Legends Never Die: A Recap of Harold Hunter’s 40th Birthday Celebration

Legends Never Die: A Recap of Harold Hunter’s 40th Birthday Celebration

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!

Neon sign gallery front

Sundown and lights up at Poppington

People waiting at door for guest list

Guest-listers

Harold_Hunter_40th_Dave_Ron

Dave Ortiz and Ron Hunter

Billy Rohan in front of step and repeat

Billy (Samurai) Rohan

Damon Dash Larry Clark and Rosario Dawson in front of step and repeat

Damon Dash, Larry Clark and Rosario Dawson

Jessica Forsyth and Jonathan Mannion in front of step and repeat

Jessica Forsyth and Jonathan Mannion

Jeff Pang and guest in front of step and repeat

Jeff Pang in the house

Ben Oleynik and Greg Chapman in front of step and repeat

Ben Oleynik (Zoo York) and Gregg Chapman (Chapman Skateboards)

Brian Deka Paupaw in front of step and repeat

Brian Deka Paupaw (Hoods To Woods Foundation)

Rodney Torres and guest in front of step and repeat

 Torro Skateboards chief Rodney Torres

Black Dave in front of step and repeat

Zoo York’s Black Dave

Rodney Smith in front of step and repeat

Shut Skateboards co-founder Rodney Smith

New York City skaters hanging out at party

OG NYC skateboarding compadres

Young skaters hanging out at New York City party

“Young G” NYC skateboard compadres

Black Dave Bushwick Ron and friends at party

Bridgette, Black Dave, Bushwick Ron and Lila Wolfe

Champagne bottle and Deadline Harold Hunter shirt at party

“Popping”

Amy Gunther smiling at New York City party

KCDC’s Amy Gunther

Luis Tolentino with blue hat smiling at New York City party

Shut NYC’s Luis Tolentino

Dave Ortiz reading out Harold Hunter quotes at New York City party

Dave reading out infamous Harold quotes

Larry Clark and crowd watching film projection screening

Screening time

Harold Hunter 40th RB Umali

Front row with RB Umali

Screenshot of Larry Clark's Harold Hunter footage

Harold 

Profile photo of Larry Clark watching a film

Larry Clark-vision

Jeff Pang and crowd watching movie projection

Crowd reaction

Dame Dash Jim Jones and Jonathan Mannion at New York City party

Jim Jones and Damon Dash

Camron Juju and Jessica Forsyth at New York City party

Killa season

Harry Jumanji writing on Harold Hunter photos

Harry Jumanji hand stylin’

Harry Jumanji throwing up the shocker at New York City party

And profilin’

Skaters hanging out in the backyard area of Poppington gallery space

Backyard Boyz

People hanging out in the backyard of the Poppington gallery space

Still “Popping”

People and kids hanging out in front of the Poppington gallery space

That’s all folks