Keelan Dadd is making a name for himself in the skating world. He wanted to be a skater since he started playing the first Tony Hawk video game. While growing up Keelan was looking up to skaters Stevie Williams and Paul Rodriguez.
Now he is doing his own thing with fans looking to follow his footsteps. He recently got his own sneaker from Supra, called “Shotgun.” Even though he is busy traveling the world, he still makes time to chat with his fans on Twitter.
I was able to ask Keelan about his origins into the skating world, places he wants to travel, and more.
Art Eddy: How did you get into skating?
Keelan Dadd: I was inspired by the first Tony Hawk pro skater game. I use to watch the videos of the skaters that was in the game and I knew I had to take it to the streets.
AE: Did you look up to anybody in the skating world while you were growing up?
KD: Absolutely. I looked up to like Stevie Williams and Paul Rodriguez.
AE: Do you remember your first board?
KD: Of course. It was a Think Skateboard with flame boy World Industries wheels and Venture Trucks. I got it from this guy that lived on my street. He used to let me use it so much that he said I can just have it. I was hyped.
AE: You have great following on Twitter. Do you get a lot of questions on advice from younger skaters who are fans of yours?
KD: I get a lot of questions from kids. Sometimes they get a little deep and personal, but it makes me feel good when I can answer the questions that I had as a young skateboarder and didn’t have anyone to reach out to for answers. As a pro it makes me feel like I’m doing my part and giving back.
AE: You just released your new kicks from Supra. Tell me a bit about the shoe? What did you want to make sure was definitely added to the shoe?
KD: Actually, it is my signature color way for a new release design by Supra called the “Shotgun.” I wanted to make sure there was suede on the toe cap to last longer for Skating and bright fun colors for the kids.
AE: As a sneakerhead myself it would be amazing to have my own signature shoe. I take it after you first held your kicks it must have been surreal?
KD: It’s a blessing to have my own shoe. I appreciate the opportunity Supra is giving me and I hope you like it.
AE: I take it you travel a lot what is the place that you have been that is your all-time favorite?
KD: I would say Barcelona because there are a lot of skate spots and the people there are open to accept who you are. It’s very easy to adapt there.
AE: Is there a place that is on your bucket list that need to check out?
KD: I’d like to go to Jamaica to give back and educate my country about skateboarding.
AE: What events or projects are you looking to work on next?
KD: I’m doing SXSW with Mountain Dew, working on a Gold Wheels video, preparing for a few skate tours with my sponsors and looking forward to being more interactive with my social media community.