Skating and Hip-Hop culture have just about become synonymous in today’s era of street culture. It’s almost a given that some of today’s top skateboarders are bumpin Hip-Hop in their headphones while they are grinding it out on the streets, flipping tricks.
Even some of today’s top rappers are rocking skate gear and trying their hand at skating. SpaceGhostPurp and the Raider Klan are down with skating, so are Odd Future and the A$AP Mob.
What is it about the cultures that are so similar? Maybe Hip-Hop motivates these guys to get up after falling down, or maybe the music hypes them up to go bigger. Either way, the cultures have collided, and what you have next is the collision captured in the video below.
Edited as an ode to the Snoop “Gin and Juice” video from the mid-’90s. Supra hooks it up and showcases the SUPRA Pro + Am Collection.
Featuring four signature pro model shoes, redesigned by four different ams, the first installment in the Pro + Am Collection is a Terry Kennedy signature Stacks with a Kevin Romar designed colorway.
The TK + Romar Stacks features a unique, black, nappy suede upper with burgundy accents, burgundy mesh lining, a PRO + AM sock liner and hang tag, all on a burgundy cup sole with white sidewalls.
“The colorway is dope,” Kennedy said about the shoe. “I like the suede, it’s kind of like a brush, like an Afro almost. When I looked at it, that was the first thing that came to my mind: looks like an Afro. I’ve never seen that material before. It’s super interesting.”
“I got inspired by my hair: it’s nappy black,” Romar said about the unique suede—now known as nappy suede—he selected for his shoe. “And I had to throw burgundy on there, that’s one of my favorite colors. It’s pretty much just burgundy and nappy, two things that go good together.”
Giving Romar a colorway on a Terry Kennedy Stacks was an obvious pairing since the two hail from Long Beach and have had a long-standing relationship since before becoming SUPRA teammates.
“I’ve known Kevin since he was young,” Kennedy said. “He used to be up there at El Dorado [Long Beach skatepark] all the time just ripping. Always cool, always quiet, always polite.”
“We’ve been homies ever since,” Romar said. “And of course it’s his shoe—I like to skate in his shoe—so I just had to throw him in the commercial. Kind of a no-brainer.”
The TK + Romar Stacks is now available at skate retailers worldwide, and suprafootwear.com.
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