Johnny Tang, a true skateboard rider who has skated for 19 years till now. His skateboard setup is 8.0 deck, highs, 51mm, Allen key, and he skates in US 9 shoes.
In 2006, a few Global Nike SB members made a trip to China to film some clips for “Nothing But the Truth”, Johnny was probably the only one they could find who knew the spots and spoke both Chinese and English. So, he naturally became their tour guide. During that trip, Johnny skated a few spots with the Nike SB team and the team managers (Kevin Imamura and Hunter Murraira) were interested in starting a China Nike SB team.
Soon after that, Johnny got a call from Kevin Imamura who offered him a job at Nike SB. Johnny was the first member of China Nike SB team and has been representing Nike SB till today.
NAGA is an illustrator and graphic designer residing in Tokyo. He loves skateboarding very much as well. As he stared working in “sento” (public onsen in local town in Japan) when he was at 25 age, he got into Edo culture eventually and stared to draw his original illustration and artwork mixing street culture and ukiyo-e.
Recently, NAGA worked on the poster for the release of Nike SB x Medicom Toy BE@RBRICK, and the graphic went viral on social media — everyone loved it!
We’re very honored to have NAGA joining the Q&A, and talked about some stories behind his creations.
Skateboarding has always been an important culture for us.
They spread the undefeated attitude from street to street, so we took this image of shuttling skaters and created a “5pm Express” delivery company — we use skaters to delivery your packages, on time, and with the realest love.
Of course, the company is just a joke. But our love for skaters is real. We made this new merch to show the love, to all skaters making the streets a better place.