Interview with Urban Plastix's Peter Juhl
Hello everyone from Urban Plastix!
We are excited to have Urban Plastix's head shaper/Co Owner Peter Juhl, take time out of his busy schedule to sit down and have a chat with us. We asked him a wide range of topics that our fans have been wanting to know more about, the genius of Urban Plastix. Our questions will have our abbreviation in red, and Peter's responses will have his initial's in black.
UP: How Did you come up with the name for Urban Plastix?
PJ: The name Urban Plastix came out of a weekend spent with my business partners, involving lots of brain storming. The urban idea was always going to be part of it. When the name was finally decided on some of the more urban designed holds were already molded.
UP: When you look for inspiration for new shapes for the line, how do you determine what goes from idea to shape?
PJ: Inspiration for me comes from everywhere, I see textures or curves and I get an idea. My main determining factor for what ideas make it into a shape, is if it works well with my ideas of a comfortable hold.
UP: How long does it usually take you to go from idea to foam shape?
PJ: It really all depends on the design and the size. Sometimes i will make an entire 5 hold set in 20 minutes, other ties it will take hours.
UP: Would you consider having fan feedback to select a special shape for the line?
PJ: I would love to have some sort of consumer involved shape added to the line. Maybe have a shaping class in Brooklyn on how to shape climbing holds.
UP: Do you plan on expanding the Urban Plastix line with branded items, such as t-shirts etc.?
PJ: We will have more t-hirts soon, and more products are in the planning process to be released eventually. We really want to have everything more refined before we add more items to the collection.
UP: How did you grow Urban Plastix fro an idea, into the successful hold company it is currently?
PJ: The process was not an easy journey it involved a lot of money, time, sweat, and emails. it has been a battle in this industry but it is an amazing job to have. shaping is what I love to do, and I am lucky enough to do it. Seeing my ideas come to life makes it all worth it.
UP: You are a climber yourself, do you feel that gives you better insight when creating holds for the Urban Plastix line?
PJ: Being a climber is very important, it is my connection with the foam. We as shapers are trying to create whats in our head, but you need to be able to climb on it, and for it to be comfortable.
UP: WHen you get ready to climb, do you have any special routines you do to get in the zone?
PJ: A little stretching and music, them I just try to keep my mind clear.
Urban Plastix would like to thank Peter Juhl for stopping by, taking time out of his busy schedule and chatting with us. We were able to get some of your questions answered, and provide a more in depth look at the inner workings of Urban Plastix!
If you would like to connect with Peter directly his contact information is below!