By Andres Pachon
A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.
Born in February 1975 he is an American born Korean Professional skateboarder highly recognized by his signature “technical street skateboarding”. He started skateboarding by the age of 14 when his mother gave him his first board and shortly after he got sponsored by a local skate shop in CA called Sporting Ideas, ever since he has been unstoppable.
When he was a young boy he stood out due to his artistic skills and even mentioned in an interview how his parents, like most asian parents and families expected for him to be a doctor or a scientist, he defied all expectations to become his own self which he found standing on a board.
He also mentions how the difficulties growing up in a tough neighborhood pushed him to pursue skateboarding not as a career but more of a means to escape from all the dark stuff going on in his life at the time like the family issues or gang wars going on in his surroundings that actually even got some of his friends to quit skateboarding and some even killed, skateboarding became a beautiful reality that managed to get him out of this environment and out to cruise the entire world!!
He has been around various different times in skateboarding and has also influenced many people along the way. He has been recognized and mentioned by many pros as one of the most influential skateboarders and was recognized as the 29th most influential skater of all times by Transworld Skateboarding and also got one of the biggest skate honors being named skater of the year by Thrasher Magazine in 2006. Some of his biggest influences were Rodney Mullen (link), Natas Kaunas, Christian Hosoi,(link) Chris Hassan and Eric Dresden.
Skateboarding for Song
It’s is very difficult to realize how big any aspect of someone's life is unless you can hear it from the source itself, so we will let song explain this to you as he explained in an interview for Juice Magazine:
“I like skateboarding for what it is. I like being able to do it by myself. You need another person to hit the ball. You need someone to pitch something at you or block for you to make a basket. With skateboarding, I just pick up my board and do exactly what I want to do. Some days I have a good day and some days I feel like a complete dip-shit; like I’ve never been skateboarding in my life. I love the experience of it. I love the fact that on one day I can do everything I’ve ever learned and the next day I feel like I’ve lost everything. That’s skateboarding. It’s amazing. I like the challenges. Skateboarding is one of the most challenging things”
Some powerful SHIT®️ coming out of this legends mouth.
There you have it my dudes and dudettes, once again, a clear example of how skateboarding can change so many lives in it's few decades of existing!