Over the past year, roller skating has taken over. Be it physically seeing professionals and amateurs alike in city parks and open spaces or on social media with mesmerizing choreographies and music, skating culture is finally getting the attention it so deserves. To pay tribute to roller skating’s legacy and cultural impact, Cynthia Erivo - English-born boundary-breaking artist, style icon and Emmy nominated actress – played the role of creative director in partnership with Adobe. Using Adobe’s new collection of Substance 3D design tools to highlight roller skating’s vibrant style, music, community and more as an expression of Black culture and joy the project dubbed Stories on Skates aims to transform these narratives into 3D roller skate designs.
I was so excited to work with Adobe on Stories on Skates to showcase Black skating culture, especially as an expression of Black joy and creativity. This project brings to life stories from the rink that are inspiring, important, and deserve to be remembered. - Cynthia Erivo, actress and artist
Check Erivo’s instagram and Adobe’s blog post here to learn more about the just released series of six one-of-a-kind digital roller skates that celebrate Black roller skating culture across the world and the stories and history from the rink.