Written By Mackenzie Eisenhour
I like Carlos. You should too. Hailing from Novo Hamburgo, Brazil, he was first raised on the ministry of TX and The Firm (Can't Stop), socially and industrially connected by his father, educated and polished via the school of MACBA—then graduated and elevated via the professional collective of Primitive and Sir Paul. By 2018, his story already reads like a modern day skate rat fairy tale. Now on the cusp of entering fatherhood and with his part in TWS Duets only months away, the following conversation should illuminate all angles of Ribeiro—In Bloom—and fully blossomed. This is it, what, Luchini pouring from the sky. Let's get rich, what, the jiggy vines and sugar dimes.
Photography By Oliver Barton
Did you just move down to Huntington?
I did. I'm renting an apartment down there. I used to live in Long Beach but since my lady is pregnant we wanted to raise the kid in a different environment.
Your baby daughter is due in five months or so correct?
Yeah, the due date is September 8.
Congats man. Your first?
Yeah. I'm stoked.
That's awesome. I've got two. It's rad man.
It's a blessing. You have a daughter or son?
I got one of each.
Oh perfect. Did you close up the firm already?
I closed up the shop already. Two is good; three would be crazy to me.
(Laughs) My lady wants three. But we didn't even have the first one yet. But I'm stoked.
First off the obvious question, how is the Duets part looking?
Yeah, we've been skating a lot lately with Joeface. It's been sick. Unfortunately I haven't gotten to skate as much with Tiago, but we're headed to Barcelona next week to meet up with him.
He had the recent situation with the Visa.
Yeah, last time I talked to him he was getting all of that situated.
What exactly happened?
I don't know perfectly what happened, but I think they were coming back from that DC tour, all of them being loud on the plane coming into LA, but then of course only the two foreigners got in trouble. You know Wes (Kremer) and Evan (Smith) and how they roll. You're just in the same vibe but you're from a different country and then boom. But DC is helping out with lawyers to get their Visas situated again. They didn't get deported because they voluntarily paid for their own flights back to Brazil. Then they just cancelled their Visas and now they have to re-apply for a different one.
Skateboarding needs Tiago. America needs Tiago.
Exactly. I think he's chilling. He'll work it out. He's been traveling. He's in Croatia right now with the Dime dudes.
Oliver Barton told me you are a big fan of '90s skating. Favorites?
I am. Probably because of Rodrigo Peterson and Rodrigo TX. Those were the first guys we were watching when they came out here and did all that they did. Alex Carolino, Nilton (Neves), Fabrizio (Santos)… When I was growing up all of those guys were huge influences on me. My favorite video was The Firm, Can't Stop (2003). (Rodrigo) TX and Javier Samiento. It was so hard to get videos in my town in Brazil but by coincidence the distributor in my town was carrying The Firm so they had the VHS copies.
Bob (Burnquist) is gnarly in that too.
Yeah. He does a lot of street shit in that video actually.
Street Bob. Skating seems completely divided into two worlds right now. On one side you have new pros like yourself and the Primitive crew and Street League but then on the other side you have just-turned-pro Sean Pablo—who is clearly a talented skateboarder but seems to be doing a very different kind of skateboarding than yourself Shane, Nick, Diego etc… What are your thoughts on this split? It also seems like Brazil is completely behind the more technical style. While kids from France and Sweden are more into the no comply/slappy stuff. Am I wrong? Are their Supreme/FA/Polar kids in Brazil?
(Laughs) There are some kids in Brazil that skate like the Supreme style. I don't really want to call it that because it sounds fucked up.
But you know, like one rail on the board and less tech or whatever.
There are some guys in Brazil like that but I would say it's maybe two percent. And Brazil is huge. There are millions of skaters. The vast majority was influenced by (Rodrigo) TX, by Rodrigo Peterson, by (Alex) Carolino and all of them though.
I thought it was funny that in France, Place République is sort of the capital of the world for that style, and then MACBA is still the heart of the tech/TX style.
(Laughs) True that. I guess it's just a weird separation right there.
Do you do any bean plants or no complies?
I would love to, to be honest. I love skating bowls and shit but I don't have that much you know. And I'm afraid too. It's a different kind of skating. But I don't hate. I back it. I wish I could skate everything. I try to skate as many things as I can. But some things are harder for me. And that's how it is with everybody too.
On a more serious note, I was told that your father recently passed away. And that he was a pro or semi-pro football player in Brazil. Were the two of you close?
Yeah. We were super close. It's kind of hard for me to talk about. I had talked in my past interviews how he always took me to contests and everything. He fell in love with skateboarding after the first contest he took me to. Being a soccer player, he knew how competitive that could be—everyone is trying to win against each other. Then when he went to the skate contest and saw people cheering for each other, even if the other guy was skating better than you—he said that caught his attention. Then he straight up fell in love with skateboarding. I was 11 to 12—didn't talk much—and my dad did all the social work. He knew everybody in the skate industry in Brazil after a while. When I grew up a little bit everybody was already my friend because of my dad. He did a lot.
He sounds amazing. I'm sorry for your loss man.
Yeah. No problem man. It's life. You gotta deal with it.
On the Primitive side, you guys just dropped some Dragonball Z collabs. What else is cooking?
Yeah. Those boards came out. Then I'm working on a video part with Primitive too. I don't know for when but maybe later this year. I have some footy I filmed last year in Barcelona that I've been saving. So there's this project in the works.
Best spot in BCN?
Still MACBA. It's just the magical ground. You skate flatground different there than any other place. I don't know why. Maybe it's just the thickness of the marble.
Somebody should do a study on it.
Best spot in LA?
That's a hard question. I would still say J-Kwon, rest in peace (for now). J-Kwon was sick. I used to love skating out there. Shout out to J-Kwon.
It's not done done right? Just more of a bust?
Yeah. Just more of a bust. I saw people skating there at night recently. The homies from Philly were down here recently and they took out the knobs and fixed the ledges again. They always do that everywhere they go. I didn't get to skate it yet though.
All-time best video?
That goes to Transworld. In Bloom ('02) is the best video. P-Rod of course but also Evan Hernandez was so sick in that video. MT (Mikey Taylor). Everybody. That video is sick. That, and TWS Subtleties ('04) too, with Stefan (Janoski) and (Brandon) Biebel and Pat Duffy.
Most influential skateboarder to you in your life?
That's Paul (P-Rod) for sure. Because when I was a kid watching his videos of course he was a huge influence. But then when I came to the States he was also one of the first guys to put me under his wing—hooked me up with Plan B, then left Plan B and put me on Primitive from the beginning. He turned me pro. He made my dream come true. So Paul is the most influential skateboarder in my life for sure.
New Paul video part?
Oh man. Pretty soon. He's been stacking clips. But he's low-key with it. If somebody asks he says, "No, no…" But he's stacking clips man. Don't let him fool you.