The first time I met Julian, I was on a trip to Barcelona with the Reell team. Julian is also one of the Global Team riders and living in Barcelona. He had a broken foot and couldn’t skate when we were there, but still he managed to trigger me somehow.
The next time I visited Barcelona, I was on a holiday trip with my girl and family and I brought all my photo-gear, You never know… I called up Julian to see if his foot was good again and if he had the time to shoot some photos. I knew that there was a spot that is almost impossible to skate but still I wanted to see what could be done. It was at the entrance of a museum and security guards were all over the place. And off course the regular visitors of the museum. Julian told me it was impossible to skate that spot, let alone to shoot a photo of a trick on that spot. We made a plan and crossed our fingers that it would work. This Ollie was first try for Julian and me. First trick in the pocket…
After the session we went into town. As you know, Barcelona has a lot of spots to discover and so within a few minutes I was putting up the flashes to shoot this Frontside boardslide.
Julian is also one hell of a flamenco guitar player. He often sneaks out at night to Macba to make some music with his homies.
Not only can Julian skate like a maniac, he also makes art. Art to put up your wall to make your house nice, but also for skateboard-companies. He has made a lot of deck prints for Antiz, Cartel, Cliche and more. There’s a good chance you’re riding a board he designed. Go check out this work: HERE
This kickflip took us hours. This was only second try and he cleared it like a champ. We just had to wait for hours so the security guards were gone and that the regular visitors were not in the frame. For me, this photo is all about skateboarding. See the spot, see the trick, see the possibilities and finally find the right skater for the spot. Julian, You’re the man!
Photos and text: Rob Rouleaux