Leading up to the 40th anniversary party at KONA Skatepark on June 22nd, we’re featuring guest blogs from some of the faces of KONA. Here’s Tyler Shields, a Jacksonville-born photographer, artist, and filmmaker. While he’s gained a ton of notoriety for his powerful and provocative photo shoots, Tyler was also a professional inline skater who was part of the X Games and toured with Tony Hawk back in the early ’00s.
Here’s what he has to say about KONA:
“KONA is not just a skatepark to me, KONA is a part of my life that shaped me. The Ramos Family were some of the most supportive people at such a pivotal part of my life. I can say I have skated almost every big skatepark all over the world, and the legacy of KONA is Folk Lore — “the great white buffalo” to those who have never seen it. I was lucky enough to grow up five minutes away from most people’s bucket list skate park. I could go on and on about my love for KONA, but I was told to keep this short. I guess the simplest way to explain it is this: If I am anywhere within 500 miles of KONA, I will make my way there, drawn to it like a magnet. There is no place that feels more like home.”
For more information about KONA and their 40th Anniversary Party, go to konaskatepark.com