From Sidewalk 211 - April 2014
Every now and then, someone comes along who reminds us all why we skate.
Domas is one of those people.
He moved to London from Lithuania at the age of 18 and has quickly become one of the most loved figures in our ever-evolving scene. His positivity is infectious and yet he possesses a mystical wisdom that even the most experienced head can’t help but learn from.
In a sea of overly fashion conscious young skaters, Domas has come through with a truly original and honest style I like to think fuses elements of Penny, Ben Jobe and Chewy, with some secret Eastern European ingredient.
He is not afraid to get dirty and his work ethic on a board is second to none. I’ve watched him learn tricks he’s never tried before at the most haggard of London spots, working tirelessly and fearlessly to overcome his demons whilst navigating around the endless cracks, drains and other obstacles in his way.
After every session, successful or not, you will hear him say “I am grateful for the lesson" - a positive mentality for any skater looking to progress.
Domas has also been a rock for the Long Live Southbank campaign; volunteering from day one, he has dedicated himself to the cause like no other, tirelessly manning the tables at the Undercroft, foot soldiering around town and doing whatever needed to be done with grace and that big grin we all know and love.
For me personally he has been a savior, we started filming together after City of Rats, at a time when I felt quite lost. He showed me why I skate and why I film – for the love and the adventure – and I am proud to be finishing up his debut part which should be hitting the internet by the time you read this.
No one deserves a First Light more in my eyes, so on behalf of skateboarding I would like to say thank you Domas, you’re a breath of fresh air and may your skateboarding continue to develop and inspire the next generation of skate rats to stay true to the art and true to themselves.
- Henry Edwards-Wood
Domas Glatkauskas - aka Baby Eagle - looked about twelve when I first met him a couple of years ago. Since that time I have got to know him well; I have realised he is a man of many talents.
Domas skates fast and has a lot of fun doing it. He is a talented artist and painter. Domas and his Lithuanian crew are professional squatters avoiding the clutches of Babylon at all costs. Although Domas is only twenty-two, he is an old soul who helps me keep check on my ego, which can sometimes be as big as a 159 bus.
Domas has an innocent quality about him and is not afraid to let the inner child rip, whether it’s on the board or canvas. He’s also one of the original members of Long Live Southbank and has been helping preserve the Southbank community, collecting petitions at the table all the way through the freezing winter.
I’m grateful to have him as a friend and fellow traveler on this rocky road.
Big up Bredda Man!
- Joleon Pressey.