Our Culture, Our Lifestyle, Our Passion....
Skateboarding is life, skateboarding is fun, skateboarding is a community, skateboarding is a family, skateboarding is a culture.
As you get to know skateboarding as a whole (possibly through this website), you will notice it is not just a hobbie for most; but instead a lifestyle. To put it in exaggerated terms we eat, breath, talk, walk, sleep, and repeat everything while having skateboarding in the back of our minds. I know it may sound silly and even ridiculous to many, but I'll bet a good percentage of skateboarders will express that same if you asked. A culture by definition is a lifestyle for a group of people that share values, beliefs, morals and also may not even consciously know or notice but are continuously communicating through those same values, beliefs, morals,etc as communication occurs. Not trying to sound over exaggerate or cheesy but it is also an art-form in many ways. Art is generally created for the purpose of self expression; an example would be a pro skater named Aaron "Jaws" Homoki. As a kid Jaws would always be jumping off things as explained in the episodes of "Push" through the Berrics. If you see him skateboarding you will notice all he does is jump huge!! things..He cleared 25 stairs .
Skateboarding to many is a physical and mental therapeutic activity and ignites creativity which makes skateboarders innovators. By observing a skateboarder, you will note throughout a week or so (depending on how much practice he puts in) that the individual will have improved eye coordination and balance which syncs the body and mind. It also promotes inclusion and can be done anywhere and doesn’t cost as much to get started as compared to other action sports. The culture of skateboarding promotes community engagement, diversity, overall health, creativity, and family. The reasons I listed are examples why the overall culture of skateboarding serves as a great example in exemplifying what sports/action sports/activities, individuals and educators should promote themselves.
Like many issues surrounding you, stereotypes are a huge disappointment to the affected group, same goes for skateboarding. The frowns skateboarding receives due to stereotypes harms the culture deeply because it creates this image of skateboarders who are disobedient, destructive, disrespectful and are most of the time under the influence of marijuana. This creates fusion between skateboarders and the law; as skateboarders continue to get harassed by police, business people and ordinary civilians who realistically do not know anything about skateboarding. But what most people don’t seem to notice as the cultures progresses; it continuously exemplifies values such as dedication, sportsmanship, perseverance, and determination.
With a community adding up to 18.5 million people, I have noticed many of my life long friends forget why it is they began skateboarding because they get to caught up thinking about how they are not that good, or that they will never create nothing of of skateboarding (Even myself at one point). Many forget why they began which is because it is fun, relaxing, relieving, and opens up opportunity such as creating life long friendships and traveling because the world is our play ground.
Is a blog page to serve the purpose of explaining the skateboarding culture. It will include blogs on diversity within skateboarding, benefits of skateboarding, why people skate, the cultures uniqueness and an overall understanding of a skateboarders perspective. Most of the time the blog will have an attachment, whether it be a video, photo, or quote for the purpose of supporting the blog. This is to ensure that what I claim is a universal thought than just my own. The ideals, morals, and values I will elaborate on this page are taken from what I have experience these past five years being actively involved in the skateboarding culture aside from the attachments that go along to support my blog.
In this blog page you will find links of videos or YouTube videos about skateboarders, starring skateboarders, created by skateboarders, and/or edited by skateboarders. Ask any skateboarder how is filming and editing integrated into the culture and you will understand why this page is dedicated to just that. Also if you would like to follow up with these artist/skateboarders just click on the social icons and they will direct you their way.
Similar to the Videography page, not all skaters just skate. They take photos or film as well. This page is dedicated to those skateboarders. Their will be individual photographs and slideshows representing and individuals art through their lenses. Also if you would like to follow up with these artist/skateboarders just click on the social icons and they will direct you their way.