‘Legends Never Die’: Dame Dash, Cam’ron & Larry Clark Celebrate Late Great Harold Hunter In NYC
On Tuesday (April 2) Poppington, Harold Hunter Foundation (HHF) and Only Popcorn threw a birthday bash for New York City’s late skateboarder, actor, comedian and downtown NYC legend Harold Hunter. Harold, who would have turned 40, effortlessly managed to achieve what so many have failed to obtain: the Holy Grail of NYC “coolness”
The setting for the birthday bash was a perfect fit. Damon Dash’s Poppington gallery, a funky art space located in the Lower East Side, saluted one of the areas that Hunter got his start. Celebs in attendance were from all walks of creative disciplines like hip-hop celeb photographer, Jonathan Mannion, film director Larry Clark of the NYC cult favorite Kids, along with many of Harold’s co-stars in the movie, including Jonny Abrahams and Rosario Dawson. Also in attendance were Damon Dash, Jim Jones, Smoke DZA, Jefferson Pang (first pro-skateboarder from NYC), art curator/ rapper Derrick B. Harden, rapper Black Dave, Billy Rohan of Samurai New York and Jessica Forsyth of HHF.
With light bites sponsored by Franco Vitella, beverages from Pabst Blue Ribbon and Fred water as well as sweets by Baked by Melissa, Harold’s family, close friends and comrades in the skateboarding community, all ate, drank and reminisced about his spirit and the impact he made on their lives.
The true highlight of the evening came when guests got the chance to view never before seen, unreleased documentary footage that showed the different sides of Harold, including a very comedic side and some of his sexual misadventures.
Harold’s 40th birthday celebration was summed up best by the champagne toast by NYC’s OG in street wear and culture Dave Ortiz (DQM), who shared some of Harold’s famous musings to a packed audience:
“Yo growing up in New York I didn’t know it was gonna be like this,” he said. “But being here in New York, it is like this.”
Check out flicks from the event above.
Formed in Harold’s memory in 2007, HHF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, grassroots, skateboard community-based organization that provides support, opportunity, and advocacy for skateboarders in NYC and beyond so they can reach their full potential as skateboarders and as people.