QUIM CARDONA(ENGLISH)

quim_cardonaAn east coast legend and Organika pro, Quim Cardona just had the last part in Josh Stewart’s new work Static IV. Let’s check out his parts from the past along with a mellow interview.

[JAPANESE / ENGLISH]

Interview by VHSMAG Photo courtesy of Organika
 

VHSMAG (V): Where are you from originally and where do you currently base yourself?

Quim Cardona (Q): I’m originally from P-funk “Plainfield”, New Jersey where my skating grew up on the east coast. We spent time in New York City. My mom’s side of the family grew up New York uptown, 123rd and Amsterdam, where I would visit my grandma and grandpa. I currently base myself in Jersey City, Hoboken, NYC, Philly, and reside in an area that’s up and coming, City of Bayonne. There’s a shop called Classic Skateshop and The Bridge Skatepark. It’s somewhere to go.

V: What do you think formed you as a skater today?

Q: Skating is formless. It has no real form when it is free. Everything is a blessing. My dad bought my first board. And my mom dropped us off at the Brooklyn Banks when we were 8 years old. I have to thank my family. Rest in peace to my brother Mike and my dad… in memory of them.

V: How was skating in the east coast back in the day?

Q: We grew up during the golden era of skating and hip hop in New York City. In the early ’90s skating wasn’t as cool as it is now. Coming from New Jersey we had to step our game up and prove who we were. Skaters in general weren’t the friendliest. As long as you skated and didn’t sit down at the spot we got props…
East coast rep for Organika Skateboards and the KAYO corp. Organika team rider since 2002. This year I’m grinding to give myself raise.
Skating in the ’90s was the best of times. The memories are forever. We’ll be skating one day and look back and see what we did. The young skaters today are the skaters of tomorrow. It’s been a great experience to innovate new ideas today and carry the past of 20 years experience of skating in New York City. Pushing a line of sushi wheels, merging a team of sushi chefs to chop up and roll a video part soon. Having fun making our family proud! It’s a skate family!!


Quim’s part from Real’s Non Fiction (’97), filmed in SF, NY, etc.

V: How’s your typically day like for you now?

Q: Wake up, balance the day with breakfast . Make a few calls and check emails, take the dog out for a tow ride. Meet with friend for coffee and tea, discuss opening up businesses and projects to promote our works of art, photography, music, and skating. What starts in New York goes on the road. I’m on the road driving a Subaru. If I’m not skating I’m in the studio working on some new tracks. Teddy Powell the producer and I finished a new Quimtime album it’s called “Chocolate Girl” It’s my first LP produced my Teddy “Becks” Powell.

V: Now Static IV is released and you had the last part. How did the part for the video come about?

Q: Josh invited me to be apart of his project. He’s one the most genuine people I know. As a filmer and editor he captures the realness and rawness of skateboarding. Everybody in Static IV and V came through with strong parts… It documents 7 years, 2006 to present, covers the east coast from Miami to NYC. There’s more to come!!

V: You had your brother Mike in the part.

Q: Mike Cardona lived for skating and he touched so many people lived. His spirit lives with us forever… When you see skaters having fun, think of my brother…


Brother’s section from 411VM issue 18. A double part with Quim’s late brother Mike.

V: The raw street skating in the part was sick… How would you describe your skate style?

Q: Barker Barrett once said my style was Quimfu. Skating is a surprise… There’s always room for more…


Quim’s part from FESN’s overground broadcasting (’08). Check out his Quimfu style.

V: How’s riding for Organika? What’s the best thing about the company?

Q: Organika allows me to be myself. I love how they give back to the youth, something I do as well!! We’re all one of a kind skaters with a lot of so much personality to share… I watched it grow from a small seed and now it’s a tree with fruit…

V: Now you have Josh Matthews and Eli Reed and the team is stronger than ever.

Q: I’m very excited to have them on the team and I want you to check out their new parts!! Eli’s been the same ever since I met him in Boston years ago. Definitely an east coast heavy hitter to look out for!!!! Organika skate video is coming out in March 2015.


Eli Reed’s welcome part from Organika. Quim appears as teammate and legend of the east coast.

V: Any project lined up?

Q: Right now I’ve been building my Sushi Wheels team. We’ve got some heavy hitters on the team. Alik Staley 17, Jabari Khalid 21, and Moe Chakiri 23, Beatrice Domond she’s 17. Skaters of Japan… See y’all soon!!

quimcardonaQuim Cardona

Organika pro who’s been holding it down in the east coast since the ’90s. He also works on his art and music; just released his first album Chocolate Girl. Also available on iTunes.

quimcardonaQuim Cardona

Organika pro who’s been holding it down in the east coast since the ’90s. He also works on his art and music; just released his first album Chocolate Girl. Also available on iTunes.
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