In our latest feature, we catch up with Kent Uyehara of San Francisco label FTC to discuss their first 25 years in business.
1966 San Francisco was a trippy time and place. Flower children were protesting the war in Vietnam, hippies were dropping acid in Golden Gate Park and a Japanese businessman named Lloyd Uyehara had just opened a high-end ski and tennis distribution business called Free Trade Center or FTC at the corner of Bush and Franklin in the Van Ness Avenue corridor downtown. This unlikely set of circumstances laid the groundwork for what would become, more than half a century later, one of the most influential skateboard retail brands of all time.
Photography: The Hydrilla