i feel like going on a rant so im just guna do it. this ends on a positive note i swear:
today at the park i was asked “do you actually enjoy riding this weird shaped board (kid grimacing in distaste as he stands on my Welcome board), when you could just ride a fun, normal,…
The “skate world” doesn’t have unspoken but real guidelines — there may be people who give a shit about that stuff, but if there even is a “skate world” I assure it is filled with people who don’t give one shit about what other people ride. Kids… kids who have nothing better to do than talk about this kind of stuff, and also, kids who probably mean it pretty innocently and for conversations sake. But they aren’t the skate world. Maybe they’re part of it, but they ain’t it.
But if they are casting judgement on you, aren’t you doing the same thing on them by calling what they like “mundane, brand plastered, brainless, “conventional” skateboarding?” Not saying you’re wrong. Just simply pointing out that you’re ranting about something and in doing so, you’re doing exact what you’re ranting against — denigrating (even mildly) another “kind of skateboarding.” And you even pointed out a brand whose demo you could obliterate to wipe out this kind of skateboarding. Do you think that LRG dudes Rob G, Rodrigo, Billy, or Tommy Guns give a shit about what you ride or how you ride? They’d be psyched you’re skating and enjoying it like they are. And they’d probably give you props for sticking to your own guns.
I do think it’s pretty unthinking to simply blame a “boring, unimaginative skateboard world” for conditioning kids to think a certain way. Why are you so different than the kid who asked you the question? How’d you avoid that conditioning? My point is that the skateboard world is doing what it wants, and isn’t that what you’re saying that everyone should do? So aren’t the people who make up the skateboarding world entitled to do whatever the hell they want? Everyone has their own reasons for making certain shapes, popsicle boards, etc.
And then to dump on some of the most accomplished skateboarders for dumping on your scene? How in the hell does Sean Malto dump on what you love? You think he goes out and asks or tells kids to become a clone? If you really do think that, you’re just a different version of the kid you’re making fun of. But what do they have to do with you being thankful for your friends. Shouldn’t you be thankful for your friends regardless of what some other skateboarder does?
I know by the end of your rant you’re trying to turn it into “we’ll go have fun the way WE like to have fun.” But that’s my point — isn’t that what EVERYONE in the “skateboard world” is doing? You don’t think Leo or Sean or Shane ever just dorks around and does slappies or boneless ones?
The whole idea that “we’re having more fun” than anyone else is fucking just as childish as the kid who asked you about the shape of your board. We’re all having fun, doing what we want to do. When you figure that out, then you’ll actually be free of the trap that that you think that kid is in, and tried to put you in. And you’ll realize it doesn’t matter.