Harold Hunter Day II
May 7, 2008
Like many perhaps, my first introduction to Harold Hunter was through Larry Clark’s controversial film Kids, in which he played a character by the same name. I got the impression that Hunter wasn’t really acting at all, that it was how he really lived his day-to-day life. This is what made him stick out; it didn’t matter if he was in a movie or skating with his boys, he was who he was. Then I gradually caught him in various skate films and came to view him as a powerful and talented skater, but more so as a funny, likable and rambunctious personality.
From what I’ve read, Hunter was well-known and well-liked throughout the city and across the world. It comes as no surprise then, that those who knew him best organized a day in his remembrance following his passing in February, 2006.
Saturday, May 17th will mark the second anniversary of Harold Hunter Day, established to honor the memory of the New York City legend. The event will include a skate jam and live music from 12-6PM at the Manhattan Bridge Skate Park followed by an after party at KCDC Skateshop in Williamsburg. I can’t think of a better way to honor a dude who seemed to epitomize the New York State of Mind.
Check out the official press release for the event HERE.