Recently there have been a lot of these “What I really do” memes and images on Facebook and other sites, so here is Skatessentials contribution for Skaters!
So what do you really do? Leave your comments below!
It has just been reported that Ryan Dunn of Jackass fame, has been killed in a car crash.
The crash occurred early Monday morning on June 20, 2011 and apparently the car burst into flames upon impact with trees.
MTV and the Jackass family created this special episode to honor Ryan, a special tribute to his life. It’s well worth a watch.
Jackass and Ryan Dunn’s crazy antics have become iconic for our generation and Skatessentials extends it’s deepest condolences to Ryan’s family and friends. You will be greatly missed. RIP
Nobody really knows who designed the first skateboard, but what we do know is that since the first riders took to their homemade board back in the late 1940′s, skateboarding has taken on a unique niche in society and has developed its own culture, fashion and lifestyle trends.
In the early days the first ideas for skateboarding were born out of frustrated Californian surfers who wanted to be able to indulge their surfing cravings even when the waves were not up to the job. Surfers fashioned together planks of wood or wooden boxes with roller skates attached to the bottom and soon the craze for “sidewalk surfing” became popular with the surfing community in California. Somewhere around the early 1950′s a Los Angeles based surf shop struck up a deal with roller skate manufacturers to provide sets of wheels which they then attached to wooden boards for use by surfers when the waves were too flat to hit the ocean.
By the 1970′s the company Cadillac Wheels led by Frank Nasworthy started mass producing plastic boards which were far superior in traction and performance than their rudimentary predecessors and soon the freestyle skateboarding movement was born, with skaters performing ever more daring tricks and stunts on their skateboards. By the 1980′s the development of purpose built skate parks was spreading around the globe and the number of riders honing their skills on adrenaline pumping vertical or “vert” ramps was on the increase the world over.
Modern skateboarding has moved out of the skate park and onto the streets, with skaters seeing the various steps, benches, ramps and rails around shopping centers and parking lots as their skate area. Skaters still frequent good skate parks to hone their trick skills but for the dedicated street skater nothing quite commands the same respect as owning tricks using everyday objects and structures.
As the interest and variety of skateboarding has evolved, so has the lifestyle and culture associated with it. As the early skaters were predominantly surfers in their downtime, the culture of a laid back attitude and positive outlook on life has continued to run through skateboarding culture to this day. However, pure skateboarders have also developed their own unique image, initially tied to the punk music scene but more recently encompassing also hip hop, rock and reggae too.
Skateboarding magazines have helped this culture to grow and develop, with Thrasher being an early publication which has remained popular over time. Thrasher depicted the world of the skateboarder as hardcore, rebellious and rude, so competitor magazine, Transworld Skateboarding evolved to be a more kid friendly, clean cut image of the lifestyle which has proved equally successful over time.
Skaters have adopted certain clothing and brands which are seen as part of their culture. Even when seen without their skateboard a skater can often be identified by their attire, from their Animal hoody to their etnies and DC shoes. Of course much of this style has been adopted by non skaters who like the image, but for real skating fanatics it is not just about skateboarding or fashion, it is a way of life.
UPDATE: 2016 deals are being added as they are released. Check back often!
Black Friday & Cyber Monday for Skaters! The days after Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving weekend (also known as Black Friday – Cyber Monday) are known for having some of the best sales available and luckily this year there are great buys to be had on skateboarding gear as well. Each year the deals grow and 2016 is shaping up to be the biggest year yet.
We work hard to list the very best discounts for your chance to find the perfect black friday skateboard gear and gifts online! [Read more...]
Finding the best deals on great clothes is not always the easiest thing to do and that can keep you strapped for cash when you absolutely need the latest fashions.
The good news is that PacSun coupons, promotion codes and different kinds of discounts are offered regularly on some of the hottest styles to keep you geared up and looking good without spending your last dime.
CHECK OUT THESE LIMITED TIME DEALS!
The other day a good friend sent a story on why he loves skateboarding. Josten Dooley is the young skater/entrepreneur mastermind behind positivewayoflife.com where he shares uplifting caveats of introspective wisdom and positive thinking almost daily.
So without further adieu, here’s Josten:
Have you been looking all over for a deal on the BB Dakota Jacket? Now the exact jacket worn by Bella (Kristen Stewart) in Twilight
is available for online purchase exclusively at pacsun and it has been selling like crazy. Update: The jacket is currently sold out at PacSun and we are anxiously awaiting the re-release, in the meantime you can still find great gear here:
Don’t miss your chance to get your FREE copy of the brand new Etnies Japan and Barcelona skate tour dvd! Starting August 10th, 2009 until supplies last, Etnies is sending out this free skate dvd along with any online purchase (excluding custom shoes).