Harold Hunter was a multi-talented icon and legend of New York City. Born in 1974, he grew up in the East Village and quickly became a prominent figure in the NYC skate scene, traveling the world with his board sponsor Zoo York, appearing in TV shows, and starring in films such as the cult classic KIDS. Both natives to the city, Harold and Keith Hufnagel became friends in the 1980s, skating historic NYC spots such as the Brooklyn Banks, Washington Square, and Astor Place. Faced with the socio-economic challenges during his upbringing, Harold defied all odds and expectations by means of his skateboard, unparalleled personality, and absolute passion for life. Unfortunately, Harold met an untimely death in 2006.
Formed in Harold’s memory in 2007, the Harold Hunter Foundation (HHF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, grassroots, skateboard community-based organization that provides support, opportunity, and advocacy for skateboarders in NYC and beyond, so they can reach their full potential as skateboarders and as people.
This Fall 2015, HUF joins forces with HHF to produce a t-shirt and sock featuring iconic portraits of Harold shot by Ari Marcopoulos and Giovanni Reda, respectively, through which a portion of all proceeds will be donated to the foundation to benefit at-risk inner city youth.