Here’s basically what I said for my five-minute comments at the #221bcon2017 Yuri on Ice panel.
Notes on genre and political context for Yuri on Ice
Yuri and Victor, the main couple, are examples of what Mark Gatiss describes as “incidentally gay,” meaning their sexual orientation isn’t the main focus of the story.
In my opinion, YOI is primarily a skating story that has male/male romance in it because it’s structured around the rhythms of the skating season. We get to see the full programs of even the minor characters. It’s so accurate about technique and everyday social details that actual figure skaters are obsessed. It’s an insider’s portrayal of figure skating as a subculture. That explains why homophobia and gaybashing aren’t intrusive plot elements.
Figure skating is at once the gayest sport and a homophobic sport.
Yeah! The new boards from Solid Skateboards just arrived!
This is kind of my company, as I’m the creative director, designing all the graphics, logos, choosing the colour ways of the hardware, and designing the specific shapes for specific age ranges.
From left to right:
Beginners board. This is for the 3 to 6 age range. We know that kids spend as much time kneeling or sitting as standing when they begin, so we made this one wide, 8 inches, and have developed a special foam grip tape, to protect knees and clothes - it will grip, but it won’t rip!
The Twin Tail is for 5 to 10 year olds. A more regular shape, but with identical nose and tail to encourage switch stance skating, creating a future generation of ultimate rippers!
The Kids Kruiser is for the skater 8 years and older that can’t decide whether they want a regular board or a longboard. We also make a longboard, but those sold out straight away, so I don’t have one yet!
All these boards come with Gumball wheels, 53mm and 85a - softer than a regular wheel so they don’t stop dead on little stones, so your kid will slam less and have more fun.
If you’re thinking about buying a board for your son or daughter, invest in one designed by skateboarders and made with professional standard parts. That way they’ll enjoy themselves way more, and your money will have been well spent.
TBT to Grosso getting inverted at last year’s Red Bull Skate Generation at Pedro Barros’ house. Next weekend’s contest will go down at the all new Rio Tavares Skatepark. Look for all the live webcast details next week.