Over the past few weeks I have dedicated a few days a week to filming a skateboarding video in the streets of Manhattan. I have been a skateboarder for almost 9 years and I have made some short, non-serious skate videos in the past. This time I want it to be good. I have a few friends who are very talented skateboarders and I have put to together a crew of people who are not only are super cool and fun to be around, but also ready to throw themselves at almost anything. The filming process has been going well so far and I think the final result will be a more than decent New York City skate video.
I just wanted to share some of the things I have been experiencing while spending a lot of time out in the streets of New York with a crew of skateboarders.
First thing. Elderly people who are either very enthused by skateboarding, or completely and utterly bitter towards it. They are funny to witness either way. Sometimes we will be filming on a spot, lets say in a park, and some nice old couple will come up to us and say how incredible they think the act of jumping on a skateboard is. They might tell us how a grandson skateboards and they don’t understand how it works but they think its awesome. We always love these people, its great to meet friendly people who support what we are doing or at least find it entertaining. On the other hand, you have the bitter old man or woman who will see a group of kids like us skateboarding and feel the need to criticize us. We have gotten, “don’t you have anything better to do.” “You could be dedicating this time to playing the piano instead.” and of course, the one who thinks that they’re the cops and tells us to stop skateboarding. I don’t understa
nd these people. Is it that they are just generally unhappy and feel the need to stop others from experiencing enjoyment, or do they actually have something against skateboarders? Who knows, maybe I will ask the next one.
People in business suits asking to try out one of our skateboards. I think this is awesome. Usually they say that they used to skate and they ride the board around for a minute and give it back and then stick around to see if any of us lands something cool. Its always kind of fun to have an audience. I cannot wait for the day that one of these dudes asks for a board and then busts out a 360 flip in their nice leather loafers. That would make a great clip, and I swear, if I miss it, I quit filming forever.
Crazy people. Maybe they’re homeless, or on drugs, or just nuts, but crazy people always feel the need to talk to us. Whether it be about how they skated back in the day, telling us we are crazy for jumping down some stairs, or just nonsensical crazy talk, its usually pretty entertaining and makes for some funny filler footage. Sometimes I feel like you can’t have a good skate sesh without meeting a good crazy person at some point, they’re like good juju.
Cops, security, property owners, or just angry people. Skateboarding is loud and disruptive, we get it. Skateboarding is illegal in some places, we know. Skateboarding damages things, again we know. A big part of skateboarding in the streets, as opposed to in a skatepark, is getting kicked out of nearly everywhere you go. We don’t get mad about it because it is understandable why you wouldn’t want people skateboarding on your property. Its a liability and we damage things, but it would be nice if it didn’t happen. Sometimes we don’t get the boot for almost an hour and thats a real good feeling, other days we get to a spot and a security guard is yelling at us before we
even put our boards down.
Glad I could share some of my experiences with you, hopefully you got a small glimpse into what it is like to go on filming/skating missions. I will definitely post about the video when it is done. For now, we will keep getting yelled at and kicked out of spots until we have something awesome.