I love getting into conversations with my skater friends that border on the same topic and others like it. Aside from my parents and a few key individuals in my life, I believe I can attribute a substantial amount of ‘who I am‘ to my time spent skateboarding – both on the board and observing – since 1991. I would put teaching ‘Skate Philosophy 101’ at a university at dream job status. I often say that one of my hobbies is tracing the influence of skateboarding throughout pop culture and society, from fashion trends, to art, to attitudes. Pathetic hobby, I know.
I frequently see pop culture icons labeled trendsetters and style icons, when in reality they are taking their lead from the quiet (in relative terms) skateboarders who for the most part, could care less. Style has always been an essential element of skateboarding, but progression and overall enjoyment should always remain most important. Obsessing over a nollie flip – a skater. Obsessing over the way your jeans fall onto your P-Rods – a misled skater.
I highly recommend reading Steve’s post. It is long, but a great read. It is begging for some David Armano-style graphic treatment to articulate the symbiotic relationship between the parties that call skateboarding theirs.