People may think that being a pro skater is just about skating, but it’s a lot more complicated, and to have any staying power you better know all the rules, not just the ones at the contest.


Before they became one of hip-hop’s most influential collectives, Hieroglyphics was just a crew of kids from the Bay Area with shared passions.


As a kid growing up in Harlem, rapper Marty Baller was already a star in the making—at least at his local block parties. Now he’s one of the youngest members of hip-hop crew A$AP Mob to be striving and prospering…


Matt DiGiacomo was always a doodler, “I always had teachers who told me to stop; I was constantly drawing on the corners of my papers.” Those doodles have since developed and turned into a serious career at rock ’n’ roll brand Chrome Hearts.


Garth Carwardine went from being just another teenager hanging around shows to becoming the managing director at Spinning Top Music, a record label and artist-management firm that directs the careers of talent like Pond and Tame Impala.


With a resume that includes regular work with Vogue, GQ, and interviews with Kanye West, Bjork, Peter Lindbergh, Kate Moss, and Juergen Teller, 27-year-old journalist Lou Stoppard shares how she’s making it.


Australian psych-rock band Pond has been making music together for nine years—the secret to their success? “We really enjoy each other’s company and creativity. We help each other break down preconceptions about what sounds good.”


With hard work and a sharp eye, Ramsell Martinez has built a career styling hair that’s artfully messy and gorgeously “real” for dozens of fashion campaigns and high-end editorials.


“We would go to a town and the town would come to us, all the prettiest girls, all the craziest shit. That was their night to have Guns N’ Roses in town!” Guns N’ Roses’ drummer Matt Sorum gives insight into the golden years of rock and roll.


All trippy vocals, clashing cymbals and experimental melodies, Temples harks back to the best of ‘60s psych rock. After uploading a few videos to YouTube, the band was signed and has hit the ground running.