Rockstar began in the summer of 2000, out of the back doors of the legendary core Skateshop, ABC–named after the neihborhood where it stood; Alphabet City. The area, located in Manhattan's Lower East Side, was known for its cultural diversity, drug infested areas, squats and a public area called Tompkins Square Park, which housed every homeless person, runaway and junkie willing to live under it's imaginary roof.
On one afternoon, Harold Hunter approached ABC owner, Adrian Lopez-Guevarra, and asked him to sit down so they could discuss a looming idea he had. "The shop was busy that afternoon so I asked him to meet me somewhere else," recalls A.L.G. The two agreed to meet at The Green Room, a bar on 10 st between avenue A & B. "I decided to close the shop a few hours earlier to meet Harold," explains A.L.G. "After a few beers, Harold spoke the legendary words. "Lets make a company together!" Adrian was into the idea, but had reservations based on the fact that Harold was riding for Zoo. "I didn't know what to tell him cause at the time he was with Zoo York and they pretty much made everything, and that's what I told him. He stood there thinking for a while before responding with, 'Everything but hardware!' says A.L.G. "It was like a kid in a candy store, man. His eyes almost popped out his head, at the same time asking for more beers. "Four hours later,they agreed on a name
Rockstar, Rockstar Bearings. "Cause that's what we are, fool!" exclaimed Harold. R.S.B.
Harold Hunter's vision was to grow w ith something that was his, something he could reach out to others,especially the young kids. At the time we recruited riders such as Quim Cardona, Todd Jordan, Pepe Martinez, Jake Lewis, Vanessa Torres,Phil Ladjanski, Dustin Charlton, Rodney Torres, Billy Rohan Harif Guzman,John Esguerra, Daniel Sasse and many others. "Harold Hunter, like myself had many
friends in many different circles, so his view was not only to help skateboarders but to go beyond that, creating a team for vert riders, girls and snake boarders," says A.L.G. "It didn't matter to him, if what you did was use bearings, he was down for you."
Harold has past on, past to the next chapter. But here we are, continuing to remember him and honor his vision and his name.
Till the next episode my brother !!
Rock Star Bearings is one of the founding forces in the creation of the Harold Hunter Foundation and continues to support all endevors. For more information please visit http://www.haroldhunter.com
By: Jay Riggio