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Kevin Ivory White


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 2013 Recap

We started off the year with our Valentine’s Day release. At the time I wanted to design some non-cornball shit that was against (in my opinion) possibly the worst holiday to ever go commercial. The drop included 3 different t-shirts and a snapback.

The first design was a Kim Casali tribute called “Love Is…”

The second design was something I’ve had in mind for a long time and perfect for Valentine’s Day. I searched all over L.A. to find the right oxeye daisies, checked my little brother & sister out of school early, then took some pictures of them playing the game “She (or He) loves me, she loves me not.”

The snapback was designed from the absence of LOVE…

Our good friend Cole Moss released his “Why Unicorn Drinks” book.

We made new stickers and some new lookbooks for our field trip to Vegas for MAGIC.
Guerilla marketing at it’s finest!

My childhood friend Gilbert Trejo jumped back on the scene and I was privileged enough to put together a TDRT (The Dead Reagan Tour) x CBG (Chill Black Guys) show. It was the first time Gilbert’s band TDRT played a show in over 5 years, and the first time CBG ever played with a live punk band. The night was definitely one to remember!

FRANK151 reached out to us for an interview and posted the article on their website!
Click HERE to read it.

In May we released our second collaboration with Crap Eyewear. This time around we got to design 2 different styles. Our “T.V. Eye” style frames are possibly my favorite thing that I have ever designed.

Our brother “Black Daniel” was finally released from jail. In my best attempt to keep him out of jail, I decided to take a skate trip up North to Santa Cruz, Sacramento, Oakland, and San Francisco. He had the time of his life during the trip but my #KeepBlackDanielOuttaJail campaign didn’t work for as long as I wanted. He was arrested once again shortly after we returned to L.A.

We held Warm Brew’s listening party for their album “The Ride” at Venice Orignals.

A girl named Autumn in St. Louis got a Those Folks tattoo on her foot!

We purchased 2 VHS video cameras to start filming a new Those Folks video, and just like every year, we enjoyed every day of the Summer!

My cousin “Juice” started making Those Folks jewelry, it will be available soon.

We signed up in a basketball league for the first time, and definitely not the last.

I took my first ever family trip to Kern River. I had never been camping before, it was the best time I had all year.

We held our very first skate contest at the skatepark in Venice. We filmed the contest with our VHS cameras but we’re saving the footage for the new Those Folks video that will be out next year.

Our boy Miles Silvas from Sacramento got the cover of Transworld Magazine!

Mikey Alfred from Illegal Civilization put together his first art show featuring work from Nakel Smith, Lego, Cedric Grandberry, Myself, as well as his own.

I finally met Bobby Hundreds so we could talk about things that happened in the past and left a sour relationship between The Hundreds and Those Folks. I’m glad we cleared everything up and now there might be a TH x TF collaboration coming soon…

For the second year in a row, Those Folks fed the homeless in Venice for Thanksgiving. We served over 200 plates of food and handed out socks & beanies as well. It’s always good to give back and although the government is trying to make it illegal, I hope we can keep this tradition going.