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Kareem Campbell (born November 14, 1976 in Harlem, New York) is a professional skateboarder. He is known for his signature trick, the VARIAL hardflip revert, or “Ghetto Bird”.

Kareem Campbell was born in Harlem, NYC and was raised in Los Angeles, California. Campbell first started skating when he was 16 years old at Venice Beach. He received his first signature skateboard in 1992 at the age of 16 for Blue Skateboards with his fellow professional skateboarders Jason Lee and Chris “Dune” Pastras. After Blue folded Campbell’s next sponsor was World Industries, appearing in their video New World Order in 1993. He continued on the World Industries team until he founded Menace Skateboards. Menace Skateboards was forced to change its name due to a trademark legal conflict with a brand of jeans also named Menace. The team was then known as All City Skateboards. Then due to another trademark legal conflict with Russell Simmons, they came to an agreement where Campbell still owned the name but he licensed it to Russell Simmons for his license agreement with champs, and then he started City Stars that he still owns and is sponsored by. In addition, he founded Axion Footwear shoe line that grossed nearly $48 million in sales in three years launch off. In 1994, Campbell was awarded first place in the first year debut of the Slam City Jam street competition, held in Vancouver, BC. In 1999, Campbell began his first of a string of appearances as the only African American playable skater in one of the top-selling video game franchises ever, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 beginning with the debut game in the series until the 7th, Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland.

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