Photos by Ray Llanos
Last night marked the 40th birthday of New York City skateboard legend Harold Hunter. Hailing from the Big Apple’s infamous East Village or “Lower East Side,” as it’s commonly referred to, Hunter was the epitome of inner city humor, hustle, and heart in the face of an often suffocating environment – living proof that character will always supersede circumstances.
While the Downtown skate rat mentality was something that Harold fostered for most of his adolescent upbringing, it was his cameo in Larry Clark’s 1995 cult classic “KIDS” that captured and solidified his larger-than-life persona for the rest of the world to consider, wonder, appreciate, and marvel.
Now, more than eight years since his untimely passing, Harold Hunter’s legacy continues to resonate within and beyond the local skateboard community and its cross sections – drawing in some of the most revered names in this town’s creative culture and even fostering an organization (now in its seventh year) dedicated to supporting skateboarding in the lives of inner city youth, the Harold Hunter Foundation.
It goes without saying that last night was a very star-studded evening with guest appearances from far and wide. The festivities took place at the East Village’s Poppington gallery space and featured a special screening of never-before-seen Larry Clark footage of Harold in his raw and comedic essence.
The vibes were high and the amount of people touched by our Lower East Side hero’s mythos were out in door-busting numbers. All for the memory and continued inspiration of one remarkable brother.
Happy 40th birthday Harold. Legends never die!
Sundown and lights up at Poppington
Dave Ortiz and Ron Hunter
Billy (Samurai) Rohan
Damon Dash, Larry Clark and Rosario Dawson
Jessica Forsyth and Jonathan Mannion
Jeff Pang in the house
Ben Oleynik (Zoo York) and Gregg Chapman (Chapman Skateboards)
Brian Deka Paupaw (Hoods To Woods Foundation)
Torro Skateboards chief Rodney Torres
Zoo York’s Black Dave
Shut Skateboards co-founder Rodney Smith
OG NYC skateboarding compadres
“Young G” NYC skateboard compadres
Bridgette, Black Dave, Bushwick Ron and Lila Wolfe
KCDC’s Amy Gunther
Shut NYC’s Luis Tolentino
Dave reading out infamous Harold quotes
Front row with RB Umali
Jim Jones and Damon Dash
Harry Jumanji hand stylin’
That’s all folks