Skate Culture in HK and China / HKIT 5th Anniversary Silver Pendent

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我們剛整理好一篇文章關於中港兩地的滑板文化和HKIT店的5週年紀念品, 詳盡故事可以在以下找到.
We did a feature about the skate culture in HK and CHINA & HKIT 5th Anni., so check the full story after the jump!

特此鳴謝kit415, 泰仔的幫忙, murderfreak 為英文翻譯! 大家亦可以在10月1號出版的yoho雜誌找到!
Special Thanks kit415 & ThaiChai for the help and murderfreak help for translate!

www.hkitstore.com

兩地滑板文化之交流,HKIT 5週年純銀製吊墜

KIT415,香港滑板界其中一位資深滑板好手,曾活躍於滑板好手如雲的美國三藩市多年,深受其文化所影響,得到滑板界的傳奇店FTC等賞識和贊助,繼而回流香港推動滑板文化,並開設了自家的滑板店HKIT,引進了多個超有名的品牌如FTC, ZERO, ANTI-HERO, SANTA CRUZ等等,同時亦提攜了多位滑板好手。早幾天就收到他的來電說為了HKIT店的第5個年頭,而特製了一批925純銀製的吊墜,相約我去他的店子看看。

去了他的店子,終於看到那個吊墜的真身,有全銀色的和銀黑色的,型狀都是HKIT的圖案,除了吊墜外我也認為可以當作鎖扣,而由於全都是手製的,所以數量不多但絕對是誠意之作的,價錢亦不貴只售260元。此時我們的朋友泰仔亦到達,泰仔除了是香港的滑板好手外,亦同時成功登陸中國成為職業滑板選手,除了HKIT外,亦得到中國滑板品牌SYMBOLIC所贊助,已經是中國滑板界裡的明星!最近還在香港X-VENTURE花式比賽中得到第一名呢!

之後我們都在討論兩地的滑板文化:香港水平其實已在亞洲佔一席位,市場亦很成熟,可是大眾還不算很接受,也基於市場沒有中國的廣闊,不容易找到贊助甚至成為專業選手。而中國在很多公司投資下,大量滑板品牌相繼出現,由生產滑板以至衣服鞋子飾物等等,加上廣告宣傳,活動推廣,贊助滑板好手並協助成為專業級等,令到中國很多年輕人都加入了滑板界,而且中國地廣,有很多地方更適合試玩很多花式,更能訓練到更好的技巧,水平亦上升不少,也因為地廣,不會像香港般阻礙到大眾,從而令大眾更易接受滑板文化。

在服飾上,香港由十多年前超闊身的打扮以至今天回歸於七,八十年代的窄身造型,都是追貼潮流為主,當然亦有一些受到音樂混入滑板裡而擁有自我風格的人,也有一些受到偶像而穿相同風格的。而中國地大人廣,各種風格像很闊身到很窄身的大有人在,更有自己的風格,亦因此容納到很多種類的服飾,也令到品牌發展空間更大,更容易找到適合的贊助對象。基於這些原因,香港的滑板好手都漸漸進軍中國,像SYMBOLIC這個品牌就已經贊助了幾位香港好手,他們的登陸同時幫助和推動了中國的文化和水平,使中國滑板界有能力追近美國歐洲等擁有很多高質素選手的地方。

聊到這時,大家其實已技癢,於是就拿起自己的滑板出發,而泰仔的滑板上還貼滿了HKIT和SYMBOLIC的貼紙。玩了一會後都回到店裡,KIT415還拿了一個滑板袋出來,袋上除印了HKIT外還印了我愛滑板的英文!這個袋售價也很便宜只是50元而已!

如各位滑板愛好者去香港,HKIT絕對是要去逛逛的,如你沒有時間也可以到他的網站 www.hkitstore.com 看看吧,網裡有不少各地的滑板資訊和一些香港滑板好手的訪問!

HKIT – 香港九龍尖沙咀加連威老道55號2樓
www.hkitstore.com

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Skate Culture in HK and China / HKIT 5th Anniversary Silver Pendent

KIT415 is a Hong Kong pro-skater who was once active in the San Francisco skate scene and sponsored by the legendary FTC. After returning to Hong Kong to push the local skate culture, he had set up his own skate shop HKIT and bought in many top quality skate brands like FTC, ZERO, ANTI-HERO, SANTA CRUZ etc. During this time, he had also natured many local skate talents.

I was invited to HKIT the other day to check out the 925 Silver Pendent he had produced for HKIT 5th Anniversary. The pendent comes in limited quantities as it is all hand-made and available in Silver and Black/Silver with HKIT logo design. Apart from using it as a pendent, it can also be attached to your key ring. It’s priced reasonably at HK$260 so do check it out!

Our good friend Sitthiporn ThaiChai joined us at HKIT and we chatted about the skate scene in Hong Kong and China. Sitthiporn ThaiChai is a professional star-skater both in Hong Kong and China, sponsored by both HKIT and China’s Skate brand SYMBOLIC. He came in first at the recent Hong Kong X-VENTURE Freestyle competition.

The standard of Hong Kong skater had been recognized in the Asia and the market for skate brand is well received but yet as a Skater it is still not well accepted by the general public. Unlike China’s huge market where many companies having invested heavily in many new skate brand, it is still relatively hard to be sponsored as a pro-skater in Hong Kong. China had seen many new skate brands with full range products, supported by advertising and skate events. Skate talents are able to get sponsorship to go professional. An additional advantage is because due to its abundance land area, skaters are able to have a place of their own to practice their various styles and improve on their skills, without drawing the irks of the public by skating on the streets.

Hong Kong’s skate fashion had seen the baggy outfits returning to the more tight fitting 80s style. It is led by trend, even though there are some who are influenced by music with their unique personal style. On the contrary, China bigger population means a bigger variety in styles by individuals, thus giving the skate brands more space to develop. This makes it easier to find a suitable sponsorship, thus drawing many Hong Kong Skaters. Brands like SYMBOLIC already had a few Hong Skaters on their team who also helped to further push the standard of the China skate culture further, giving it the potential to catch up with Europe and the United States.

At this point, all of us actually felt the urge to skate and thus we took out our decks and get ready to hit the street. I noticed Sitthiporn ThaiChai’s deck is covered with HKIT and SYMBOLIC stickers and graphic. After our run and back in the shop, KIT45 showed us a deck cover with HKIT and I LOVE SKATE prints! It is only going for HK$50!

If you are a skate fans, do check out HKIT if u drop by Hong Kong! Alternatively, you can check out his website www.hkitstore.com for info on the international skate scene and Hong Kong skaters’ interviews!

HKIT-2/F, No.55 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
www.hkitstore.com

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