By Andres Pachon
A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.
We see art everyday, and some forms of art are perceived to be counter-culture for some generations. This is art made by the real rebels that doesn’t agree on the rules of the world, and they feel the need to put that on display. This rebel sense usually come from creative people, and the people that surround them starts to see the world differently as well. Seeing the streets as a canvas waiting to be painted. So we can say that today one of these rebelious art forms are skateboarding.
Being a Rebel Is Not a Crime
Photo: Jason Lee (Unsplash)
Maybe for the general eye skateboarding can be seen as a sport but the reality is that most skateboarders don’t compete, they perform in events and skate tours or just when they feel like it. We can say that some skateboarders are true artists that want to show what skateboarding is for them and perform their art every time they can. Even professional skaters carry these rebel feeling within them. Some may be sponsored by huge brands but that doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy finding places not made for skateboarding and just skate there.
It's this counter culture attitude that attracts lots of people to jump on a skateboard. Just in U.S. millions of people have become skateboarders this last decade. And in those millions it's easy to find really hardcore skaters, improving their craft at every chance they got. To them it is not about body weight, your social position or how much cash you got.
Our Mini QA Interview With Argentinian Skater Facu Sotomayor:
In connection with this article we talked with Argentinian Skater Facu Sotomayor @favu_vial_sotomayor about his experience with skateboarding culture and rebellion. Let's get to it:
SHIT®: What situations have you experiences in which you see the oppression in skateboarding?
Facu: I was in the Chilean revolution and witnessed how the police beat the skaters, there were also people who wanted to steal cameras, it was the hardest thing I've ever witnessed and experienced.
SHIT®: For you, how has the perception of skateboarding evolved over the years?
Facu: It seems to me that skating has changed in the way that it is being performed. For example there are now events such as major competitions and the Olympics. It also evolved its presence in social medias, the ease of being able to share the passion of skating through posting, making videos, and really that is the path of rebellion I choose now.
SHIT®: Have you felt judged for skateboarding?
Facu: In fact, during new years I was recording a clip in Buenos Aires and they kicked me out for hitting a spot. Things like that make you not want to continue or really motivate you to go ahead and enjoy skateboarding.
Skateboarding Beyond The Streets
You skate because of the excitement and adrenaline it brings to your life, it makes you part of something bigger and you embrace it without complaints. Anyone can be part of it and be against a traditional way of living. The skateboard rebellion reaches places with different expressions such as music. Since the 80s, punk rock music has been attached to the culture, because of their anarchistic form of self-expression. Skate punk grew as a unique music genre and bands like Black Flag and NOFX represent it. Now it may be more accepted in the mainstream but the anarchistic foundations are still there, ensuring the continuity of it’s musical influence.
Almost everybody associate skateboarding with danger, laziness and a marginalized group. They might be right in thinking that but they should also add creativity, risk and fucking freedom. We are talking of an activity that is accompanied by physical injury, blood and sweat. A culture where individuals have a badass DIY attitude, making unique styles and identities that doesn’t care what everyone else think or say. So keep the rebellion, keep the revolution and challenge the system through skateboarding.
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