Kareem Campbell

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Kareem Campbell (born November 14, 1973) is a professional skateboarder. He is known popularizing the skateboard trick "The Ghetto Bird" which is a nollie hardflip late 180°.[1][2] He was born in Harlem, New York. Throughout his career Kareem has been sponsored by World Industries, Axion shoes, Nixon watches, Alphanumeric clothing and more.[3]

Skateboarding Career[edit]

Kareem Campbell was an innovative professional skateboarder in the 1990s. He was featured in World Industries videos "New World Order", "20 Shot Sequence", and "Trilogy" which are regarded as classics to many skateboarders. He has been called the godfather of smooth street style. [4][5] He eventually went onto spawn another company of his own under the Dwindle Distribution umbrella though he continued to ride for World Industries. [6][7] He also helped found Axion shoes. [8] After Menace, he went on to create City Stars skateboards also under the same Dwindle Distribution umbrella. He still operates City Star Skateboards to this day. http://citystarsskateboarding.com/ [9]

Campbell was already a well-known figure in the skateboarding scene, but rose to mainstream fame in the late-1990s after he was featured as a playable character in the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater video game series. This video game series came about at a time in the 1990s when advancements in GPU chips and CPU processing were allowing developers to use CD-ROMs as a medium to distribute games that were extremely successful. [10]

Post-Skateboarding Career[edit]

Kareem Campbell now resides in Dallas, Texas and works in a variety of business ventures, notably real estate.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ martinkus (14 October 2006). "Kareem Campbell Ghetto Bird" – via YouTube. 
  2. ^ Juice Magazine (1 May 2014). "Kareem Campbell Interview". 
  3. ^ "Kareem Campbell Profile < Skately Library". skately.com. Retrieved 2017-06-19. 
  4. ^ http://www.thrashermagazine.com/articles/videos/classics-kareem-campbells-trilogy-part/
  5. ^ https://www.muckmouth.com/kareem
  6. ^ "Menace Skateboards < Skately Library". skately.com. Retrieved 2017-06-19. 
  7. ^ https://www.muckmouth.com/kareem
  8. ^ "Axion Footwear < Skately Library". skately.com. Retrieved 2017-06-19. 
  9. ^ http://skateboarding.transworld.net/features/profilin-with-neftalie-featuring-kareem-campbell/
  10. ^ Hadzinsky, Chad, "A Look into the Industry of Video Games Past, Present, and Yet to Come" (2014). CMC Senior Theses. Paper 842. http://scholarship.claremont.edu/cmc_theses/842
  11. ^ "Kareem Campbell". Juice Magazine. 2014-05-01. Retrieved 2017-06-19.