I like him,” he says of the Firefighter back the red fire I’ve got your six shirt but in fact I love this designer, “because he’s like slept on, he’s like kinda low-key, not a lot of people know about him. I like those types of brands that are like really cool but not blown up yet.” One of those is Gnarcotic, who made the skater’s triple-print camo pants; in a fit of boredom, he customized his own camouflage pants with paint markers. Trend chasers can watch Tanaka’s videos for the fashion alone. “Mixing textures and patterns in a haphazard way and not giving thought to it is what I do best,” he admits. Tanaka isn’t one of those people who won’t try something new until someone they think is cool does. Asked why he thinks that fashion so often co-opts skate style, Tanaka explains that he’s always felt that boarders catch on to things a little bit faster than everyone else. “I can’t speak for every skateboarder,” he adds, “but I think we’re always hungry for something new.” In Tanaka’s case, that discovery might be something old school, like logo-heavy Tommy gear, or a Goodwill find. His style is deeply personal, and every piece has a story. Tanaka is currently saving for a sewing machine and dreams of one day having his own company and creating cool one- or two-off pieces. “I just feel like having ideas sometimes,” he says. “That’s me like seeing things and being tired of seeing more than one person with the same thing. I’m not trying to wear what everybody else has. I want mine to be different, I don’t want it to be the same.” No worries there, GT. As an international cadre of fashion types turned out in Copenhagen for the city’s Fashion Week, their only competition where visibility was concerned was the sizable pack of skaters among them the likes of Alex Olson , in town to celebrate the launch of a new capsule by Eric Koston and the buzzy Danish label Soulland for Nike SB. For Soulland designer and skate fanatic Silas Adler, the opportunity to collaborate with his childhood hero was nothing short of a dream come true (the line’s launch earlier this week came on the heels of news that skateboarding will be added to the list of sports for the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan). Indeed, Koston is a bona fide icon of the sport by anyone’s estimation. And as a member of the Nike SB team since 2009, he’s released a string of influential shoe styles for the label the latest being the already sold-out Zoom Eric Koston QS and Hyperfeel Koston 3 QS.
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