Leaving her hometown in Massachusetts as a 19-year-old wasn’t easy, but six years on Nora Vasconcellos has excelled in Southern California and become an inspiring part of its skateboarding scene, with her creativity extending from the skatepark to the local art scene.

Here is Nora’s personal guide to life in Los Angeles:

Where is your favorite place to skate in LA and why?

I love going to spots in LA, one of my favorite areas is Long Beach. You can cruise around to things easily and you don’t have to spend too much time in the car. There are new things popping up all the time as well. I also love Belvedere Skatepark and Garvanza Park which are more central to Los Angeles.

A group of skaters standing in a skate park in LA. Skaters. LA, key city, community, friends.
Meeting creative and like-minded people in this community is the best kind of inspiration.
Girl skateboarding through the street. Skate board. Skater. GamePlan A.
Skating towards the new. There are so many creative spaces to explore in and around LA.
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How does LA culture influence your personal style?

I think I like the mix of the TV and film culture.

Where is the best place in LA to meet like-minded creative people?

I think it is through my friends who live up there. The Silver Lake and Echo Park areas are really cool and more laid back than the more western parts. It seems like more of a community.

she wears short skirts… I’m your grandpa… @findyourcalifornia

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Do you have a favorite art museum or gallery in LA that provides inspiration for your own artwork?

I like the Getty, it’s huge and accessible. There is always something new to see.

When you’re not skating, what are your top 3 favorite places to explore in the City of Angels?

I love Long Beach, Silver Lake, and Hollywood.

Watch the 20-minute short film “Nora” directed by Giovanni Reda here:


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by Maria Culp 22.02.2018
What an inspiration!