Over the years, I’ve read countless interviews with skateboarders who seem to be riding the sponsor wave until it crashes. They speak candidly on the fact that they wake up day to day and skate if they feel like it. Darren Harper is not one of those skateboarders. Darren not only skates, but is a father who involves himself in charities, records and performs different kinds of music, and stays involved in his local skateboarding scene. When speaking with Darren, you understand that his family, friends and community are the things that are important to him. Coming from the ghetto of Washington DC, Darren shows us that there are multiple avenues out of adversity and every lane is worth dipping into as long as you maintain a knowledge of what you come from and where you’re going.
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Ed Lover has returned once again with his infamous web series C’mon Son. It’s Monday, the (dreaded) first day of the week! Here is a remedy to that, something you can laugh at for sure.
Last week, the Nike World Basketball Festival took place at Radio City. The beautiful New York socialite, Vashtie has put together a great recap of the festivities on Aug 12th, 2010. Vashtie hosted Theophilus London’s latest mixtape, I WANT YOU. Check out the special performance from the rapper who dubbed, ” I’m not a business man, I’m a bus-i-ness man!” (JAY-Z)
New York based company KRINK, is a high-quality graffiti art ink maker. KRINK has just released their line of graphic tees just before summers end. The colorways up for grabs are Orange/Orange, Black/White, and White/Blue . KRINK has cooked up some tees for both men and women (White) . Purchase yours today at their online store.
Ed Lover has impacted the hip-hop community for the past twenty years. He began his career with a group called No Face. Lover was most popular for hosting the first rap music video segment on MTV called “Yo! MTV Raps” with Dr. Dre. This clip will tickle your funny bone. For more of Ed Lover’s C ”mon Son series visit http://cmonsononline.com/.
“Staying up with the NY theme HBOs How to Make it in America gives you a inside look on how some skateboarders “Get By” in the Big Apple. It’s a great video, cinematography is off the hook and it features commentary from Gino Iannucci, Eli Reed, Zered Bassett, Billy Rohan, Jake Johnson, J. Strickland, Jahmal Williams and more.”
For more skateboarding check out Ohio Skate University.
The Leaders Of The New Cool have a dope event coming up on September 30th at 92Y Tribeca (200 Hudson St. At Canal / http://www.92ytribeca.org). Live performances by: Stalley, Ms. Brown, Harlem’s Cash, Spree Wilson, Monica Rush, and Sean Falyon. It’s hosted by Jocques Morel and is presented by HollyWood East Ent. and Glow Connection.
Sponsored By: Chilly-O, Tastemakers Atlanta, and Vinnie’s Styles.
The Goodie Bag caught up with world-renown sneaker collector and entrepreneur, Deadstock Ric.
Hey, tell us a little information about yourself. Who are you and where are you from.
Hey wass up, names’ Ric’ A.K.A. Deadstock Ric and I am from New York reppin’ Brooklyn. I run an online sneaker company thru the social networking site MySpace, specializing in vintage sneakers and items, also do consignment with kids in the New York area. I have done 3 sneaker events, 2 club events and one on a boat.
What is life like up in NYC? As far as music, fashion, and popular culture.
Its amazing out here, we set all the trends for what goes on around the country in my opinion. Music, fashion and popular culture is a lifestyle for many. How you wear ya clothes, what you wear, what you listen to. Everyone has their own style out here and are not afraid to step out the box, which is dope about the NY scene. The best part about fashion and music in NY is that in each borough there is a different sense of style and way of life.. NY is really unique for that.
Tell us a little about Dead Stock Kicks and the people involved.
We are an online sneaker company; we work off MySpace and sneaker forums. We sell vintage sneakers and clothing, throw events and really for the people. We do a lot of stuff with up and coming brands and just live our life thru the sneaker culture. We got a small team where everyone plays a role within the company. Some sell sneakers, some work with the events. It’s a good mix and balanced in a way that everyone does what they feel comfortable doing within the company.
What are some of your favorite brands out right now?
I love the UpScene clothing movement, their designs are sick and a lot of growth is to come of them. I will always wear my Stussy, 10.DEEP, and RockSmith. I always look out for those guys. I am also very close with the GoodWood brand, the whole concept of jewellery made out of wood is so dope and the people behind it are amazing. I gotta show love to Flud watches, Don’t Question Kings, Dirty Jax, Pugzee and SoleFood NYC. There are many more and if I missed you guys, MY BAD!!!
What new upcoming events or releases are you currently working on?
I work with an unsigned artist so we have come together and started a company called “City Of Dreams”, so we are going to be throwing concerts and networking parties in the city. Our first event was the CAUSE 3rd Annual NYC Celebration Concert in the city on Saturday, September 5th. You can check him out over on MySpace, myspace.com/causenewyorksfinest.
We are going to take it one step at a time and have fun with it. Look out for a lot to come in the fall and the new year.
What would you say are the most difficult aspects or being in your line of work?
Straight up, it’s a risk. To put everything on the line for an outcome. But, then again that’s life.