Jem Lacasandile is the man behind Idea562 Grips. For as long as I’ve known him he’s been a unique and creative person, drawing on anything he can get a hold of or slapping his stickers in the most obscure places. We’ve met while we were working together at the Active in Long Beach about five years ago. He’s a little intimidating at first but really he just keeps to himself. Jem’s the kind of person to sit back and watch how people act, then decide whether or not they’re worth talking to. You can catch him almost everyday at Cerritos park in the afternoons or Eldo at night. If you do see him remember to say what’s up and maybe you can get a grip from him!
Photos // Patrick Do
PD: What up Jem! So how are your pieces going for your upcoming art show with Nothing Usual?
JL: They’re pretty much all done, I just dropped the pieces off last week.
PD: How are you feeling about them? A little excited, a little nervous?! Have you done any art shows before?
JL: I feel pretty good about em, I think the pieces showcases different ideas and style that I am into right now. I did an art show back then with all the homies before the business started boomin, it was hella fun cause all the homies put out something the represented them individually
PD: Damn that sounds sick, are these a whole different group of guys and girls you’re working with?
JL: This show is just me
PD: So you’re painting over grips and boards for the show right? Why do you choose to do stencils over drawing on your grips?
JL: Yah, so I have a couple of boards that I painted on the bottom, like graphics and the other half, I did some collage and some stencil on the top. I prefer stencils cause I can get more detailed with it without making it look too much of a portrait, and I can mess around with other colorways
I prefer stencils cause I can get more detailed with it without making it look too much of a portrait, and I can mess around with other colorways
PD: Yeah I’ve noticed throughout the years that you started to try out a lot of new colors on your older stencils, do you do this by request or is it because you just want to see how many colors and designs would work with each other?
JL: I would try to see how other colors look on older stencils, then when I make new ones I just use the same colorways. I take request on colors for the homies, but other than that, I have set colors on my site.
PD: Talking about your site! Do you sell a lot over the states or even countries? What are the kids liking outside of 562?!
JL: I only ship out of state, I just don’t want to deal with shipping it international, plus I know its really expensive. Kids like a lot of random shit, people be getting my 1of1’s, pretty much I just go ham on a sheet of grip and sell it for a bit more cause its pretty exclusive
PD: Since you’re working at furnace right now do you not work with other skate shops anymore? Like making grips for them?
JL: For now I am exclusively making grips for Furnace and I have some of my gear there too. I would be down for other shops to carry my grips, just never really got time lately, plus I am the only one working for the brand. Randy (Furnace owner) and Cody are open with the idea of me having the brand at different shops too, they support and believe in the movement and I know they would want the best for the company. Maybe in the near future other shops will start carrying IDEA.
PD: Yeah Randy and Cody are good people, that’s sick that they back it! Are you still working with Grizzly? I see your collab with them still around at some shops.
JL: Yah Randy and Cody are family for sure. Speaking of Grizzly I parted ways with them because I think it was the right time for me to work on the brand on my own. I really appreciate everything they did for me. They helped me a lot to get Idea where it is now. We parted in good terms tho, they understood where I was coming from. The collab grip, they bought that graphic off me so pretty much they can do whatever they want with it. The grip still have my logo on it tho so free publicity!
Speaking of Grizzly I parted ways with them because I think it was the right time for me to work on the brand on my own
PD: Damn that’s crazy, but I mean you’ve always been trying to make it out your own it seemed like. It just so happens that really rad people are backing your grips like one of the most obvious person, Chris Joslin. I swear every ad or cover I see of him he’s riding your grip! That’s pretty rad! It seems like you’re beginning to try out new things like painting shoes. How did that come about and how come only Adidas?
JL: Chris is great, he backs the grips so hard that he will go crazy if he does not have a stencil on his grip. He’s been reppin since I started Idea. The grips that I painted have been to places, countries I have never been. Shout out to Chris Joslin! But anyways, I always been painting on shoes, I just can’t stand blank shit and I love customizing my gear, I like the feeling of wearing some unique shoes that no one got. But I mean I love all white shoes too dont get me wrong, but its just gonna get dirty anyways so might as well paint on it! Ive been messing around with other brands like huf and vans before Adidas, till they made the matchcourts. I fell in love and I know those are gonna be the shoes for me. I ended up buying an all white pair of em, and decided to splatter em with paint. I sent a photo to Dennis Bellew (Adidas Rep) and he was hyped on it. He showed the photo to a couple of people from Adidas and they hooked me up and put me as an ambassador, that is why it is only exclusive on Adidas, cus I can’t and I wouldn’t wanna wear other shoes anyways. Maybe for the homies I can make an exception, But other than that its not available for sale to other people, unless they’re my size and if Im maybe willing to let go of any of em.
I just can’t stand blank shit and I love customizing my gear, I like the feeling of wearing some unique shoes that no one got
PD: Dude that’s rad, maybe one of these days there’s gonna be an IdeaXAdidas collab… So before I let you off for the night I wanted to know, are you really gonna go back to the Philippines if you’re over California? I’ve heard you say one or two times that you definitely want to retire over there.
JL: Idea x Adidas collab would be really sick, or a collab with the Gonz.. haha just kidding but Im down. The Philippines would be a sick place to retire in. I haven’t been to the Philippines since I moved to Cali 14 years ago tho. I heard its really packed there now, like population is just crazy on some 3rd world shit! I thought it was fun from what I remembered, I mean I was raised in the city of Manila, its like the center of the Philippines, I think. It can get pretty ghetto at some point, I bought my first butterfly knife when I was 8 and probably smoked my first cigarette when I was 7. Yeah, but if I was gonna retire there I want to live in my Dad’s province. We have a house and a farm there, air is clean and fresh. Im gonna give myself till Im 35 and if I can’t make it out here then ill move back to the homeland. But hopefully I can make it out here. Ha
Im gonna give myself till Im 35 and if I can’t make it out here then ill move back to the homeland