Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Anonymous said: I think with shit like Nike and reality TV skateboarding is no longer punk. Am I right?

You are wrong. While it is true that Nike and reality TV and all that sort of thing are not punk rock, skateboarding remains punk rock. The reason for this is that skateboarding, like graffiti and punk rock, despite however much its iconography is borrowed by advertisers can never be fully co-opted as it has as part of its centre, its essential spark, something that is almost wholly abhorrent to the clean forces of capitalism, in punk rock’s case it’s an unshakable coarseness, and in skateboarding and graffiti’s case it’s a supreme disregard for notions of private property. However much Nike promote skateboarding, you can be pretty sure that if you try and hit a rail outside their corporate HQ you’d be chased off by security guards in no little time.

And what’s more, even if someone’s initial impetus for getting into skateboarding is informed mainly by reality shows and those ridiculous huge arena tours that look like fucking KISS concerts for all their pyrotechnics and bombast, when the kid who’s in thrall to that picks up a skateboard they’re not gonna be doing that because that’s impossible, they’re gonna be doing slappies on the curb outside their house just like every other skaterat. Similarly, a band composed of kids who want to sound slick and huge as all their favourite Warped Tour bands sound like that, aren’t just gonna magically sound like professional musicians in a big studio when they start, they’re gonna sound more like The Mummies, enthusiastic and shitty, and they’re gonna end up playing the same backroom bars and house parties everyone else does and chances are that these groups of kids with find out that the noisy sloppy basement shows and days spent hanging out in parking lots goading friends into landing 3-flips down mini-gaps are way cooler than some homogenised corporate facsimile of that whole thing.


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