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How Skateboarding is Part of the Artistic Subculture

By Andres Pachon

A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.


The first thing that comes to mind when we talk about skateboarding isn’t always art, and maybe sometimes it is, because art is the greatest expression of freedom and we can see it within skateboarding. Without it’s creative or artistic freedom, skateboarding would be just another activity like any other, but it’s creative force makes it something more.


Skateboarding Culture Connected With Art

Photo: Jason Lee (Unsplash)

Skaters have a deep connection to their boards, making them a part of them and treating them like an extension of themselves. It becomes a personal thing because they know a board is always different and you can always ride other ones but it wouldn’t feel like your own. That is why the art on the board is seen as a very important thing for some. When they are searching for a board, most skaters try to find one with art that relates to them, or customize them so they can be a reflection of themselves.






An Extension Of The Skaters Creative Mind

Photo: Mikael Cho (Unsplash)

The skateboarding culture has everything to do with creative individuals. It could be adding stickers to the boards, designing them with some software or just painting them like true artists. Skateboard art is just a very important part of it’s sub-culture environment, and as great as imagination can be, the art options skateboarding offers to anyone are amazing. Art and culture in skateboarding go hand in hand like no other.

So if you have a board don’t think for a second it is just a piece of wood because it ain’t, that board is part of your lifestyle now and it must show how you see yourself in this community that is skateboarding. It could not only work as a way for the rest to see who you are on your board, it will also allow you to feel identified, feeling is not only riding for the sake of riding itself, but it also represents you in an artistic way. So if you think on having your own design or something, always try to think what you want to express through it, the outcome may surprise you.



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