Skateboarding is not an industry that’s known to have the healthiest relationship with sexuality and queerness, or the cleanest history. Until recently, it was the only major sport in which not a single professional was out of the closet. It is no shock therefore that a queer skater, launching a LGBTQ skate apparel brand, would choose to remain anonymous.
Lockwood51 is a clothing brand from Los Angeles that makes unapologetically queer-friendly clothing for skaters, created by a mysterious unnamed designer. From its Protect Trans Kids tshirt, to its Support Queer Youth baseball caps, this brand has a clear voice that says ‘yes we skate, yes we’re queer. Deal with it.’
“I feel like I wasted a big part of my life suffering from some sort of shame,” the designer told Huck Magazine in a recent interview.“I never want anyone to go through that shit. It became my mission to tackle homophobia.”