Well I was going to post about switching trucks but that felt rather boring, instead I'm going to take my ongoing conversation and look at it from a different point of view.
I was recently in a skate shop earlier this week and the conversation that I walked into was about what kids at a local were doing. What they seemingly were doing was apparently "bumming" the older skaters out by doing certain tricks. Now how on Earth could something as simple as "fly-outs" bother someone so much that they wouldn't even set foot on said skatepark after the local school let out??? I can understand not wanting to be bothered by kids when you are trying to enjoy yourself at the park, by why should it matter what those kids are doing? Especially within the realm of skateboarding, where there are no rules.... or so it's been said. This troubled me, that the owner of an influential skateshop would strongly discourage kids from having fun on their skateboards...
On the other hand fly-outs can be rather disruptive to the flow of a skatepark, you have all these kids launching out of a quarterpipe where the course starts and stops, jamming everything up and can be quite dangerous with kids and boards flying everywhere. But, they are still skateboarding and enjoying themselves, which is the most important part.
How could you tell kids that they are"blowing it" when they are being kids and having fun skateboarding?? If you are an influential shop owner and you treat kids and potential customers like so, then YOU sir, are "blowing it". Now I still greatly admire and am close friends with said person, but this whole ordeal is part of what I'm talking about.. Skateboarding can't be a list of "should and should nots" it's just not the nature of this limitless and free activity.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Although I may be bitter and full of complaints, I would like to shed a bit of light on the single most enjoyable activity that I have partaken in within my Earthly realm.
I love the way that art, music, fashion, personality, character and all those jacked up feelings built inside you come out when you see someone (who has their heart in it) ride a skateboard. The liberating feeling of the wind in your face, the inevitable crack in the sidewalk that always seems to knock you clean off, the slams, the sketchy landings, the "I can't believe I made that" look on someones face and the feeling of artistic completeness all wrapped up in a single leap, bound, fall, or motion. I love knowing that I get gawked at by people who just can't seem to understand why that young man is still riding that "useless toy" around. I love the sound of loose trucks rattling when I pop my board up. I love the feeling of turning. I love knowing that I am making something happen right under my feet. I love that NO one can tell me I'm doing it wrong, it's merely my expression!! I love dancing my way out of what could've been a horrific fall. I love the inspiring and creative people I meet.
I am so thankful that I have gotten to have all these wonderful experiences. I thank God alone for showing me that I have an outlet, that I can do something and be myself. I'm so grateful for the abundance of energy, laughs, and the grace that I have experienced. Skateboarding is truly an amazing and beautiful thing... Think for once in our lives we get to go out and be free!! I still can't get my head around how free and limitless it all is. If only we as a civilization could be as free...
Friday, October 22, 2010
There comes a time for a rant about skateboarding every now and then.....
I have grown bitter and fully disappointed with the current state of skateboarding displayed in skateboard magazines and websites as of late. Is there an artful and individualistic skateboard publication out there?? (That isn't full of drunk assholes and naked chicks) Don't get me wrong, I appreciate what the pros and ams are doing in terms of pushing the "sport".... but that's exactly it!! Skateboarding is not a sport and should not be labeled as such. All sorts of guys and girls out there are getting gnarly and pushing the limit of what can be done on a skateboard, but honestly I've grown so tired of watching people jump down stuff or try for hours to land an insanely hard tech trick on a ledge... I don't care that you're "better" than me because you can land a hard trick just please lighten up and enjoy what little time we have here, and be thankful that you're in the U.S. and can get away with riding your skateboard all day!! You lucky fools....
On the other hand, there are a ton of super unique, stylish, amazing skateboarders out there whom I admire in terms of the art. Unfortunately, the aren't being pushed by their sponsors and are not making enough money to even live off of. Let's face it, they aren't getting any sweet pro model shoes either. All I'm looking for here is a community that reflects the sole idea of why I started skateboarding in the first place, the opportunity to express myself, share ideas, be inspired, push myself (without being bullied) and have a shit-ton of fun on my board. Is that too much to ask for?? Your thoughts please??
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
I can't exactly keep updating this thing because I skate way too much. Not exactly a bad thing... So me and all the Fickle guys just got back from an amazingly fun skate trip to the beloved parks of Indiana, and I gotta tell ya, the Indy scene is pretty lucky to have so many fun parks in their state. First it was Bloomington, where any and all types of skating are welcome. That park has so many awesome lines and varied obstacles to get weird on... I love it. Then on to Greencastle and Major Taylor to finish up the day. A midnight sesh at M.T. was insane, everyone just unleashed all sorts of unused energy upon everything we could see in the twilight. These guys can pretty much do whatever they want, whenever.... I find it hard to comprehend from time to time, being a guy who has high hi's and very low low's. Oh well, they constantly keep me stoked.
Matt managed to hook us up with an unbelievable hotel where we all got our share of free soda, hot tubs, big screen t.v's and the always unfailing free breakfast bar. Mmmm eggs and salsa! However, all the eggs and beans we consumed didn't mix to well with having 13 dudes in 2 vans.... Complete blow out.
On to Ft. Wayne our gassy and unflappable crew fled where the highlight session of the trip went down. It was pretty insane, bodies flying everywhere in the giant bowl. Native came through with the most beautiful 360 flip I've ever witnessed, man that dude has got some steez. Josh showed us that he didn't exactly care what happened to his body by getting up on the steepest, tallest wall in the park and DESTROYING it. Weston's dreadlocks have taught him how to fly, I have come to believe that they have a mind of their own... Kinda scary. Afterwards it all fell apart in the parking lot, where "Total eclipse of the heart" was blasted and dancing was had. Full on, raging dance circle (jazz hands included) , basically we are the weirdest dudes out, and I think I'm ok with that...
All in all, we just had a great time. I mean that's all you can do with something as free as skateboarding with your friends. So I basically just wanted to say that the best thing you can do on your skateboard is not going out and killing yourself for photo's or video, it's having fun with your friends. Besides, no one really remembers who did what, but we all remember what a fun time we had together.