Below is the un-edited letter I wrote along with 2 pics from code Reginald. Go grab a crewzine ASAP… great work guys.
I love/ hate skateboarding to no end. It has meant so much to me for almost three decades. As a kid, I didn’t fit in at school. I was indifferent at a very early age towards most things the world had to offer. Then skateboarding came along. Today if I was that kid in grade 6 starving for something that wasn’t mainstream, I wouldn’t look to skateboarding, and I definitely wouldn’t dedicate the next 30 years to it. Skateboarding does not appeal to me today… or at least the mainstream aspect of it. As a kid I knew I was searching for something else, something unordinary. Today, skateboarding isn’t that thing. It’s become too popular, too in your face. I know the act of it can never be compromised and skateboarders who love it for the same reasons I do can smell a fake like a fart in a mall… I mean a car, but it’s just not the same. Having said that, I still enjoy the magazines and certain pros and the odd videos that are released. But I wonder what about skateboarding would grab my attention today if I was that kid all over again? Fenced in parks with BMXers, parents in lawn chairs and scooter kids? Being on TV? In Commercials? Absolutely not! Shit, the very first thing I remember about skateboarding was how badass the noise of the wheels sounded. So simple! I just wanted to make those noises… but crooked grinds on a metal ledge or longboards for that matter don’t create the sounds slappies, powerslides with 92d wheels and no-omply’s once did. Skateboarding nowadays, and what it means to be a skateboarder would not be calling my name.
Most of the friends I have today, I met twenty-five years ago just because they were holding a skateboard. There were so few skateboarders, that when you saw someone else like you, you instantly became friends. Today I don’t click or feel that bond with new skaters. I’ve always thought of skateboarding as an island for misfits. I was such a mess as a kid, I used to hate fitting in. I came to like the feeling of being alone, being a misfit, being an outsider. I liked to escape the ordinary ways of the world. Skateboarding allowed me an escape. Now skateboarding is part of the mainstream corporate machine and there is no turning back. Kids can buy a skateboarder lifestyle at the mall, in and out, where as we had skate shops that were like our second homes where countless hours were spent. Don’t get my wrong I love going skateboarding, I just hope these days the loners have their own island for misfits without skateboards… I wonder what is on the island and what has replaced skateboarding for the kids like myself, but I hope I never find out because my advice to them would be to keep it a secret.