Faces of KONA: Tyler Shields

photo courtesy of Tyler Shields

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

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