Check out the new “Keenan Forever: Keith Hufnagel, Steven Cales, and Gino Iannucci Remember Keenan Milton” article on the RIDE Channel site, featuring the HUF x Chocolate Collaboration, available now. View a preview of the article below, and click here to read more. Photos by Sammy Glucksman.
Fifteen years ago, skateboarding lost one of its greats when Keenan Milton drowned after an Independence Day party in Los Angeles. He was 26. At the time, Keenan was already a legend, with a board on Chocolate and a shoe on DVS. His parts in videos like 1994’s 20 Shot Sequence, 1995’s Las Nueve Vidas de Paco, 1996’s Mouse, and 1999’s The Chocolate Tour showcased his powerful, technical style, while off his board he was known for his charismatic, outgoing personality.
Born in Atlanta and raised in New York, Keenan rose to fame alongside skaters like Keith Hufnagel, Gino Iannucci, and the late Harold Hunter. By the mid-’90s, he had moved to the West Coast, where he established a name for himself that would live well beyond his years through parts, photos, and stories that have become the stuff of legend.
To honor Keenan’s legacy, HUF and Chocolate came together for a special collaboration for the Fall 2016 season. In addition to T-shirts bearing classic shots of Keenan, co-branded boards, and more, it includes a video that celebrates his life and explains his significance to a generation of skaters that grew up after he was gone.
With that in mind, we spoke to Hufnagel, as well as Iannucci and Steven Cales, about their memories of Keenan and a journey that began when they were kids skating the streets of New York.
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