For their latest release Vans Syndicate collaborates with auteur, provocateur and skater Harmony Korine. Harmony gained fame as the teenage writer of the controversial HIV-era cult classic film Kids that was set among the burgeoning mid-’90s New York skate scene in which he was immersed at the time. Harmony continues to write, direct and produce a growing body of influential films, books and works of fine art. Harmony created the custom checkerboard print pattern and his artwork is featured in the footbeds on his Authentic Pro “S” and Slip-on Pro “S” styles in canvas and suede. Both styles are available in Store and online this Saturday. 21.03.15.
Tristan Modena from Vans raps with Harmony about his first board and who inspires him. (pinched from the Vans site)
I grew up skating with Harmony in Nashville, TN in the early ’90s. We went to the same high school; Hillsboro in Green Hills. I was a couple years younger than most of the dudes who were really skating back then. I guess they let me roll because they knew my older sister, and they were scared of her. I used to love to call Harm’s answering machine (pre-cell phone era) because there was always some funny shit on there. When he was a senior in high school (1992), he told us he was writing a story about a guy who only fucks virgins … we all laughed and thought it was cool. Soon after graduating from Hillsboro, he moved to NYC. Next thing I knew, Kids (1995) came out, and I was watching my boy make David Letterman uncomfortable on his own show. It was a classic. If you haven’t seen the movie or the footage, you should watch it. Not to mention one my personal favorites, Gummo (1997) which was filmed in Nashville and starred a bunch of the homies from back in the day. Harmony was one of the people in my life who introduced me to art. Whether taking us to see a Woody Allen movie like Shadows and Fog (1991), or a screening of My Own Private Idaho (1991), or going to watch KRS-1 speak at Vanderbilt University, he helped open my eyes to a different way of thinking and looking at the world. I was a young, impressionable mind soaking up everything around me. At that time, I was completely enthralled with with skateboarding and those who loved it, which hasn’t changed to this day.
You look good, you been working out?
Yeah, 15 hours a day.
Where are you from? Where do you live now?
I’m from Nashville. I still live in Nashville.
What are you currently working on?
I’ve been painting a bunch lately. I’m also finishing up a script now for the next movie.
When did you start skateboarding?
When I was 12. I bought a pink Nash Executioner.
When did you know you wanted to write movies?
I just wanted to make my own movies. I didn’t want to have to wait for anyone else. I wrote movies out of necessity.
What is the movie/project you are most proud of?
I can’t separate them. They’re all trill.
Who has had the most influence on you as a writer/artist?
This cripple dude I grew up with named Samson who used to sketch zoo animals with a crayon that was duct-taped to his big toe.
How/when did you first meet Gonz?
Washington Square Park in the early ’90s, skateboarding with a suitcase and cigar.
What is your favorite movie/s?
Who is your favorite artist/s?
Purvis Young. Tommy Wright III. Lord Infamous.
Who is your favorite actor/s?
Is there any significance to your daughter’s name?
Her name is Lefty cause she was born a righty.
What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment?
It’s all a miracle.
Who do you look up to?
Tell me about your relationship with Ol’ Dirty Bastard.
We used to hang out. He was amazing. I once saw him have a conversation with a telephone pole.
What’s the grimiest thing you’ve ever done?
Fondled a bum’s foot.