There is no shortage of evidence to conclude that the future has proven to be a colossal disappointment. Even the dystopias predicted by Hollywood for the better part of a century feel sexier than the actual calamities humans face today. We were promised alien invasions and flying cars; instead, we have a plague and can order a burrito to arrive at our door via a piece of glass.
Skateboarding’s future is also no stranger to sexy, doomsayer predictions.
For years, we’ve heard about this mythical “just wait!” when skateboarding isn’t “cool” anymore and only the #true #believers remain.
Elders warn us about the homogenization of skaters growing up in skateparks, creating an army of robot-zombies who can switch flip back tail on their 365th day of skateboarding, but who you can’t tell apart from the other seven thousand robot-zombies who can switch flip back tail.
Some even insist on a hot take that street skateboarding will cease to exist in the near future — much like the vert collapse in the early 80s — due to more effective skate deterrents, and a general lack of interest in tackling the variables associated with street spots.
Andrew Wilson via @vadimovich
Dustin Henry via “Kiddo“
A poetic lens might look at us with nostalgia. Here are these grown adults — some of whom even have girlfriends (!) and jobs (!!) — retaining a childlike wonder towards the most mundane scraps of the world. (We were at Stroud two Fridays back, and watched a parent have to pry their five-year-old away from a piece of plywood placed halfway on top of a parking block, creating a makeshift seesaw. We felt the crying child’s heartbreak deep in our souls, and knew a skateboard was in their future.)
While the rest of the world is on two pills with their VR goggles on as everything is engulfed in flames, we’ll be in a Mad Max-style caravan running over every street sign, building the post-apocalyptic poleparks of what remains of our futures ♥
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