Available exclusively at select independent skateboard retailers, Vans Syndicate celebrates the diverse heritage of ideas, attitudes and influences that make up skateboarding’s unique lifestyle. Spring 2015 features contributions from Harmony Korine and Vans Team rider Jason Dill.
Tristan Modena from Vans raps with Harmony Korine about his first board and who inspires him.
I grew up skating with Harmony in Nashville, TN in the early ’90s. We went to the same high school; Hillsboro in Green Hills. I was a
couple years younger than most of the dudes who were really skating back then. I guess they let me roll because they knew my older
sister, and they were scared of her. I used to love to call Harm’s answering machine (pre-cell phone era) because there was always some
funny shit on there. When he was a senior in high school (1992), he told us he was writing a story about a guy who only fucks virgins …
we all laughed and thought it was cool. Soon after graduating from Hillsboro, he moved to NYC. Next thing I knew, Kids (1995) came
out, and I was watching my boy make David Letterman uncomfortable on his own show. It was a classic. If you haven’t seen the movie
or the footage, you should watch it. Not to mention one my personal favorites, Gummo (1997) which was filmed in Nashville and starred
a bunch of the homies from back in the day.
Harmony was one of the people in my life who introduced me to art. Whether taking us to see a Woody Allen movie like Shadows and
Fog (1991), or a screening of My Own Private Idaho (1991), or going to watch KRS-1 speak at Vanderbilt University, he helped open my
eyes to a different way of thinking and looking at the world. I was a young, impressionable mind soaking up everything around me. At
that time, I was completely enthralled with skateboarding and those who loved it, which hasn’t changed to this day.
by Harmony Korine
You look good, you been working out?
Yeah, 15 hours a day.
Where are you from? Where do you live now?
I’m from Nashville. I still live in Nashville.
What are you currently working on?
I’ve been painting a bunch lately. I’m also finishing up a script now for the next movie.
When did you start skateboarding?
When I was 12. I bought a pink Nash Executioner.
When did you know you wanted to write movies?
I just wanted to make my own movies. I didn’t want to have to wait for anyone else. I wrote movies out of necessity.
What is the movie/project you are most proud of?
I can’t separate them. They’re all trill.
Who has had the most influence on you as a writer/artist?
This cripple dude I grew up with named Samson who used to sketch zoo animals with a crayon that was duct-taped to his big toe.
How/when did you first meet Gonz?
Washington Square Park in the early ’90s, skateboarding with a suitcase and cigar.
by Harmony Korine
What is your favorite movie/s?
Who is your favorite artist/s?
Purvis Young. Tommy Wright III. Lord Infamous.
Who is your favorite actor/s?
Is there any significance to your daughter’s name?
Her name is Lefty cause she was born a righty.
What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment?
It’s all a miracle.
Who do you look up to?
Tell me about your relationship with Ol’ Dirty Bastard.
We used to hang out. He was amazing. I once saw him have a conversation with a telephone pole.
What’s the grimiest thing you’ve ever done?
Fondled a bum’s foot.
This season Vans Syndicate collaborates with auteur, provocateur and
skater Harmony Korine. Harmony gained fame as the teenage writer
of the controversial HIV-era cult classic film Kids that was set among the
burgeoning mid-’90s New York skate scene in which he was immersed at
the time. Harmony continues to write, direct and produce a growing body of
influential films, books and works of fine art. Harmony created the custom
checkerboard print pattern and his artwork is featured in the footbeds on his
Authentic Pro “S” and Slip-on Pro “S” styles in canvas and suede.
STYLE: SLIP-ON PRO “S” MATERIALS: SUEDE/PRINTED CANVAS COLOR: (HARMONY KORINE) WHITE
STYLE: AUTHENTIC PRO “S” MATERIALS: SUEDE/PRINTED CANVAS COLOR: (HARMONY KORINE) WHITE
Vans pro Jason Dill returns to Syndicate this season with an OG Authentic “S” featuring Dill’s own original doodles and pen drawings on the natural canvas Vans classic style, featuring custom, full color Dill photo tongue prints.