I love watching skate clips on YouTube in my spare time. I’m constantly thinking about skateboarding anyways. So here’s a few clips that I just happend to think about today.
PJ Ladd’s part from A Wonderful Horrible Life is one that just amazes from beginning to end. His shifty tricks are my favorite. I wish mid-run shifty flips would make a comeback. And the song jams so you just get hooked into it. See it here: https://youtu.be/6XzLF39Q55I
The next clip I decided on was Scott Kane’s amateur and professional parts from the video Bootleg 3000. I’m sure most people remember Bootleg Skateboards, a brother or sister or whatever company to Baker Skateboards. The tricks he was doing then were way ahead of his time, hell everyone’s time. It took me a little while to figure out if he was regular or goofy footed. I seriously feel like he didn’t have a stance. He just skated. Switch heel front nose a 9 stair rail?! See it here: https://youtu.be/uCXN8kjfA7E
The final clip I decided to go with was Mikemo Capaldi’s part from Fully Flared. I remember being at awe when I saw how he locks right in to some technical stuff. Like, his board does exactly what it’s supposed to do and when. And come on, the Arade Fire popping up again. I loved the tracks they used in Fourstar’s Super Champion Fun Zone video. See it here:https://youtu.be/297-YewVuA0
Well, that’s all I have for this post. Sorry it’s been months. I’ve just been skating as much as possible. Sometimes stopping to write a blog post seems like the opposite of what I should be doing in that moment.
Oh I almost forgot. I wanted to post a clip of me that has probably appeared on other social media but whatever. Here:
Video credit goes to Michael Stevens.
I’m not going lie. 5 or 6 years ago I was skating Nike SB’s like non-stop. It was Dunk Lows all day long. I loved them. Although the padding was always terrible on them, they just felt good. And I’m sure they still feel the same. Since then I’ve had the Nike Koston 1’s. They were much more padded than any Dunk I had skated up to that point. Overall, they were a good shoe. Hell, I still used them as grass cutting shoes. But this is where this post takes a turn on Nike.
Every skate clip or video I watch now is packed full of Nike Skateboarding. Not only does everyone where the shoes, but also the clothing. And hey, Nike for sure isn’t mad about it. I wouldn’t be if I was them either. But I’m most certainly not them. I’m not going to go on about how I’m a “real skateboarder” and I don’t sell out and blah blah blah. Basically, I’m just sick of seeing Nike everywhere in skateboarding right now. I like to try to look at it on both sides. If Nike came to me and offered me a lucrative deal to skate for them, I’d most certainly do it. Obviously I don’t have to worry about that ever happening. I think what bothers me the most is that they know they can do that. They can just buy whomever they want for their team because 1) They can afford it and 2) Who’s going to turn it down? And monetarily wise, Nike doesn’t need to be in skateboarding at all and they’d still be making the millions, if not billions, that they do.
I’ll go ahead and throw the irony/hypocrisy in here right now. As I sit here on my computer instead of being outside enjoying the nice weather I’m watching STREET LEAGUE skateboarding and from what I can tell, most of the dudes out there are wearing Nikes. But whatever. I could go into other companies such as Adidas and New Balance but I’ll save it. Well, ok. The whole Marc Johnson abruptly leaving Lakai for Adidas situation is just another side of the industry that you don’t really ever see and don’t want to see but it happens. Like, the way it went down. I don’t know. At the end of the day, none of it really affects me in the long run. I think. I’ll always just be a skateboarder, plain and simple. As long as I have a board to ride on and preferably some shoes on my feet while doing it, I’ll be just fine.
Where to begin. Skateboarding. Unfortunately for me it’s kind of lacking in me lately. I mostly blame it on the weather. 80 degrees one day, 40 the next. And to top it off, this cold or whatever is that I have. But I’m out here. Like, literally right now, I’m out skating. Stopped by Bicentennial Park and decided to put up a post.
Not that I know what to even post about. Updates on my life? What is this? Facebook? Ha. It’s rather chilly out. 51 degrees. Thank you, Accuweather widget.
Monday’s are always rather full around downtown. Not in a bad way. For some reason, it reminds me of when I first started skating down here. Back in the day after like 5pm, you could skate in the middle of the road and not see a car for a while. The stage was always hit or miss. The parking garage. There was a potential of losing your boards to the cops there. I was always worried about going to jail over skating. But I don’t think I ever got that close to going. Still, I was a worrier.
It’s time to get this post done so I can head home. Losing feeling in the fingers.
It’s been a while. I’ve still been skating. Just keeping to myself, skate-wise. Pushing when I can. I feel as though you have to go through tough times just to realize how great the good times are. Which makes sense. Yin and yang. Now the tough times I’m talking about haven’t been super bad or anything. Just the usual Winter time blues. But alas Spring is upon us. I could definitely feel it during today’s sesh. The warm weather, wearing shorts, and just hanging out with your dudes, even as unexpectedly as it was. It’ll always be one of the best things about skateboarding. Hanging with friends and having no worries. Just chillin and skating. The best. Building off each other. Having fun. Falling on the ground and instantly laughing about it. Just fun. It’s the simple things.
There’s a wallride spot by the YMCA here in New Albany. It’s nothing too special. Just the side of that little building in one of the parking lots. I always wonder if anyone else skates it. I’m not the only skateboarder around here.
It took me a while but I finally rode away from a couple of attempts. It felt good. I mean, it felt great! It seems as the years progress and I don’t get to skate as much as I did say 10 years ago, moments such as this don’t arise that often. Even if it’s not that big of a trick or whatever. The fact that it was something I was trying and trying and not even getting close to at first and finally made one, it all came back to me. That feeling. It’s a feeling I have and will talk about a lot on here. I can talk all day about it. But to actually describe it, psshh. There’s no way.
I don’t know why it’s taken me until now to actually visit the website http://www.quartersnacks.com For years I’ve seen the videos and pictures and fallen in love with New York City skateboarding. If I had to choose one side of the country to live on, I’d pick East Coast hands down. All the video parts with certain songs that when I think about them, I automatically picture some sort of NYC-style spot. The little fences that go around trees, the medians in the rodes that you have to wait until traffic is stopped to get a try in on, skating alongside cabs and dodging other cars, brick anything(especially ledges), marble spots with random fountains, spots next to subway entrances, the subway itself. I could go on and on. And you know what, I’ve never been to NYC. It’s my dream place to visit. While everyone else talks about Hawaii and Europe as their dream destinations, I just want to go to New York City. I want to go there and skate until my legs literally give out. Which now that I’m feeling the way I feel, it would take only a few hours. Haha! 30 is here and I’m feeling it. But I’m trying to not revel in this whole I’m-old-thing. I’m not. It’s just that I don’t have the same amount of energy that I used to. My knees and legs just aren’t what they used to be either. But I’ll leave that there.
The Winter months are approaching. It’s not good but hey, what can ya do? Just keep on pushin.
The above picture was taken a couple days ago. November 3rd to be exact. I just wanted to get that out of the way. And the title, well, pun intended.
It seems as though sometimes I feel like I’m obligated to skate if the weather is good. Like today, it’s November 5th and it’s 74 degrees and sunny out. This is mostly unheard of around here at this time because this is the Ohio Valley and it can be 100 degrees one day and 50 the next. Back to it. I hate that I get that feeling of obligation. It’s skateboarding. I shouldn’t have to force myself into the state of mind that “it’ll be fun” so I should just do it. But once I get out and moving around, getting that blood flowing, I forget about the fact that I just sat around for an hour contemplating whether I should skate or not. Duh dude, skateboarding is my world. Well, next to my wife. 🙂
Everything around me while I’m skating inspires me. Doesn’t matter what it is. All the cracks down a sidewalk, traffic, curbs, buildings, houses, people working, people playing. And headphones in or not, I’m constantly looking at something with a million thoughts running through my mind. It always makes me feel some sort of way. Mostly not describable with words. Feeling. Feeling the ground underneath of you. Feeling the air run through your hair and body. Yeah, hair. Feeling hyped because you just dodged not one but two cars in a row, both within like 20 feet of one another. It’s okay, they were busy not paying attention.
Unfortunately I have to go to work soon. Very soon. Always a bummer to have to stop having fun for work, but oh well. Go watch some skate clips. Go skate. Go.
What drives you? Like what gets you hyped up? It doesn’t have to be something crazy or like get you super hyped. Just what gets ya going, what do you live for? One word can answer all those questions. For me. Skateboarding.
I usually don’t judge myself, or anyone else for that matter, on how good I am. Ya know? Like I would say I’m not good and I’m totally fine with that. I stopped trying to learn as many tricks as I possibly can a long time ago. I’ve learned that for me to have the most fun out of it and keep going is to just have fun the way I currently am. Hell, I couldn’t tell you the last trick I actually learned.
Sorry, gotta end this post. It’s starting to rain and I’m skating downtown. Back down Spring Street I go.