The presence of skateboarding is enormous, and it’s only about to get bigger by the implementation of it in the Olympics. Almost everyone will encounter skateboarding sooner or later, may it be on the streets or media. But what if this wasn’t the case?
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.
Are you a skateboard-nerd trying to learn all about our history and subculture? Then, I found the right place to be! It’s YouTube! Not because of some generic vlog where 90% is talking, and the other 10% may be somewhat skateboarding related, no, I am talking about “Rad Rat Video.” He already has a lot of content on his channel, and he publishes new videos three times a week! He’s growing really fast (20k subscribers as of 30th October 2017) thanks to his outstanding videos.
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.
When skating, some songs might be suited for the type of session you currently jam, or the way you view skateboarding. There are the right artists and genres for everyone, every time and every taste. As music is quite emotional and can affect our behavior, I believe that we should have a selection of songs for all kinds of sessions. Maybe you plan on learning a new trick and just can’t get it, or you’re merely skating in a parking lot with friends, doing slappy grinds and low effort tricks. Followingly, I have listed three different types of songs. They may not be for everyone, but I recommend giving it a try, next time you’re out there shredding.
I step out of the bus, glimpse left and right, then I hop on my board. The sound of urethane on asphalt is heard, as a slight touch of wind sails across my face. I turn to the right and then it’s going imperceptibly down. A road that has the perfect balance of a smooth ground and somewhat downhill, I don’t accumulate too much speed, neither do I have to push, the ideal mix. The end of the street is in eyesight, an ollie onto the uneven sidewalk is necessary to slow down. Now I have to walk a short distance, and I will reach my destination.
When skating, all you can think about is your next trick, and everything you say seems to come out slightly humourful instead of earnest. Once you feel bad, or go through a severe stage in your life, a lot of us feel like going out and start skating. Free our mind, get an adrenaline rush, or just enjoy the beautiful time our skateboard provides.
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?”
Less than two years have passed since I first heard about Sierra Prescott. Back then, it was Mike Vallely whose Instagram account lead me to Sierra. A signature board design in collaboration with Street Plant was, what these posts were about. As time has passed, many pictures were posted, and I continued to be a so-called “Follower.” Now, almost two years later, it’s safe to say for me that Sierra’s Instagram is my favorite account on the platform.