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Those Folks 2016 Recap

WE STARTED OFF THE YEAR WITH A TRIP TO NEW ORLEANS DURING MARDI GRAS.

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THOSE FOLKS SNAP COMPILATION FROM NEW ORLEANS

WE CAME BACK FROM NEW ORLEANS JUST IN TIME FOR THE 2ND ILLEGAL CIV ART SHOW.

RICHARD SHOWCASED A FEW PAINTINGS ALONG WITH SOME BLACK & WHITE PHOTOS.

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WE TOOK A TRIP TO S.F. FOR THE “WHERE WE DWELL” PHOTO SHOW

RICHARD SHOWED SOME BLACK & WHITE PHOTOS ALL SHOT IN VENICE.

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EASTER IS BEST SPENT IN SAN FRANCISCO.

THE ANNUAL BIG WHEEL RACE WAS ONE OF THE BEST EXPERIENCES EVER.

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WE SAID GOODBYE TO ONE OF THE GREATEST BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF ALL-TIME.

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BLAKE TURNED PRO FOR SANTA CRUZ SKATEBOARDS!!!

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WE RELEASED SOME THOSE FOLKS CAR EMBLEMS MADE BY A-TO-Z METALS.

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THOSE FOLKS SUMMER ’16 RELEASE

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FOLK WORLD VIDEO DIRECTED BY RICHARD & SKYLER

THOSE FOLKS SUMMER ’16 RELEASE @ GENERAL ADMISSION IN VENICE.

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THOSE FOLKS SUMMER ’16 VIDEO BY SKYLER DAHAN

WE GAVE THOSE FOLKS SHOT GLASSES TO EVERYONE WHO CAME TO THE RELEASE PARTY.

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GILBERT GOT MARRIED!!!

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WE TOOK A TRIP TO CHICAGO, CELEBRATED RICHARD’S BIRTHDAY, AND WITNESSED THE CUBS RUN TO THE WORLD SERIES.

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THOSE FOLKS REACHED GERMANY, AMSTERDAM, JAPAN, AND ICELAND!!!

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RELEASED A 500 PIECE THOSE FOLKS PUZZLE FOR THE HOLIDAYS.

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WE ENDED 2016 WITH OUR 5TH CONSECUTIVE “FOLKSGIVING” OUTREACH IN VENICE.

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BEST WISHES TO EVERYONE IN 2017 – THANKS FOR ALL THE SUPPORT!

Kevin Ivory White

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Interview by Richard Massie

Age:  22

Ethnicity:  African-American. Do you put Creole if you just black? I guess put Creole in quotations…

Date of birth:  September 27th 1993

Where were you born?  Centinela Hospital in Inglewood, Ca.

Where’s home?  Home is in the heart.

What do you do for a living?  I guess I’m a skateboarder and a model. I be out here, just living trying to find my place & purpose.

Did you graduate high school? Yeah, I graduated from Verbum Dei High School. It means “The Word of God” in Latin. It’s a Catholic school.

How long have you been skateboarding?  I picked up a skateboard when I was 5 years old, so about 17 years.

Who are you sponsored by?  Illegal Civilization, HUF Footwear, CRAP Eyewear, Ricta, and Hardies Hardware.. That’s it I think.

How did you start skateboarding?  I would go to my dad’s house and see the X-Games on ESPN. That was in like 98 or 99. My cousins used to skate too so I would use their board. I got my first skateboard on like my 6th birthday.

Who’s your favorite skater? Keenan Milton is my all-time favorite.

What’s your favorite video part? Brandon Biebel & Brian Wenning in Subtleties, that and Koston’s and Rodrigo’s part in Menikmati

What’s your go-to trick?  Switch flips & switch heels

Who’s your favorite people to skate with?  My mothafuckin homies! Lil Kevin, Nak, Mikey Alfred, Mike P, Black Mike, Richard, Blake, Joe Face, Tyshawn, Sage, Jared Cleland, Olan, Jimi Britches, Haden, and Krunch.

Where’s your favorite place to skate?  Venice Skatepark

Trick you wish you could do?  Switch backlips

What’s your favorite flower?  I like sunflowers

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?  Give McKenna a kiss.

What did you have for breakfast today?  I rolled up

What’s something you do every single day?  Think about my mother.

What’s the last good advice someone gave you?  All this money shit doesn’t matter. We shouldn’t let something like money control us.

Worst trend from 2015?  People skating to music they don’t actually listen to.. That and niggas pretending to be fake gays, that shit is the worst.

Who inspires you the most?  My mother. She always went out and got things for herself, by all means. She was perfectly imperfect.

Are you religious?  I believe in God strongly. I say my prayers. I grew up in Catholic school but I’m not religious. You don’t need to be religious to have a personal relationship with God.

If you could have any job in the world what would it be?  National Geographic Cinematographer

If you could be anyone for one day, who would you be?  Farrakhan during his last speech.

What’s your favorite place that you’ve been to?  I wanna say Austin, Texas. I had a fuckin’ blast in Austin. I spent time alone and learned to trust myself. I’ma be straight.

What’s your favorite cartoon? Archer

What’s your go-to choice at the ice cream truck?  Strawberry Shortcake

Who’s your favorite Ninja Turtle? Michelangelo

What’s your favorite cereal? Cinnamon Toast Crunch – I don’t fuck with milk tho.

More peanut butter or more jelly?  I don’t fuck with none of that shit.

What’s favorite song right now? “Bring Me Drank” by Key!

What’s your favorite memory as a child?  All the great times I spent with my mom. Every experience that taught me to be a better person.

How old were you when you lost your virginity?  I had a weird camp experience where I put it in, but it didn’t count.. (Laughs) so I guess I’ll say like 16 or 17.

Any last words?  Do what the fuck you wanna do. Don’t be discouraged if anyone has something negative to say. Everything that happens is meant to be so don’t fold under pressure – fight through it and you’ll become a diamond.

Those Folks 2014 Recap

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We started off 2014 in San Francisco for some time to reflect and celebrate on the successes that came from the previous year. The short trip was followed up with new “scratch-n-sniff” stickers and a field trip to Las Vegas for AGENDA

Guerilla marketing at it’s finest!

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Our brother Blake Johnson received his first coverage in a skate magazine with his “Question Mark” article for The Skateboard Mag – then he followed up with his first ad for Santa Cruz Skateboards and dropped a video part welcoming him to the team.

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The (Those Folks) interviews I did this year were my favorite! Thank you Danny Trejo, Rick Klotz, Mikey Alfred, and Kevin Bradley - click their names to read each interview.

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We (Those Folks) found a home for our production over at Mixed Media! Thank you Bobby, Ben, Jon, and Nick a.k.a “Old Man” you guys are the best.

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Alina and Scali from The Hundreds took a trip to Venice in March to spend the day with us and interview me about Those Folks for their blog – click HERE to read it.

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Before the interview and before any type of communication with The Hundreds, we received an email from them stating their interest in carrying Those Folks in their stores; I was in awe to say the least. I’ve always believed if you worked hard and smart enough, the right things will happen at the right time.

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We then released our Spring line which would be picked up by The Hundreds and available at their Santa Monica, San Francisco, and New York stores.

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We took another trip to S.F. to celebrate the release of our Spring line and Those Folks being carried at THSF!

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During this time The Hundreds asked if I would like to be a contributor on their website and I accepted the opportunity.

Click HERE to read my first post about our trip to San Francisco and how I felt about Those Folks being sold in stores.

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Juice Magazine reached out to us back in January offering ad space in their upcoming 20th anniversary issue – I couldn’t believe it. The magazine was published in June and having our very own Those Folks ad was a dream come true! It was without a doubt one of my proudest accomplishments so I decided to write about it on my column for The Hundreds blog.

Click HERE to read it.

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Chris Brown was spotted wearing Those Folks on Melrose outside of Brooklyn Projects.

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The most surprising thing that happened in 2014 was AGENDA reaching out to us which then led to us having our very own booth at the Long Beach convention. After attending the tradeshow for years by sneaking in and/or trading off passes, it was a huge accomplishment to showcase our brand for the first time.

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I met a good friend by the name of Quentin Curtat through my buddy Skyler Dahan who both helped me bring my “Honey, I Shrunk The Folks” idea to life. This is by far my favorite photo shoot that we’ve done for Those Folks.

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We released our Summer line exclusively at Conveyor in Fred Segal and enjoyed the summertime as we always do!

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We won 1st place in the All-City Athletics Basketball League!

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Illegal Civilization was given it’s own radio show on Dash Radio! Much thanks to DJ Skee, Karlie, and Mikey for letting me be apart of it.

Download the Dash Radio App and tune into the Odd Future Station every Wednesday at 5pm! (PST)

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We held our 3rd consecutive homeless outreach in Venice – serving over 200 plates of food.

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BEST WISHES TO EVERYONE IN 2015 – THANKS FOR ALL THE SUPPORT!