KENNY ANDERSON – KA3 BY CONVERSE


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ON A CLOUDLESS, NINE-DEGREE MORNING, I WENT TO A SKETCHY WAREHOUSE IN QUEENS TO TRY OUT KENNY ANDERSON’S NEW CONS PRO MODEL AND ASK HIM A FEW QUESTIONS.  DESPITE THE HEAT LAMPS AND BOTTOMLESS COFFEE, EVEN KENNY WAS FEELING THE FROST.  WE TALKED ABOUT THE SHOE, BRIAN LOTTI, BREAKDANCING, AND MORE!

All photos: 13thWitness

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MC: Hey!

K:What up?

How you liking New York?

I love it.

We’re indoors and it’s still pretty damn cold.

I know, I know.  I skated for however long and my toes are still frozen.  I was trying flip tricks, and I realized how important toes are.

Tell me about the KA3!

Like the first two shoes, the most important thing for me, right out the box, is that I hate breaking stuff in.  I skate shoes for so long, so I need to have them skate good right out of the box.  That and the aesthetics of them, and of course comfort.

Word, you’ve been going on a lot of trips, how does this shoe make that lifestyle easier?

Yeah, so, I only bring one pair of shoes [on a trip].  The longevity and durability are important because when you bring one shoe to skate–they’re getting skated.  [Before the KA3] I would always bring like one pair to skate in and a pair of Chucks or something.  While we were designing this it was something little that I was thinking about but at the same time it’s pretty important.  I want shit I can just wear all the time, for them to be just as comfortable after [skating].

Wait, you’re like mad good at breakdancing.

I used to be, yeah. (laughs)

What do you mean you used to be?

I could still do it, yeah.  I used to be in a crew when I was little, back in Vegas.  I was tiny, I was like 9 or 10.  My sister was a dancer in this crew and my brother was breaking and super into hip-hop.  That whole scene back then was being around family that danced and my brother and I got super into it.

What year was that?

Dude, that was like 85-86.  I was good.  Those were good years for breaking.  It was legit though, I was like the young dude.  It wasn’t like a little kid crew.  It was like a legit crew.  We went to all-age clubs in Vegas and battled.

Was Vegas chill to grow up in?

Yeah when I look back, it was like, you don’t know any different.  It was typical houses.  The strip is just one street that you just cross, you know.

Yeah when you’re a kid, or until you’re 21 I guess you can’t really go over to any of that vice anyway.

Yeah I mean, you can, but you just don’t.  We were raised in the desert so we’d go to the mountains and have all this crazy stupid desert fun.  And I started skateboarding when I was 10.

Is that long curved ledge in Vegas?

Yeah yeah, that’s one of my favorite spots actually.  It’s a park.  Not a skatepark but a public park.

Damn you’ve been skating it for probably…two decades at this point.

It wasn’t there when I was super young but like 90s, early 90s I think is when people started showing up there.

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Tell me about the Back 40.  Is that like your old guys fun club?

Marc and I started it with Chris Roberts.  Me, Chris, and Marc.  It came about as an outlet [for us] to have.  It’s an idea company.  We just wanna do what we want when we want…if there’s product or not.  We just wanna have a hub that’s its own little thing.  When we first started it could have been just a website.  But we decided to make some tees, then do some project-based stuff, some funny videos.  It’s cool because so far, from the kids to the older dudes, they’re getting it.  They laugh.  If you don’t get the super inside stuff, but you’re just laughing at it, you’ve had a positive experience.  You laugh and that’s what we’re about.

The name stems from the “back forty,” which was land that was promised to you back in the day.  Your 40 acres to do what you wanted on.

Very cool.  And the carefreeness kind of seeps through it.  Has being a pro skater jaded you to the fun aspect of skateboarding?

You can’t change me, I’m always gonna be me, I’m always gonna skate the rest of my life, I’m always gonna have fun.  I think Marc and I felt the same…I mean, we’ve got outlets everywhere, you know.  We’ve got Chocolate, Converse, but at the same time it’s not ours.  So that’s where it came from.  It’s not really the jaded aspect of it but it is [a need to feel like] we can do what we want, without anyone, or anything to go to.  We’re both grown men.  And at the same time, it’s just a fun outlet.

You’ve been on Chocolate for a while, and you were on Converse during it’s first skate stint in the 90s. You’ve kind of always had good relationships with your brands and stuck with them for the long haul.

That’s the thing about it.  I chose the brands for that reason.  That same freedom.  That’s how skateboarding should be.  We all started for that reason, that’s how it should stay.  It started as a fun thing to do, and now it’s a fun thing to do.

Can you tell me about your relationship with Brian Lotti?

That’s good, it all ties in.  I’ve known Lotti since I was 12 or 13.  His skateboarding is one thing, but I was more influenced by his mind and the thought process to get to the skateboarding.  He was doing all this stuff I’d never really seen before, it was so advanced, but when you talk to him and you see it in his eyes, and in his expression, you just want to get inside of his head.  There’s deeper meaning in his stuff but you can get it on a simpler level too.  So with the video for the KA3, and the Back Forty stuff, it ties in.  It’s just like if you get it, and you’ve had a positive experience, then it worked.  Lotti’s always been super influential to me.

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Big thanks to Kenny, Cons, and everyone who came out!

 

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