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About the Video

This video project is geared towards getting at the aspects of skateboarding that don’t involve riding a skateboard. The fact of the matter is that each skater has a portion of their life devoted to riding, while the remaining portions require the individual to devote to them other parts of themselves. In the same way that each person’s skateboarding is different, such is the same with the rest of their lives.

We often say that we “eat, drink, and breathe skateboarding,” but the reality is that we do other stuff as well. We spend time with our friends and family, we go to work, we sleep, watch movies, and maybe also play games. These other aspects of our lives have a direct influence on our skateboarding, whether or not we realize it.

Some of us have come to realize that everything we do has a consequence, whether it be good or bad. If we’re intentional with the way we live our lives, we can improve our quality of life (i.e. eating healthier, drinking an adequate amount of water, and sleeping roughly 8 hours every night).

Skate culture, as I have seen, promotes rambunctious & anarchical chaos. There’s undoubtedly a few nuggets of wisdom that can be pulled from this, such as: maintaining the status quo is not always a good idea, metaphorically ruffling others’ feathers can sometimes be a good thing, and that being considered ‘crazy’ isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Unfortunately, it is often the case that the metaphorical envelope is pushed too far; these seemingly well-intentioned pursuits are frequently done to the extreme, causing damage to skaters themselves, as well as others around them. This is glaringly obvious in the case of those who have fallen into addiction. However, even those who are free from substance use are not exempt from wreaking such havoc.

Vulgar language, hostility, and rudeness are seen as commonplace in skateboarding from many outside its’ inner circles. A quick visit to Thrasher’s YouTube channel might cause one’s grandmother to have a stroke as she’s bombarded with occultist imagery, the sight of blood, and shrieks of anger and pain within a matter of seconds.

Of course, our exposure to injury is a risk we take on every time we step on our boards. It’s thus unsurprising how frequently we get hurt and consequently yelp in agony. However, these aspects are largely out of our control (assuming that we make the decision to continue skating in spite of them). With that in mind, it seems both valuable and necessary to consider which aspects are within our control.

As adults, we get to choose what we eat, when we go to bed, whether or not we read books, how often we stretch, what career we pursue, how to regulate our emotions, when we will engage in self-care, what words we will allow to come out of our mouths, and so much more. If we’re living our lives on ‘autopilot,’ we’re giving up our right to create the best lives possible for ourselves. I don’t believe that this is ideal, and hopefully you don’t either.

If you’re willing to explore the notion of changing for the better, I urge you to voice that in a way which permits me to encourage you. We never know when we’ll take our last breath, so starting right here and now is the best decision you can make. To help lead others to do the same, ask how you can get involved in this video project. That is its’ purpose.

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