FTC needs little introduction but for those not familiar with this legendary shop, here is a quick rundown. First of all it all started with Kent's Father opening a ski and tennis store in San Francisco, even selling camping gear at some point. Kent had something different in mind though. He started hustling at a very young age, buying and selling skateboard equipment to his high school friends. It quickly got out of hand with strangers coming up to him and asking if he could hook them up too. Kent, being the business man he is, saw an opportunity and stepped his game up by investing a small corner of his Dad's store. FTC, as we know it, was born.
FTC really became an institution around the 90's when San Francisco's skateboarding was at it's best. Fostering and supplying the kids from the Embarcadero scene, Kent was all about supporting the community. He was the first to sponsor people like Mike Carroll, Jovontae Turner, Henry Sanchez, Keith Hufnagel and many, many, more. I won't go into details but in a nutshell the EMB era is considered the Golden Age of skateboarding, basically it's where and when street skateboarding began as we know it today.
Anyway FTC is stronger than ever with 4 franchise stores, SF, Sacramento, Barcelona and Tokyo, which is actually a FTC flagship store, meaning they only sell the FTC brand. They benefit from an international following and eternal respect for what Kent and his team has done for the culture.
We caught up with Kent in his San Francisco shop on behalf of Jacker Magazine.
Produced, shot and edited by Alexander Millimeter.
Music by The Sound Providers "Jazz at the cove"