PHASE 2, ICONIC URBAN ART PIONEER COLLABORATES WITH HAROLD HUNTER FOUNDATION ON LIMITED-EDITION SKATEBOARD DECK
Proceeds from collector’s deck will benefit youth-focused non-profit Harold Hunter Foundation
“When we were kids we used to make skateboards with roller skates and 2x4s and ride on them around the block. As an art piece I like the surface and the shape of the pro boards. In light of those things and my having a major appreciation and respect for the culture as a whole, it's been like common ground to me.
I guess that it was only natural that I ended up getting with Zoo York in its hey day in the 90's to create some products for them from time to time. Thus over the years from doing other custom designs on boards I took to infusing my collages on them.
In respect to Harold who I knew through Zoo York, I have been creating homage art in his honor since his passing... so it's super befitting to get this particular effort out to the masses not only as a homage to him, but keeping his legacy alive as one of those super special and inspirational skaters in his time for all time, one who any youth that aspires to be "That next one “ - should be aware of.” - P.H.A.S.E2
The Harold Hunter Foundation is proud to announce it has teamed up with iconic urban art pioneer PHASE 2 on an exclusive artist series skateboard deck that will be available in limited quantities at select retailers and galleries.
Only 100 decks are available, all signed and numbered by PHASE 2. Manufactured by New York’s Chapman Skateboards. The limited-edition collaborative decks are a philanthropic effort with 40% of proceeds donated to the foundation.
Coinciding with the release, PHASE 2’s original hand-cut work-of-art that the deck graphics are based on is also available for purchase exclusively at ACA Galleries 1932 located at 529 West 20th Street in Manhattan.
“We’re excited to be working with PHASE 2 on this project because he’s one of New York’s original style writers whose work helped shape a creative movement that’s inspired generations of artists around the world for the past forty years,” says Jessica Forsyth, Harold Hunter Foundation Co-Founder and Executive Director.
As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Harold Hunter Foundation relies on financial support from the skate community and related outlets to achieve its mission of using skateboarding as a vehicle to provide underserved youth with valuable life experiences that nurture individual creativity, resourcefulness and the development of life skills. Charitable partnerships like PHASE 2 are vital to the long-term success of the foundation.
Please visit www.haroldhunter.org. for the latest HHF news and events and follow @haroldhunterfoundation on Instagram.
ABOUT HAROLD HUNTER FOUNDATION: Established in 2007 in memory of legendary skateboarder Harold Hunter, the Harold Hunter Foundation (HHF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, community-based organization headquartered in New York City. By leveraging the many positive aspects of skateboarding, HHF provides a network of support, opportunity and advocacy for underserved NYC youth so they can reach their full potential as skateboarders and young adults. Cornerstone programs include Harold Hunter Day, Skate Camp Scholarships, Digital Media Training, and the Legacy Program.
ABOUT PHASE 2: Born and raised in the Bronx, PHASE 2 is a first-generation New York City style writer and a founding father/primary instigator of the basic and wildest typography styles in the subway art movement of the ‘70s and ‘80s. Many of the initial components he introduced to the culture have become staples in its format worldwide. His signature “party fliers” played an important role in the spread of hip-hop culture throughout NYC and beyond, and he is among the very first aerosol artists to exhibit in galleries spanning the globe. He also played an integral role in the early days of break dancing and was instrumental in the formation of one of the most prolific B-boy crews ever assembled, which he named The New York City Breakers. From hip- hop fashion to iconic logos, PHASE 2’s global impact remains a guiding light for new generations of artists. Today, he continues on an unconventional, socially conscious path using creativity as his vehicle.
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