Life With: David Stenstrom

Life With: David Stenstrom

Life With: David Stenstrom

For our latest edition of Life With, we speak with David Stenstrom, a Stockholm-based skateboarder and artist.

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ANOTHER ASPECT:

What is the last thing that got you excited?

DAVID STENSTROM:

The fact that I have been sober for 4 months now, just feeling incredibly happy and motivated and holding onto that feeling while sinking my teeth down into skateboarding and painting again after a long break. Basically just trying to stay happy and inspired and express myself in any way that I can.

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ANOTHER ASPECT:

How would you say that skateboarding has shaped you?

DAVID STENSTROM:

It’s hard to say. I’ve been skating since I was 10 years old, so it shaped me in any ways imaginable but I think that if you do anything that is somewhat creative at a young age, you can look at life more openly and wider when you become older, seeing things for what they truly are. I always draw parallels from skating in my everyday life in the sense that, just as in life, if you don’t commit to doing a certain trick at a certain spot, you’ll never know if you can actually succeed with what you want to do.

ANOTHER ASPECT:

Is skateboarding as much an art form as art?

DAVID STENSTROM:

I was thinking about this the other day and it’s very hard to say. I could probably go on about this for 6 hours, because I think it’s a very interesting subject but there are some paintings that I don’t consider art, some skateboarding that I wouldn’t consider art and vice versa. It’s hard to say because both skating and painting are such individual things; you’re riding your own wave. I mean, if you think something is art, then it’s art and if you don’t it’s art, then it isn’t; that’s what’s so beautiful about the whole thing, how it relates to our own opinions.


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ANOTHER ASPECT:

What do you think that the two have in common?

DAVID STENSTROM:

Nothing, I don’t think, except maybe that they both give you a somewhat feeling of being free, allowing you to do things the exact way that you want to.

ANOTHER ASPECT:

Which feeling is better: Doing a perfect backside tailslide on a quarter pipe or finishing a painting and feeling good with how it came out?

DAVID STENSTROM:

Skating to me is more similar to flying; it’s about feeling good in the instant that you’re doing it, like dancing, entirely unbothered with everything that is taking place around you. With painting, I get angry; it’s thinking and planning what I want to paint, then painting it, then hating what I’ve painted, then coming back after two or three weeks and then ending up being happy with how it turned out. I broke a canvas not too long ago, because I was so fed up with what I’d made. With skating, it’s more spontaneous motion than it is actively thinking about things.

ANOTHER ASPECT:

What would you be, if you weren't a skateboarder and an artist?

DAVID STENSTROM:

I have a lot of untouched dreams, if you can put it that way, but I would probably be an actor or working with movies or theater. I like imitating the way that people talk; the ways that their bodies move. I’ve also always liked flowers. It’s things like that, seeing something that touches me in one way or another, that makes me want to go skate or draw or write. It could be anything—talking to a friend, seeing a nice building in the street or walking past a bucket of flowers in pretty colors.

ANOTHER ASPECT:

If you had to choose between skateboarding and painting, only being able to do one of the two, which would it be? And why?

DAVID STENSTROM:

I wouldn’t be able to choose; I’ve been doing them both for equally long. Painting for me wouldn’t be the same if it wasn’t for skateboarding and vice versa. But if I really had to choose, then I’d go with painting. If I ever get to turning 60 years old, then I’ll probably be too tired for skating and painting would be a nice thing to do at that age.

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Nicole Lennig

DAVID STENSTROM:

@davidsmoreau