CRETIN: /kret'in/, /kree'tn/, n.
Congenital loser; an obnoxious person; someone who can't do anything right

CONCRETIN: /kahn'kret'in/, /kahn'kree'tn/, n.
Cretin who loves to skate concrete

Monday, October 31, 2011

Skateboarding VS. Architecture

This vid, from Auckland, NZ does a good job of illustrating both sides of city planning for public spaces versus skateboarders. And it's in a civil and positive documentary type presentation. It really should never be us versus them.

Skateboarding VS Architecture: A Study of Public Space and Materiality in Auckland City from SwineTrotters on Vimeo.

A worn ledge is absolutely NOT blatant vandalism like a ridiculous initial tag of some gangster-wanna-be jackass. My street skating consists of a daily commute on a cruiser board. No kickflips down stairs, no wall rides, and no noseslides on ledges. Not because I don't see the opportunities, but because I don't bounce any more. I see many things that I just can't physically attempt any longer. And it ain't no thang. I get lots o' fun rollin' with Kooks and Cretins at private ramps and public skateparks, more fun than any security guard ending session I've ever had.

But for any pedestrian reading this, you want to empower someone? I mean really make someone surprise themselves? Next time you see some skater bail a backside 180 down a set of stairs. Don't scowl or bitch or roll your eyes. Tell 'em, "Get back up and make that shit!" Next try, it's a guaranteed make.