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Rodney Smith, a man whose reputation precedes himself, is an East Coast skateboard pioneer whose prominence in the ’80s include endeavors such as co-founding Shut Skateboards and the widely renowned Zoo York brand. In this first part of The Collaboratory hosted by Vans Syndicate, Rodney becomes the latest talent chosen and showcased to design a unique shoe. Members of the original Shut team intimately describe their fellow rider, speaking on his defiance of stereotypes to his quirky behavior.