Sunday, May 20, 2018

Talking shop with ESPO

    Words and photos by Nathan Hutsenpiller

Hey there! Super delayed on getting you these questions, skateboarders right?  Ok here goes...Whats your best memory from growing in Philly?

Super delayed on getting you these answers, artists right?  It's funny to look back and remember kids playing in the street, like from 7 to 18 thats all we did.  I drove through my old neighborhood recently and everybody is inside.

Is it even worth it to get a Philly Cheesesteak  anywhere other than Philadelphia?

No, its barely even worth it there.  That said, if the person making the steak shows some love in the creation, and they have the right roll, its really easy to make an excellent cheese steak.

Now I'm hungry.  Who or what inspired you to start writing graffiti?

A desperate need for attention, and a lack of musical ability.

Were you ever chased by the cops?

The best chase I was ever in was because I drunkenly rolled a tire down a steep street late at night.  It just missed a police cruiser and they ran me all over my neighborhood.  It was the first time I was really drunk and the first time running from the cops, so there was a couple rookie mistakes on my part.  One was, don't zig zag down streets, its what people do in panic mode.  The second was don't stop and help a cop after he slips and rolls down a hill.  The cops bagged me but told me the error was my of my ways and let me go because I showed compassion.  I was maybe 16 at the time.  Those cops were in their 40's, thats never happening again haha.

Hilarious.  Fast forward a bit and these days you're reading reviews about your work in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, whats that like?

Great, unless I'm out of articles this month.

How/When did you first get involved with RVCA?

Pat just showed up one day in New York and took me out for a great meal and told me about a thousand and one things he was into.  He makes me want to make work that he is psyched about.  I'll do anything for him and its disappointing when he doesn't like anything I make for him, and this is coming from a guy that doesn't care what people think haha. 

Thats amazing.  What is your favorite project to date?

They are all good, but the Philly project was a new level and a homecoming all at once.  Very strange.

I'd love to hear from your point of view the similarities between graffiti writers and skateboarders.

Oh in Philly they are just opposite sides of the pillow!  The skaters are the cool side!  The commonalities are that we stay in the street all day and night and we see possibilities where people see problems.  I guess fame that doesn't get you fed applies to both groups after we retire.

If you could make up your own answer to what KCDC stands for, what would it be?

Kids Can Dads Cant 

YES! Any words of wisdom to all the up and coming artists reading this?

Live cheap and don't be a jerk.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

CODA in Japan Video Premiere and Art Show

CODA in Japan Video Premiere and Art Show
March 27th, 2018 @ KCDC Skateshop

Words and photos by Nathan Hutsenpiller 

CODA Skateboards has a kick ass new skate video and we were more than hyped to host the premiere for it last Friday night.  The video was about 25 min long and consisted of footage from their most recent trip to Japan.  Obviously the spots were crazy, its Japan, and the skating was just as good!  We wrangled the crew together and hung up some artwork by Dylan, Pat Smith, Phil Jackson, Matt Villaverde and Jason Smith for people to check out while they waited for the video to start.  Old Blue Last and Waiola Coconut Water were kind enough to provide refreshments for the night and I'd say the night couldn't have gone better!  Huge thanks to RVCA for the support in making this night happen and a very special thank you to everyone who came out to show their support!  Lastly we'd like to thank Pat Smith and CODA Skateboards for making an amazing video and for being the awesome dudes that they are!  Local business supporting local business, skateboarders supporting skateboarding, its a beautiful thing!  
Check out the photo recap below and feel free to stop by the shop anytime to see all the artwork which is still on display!

Friday, March 2, 2018

KCDC x RVCA Skate Night Recap


"A Match Made for Skating" 

Last month, on Valentines Day, we hosted our annual skate night, which doubled as our first annual skate night with RVCA at Rough Trade NYC, and if you didn't blew it!  Drinks, skateboards, live music, speed dating, ping pong tournament and a couple of security issues included all contributed to a very memorable night.  Our boy Brandon set the mood on the turn tables while everyone barged the mini ramp built by Pat Smith from Coda Skateboards.  Upstairs, Jenkem Mag held sign up's for Speed Dating while participants battled each other in a ping pong tournament.  Our friends from the band Slashers closed out the night with a heavy set that fueled the energy in the room, eventually leading to someone trying to drop in off the balcony.  Once he got kicked out of course someone else had to give it a go!  Security wasn't having it but all in all what else do you expect when theres a mini ramp in a room full of skateboarders?  Huge thanks to everyone who came out.  Also big thanks to RVCA, Jenkem Mag, NY Skateboarding, Slashers, Rough Trade NYC for helping make this happen!  We had a blast and we hope you did too!

Check the photo recap below provided by our friend and photographer Cornphoto

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