I like him,” he says of the You don_t need to be crazy to work at Dunkin_ Donuts they will train you shirt Apart from…,I will love this designer, “because he’s like slept on, he’s like kinda low-key, not a lot of people know about him. I like those types of brands that are like really cool but not blown up yet.” One of those is Gnarcotic, who made the skater’s triple-print camo pants; in a fit of boredom, he customized his own camouflage pants with paint markers. Trend chasers can watch Tanaka’s videos for the fashion alone. “Mixing textures and patterns in a haphazard way and not giving thought to it is what I do best,” he admits. Tanaka isn’t one of those people who won’t try something new until someone they think is cool does. Asked why he thinks that fashion so often co-opts skate style, Tanaka explains that he’s always felt that boarders catch on to things a little bit faster than everyone else. “I can’t speak for every skateboarder,” he adds, “but I think we’re always hungry for something new.” In Tanaka’s case, that discovery might be something old school, like logo-heavy Tommy gear, or a Goodwill find. His style is deeply personal, and every piece has a story. Tanaka is currently saving for a sewing machine and dreams of one day having his own company and creating cool one- or two-off pieces. “I just feel like having ideas sometimes,” he says. “That’s me like seeing things and being tired of seeing more than one person with the same thing. I’m not trying to wear what everybody else has. I want mine to be different, I don’t want it to be the same.” No worries there, GT. As an international cadre of fashion types turned out in Copenhagen for the city’s Fashion Week, their only competition where visibility was concerned was the sizable pack of skaters among them the likes of Alex Olson , in town to celebrate the launch of a new capsule by Eric Koston and the buzzy Danish label Soulland for Nike SB. For Soulland designer and skate fanatic Silas Adler, the opportunity to collaborate with his childhood hero was nothing short of a dream come true (the line’s launch earlier this week came on the heels of news that skateboarding will be added to the list of sports for the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan). Indeed, Koston is a bona fide icon of the sport by anyone’s estimation. And as a member of the Nike SB team since 2009, he’s released a string of influential shoe styles for the label the latest being the already sold-out Zoom Eric Koston QS and Hyperfeel Koston 3 QS.
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In the You don_t need to be crazy to work at Dunkin_ Donuts they will train you shirt Apart from…,I will love this relatively staid world of skate shoes, the Hyperfeel, with its socklike silhouette and ultramodern look, may test the sartorial comfort zones of many a skater, something Koston himself acknowledges. But despite the oftentimes fraught relationship between skating and fashion (designer Adler noted that he “didn’t want to do something [with the collection] that wasn’t true to skate culture”), Koston joked that the two communities might be more essentially enmeshed than the former would care to admit: “Even the skateboarder who portrays this image of not caring about how he looks in a way that’s him caring about how he looks!” He recalls a few of the greats he revered in the same way Adler admired him: “The pros I looked up to they were fewer pros [then], and they all had a different style or persona. Some were artsy and weird, this guy’s a rock star, this guy’s super dark and emo. But that defined those guys really well. You could always see what kid [was] a fan of what pro; that guy’s into Mark Gonzales, that guy’s into Christian Hosoi, with all the fancy flair.” Those fans hoping to tap into the Koston and Soulland look will have to act quickly, though it’s already well on its way to being completely sold out. The International Olympic Committee and Japan announced today that they have agreed to postpone this summer’s Tokyo Games. Safety comes first in the COVID-19 pandemic; if anything, the decision felt belated. Still, hearts broke around the world at the news. But not because the Games would’ve been a welcome distraction come late July, a date when all of us are hoping the worst of the coronavirus crisis is over, or at least well on the wave. It’s the years of effort put in by the athletes and the dreams dashed that’s so devastating. In particular I’m sad for the women skateboarders who would’ve had their first chance to compete for Olympic gold. The sport was to have made its debut in Tokyo, and my 11-year-old shredder and I were looking forward to watching the competition. Since the Olympics are postponed until next year and since we can’t make it down to the Lower East Side skate park where he practices his backside 180s off five-foot ledges (his words not mine) with the current stay-at-home rules, we’ve been revisiting this Vogue photo shoot from 2018, which starred the Olympic hopefuls Leo Baker, Jenn Soto, Alexis Sablone, and Mariah Duran, among others.