In something as physically (and mentally) taxing as skateboarding, it’s rare for a street skater to make a name for themselves and actually remain at the top of their game for very long. The constantly lurking perils of physical injury, the party lifestyle and the always possible potential to kook ones self out of the industry, most pro skaters are lucky to stay on it for a decade. And the few that do make it tend to get there on a high-powered rocket ship of ego. But there are those rare few who stay balanced, healthy and humble enough to set an example for all others to strive for. Jahmal Williams is one of these pillars. If you’ve had the good fortune to befriend or skate with Jahmal you will agree when I say that he is a special person and a true artist in every sense of the word. In an era where the term ‘DIY’ is used as a cheap tagline to sell products, Jahmal Williams sets a new standard. Because his long path from a poor, rough neighborhood in Boston to an icon of east coast skateboarding and owner of the highly-respected brand Hopps in New York city, Jahmal truly has ‘done it’ himself.