Jahmal Williams embodies skateboarding in its purest form. The Boston native discovered his craft almost by accident in the ‘80s. Since then, he has compiled a body of work that’s a testament to his personal style and creativity. The culmination of this journey is Hopps—Williams’s skate company that was founded roughly 10 years ago. The brand pulls from street culture, fine art, jazz music, and the urban landscape to create an unfiltered look at the intersection between skateboarding and these key elements of modern society. Lee Smith sits down for a lengthy conversation with the East Coast legend that explores his life experiences and the evolution of his creative process in Mission Statement Episode 08.