In honor of the upcoming 2018 Blading Cup, we are asking a handful of individuals throughout the industry about their past experiences with the staple competition and what their expectations are of this years event. For this installment, we chat with style master Mike Lilly. Portrait by Ryan Loewy for Be-Mag Cover photograph by Megan Petersen MY FIRST BLADING CUP WAS… Last year, 2017. I’M GOING TO THIS YEAR’S BLADING CUP BECAUSE…. I’m going to Blading Cup this year because I love skating and our community, as screwed up as it is. Some beautiful people and ideas are involved and the love is impossible to ignore. I LOOK FORWARD TO ( X ) AT THIS YEAR’S BLADING CUP BECAUSE…. I’m looking forward to this year for some obvious reasons, seeing the course, see what people are going to do and all the new products. But most of all, reuniting with some of my best friends, some of which I haven’t seen in years. All of which had a rich relationship with Brandon Negrete. I can’t wait to get together with everyone and celebrate Brandon and our beautiful sub-culture. I THINK ( X ) IS GOING TO WIN THIS YEAR’S BLADING CUP BECAUSE…. I’m not sure who is going to win because we all know that it’s a toss up of who’s there, what there is to skate, and who’s feeling the most confident that day. Either way, I’ll feel blessed to witness all of it. Mike Lilly lives and works in Kansas City, Missouri. You can follow Mike Lilly on Instagram here. The 2018 Blading Cup will take place November 2nd and 3rd in Downtown Santa Ana, CA. You can learn more about the event here.