Occupy Update From Shaggy

November 17th, 2011 | 3:35 pm | Quarter-Diary | No Comments

Saw Shaggy (of Handjob Sk8 Zine and Slap mail bag fame) skating around downtown when the protests were starting to get underway. He sent over a letter to the QS office about two weeks back to chronicle his time spent there, and other varying developments.

YO, HOW ABOUT OCCUPYING SOMETHING THAT’S NOT A SKATE SPOT?

November 17th, 2011 | 1:44 pm | Daily News | 12 Comments

This whole Occupy Wall Street thing is making skateboarding in a major city more annoying than it already is. Initially, we commended their idealistic goals and the nobility of being disruptive for the sake of making a point, and even sought to adopt their model for matters more closely related to skating, but that’s over. Protesting for the rights of “the 99%” is cool and all, but please, for the love of God, choose a space that doesn’t have good ledges in it. You might annoy a few stockbrokers with your kitschy signs and “Kumbaya” chants, but you’re pissing us off way more.

New York: How are you going to get kicked out of one skate spot (Zuccotti), and then go seven blocks up the street to another skate spot (Foley Square / Black Hubba)? This isn’t “Go Skateboarding Day,” and all of you aren’t sixteen-years-old and on skateboards. All the bums/junkies taking up temporary residence among Zuccotti protesters probably licked all the wax off the ledges by now, and that place is surely destined to be even more of a colossal bust once the weather hits below freezing and this is all over.

Philadelphia: They’re camped out all over City Hall, but at least skateboarders have started to fight back. And who the hell brings a movable children’s playpen to an “Occupy” protest? You’re raising your kids in a tent at City Hall?

Minneapolis: Yet again, one of the city’s best spots became an “Occupy” tent city. It’s 27 degrees in Minneapolis right now, so that one will probably last right up to the point when you can’t actually skate until spring.

Do what you do — we’re cool with you trying to end the Federal Reserve because it’ll make skating the best gap in downtown Manhattan way easier, and hopefully, if you succeed, major scenes from Die Hard With a Vengeance might become realities. Only like six skateboarders are a part of the 1% (I see you Nyjah), so there’s no reason Occupy Wall Street should be making our lives more difficult. The New York Parks Department’s website says there are 1700 public spaces in the city. Most of those don’t have marble ledges. Have fun at any of those you want.

THE GOOD NEWS: One of those idiot security guards from the building (i.e. the ones that kick you out for skating and take their jobs waaaaay too seriously), got fired for calling some guy a “faggot.” Keep those cameras rolling next time you get the boot.

Occupy Seaport

October 5th, 2011 | 12:19 pm | Spot Updates | 5 Comments

“Skipping occupy Wall St. and looking to start an occupy that new park by Seaport movement.” — Roctakon

By now, the period for high hopes is long gone, and there appears to be no chance of the lies you were told throughout the summer becoming truths. Taji’s mom didn’t design it, Rob Campbell didn’t build it, California Skateparks didn’t pour the concrete, and Mayor Bloomberg isn’t going to let you skate it after he does a 9/11 ceremony there, considering there was no 9/11 ceremony here to begin with. There’s going to be a restaurant on the north side, and a dog park on the south, so the new security guard favorite, “We’ll talk to the park and see if they can open an area designated for skateboarding” isn’t going to come true either. (Evidently, security guards are the ones who dictate the allocation of public space.)

Though Occupy Wall Street’s objective(s) may be all over the place, its “99% against the greedy 1%” mantra aptly falls under the “allergic to stupid shit” umbrella. Whether they aim to combat stupid shit with more stupid shit remains to be seen. This skateboarding site does not care to dwell on the movement’s convoluted political goals, but it does applaud them for sitting in at a skate spot for multiple weeks and trying to make a point, as their headquarters are at Zuccotti Park, or what skateboarders simply call “World Trade Center.”

With Seaport, our goals have more to do with the structure of the spot, and the greed of the dog walkers and lunchtime office workers taking a much larger piece of the pie than they deserve. Preventing skateboarding in a place designed for it falls in line with “allergic to stupid shit” principles, and we will need to adjust our percentages to reflect lunch-hour crowds and dog walkers v.s. skateboarders to qualify the inequities plaguing this spot. A Wall Street Journal columnist described Occupy Wall Street as “a Tea Party with brains.” Occupy Seaport will be an angry-kid-throwing-a-tantrum-cursing-at-security-and-refusing-to-leave with brains.

There are two security guards here, and an entire downtown police force busy with protesters. It’s time we take back the Seaport, and see this movement spread to other spots, and eventually, other cities. Occupation is set to begin after Roctakon’s birthday party on Friday.

See you on Saturday.

P.S. Do you think those fully lit volleyball courts in Tribeca are still PACKED now that the weather in New York is consistently below sixty degrees?

P.P.S. If not the Seaport, this plaza in Cologne, Germany is basically what we need…not parks full of ramps up to ledges and a fifteen-skater capacity. Ledges, banks, flat, that’s it. But then again, the Germans were always ahead of the game with engineering.