The Philosophy of skateboarding
1 - The Philosophy of skateboarding introduction. Skateboarding as a primary form of expressive communication.
2. Skateboarding as a lifestyle.
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3. Skateboarding and society.
Skateboarding as a primary form of expressive communication.
Skateboarding is not a sport. There’s no sportsmanship about it. I mean there is to a certain degree. But I look at skateboarding as more of an art, than being an athlete. Above all. I mean its art. Its technique, and its form. And its just what looks good is basically what it comes down to.
When you do a trick, your mind needs to be clear, you can’t think of anything else. And just like, in a split second before you do the trick, like, you’re jumping down a set of stairs, or whatever, you don’t think about anything else, you’re just kind of empty.
It’s not like in the middle of a trick, you’re hearing what everybody’s saying, you’re completely focused on doing the trick.
And you know that with out any effort, almost subconsciously, you’re expressing yourself in a way that you never knew possible. After then it just flows. And you have this abstract, almost surreal projection of your inner self. It’s almost like a dream.
The craziest thing about skateboarding is that you can say “what if?” y’ know, what if I could do this, I think I could probably do this. And you can go do it. You can take something that was just pure thought, and you can make it reality. And skateboarding is one of the few mediums through which you to do this. I’d have to say that’s the main reason skateboarding is an art.
Skateboarding as a lifestyle.
People honestly think there’s like some real world where there are two different worlds, like, you live in the safe world where you think everything happens, and then there’s this other world where you’ve got to get a car, and a job, and a phone, a wife and kids.
But being a skateboarder
You get a good taste of life, which a lot of people don’t get at this age, y’ know, cause they go straight into working or they go into college and they rarely ever play, or have fun.
You just get to experience raw life.
And I mean,
I can only imagine what I would be like today if I hadn’t found skateboarding. And now I’ll probably skateboard the for rest of my life
I mean, If I survive to be forty, if I can still ride a skateboard, I’m gonna skateboard.
Skateboarding and society:
When you’re talking to people, and you see it almost everywhere, it’s that the only thing they can say when they find out you’re into skateboarding is the extreme games. And that’s one thing I don’t like about skateboarding. Its like, any time someone brings something up, whether its family or friends or whatever, they’ll talk to you about the extreme games. The extreme games is easily comparable to jazz and say… Miles Davis and you pick up a Miles Davis album and in the same section as Miles Davis, is Kenny G. and you know it doesn’t belong there, but it’s there. And you just have to accept it. That deals with people and skateboarding and that deals with things that are involved in skateboarding that you have to deal with.
Getting put behind bars for riding a skateboard is the most insane thing I’ve ever witnessed.
And I think it convinces a lot of kids to stop skateboarding, if they’re only like 14 and they watch somebody go to jail for skateboarding, they’re like, wow, should I be doing this? It’s like, a crime, and eventually they quit.
Society has a lot of misconceptions about skateboarding.
Skateboarding is judged on its looks rather than on its actions.
In the late 70’s and 80’s the image of a skateboarder was a very hardcore, heavy metal, almost scary individual. The imagery of skateboarding concentrated a lot on skulls, skeletons, and bones.
And people still automatically associate this image to skateboarders today.
But skateboarders don’t follow the same pattern of rationale that the average person in society does. If you compare a group of skateboarders to a community of people you find few similarities in the way they interact with other people, themselves, and their surroundings. For example, you will rarely ever see two skateboarders fight. This is because, in a group of skateboarders, things like race, religion, and financial background don’t matter.
The aggressive, diviant, and rebellious lyfestyle has nothing to do with hate. but is rather the fuel for a reveloution. And an important factor in the development of skateboarding.
Volcom is at the leading end of this revolution-
Youth liberation, youth against establishment,