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Talking style with P-Rod

Daily Dose: Pro skater shares how he stays sharp


10:34 AM, Oct. 19, 2012 EDT

ANDREW KASS / Pro skateboarder Paul Rodriguez likes to keep his style simple and laid-back.

Paul Rodriguez, aka P-Rod, is widely considered one of the most talented skateboarders of his generation. Known for his technical yet relaxed, smooth style, he consistently throws down powerful tricks.

Off the board, Rodriguez is a head-turner for his effortlessly cool threads. He even collaborates with Nike to fashion his signature shoe and apparel collection.

And you don’t have to be a skater to sport the laid-back lineup. It transcends the skate world with versatile pieces including jeans, chinos, polos, T-shirts and hats. The style knows no boundaries — and neither does P-Rod’s. He told us so.   

Describe your personal style.
Rodriguez:
I don’t really know what to call my style. I’m influenced a lot by hip-hop. I’m a T-shirt and jeans guy. I like to be particular with how I match. I like my color schemes to go together. I know what I like when I see it.

Why does the skate look continue to materialize beyond the board?
I think people just like the freedom it represents — we live how we want to live and do what we want to do.

Skateboarding is like a canvas. You can literally paint your picture however you want. You can have the skater who’s completely punk rock, leather jacket and spikes; then you’ve got the guy who’s full hip-hop, and another guy who’s into streetwear. You don’t have to dress a particular way.

So there are no rules, but you do have one when it comes to your personal style.
Whatever color shoes I’m wearing dictates what the rest of the outfit will end up being. Usually I like to match my shirt to my shoes and my pants to my hat. I have no particular color preferences. I’m very open. I’ll explore brighter, louder colors, or I’ll do darker. It all depends on the day.

What’s your favorite shoe?
My favorite shoe — I’m gonna exclude mine — is the Stefan (Janoski). I wear it the most when I’m not skating. It’s the most versatile. You can dress up in it — it looks perfectly natural in a classier environment — or be completely casual. The shoe matches with pretty much any style, from jeans to shorts to khakis.

What in your closet gets the more wear right now?
I like nice sweaters. I’ll go v-neck, crew neck, hoodie, whatever — button-ups, polos, I’m into those, too. Baseball shirts, I’ll run a tank-top, too, and beanies — I’ll do it all. I like having a variety and mixing it up. If I see it and I’m feeling it that day and it works, I’m wearing it.

 

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