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In the Venice Paparazzi Spotlight: Skater Made’s Bart Saric



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Any achievements or accomplishments that you want to share?  Being alive today. Being a good person. Doing what I can in the community a little everyday. It’s only up to us as individuals to make the place we live in better. So, I strive to be a better version of myself each day, whether I achieve it or not my energy is invested there. It’s like the movie ‘Ground Hog’s Day’ with Bill Murray, you get each day given to get it right. To make yourself and your contributions better. I feel we are all works in progress that way.

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What/who inspires you?  Life. The Universe, Earth. Nature, the Ocean. Venice, of course. I am truly inspired by that which is real. The Beauty, The Grit, The Power of Living, in general. Regarding individuals the list is too long and deep to type here. But to name a few from present and past, here’s a quick name drop of Legends: Akira Kurosawa, Dali, Bowie, Frazetta, Hokusai, Rick Griffin, Devo, Black Sabbath, Bruce Lee, Dogtown/Z-Boy Skateboarding Culture and History, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Sade, Ghandi, Bethany Hamilton, John Cardiel, David Lynch, Lightning and Thunder.  You!

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Favorite affirmation, mantra, or quote:  “Stay Stoked 4 Life!”

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Favorite book, band or movie?  Too many to name.. no just one favorite. Here are a few thoughts: • Writers – Hunter S. Thompson, J.R.R. Tolkien, Yukio Mushima, Stan Sakai, Clive Barker, Matt Wagner, Dr. Seuss, Michael Moorcock, .. • Bands – Bad Brains, Black Sabbath, DUB, King Crimson, Black Uhuru, Jazz, Eric B. & Rakim, David Bowie, Zappa .. • Movies – Blade Runner, Akira Kurosawa films, The Shawshank Redemption, Enter The Dragon, Rumble Fish, The Sorcerer, Alien, Blazing Saddles, Half-Baked, Big Wednesday, Friday, etc.

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What causes do you support?  Over the years I’ve joined the local forces that be to support the skaters, artists, surfers. Member of the former VSA that pushed to get the skate park built, DTS 4 life. Locally, I work with individuals from the area with their various talents and skill sets to enrich the area. Local businesses, at least the ones that are left now, which is near to none in comparison to the days of old. The music scene.  Local skateboarding events. Skateboarding and art, in general.

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What’s one thing we can do to make the world a better place?  Consciousness. Clarity of thought and then act on it right.

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Finish off the statement “Life is…   
a Blessing.

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What do you do on your days off? How do you treat yourself?   When I’m lucky to get a day off, it usually entails a ride of some kind. Strictly riding for fun. Often, the beach is my favorite downtime spot. Eat good food and share laughs and story with friends and family. Treat myself to a massage maybe. Sleep in.

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Anything else you want to share about yourself to the world?  Not really. If you see me in the neighborhood, say ‘Hi”.

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Describe Venice:  Unlike anywhere you’ve ever been to. Unique and full of color, culture, art and intense energy. Venice Italy after the apocalypse.. Anything and everything. A place where time stands still, but you don’t. Venice, is where you can be someone and no one all at the same time.

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Describe your perfect day in Venice: (start from morning to night,  Dawn patrol surf. Followed by a mid-morning nap. Late Breakfast. Chill on the beach. Skateboard the late afternoon. Bocce ball on a low tide at sunset, with friends. Happy hour.  Dinner at Hama Sushi, Canal Club or Kifune.  Howl at the moon until I fall asleep. Wake up and do it again.

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What are some interesting destinations/activities in Venice that even locals might not be aware of? Hidden Venice treasures?  I love the old cuts and last minute neighborhood parties with local bands playing. Hoagies on Superba after such a day. Afraid to say anymore.. : )

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Favorite Venice food items, and from where?  Over the years it’s been various spots such as Hama Sushi, or the Canal Club. C & O.   Many a good spots have come and gone too soon. These days I’d venture to say : Kifune, Mercedes, Hinanos and .. Hoagies Sub on Lincoln.

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Your favorite Venice event(s), activities or happy places?  The local skateboarding events and concerts and backyard parties are my favorite. Happy place is the beach and the venice canals.
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01.31.09 Ground Breakiing of the new Venice Skate Park. Photos by Venice Paparazzi (234)-X5
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What is your craziest or fondest Venice experience?  So many.. hard to nail just 1. Being escorted by soldiers to surf the beach during the L.A. Riots. Venice Pavilion days.. I just really love that sunset session by the beach, or in the water, followed by fun evenings with friends. Keep the good times rolling!
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Anything else about Venice that you would like to say?  Keep Venice Blue, people. Show respect, get respect. 
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Who should Venice Paparazzi cast the spotlight on next?  Local Artist, Doug Smith.

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FAN AND FOLLOW BART SARIC & SKATER MADE!

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Skater Made.  A progressive skateboard company, built on integrity.  ‘Trace your roots’ and ‘Trust the Way’, as only a skateboarder knows.

Website:  skatermade.com

Instagram:  www.instagram.com/skater_made

Facebook:www.facebook.com/Skater-Made-135879089795673/?pnref=story

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Photos-2-7 by Venice Paparazzi.
Photo 2:  Bart with his son at the 2016 Made in Venice opening night 
Photo 4:   Bart Saric with the Venice Surf and Skate Association in 2008
Photo 5:  Bart at the VSA Skate event in 2008
Photo 6:  Bart with Bennet Harada and Kelly Jackson at the Venice Surf-A-Thon
Photo 7:  Bart at the ground breaking of the Venice Skatepark in 2009
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