Hard Times Skate Shop - Toney Herndon


16. Sep. 2017


We went out to Craddock which is in Portsmouth, Virginia to look for some inexpensive studio / office space. We found some interesting spots but more importantly we found Toney Herndon of Hard Times Skate Shop.

Hard Times Skate Shop - Toney Herndon
Hard Times Skate Shop - Toney Herndon

We were looking in the window of Hard Times Skate Shop enjoying the displays and how the shop was set up. Really, truth be known, Alex was dreaming of having a new skate board and remembering how much fun it was to be a street skater / punk rocker.


Hard Times Skate Shop - Window Display
Hard Times Skate Shop - Window Display

Toney came out of another shop and said to us: "Would you like to go inside?" Alex began stuttering like he didn't know English and managed to say, "yes". So Toney invited us in. Then Alex cleverly said, "Is this your shop?"

Hard Times Skate Shop - T-shirts
Hard Times Skate Shop - T-shirts

Toney was very kind and gave us a little history about his business and let us look around. Hard Times Skate Shop has been in business for 5 years. Unlike some other business owners in Portsmouth, Toney was confident, positive and very helpful. Exactly what makes a great skate shop owner.

Hard Times Skate Shop - Decks, shoes, skate gear
Hard Times Skate Shop - Decks, shoes, skate gear

The t-shirts, skate decks, trucks, wheels, helmets, vans and Thrasher magazines where all there. It was a comfortable shop. A great place to talk skate and get skate. While looking around it hit Alex to ask the question: "Hey would you like to contribute as a blogger to OgFOMK ArTS?" 

Hard Times Skate Shop - Shop window logo
Hard Times Skate Shop - Shop window logo

It was a no brainer. Toney liked art. His business was exactly the type we loved and he had the DIY attitude except he wasn't just talking about it. He was doing it. We needed him on our team and we wanted to join his. 

Hard Times Skate Shop - Trucks, videos, stickers
Hard Times Skate Shop - Trucks, videos, stickers

After speaking with Toney we decided to work together on getting him into the blogging game. Tomorrow we will meet with him at his shop and help him get started. We hope to see you at his shop sometime too! Support your local skate shop!



Local skate shop, Hard Times Skate Shop and entrepreneur Toney Herndon. Hard Times Skate Shop has been in business for 5 years and keeps on rolling. Toney Herndon is friendly, knowledgeable and dedicated skate enthusiast who will help you get what you need to skate like a pro. He is also joining the OgFOMK ArTS team as a contributor. 

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