interview by Leland Ware
photography by Matt Daughters
photography by Matt Daughters
Without warning in early 2012, Rodrigo Lima decided to part ways with DGK. This decision was not only out of the blue, but also a complete surprise to everyone on the team and involved with the company. What made the least amount of sense is that Rodrigo had the majority of his part already filmed for Parental Advisory which was set to drop later that year. After his name was removed from the roster and he was absent from the video, the skate world was buzzing with questions about what happened with Lima – was he kicked off, did he quit, did something happen to him? Nobody knew.
The actual story is the stuff that movies are made of. When asked what happened, Rodrigo explains “I basically went home to Brazil for a family emergency and decided not to come back. It was a hard decision to make. I pretty much had a full part done but my grandmother was sick and I had to keep going back to Brazil to help her. After all that drama I really wanted to spend time with my family instead of being gone all the time. Since I was fourteen I’ve been traveling to the States and barely went back to Brazil. I felt this was the best choice for me to make.” Given those details, it’s not hard understand where Lima was at that point in time. Sometimes life forces you to make critical decisions, and put in that situation I think many people would chose family over career – which is certainly admirable.
Given his level of skill, one can’t help but wonder what Rodrigo has been up to since his return to Brazil and if he’s been skating this whole time. The answer in simplest terms is yes. “‘I’ve just been in Brazil hanging out with my girl and family. I still skate but its hard to find a filmer. I do want to return to the industry but I’m not sure who I would skate for or if it will even be in the states.” I think anyone reading this is happy to hear that Rodrigo is still skating and that we might potentially see more footage from him in the future. It will certainly be interesting to see where he goes from here.
Given the response to Parental Advisory you can’t help but wonder what Rodrigo’s thoughts on the video are and if he’s even seen it. When asked about that, Lima had this to say: “I’ve seen the video, I bought it off iTunes. I thought it was real dope. Good to see all the homies doing their thing. I liked Josh Kalis part a lot. His part was real raw and the song was real good too. I liked all the other parts as well but that’s the one that gets stuck in my head.” When asked if he had any regrets about not releasing his part in the video, Lima explains “No I don’t have any regrets. I had to do what I had to do. I’m hyped to finally see all that footage though.”
We knew that it would not have been right to not share what Lima was working on for Parental Advisory with the world, so we got his blessing to release his footage here. When asked if he had anything else he’d like to say to coincide with this release, Rodrigo responded “I would like to thank everybody that has helped me out in my career. Definitely want to give a big thanks to Troy Morgan, Matt Daughters, Brad Rosado, Rodrigo TX and the rest of the DGK team.”
Everyone at DGK would like to thank Rodrigo for all of his years of hard work and dedication and wish him the best in all of his future endeavors.