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“Sentimental Collection of Nostalgic Skate Nerd”


Destruction normally carries negative connotation and unfortunately for the rest of non skateboarding world it brings hateful response to the “Skate and Destroy” slogan. Yet, here I am trying to make a point against it. Now I’d rather not waste your time with an essay on why I think so,which is why lets cut to the chase.

The destruction is not the end but nearly a begging of something new and here is a wall full of nostalgic memories  to back it up. Every drop of destruction grants a vast plethora of memories, newly acquired skills, emotion and even new friends, through which skateboarding continues to grant people creation thorough destruction. 

Skate and Destroy.

-Andriy  

In case you’ve forgotten, or didn’t know, this is Duane Peters. In this article from about 100 years ago, he’s showing you how to do a layback rollout, one of the many “forgotten” tricks. Now seen as archaic, or (an arguably even worse description) “old school”, many people have forgotten about it, or think it’s cool but don’t go out and try it.

The progression from sliding on flat ground, to sliding on banks, to sliding on and above the coping made perfect sense at the time, and it still makes perfect sense today.

Skating should be fun and feel good, not forced. Emphasis on flow and feel is just as important while skating as it is when making love. Do that shit right!

A layback grind on the coping in a concrete bowl? That shit flows and feels really goddamn good. That’s that shit I like.

- Ed 

Ed's Post-accident Thoughts

I love skateboarding in a way that I can only describe as an abusive relationship. She’ll beat me down, make me feel like shit, put me in the hospital with injuries, but I live for those moments between lying on the ground in agony. Those moments when everything clicks, the adrenaline rushes and I have a smile on my face. There is nothing that can take the place of that feeling, vulnerable, trusting my board and my own ability, then making it out unscathed. I’ll hit it raw and deal with the consequences later if it doesn’t work out, it doesn’t matter. There’s nothing that feels more free than loving my board unprotected; no helmet, no pads, just me and my board with the world rushing by. I’ll take the concussions, broken bones, stitches, blood, all of that. It’s worth it for the freedom of not answering to anybody but myself.

- Ed 

Insight from Ed (Part 5)

One thing you have to realize, is that as skateboarders, we’re all junkies chasing that first fix. Ask any skateboarder when they knew skating was right for them, or when they first felt it click, and you’ll probably get some version of “The first time I pushed down my street”. That is the birth of stoke, pure genuine passion for skating.

For some people, they can get back to that first fix by pushing down their street, and they’re probably the lucky ones. Others have to push for long distances to feel it again. There are those who get that feeling again by soaring through the air, trusting their board to let them roll away unscathed. Some have to do flip tricks, stairs, rails, ledges, boxes. A few even have to get buck on some pool coping to keep pushing it and feel a taste of that first fix again. A lot of us have to go fast and put it all on the line, wind in our face and pavement rushing underneath, where nothing else matters and your skateboard is your tool enabling you to feel that rush again.

All of us, no matter what, will eat shit. If you don’t like slamming, you’re probably lying. That pain comes as a price for chasing your addiction, it’s going to happen, and you can either get mad, or laugh it off.

Skateboarding is an addiction, and we’re all fucking junkies. Live with it, dig it, and go chase that first fix.

Ed talks about his dad (and skateboarding)

You know, I really don’t like the guy, but there’s one good thing I can remember him doing for me. I was about 13 or 14 and riding a Blind Ronnie Creager pro model over to his house. Oh yeah I had the thing hooked up with some Phantom trucks (does anyone even ride those anymore?) and some 48ish millimeter wheels. On my way there, the board shot out into the street, and run over by three cars on Bay Parkway. The entire setup was totaled. I picked up the pieces and walked the rest of the way.

When I got to his house, he asked what happened and I told him. Then he asked me if I wanted a new skateboard. I was surprised, because I’d never really told him how much I like skateboarding. I said no, because I wasn’t really good at skateboarding and felt like it would be a waste of money. He then told me something I’ve never forgotten.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re good at it, you need a skateboard for when you’re pissed off and you go out and skate and feel better. You’ve never cared about sports but you care about this.”

I got a new board the next week, and that’s probably the reason I still skate today. Because talking to my dad made me realize that it doesn’t matter how “good” you are as long as you love skateboarding.

A little while after that, I started waking up at 6AM to skate before school, but that’s a story for another time.

- Ed 

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Skateboarding is not a job.

You cant quit skateboarding, just like you cant quit your addiction to eating good, because if you dont you die so why not enjoy yourself. It’s the individuals that on their trip from “I’m going to give this a try” to “insert something uniquely specific for yourself”, have rerouted their trip to swing by new check points of niches that the skateboarding umbrella covers and suddenly come to realize that theres so much to learn and so little time.

Those who recall, that its the trip and not destination, realize that maybe this newly discovered love to cruiser longboard has evolved into, chasing cars down the hill in a pair of leathers,taking the illest most technical line to whoop ass in a race passion or maybe using land paddle stick to loath away in sun down the beach jam . Which ever cocktail of skatan fancies you, so do our tastes differ but we all fucking love eating, so do we all love skateboarding regardless of its kind. 

Then theres people like me who love putting everything in their sandwich, freeriding( yes at some point it happened theres even video of it), tech sliding,transitions, mini ramps, traffic shredding, bowls, slappies, sandwiched in between double kick tech slidders, old schol reissues and supercharged push decks to cook that up and feast on because your skateboarding is only limited by your mind so feed it some imagination.

-Andriy 

Sandwich:toasted bun, avocado, bacon, turkey, grilled mozzarella cheese middle bun, thanksgiving leftover roast beef, fried tomatoes with garlic, lettuce and caesar dressing. 

P.S. Some Steve Kong to go with that post because homie got served a foot injury trying some new cuisine but spicy food aint got shit on Steve. 
 

Skateboarding and Fluency (Part 1)

Skateboarding is the only language I can partake in that offers any sort of fluency. You don’t need to actually speak to connect with people and communicate. There is a mutual understanding when you interact with your environment using the same means as those around you. For many people, finding a voice through skateboarding makes more sense than anything else. Skateboarding is something you can do on your own, but it also breeds friendships through interpreting the tricks, bails, and styles of those around you. Skate sessions with the homies are more than just a bunch of friends meeting up to have fun (though much fun is had). They are conversations using a language that outsiders could never understand.

I prefer my skateboarding to my actual voice, even if that means slamming on my face trying to participate in the conversation going on.

- Ed 

“The Friday Night Rip: or how a weekly skate session changed my life”

The Friday night Rip is a weekly session held on the main loop in Prospect Park, Brooklyn every friday where men, women, and children of all ages come out from all around to skate, chill, whatever. It’s come as you are. All skill levels are welcome. From people who were just learning how to skate to street skaters, techsliders, longboarders, slalomers, what have you. Theres a nice section of grass with a curbed bordering it where people would sit in fold out chairs, brown bag beers, talk, bullshit and spectate the skaters shredding down the hill. Some of that still goes on heh heh.

It was probably the most lively weekly skateboard session happening on the east coast in its heyday. Hell, it was the most active thread on Silverfish at the time! (Friday night rip silverfish thread) The session still goes on, of course, but i don’t think it was nearly as strong as it was a few years ago. I surmise that it was a combination of people moving on with their lives and a paradigm shift in downhill scene changing rapidly at that time. There is, of course, nothing wrong with that! People move away, some get married, some move onto to bigger “better” stuff in their skateboarding, and some even had twins! The rip had a HUGE impact on my life and where i’m at right now. I still go every so often… I honestly can’t say where i would be right now if i didn’t meet Earthwing.

It was the middle of Spring in 2007 when i first heard about Earthwing skateboards and the rip from my friends Jim Mcmahon and Ryan Piqioun. Jim told me that there was this skateboard team that came out to Prospect Park every friday. We were beyond stoked to meet these guys, so we went that following friday. When we arrived at the spot, we were pretty nervous to meet them. So we sat across the section of grass where everyone else was sitting and watched everyone shred. We were taken aback at the maneuvers these guys were doing. All we did and all we knew what to do was bomb the hill on the other side of the park- no helmets, no gloves and against traffic- and race each other to the bottom. These guys were going fast down this hill so they could put their hands down on the pavement to put the board and themselves sideways in the most creative ways possible. Shortly thereafter a young Mac Kelly came over to us and told us that they were cool and we should come over to their side. We did…and from then on i was hooked.

From there we hit the rip session up every week and eventually we learned how to slide from the Earthwing riders and hit up local events like the Broadway Bomb, Central Park Race, and The Jersey Jumpoff. These were some of the most memorable times of my life. With help from Brian Dencklau and Jessica Corchia as well the rest of the team I began to get better and better at sliding. I began to place in some slidejams that Earthwing hosted then eventually, Brian Petrie saw that i was fit to be on Earthwing, so he put me on the team. I was on cloud fucking 9. After that i was really a part of the family. I would come along on trips to slidejams, go to what they called “the old man bar” where Jess would sneak me some beers, etc. I would go on with some mushy, emotional shit but ain’t nobody got time for that. I think i’ve gone on a little too much, actually!

The rest is history. Today, we have a new contingent of little skaterats carrying on the essence of what the rip had. Eventually they’ll get older and pass torch to the next generation. I just hope that flame never dies. I don’t think i’ll ever forget that singular moment at the rip when i first saw the Earthwing riders sliding down the hill with such speed and elegance.

Ugh, goddamn this rain, making me all nostalgic and shit.

-Steve 

Insight from Ed (Part 2)

What’s fun to do in your free time, and what’s worth filming can be two completely different things. Sometimes what you do while skating is like jerking off, fun to do in your alone time, not okay to film and broadcast. Nobody wants to see that. Example? When you’re carving down a mellow hill on your cruiser. Fun to do? Absolutely. I do it all the time on my way home. Worth filming? Probably not. Do people want to watch that? Also probably not. Food for thought.

- Ed 

Insight from Ed (Part 1)

Every now and then I’m gonna write some thoughts and stuff about skateboarding. Put stuff in the ask box if you’d like to talk about it… Ok here goes:

“It’s a hard thing to understand, some people like to be seen and some people don’t like to be seen. Like an art form. It’s more like to not compare, it’s more like to appreciate others. I think it’s all up to individuals and that’s why I think skateboarding is such a neat sport. It gives people a chance to express themselves in their own way, it’s an individual type of sport, skateboarding.” - Mark Gonzales (1996)

That being said, what leads to comparisons? I refuse to believe that it’s because people don’t “get it”, mostly because I believe that deep down most skateboarders understand the concept of what Gonz said 17 years ago.

I believe that comparisons are drawn due to people not appreciating what others do on their board. I have been guilty of this myself. What I think is we as a collective whole should reanalyze how we watch other skateboarders, to not compare, but to appreciate, and if someone is doing something you don’t think is cool, that you can’t appreciate, don’t compare them to others, but rather make it about them and their skating. Decide that you don’t like their style, and move on. No need for pissing contests saying someone is better than someone else. 

As a skater, you know what’s aesthetically pleasing to YOU, and true to skateboarding. Stick with that, be happy with your skating, and if you’re not, keep pushin’ and get to the point where you are happy.

- Ed