Do you remember those times as a kid, when you thought about, what you aspire to be once you’re grown up? Failure wasn’t on my mind back then. Was it on yours?
I was 18 years old, just sold my beloved moped and I didn’t know what to do in life. Unemployed, never graduated and just started a YouTube-Channel.
A post by “Suicidal Tendencies” popped up on Facebook. They would come to a skate shop in Berlin, for a meet and greet. Though I live in Germany, Berlin is pretty much at the other end of the country. Comparing hotel and possible travel prices, I figured, that the money I’ve made from selling my moped, was enough, as my demands for a hotel aren’t extraordinary. I even had some money leftover. From the latter, I chose to buy something that I was considering for a while. A modern-day old school shaped deck. The “Welcome Banshee 90”-Deck was about to be mine.
Today, I decided to tell you about the story, from the deck, that was ordered right after my previous skateboard from part one, snapped. Since boards from American companies were a bit more expensive than their European counterparts over here in Germany, I chose to purchase the “SK8DLX Nerd Is Over” deck.
Frequent uploads on YouTube-Channels seems like a necessity for every big content creator. That’s why I highly appreciate the small channels, ran by people that attempt their best to keep a constant upload rate while consolidating that with their private life and a job. The person, I am about to present to you, is a passionate skateboarder who is sharing his progress of trying to (re-)learn how to skate at the age of 38.
Every skateboard recounts a story, may it be used, snapped or even sealed and hanging on someone’s wall. This post is the first one (of three in total) in which I select one of my used decks and tell their story.
First, I will exhibit a board, that opened many gates in the skateboarding atmosphere for me. I learned a lot on it, not just tricks, but a valuable life lesson. The „Tom Penny Extremely Sorry Flip Pro Model“ (that’s a mouthful) was my first ever pro model deck and my first board from an American company. As someone who is from Europe, I only shredded European brands before, due to the cheaper cost.
Today as of writing this, marks not just my 21st anniversary of being alive, but I also received my first skateboard on this very date, ten years ago. Several weeks before I could call myself a “skateboard-owner,” I watched a show on Nickelodeon, where kids were skating and having a fun time. My birthday got closer, and my mother asked me what I’d want as a present. My mind went to the previously mentioned boys who were skateboarding on TV. “I want a skateboard!”, Was what I instantly answered. I still remember my mother giving me a confused look on her face while asking, “Why a skateboard all of a sudden?”
Waking up in the morning feeling every bone and muscle in your body hurt. You get yourself a cup of coffee maybe have breakfast while getting your daily dose of skateboarding videos. As you’re halfway through a clip, you receive a message from Mike: ‘Skating later? Blue Park 4pm’ pops up on your screen, slightly interrupting your viewing pleasure as you touch the message to answer with a mere ‘Sure.’