High School Artifacts

Despite Danny’s “2004-2005” labeling, this video was completely filmed in 2004, with maybe a few instances of mid-to-late 2003 in between. By the time 2005 had rolled around, Danny was heavy into capital-F fashion and devising mildly racist reasoning as to why white people over the age of eighteen can be written off as immature if they listen to rap music. (This was also three years after Danny Weiss handed me over his walkman while sitting on the TF bench with “Bad News” playing, and asked if I had heard of this 50 Cent character.) The Miles of 2005 was wearing weird tee shirts, skating with a cassette player after falling on his iPod too many times (The cassette player would later break on an intoxicated, 6 A.M. Indoor Ten ollie attempt amidst weekday morning commuter traffic) and preparing for two-years in college that were almost completely spent on academic probation. So, yeah, this is wholly a product of junior year in high school, and not a year later. (It was also the summer that 12th and A was discovered, as you can see from the abundance of fresh benches and bare walls.)

So if you’re in high school now, you’re going to have a lot of weird facts to remember about your friends four or five years down the line, as everyone’s going through a phase where they worry about making themselves different and “unique” right before college, and attempt to convince the world that they were once not adamant 50 Cent fans. Also, eighty-percent of people in New York get worse at skating after their nineteenth birthday because they discover less noble activities. So keep that in mind if you’re going to be rude enough to compare it with this website’s current output.

8 Comments

  1. Oh shit I need to get my shit together….this footage was influenced directly by drugs and photosynthesis

  2. Fluctuations in dress and style are part and parcel of skateboarding.

    For example, Chris Cole used to wear yellow camo tanktops and UFO pants when he did switch hardflips off the high ledge and over the can at Love Park; but only once he changed his gear with Thomasian advice was he palatable to the skate media for consumption.

    Weird.

    Perhaps Weiss and Marquez are easier to look at these days for some and harder to look at for others, and they each took some time to grow into their own unique styles of dressing. But also like Cole, they were always ill at skateboarding.

    It’s lame that the way a person dresses matters so much, when it’s the way they skate that seems a more appropriate measure of style.


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