Since 2012, KCET has been featuring the work of journalist and filmmaker Joris Debeij through Departures, the station's interactive documentary project about the social history of Los Angeles. "I Am Los Angeles" is Debeij's portrait series that showcases the unique people and their ideas that make L.A. what it is. "SoCal Connected" will continue featuring his work on air.
European transplant and street artist Chase knew he was destined to move to Los Angeles. Back home in the Belgium city of Antwerp, there were little to no skate spots in the area, let alone flat surfaces where he could practice the art of skating.
So, Chase ditched the elaborate European cobblestones and bumpy roads in exchange for smooth skating paths on the streets of L.A.
Aside from his passion for skating, Chase sees himself as a visual communicator. His colorful street art can be seen on public murals, cars, and other blank canvases waiting for a splash of vibrant color.
"Go for what you feel," he says.
"Follow your heart and try to choose what you love to do. I found that life opens up and feeds you the opportunities."
More from "I Am Los Angeles" on KCET.org