Q&A: Kareem Campbell
Everything is great, the new site
Yep, that's the 'hood Tom Penny right there. You can print that I said that [laughs]. Game anywhere you put him; Pott equals tricks going down, and smooth style. You saw him bang it out at Wallenberg. He held it down at the Maloof Cup, too, just slidin' into the mix.
Yeah I heard about that [laughs]. That's how you know you're from the streets, you gotta work twice as hard to get the same thing
Yeah, I know all about those rumors, but we can't talk about that just yet. You'll just have to wait and see on the that one [laughs].
Ahh, Aquil. He came from Zoo and I'm not sure which is more crazy, his skating or his mouth [laughs]. He's like me when I was younger, just skating and being reckless.
That's the truth, I remember you telling me he acted crazy, but he got the hardflip backlip in three tries.
The new pros are Andrew Pott, Aquil Braithwaite, and myself. The new ams are Ke'chaud Johnson, Ryan Strader, Josh Love who are from Texas and Tulio De Oliveira, representing for Brazil. Each of them has the quality that we looked for within the last City Stars Crew. We wanted kids who were just going to be 100 percent skateboarding everyday, and that's what we have again.
Yep, you know how we do, industry takeover! We just put up Ke'Chaud's footage and his press release and that kid is a beast. He can skate anything and just has no fear. He rolled into L.A. a few weeks ago and won the hometown heroes contest at the X-Games, too. Ryan Strader is like the Texas Marc Johnson, just on some next level sh-t. He's getting his part done right now and it's serious. Then there is Josh Love, the newest am, he reminds me a little of Tosh Townsend, not so much in tricks selection, but because he's such a natural -- that's the way Josh is. But he's tech, too, so he feels like an updated version. Just straight skate ability and he just shines every time we go out the way it used to be when we would go out with Gino [Iannucci] in the old days. Last, but not least we have Tulio, and he just proves once more that the Brazilians straight kill it. He's been putting it down; there, here, and all over the globe for us, he actually just got back from Japan the other day. Those are all the new ams, but then we have the terror-squad, and those are cats we are grooming as our next ams when they are ready. Florida is about to represent on the terror squad pretty well soon too.
Exactly. Kids send me your best footage, but remember I said your BEST footage. No slow-mo switch crooked grinds on benches. You need to send me the footage that shows you're ready to be a City-Star.
Exactly, they're all like that. Killin' the streets, skate contests?it doesn't matter. I'm telling you it's the same as last time, City Stars raises top ams who become the best pros in the industry. I'm also going to let everyone know that I see you tryin' to go after my ams 'cause they tell me all the time. We have a family over here though, so I'm not tripping.
Damn, where you getting all the dirt from [laughs]? Yeah, I'm getting a new spot here in L.A., so it will be easier for me with meetings and staying connected with the industry. I always love L.A. and it's good to be here and have a steady base of operations. It also helps because the squad can always come back and forth to L.A. and have a place, too. We also have the place in N.Y., it just makes business flow easier. Then your east coast accounts know you have their back and are available, and the same for the West Coast and Midwest.
No, I know what needs to get done and I have a good team under me. Right now we have Push Distribution, which distributes City Stars and we have Hype! Skateboards under our roof, as well. I'll was at ASR with the boys, so everyone who wants to know what's up can come by and see me.
Well, you know how it goes, we know 'Reem knows how to have a good time!
[Laughs] You do know everything going on huh?
Ok, well I'll answer all that but you sure you got enough space for all this [laughs].
We are working out our tour schedule right now, so if people want to get on the tour they can just hit me up at the show. Japan really wants us to come through?we're working on that and Spain, and we have been doing little domestic tours in the Midwest lately. Just going on missions and doing surprise appearances at contests, etcetera. We are going to do a big domestic tour in a minute too. My main thing is to be available to the shops to let them know City Stars is down for them and what's gonna stoke out their kids. None of us are far from where we started, and I want the company to reflect that, we are all just skateboarders, man.
This is just the new version with the same strength as before. Trust me the future is lookin' bright.
Originally, I had done some designs for Jeremy Wray's company Dukes and I got a call from Steve [Rocco] when I was in Japan on tour. It was totally out of the blue and I didn't expect it. He said, "Kareem those designs you did came out real nice, but Rodney and I want to talk to talk to you about something." I wasn't sure if I was in trouble or not. I kept asking him what it was about, but he wouldn't tell me. It definitely made me think about whether or not I had done anything wrong in the past weeks, which of course I had [laughs].