Since 1986, FTC has been more than a skate shop; it’s the epitome of how far skate culture can reach. A burgeoning scene fueled by creativity and swagger in San Francisco, California was the spark, a street skating renaissance in the ‘90s made it the Mecca, and with shops in Barcelona, Spain and Toyko, Japan, “For the City” has gone global.
Originally operated in his father’s Free Trade Center ski and cycle shop, Kent Uyehara broke out on his own, founding a true skate shop that exclusively stood “For the City” and since then, FTC and skating have never stopped pushing their influence forward.
Drawing from his personal heritage and experience in Japan, Uyehara and Nike SB look to their origins to tell a new story as unexpected and unique as FTC’s rise and influence. The SB Dunk Low by FTC honors Japanese culture, using pristine white and crystal blue as the foundation, adding enamel detailing, a clear sole, and a pop of yellow echoed on the rubber duck-adorned insole. Like the sentō bathhouses themselves, the FTC Dunk is a call to refresh, recharge, and soak up culture.
Soaking in tradition.
Featuring Yuma Hanagata, Kaito Sasamoto, Hal Jinushi, Daisaku Ray Hidaka, and Vivia Iju.
We talked with the athletes that descended upon Tokyo to compete in history. Follow along with Nyjah, Pamela, Yuto, Sky, Keet, Oski, Rayssa, Shane, Hayley, Leticia, and Aori as they talk about what it was like skating on the world stage.
Mixing functionality with bold personality, the kits speak to skateboarding’s individuality and the unique culture of each country.