This is a subject that is hard to relate to and seems totally irrelevant if you are not part of the culture but I just want to vent about it.
Looking trendy does not make you more of a skateboarder!!!!
This is something that gets to me, I know it shouldn’t, and I should just l
ive and let be, but I’m still pretty bothered.
I have been a skateboarder for years, I started when I was 12, fell in love and I haven’t stopped since. I’m 20 years old now and skateboarding is still a big part of who I am. I go out and skate several times a week whether it be by myself or with my friends, It’s just a great way to release, exercise and have fun.Maybe I’m being judgemental, but the thing that bothers me is this excessively judgemental, nose-up attitude among skateboarders, especially the ones who are following the skateboarding fashion trends. My statement is: Just because you wear baggy cuffed Dickies, Huf shoes, some expensive Palace shirt, and an over-priced coach jacket, you are not more of a skateboarder, a better skateboarder, or a cooler person. You don’t skate for Supreme, you are not Tyshawn Jones, stop trying so hard.
I feel like all of these kids want to be this new generation of trendy skateboarders, such as the Supreme team, or the Pyramid Country team, whom I have endless
respect for, because all those dudes are super talented and have really helped evolve the sport. I just don’t think that being a copycat is what skateboarding is about at all. Skateboarding is about being an individual, being creative, and being a community of people who are all very different but love the same thing. Lately, so many people are following these trends, dressing the same, and trying to skate the same, that much of that individuality is lost. People even act demeaningly towards people who don’t look like the cookie cutter modern skateboarder, and I think that is B.S.
Now, there are still a lot of people out there who do not care about the trends and that is good, there are also some trendy looking skaters out there who do not carry the attitude, that is also good. Maybe it is just me being reminiscent and intolerant of change but I just want skateboarding to be weird again. I’m tired of it being a cool thing. In my opinion, skateboarding becoming cool is the worst thing to happen to the spirit of the sport, I’m sure it has made a lot of people money and it has spread the sport to more people, but damn, we are losing something sacred. We are losing the small community mentality, the individuality, and the idea that we are doing something that is not common or accepted.
Again, maybe this is just me being dumb and intolerant, and again I know this is irrelevant if you don’t care about the sport but I felt I needed to say that.
I also tried very hard to not mention Thrasher Magazine, because that is just a lost cause at this point….