I am by no means a pro anything when it comes to sports, but I really, really love them. I was pretty much raised a boy, and when I first tried skateboard, it was love at first bust! So, being a wannabe writer and avid skater, I thought I'd put the two together and see what happened, here goes!
When skateboarding began it was largely associated with the surfing culture. It was about being laid back and then tackling sport with 110 percent effort. Fashion, music and even language is influenced by skateboarding and this is what makes it so cool. This one sport was able to create its own culture within the American culture.
In skateboarding there are no rules and everything is about being independent and free thinking. You can skateboard anywhere and anytime. Well, there are plenty of “no skateboarding” signs in major downtown areas, but you will still see skaters in these areas. It is not about breaking the law and skateboarders are not criminals. It is about being free and simply having a major passion for not only the sport, but the culture too.
There are a variety of clothing brands that were developed with the skateboarding culture in mind. Now, the styles have changed over the years. For example, pants used to be super baggy and have really wide legs. Nowadays, most skaters are going for the skinny jeans. T-shirts have pretty much stayed the same and when the weather gets cool you will find just about every skateboarding sporting a hoodie with their favorite brand splashed across the front of it. Shoes are wide and durable and some have plastic on the soles so that they double as grind shoes.
Alternative rock and hip hop are what you will hear skateboarders listening to. Because of this we are seeing some new bands come out that combine both alternative rock and hip hop. There is no actual name for this type of music as of yet, but it is incredibly popular. If you have listened to the radio lately you have surely heard this type of music played as it is played on all rock and popular music stations. It generally starts out with rock and then has some hip hop in there somewhere. Sometimes there are alternative rock and hip hop artists collaborating to create this music.
Hardcore skateboarders are going for custom decks. They choose pieces that then put it together themselves. Brands like Penny skateboards have what is needed to build a custom board completely from scratch. Of course, you do not need to build a board from scratch because you can find good quality boards that are fully put together both online and in local skate shops.