“The Homie, Kevin Closson is a man of many talents. Y’all probably remember his part in Concrete Crew’s “Hella Good Stuff.” Did you know he also drew all the title cards for HGS? That’s a fairly fun fact. It just so happens that Kevin (aka K-Closs) also created the font for his signature sheet of Hella Grip. It’s not a font you can download, but it should be (we’d still need to design the other letters). This griptape graff is officially titled, Pink Panther. The “pink” part makes sense because it’s colored pink (maybe a little magenta-ish). As for “panther,” I can only assume it’s because Kevin moves through the shadows like a panther when he goes on his “artistic missions.” The name is obviously not a reference to the trademarked/copyrighted Pink Panther character from the 1960’s. Our extensive team of lawyers has assured us of this. Regardless of the legality of the name, what’s important is that Hella Grip is also dropping Kevin’s 100% legal video part in conjunction with the release of his signature sheet (Ok, maybe we don’t have legal rights to the music in his video but we couldn’t ask Kevin to draw his own graphic and produce his own music as well). Like most worthwhile videos, it’s taken Kevin a couple years to stack enough worthy clips to follow his legendary HGS part. There’s also the added pressure that comes with winning the A-Town Am competition back in March of this year. We’re more than confident y’all wont be disappointed. Fellow Concrete Crew member and Hella Grip Homie, Anton Abramson was by Kevin’s side to film/edit his video… and provide moral support, of course. Check out the video on our YouTube page and be sure to support The Homie K-Closs by purchasing a sheet of Pink Panther from the Hella Grip Sloth Shop (available in local shops as well… if they know what’s good). Each sheet is printed on our classic griptape (Formula-C) and measures 6in x 24in.” by the Boss McMasher..
“I’ve been scootering since 2000 (great year), so I’ve been around for lots of those “retirement speeches” that riders have posted to forums and social media since the beginning of the sport. No disrespect to those retired guys ‘n’ gals, but I never really cared to read some drawn-out explanation of why they didn’t want to ride scooters anymore. It’s about as pointless and egotistical as someone announcing that they’re retiring from posting on Facebook or Instagram. When I saw that Hella Grip Homie, Stefan Hefner announced he couldn’t scooter anymore, I definitely paid attention and tried to understand the full story. So as not to regurgitate everything that Stefan has already announced, I’ll just say that Stefan is physically unable to scooter since being diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis. It’s rare and heartbreaking to hear a friend say they physically “can’t” do what they love to do; versus a friend who says they “don’t want to” do something anymore. As shocking as the news was, I was almost as surprised and humbled to learn that Stefan already had a finished video that he wanted to release through Hella Grip. Rather than describe the video myself, I’ll just use Stefan’s own words: “Somehow it came out to be the most beautiful video I’ve made and I’m sure you will agree. The run time is over 7 minutes with two songs. I hope you’ll watch it when it comes out, and show me some love. It really does mean a lot to me.” Stefan has titled this video, “Parting Gift.” It’s a beautifully fitting title, given the circumstances, but I’m sure all of us truly hope this isn’t the last footage we’ll see of Stefan doing his thang on a scooter.” by the Boss McMasher..
In honor of Stefan’s infamous gap in Hella Ruthless, we’ve immortalized the trick on a t-shirt. Now you can simply look under your nose if you need a reminder of how gnarly scootering can be (We all forget sometimes). The “Stefan Tee” is lightweight, slim-fitting, and 100% cotton… perfect for soaring over some massive gaps (Legal Notice: You probably won’t actually ride better with this shirt, but you probably won’t ride worse, and that’s just as important). I know it might seem like a bold fashion statement to rep a shirt that features a scooter trick sequence. The truth is, this shirt is only meant for the bold because it features one of the boldest badasses to ever shred. I’ll be wearing my shirt proudly, and I‘m hyped for anyone who’s fortunate enough to get their hands on one of these before they’re sold out at the Hella Grip Sloth Shop. In the meantime, treat your eyes to some timeless trickery by visiting Hella Grip’s YouTube page and watching Stefan’s video, “Parting Gift”..” by the Boss McMasher.. 💥ONLY AVAILABLE AT Sloth Shop – Click Here!!💥