It’s impossible to overstate how important KCDC Skateshop is to the New York skate scene. Amy Gunther Ellington opened the first boutique in Williamsburg more than two decades ago at this point, and it’s been a staple ever since.
As one of the few female skate shop owners, Amy and her team have created a community that has always been inviting and diverse. We credit the KCDC as one of the institutions that have brought about real change that can be felt no matter what street spot or skate park you are in the city.
To celebrate the store’s 20th anniversary, they teamed up with Nike SB to create a Dunk and throw a Coney Island party to literally incorporate fun and games into their big day.
Since the Jenkem team has been closely tied to the shop for years, we have come all the way to congratulate everyone involved for a job well done and encourage them so they can continue for many more years.
KCDC has been stockpiling Dunks and dealing with pesky sneakerheads forever, so it’s about time they got their own.
Natalie Thomas (of Date A Sk8er fame), Kevin Tagge, Amy Gunther Ellington and Keith Denley all hang in front of the freshly marked window display.
We’re considering the Natalie OG Jenkem family because they were about to embarrass themselves for the sake of thousands of YouTube commenters in one of the first episodes of our dating show. She was a good sportswoman and she behaved very well, and she’s integrated incredibly well into the skate scene here ever since.
Some of you may only know Coney Island from pop culture references like the movie The Warriors or Ramones song lyrics, but it’s a real piece of American history. The fact that KCDC was able to reserve access to the rides, games, show and museum out of season was a bit of a shock. It’s basically unheard of, so hats off to them for pulling it off.
Every skate game worth having needs an overly complicated obstacle that only unsponsored psychopaths will navigate. This one was made even trickier by the wind blowing straight in from the ocean. Shout out to this foot planter for pulling off this trick that never looks as hard as it definitely was.
Leo used to come into the shop while our own Larry Lanza worked there and it was always a treat. Not only because Leo is as friendly as can be, but because he always had his little French bulldog by his side.
For two decades, KCDC has been stocking all kinds of shit made by people who pass by the store. Pants, magazines, boards, wax, T-shirts… you name it. If you’re down with KCDC and trying hard for your products, the shop will probably take a chance.
Here we see Marcus Waldron from Skate Jawn, Gregory Scott Simmons II and Pat Hoblin from Pat’s Pants. You can find Skate Jawn and Pat’s Pants at KCDC.
Former KCDC store clerk and extended family Andrew Hurley contributed to the evening’s soundtrack by destroying a set of vinyl records. It’s cliché to say, but DJing is a bit of a lost art, so seeing someone come out with physical records will always be a bit more impressive. People forget that before Serato you had to lug around boxes of records for the night. If people hated what you selected, you were screwed!
Davey Sayles is a former college football player turned amateur skater for Deathwish. It seems crazy to choose the skate life over a big NFL contract, but I guess hanging out with Jamie Foy and Pedro Delfino is better than being in a locker room with Antonio Brown or Aaron Rodgers.
Jessyka Bailey (right) is There Skateboards’ newest pro, and if you haven’t seen her latest part, you should check it out here. While you’re at it, you can also check out the parts we’ve posted so that we don’t just give Thr***er free traffic without also getting a little chunk from us.
Skater and filmer Abi Texeira also helped Hurley in the evening with DJ duties. You might remember her name from her Tasteful video, and if you missed it, watch some of it here.
If you’ve been to the KCDC in recent years, you’ve definitely met Corey. Not only does Corey help run Pansy, a New York-based self-help group, but they also help organize most of the KCDC events that take place in Brooklyn. Give Corey your cowboy hat the next time you see them for setting up a lot.
Several years ago, while Larry was working at the store on a Dunk release day, a guy in his 40s showed up trying to buy a pair and didn’t win the raffle. Larry had to explain that he couldn’t get a pair because he didn’t win. The guy offered $300, but Larry always refused. For the next eight hours, this man stood outside the store, smoked a full pack of cigarettes, and asked each customer leaving with a pair if they could buy them for $300. We still don’t know if anyone gave in.
Hearing the term “power couple” makes me cringe and think of some really shitty celebrities I don’t care about. However, it really is the perfect descriptor for Amy and Erik. The two are constantly working on insanely large projects piled on top of a million smaller passion projects. Somehow, despite the constant work, they have a super healthy family and life.
Since we’ve talked a lot about people who have contributed to the New York skate scene, we’ll throw in a few more for good measure. Here we have Steve Rodriguez, founder of 5Boro, and a big reason why there are so many amazing skate parks in New York, alongside Josh Stewart and Ally Atchison of Theories of Atlantis. Fun fact: Theories was the first company to distribute Palace and Polar in America. Besides helping put NYC on the global skate map for the last decade, they also still answer our annoying quote requests on countless different items, so we owe you!
Kudos to the rest of the KCDC team who we couldn’t get a photo of and who to celebrate with: Nate, Crossy, Eddie, free beers next time.