Secretary of Skate: Darren Harper


If you’re like us, the closest you’ve come to skateboarding is nailing an epic kickflip McTwist/ backside boardslide combo in Tony Hawk Pro Skater (the kids in middle school are still talking about it). As bitchin’ as your N64 moves are, they pale in comparison to the real thing, a lesson we learned when we met Darren Harper, the self-proclaimed official skater of the District. Born and raised in Southeast, Harper sewed his oats in the city’s streets–grinding, flipping, and ollying through adversity. We caught up with him at Shaw Skatepark as he showed off some of his signature moves and explained how far DC’s come as a skate city.