A few weeks ago, when a photo showed up online of a giant hand made from several colourful skateboard ply's pressed together and shaped intricately into a fist giving the middle finger, I knew that I had to know more. On Saturday night on a dark stretch of LA's warehouse district, I got that chance.
Turns out these pieces were part of a collobaration with HUF and DLX and Saturday, inside Hufnagle's warehouse lined with b&w hydrant-themed skate photos, Haroshi, the japanese artist behind the amazing art, gave his first public showing of the work.
The venue couldn't have been better and with Ray Barbee and Tommy Guerrero acting as the house band, shit was going off. Dylan Rieder and Torey Pudwill got buck ollieing the larger-than-life fire-hydrant sculpture. Andy Roy lurked around in the shadows and Chet Childress threw caution to the wind stomping around the grungy warehouse in bare feet. Oh, and who the fuck was in that crazy clown suit? Shit got interesting when Haroshi handed the Fender Telecaster sculpture to Barbee to plug in, tune and wail away on. Even Atiba couldn't resist getting in there an snapping a shot or two of this rare moment.
Big ups to Haroshi on his collabo with HUF and DLX. The limited editon tees and boards looked sick. If you get the chance to see this work in person, I suggest you take it.
Check out some photos from the night below.
Barbee tunes the art and then proceeded to rip the shit out of it solo-style
Guerrero slappin' da bass
El Capitain chills hard with Real's latest pro Ishod Wair
Don't look directly into his dreamy eyes or you might turn to stone.
Malto wonders how in the hell Dylan Rieder and Torey Pudwill were able to ollie this thing first try
Haroshi was actually banking on them hitting the expensive piece and adding some flavour, little did he know he chose the wrong dudes for that job.
The house band: Ray Barbee, Tommy Guerrero and Money Mark
Onward to the unofficial after party at "The One Eyed Gypsy", located just on the outskirts of skid row.
Those be some LA haircuts.