meet me. What an incredible moment of simplicity and love.
Unreal moment in Osaka!
I was hanging out in Osaka when suddenly a guy honks at me and parks right next to me. The guy gets out of his car and jumps on me saying are you Lucas Beaufort? 5 minutes later I started to paint his car.