Questionable August 2003

Support is in the eye of the beholder. Do your part (whatever you decide that is) to make your driveway, your street, your school yard, or your entire city into a place where people ride skateboards, and your scene will never die.

This month’s Questionable question: What are you doing to support your local skate scene?

“Me and my friends got sick of going to the town warehouse and stealing lumber to make ramps, so we took the initiative and went to City Hall. Eventually, they were generous enough to spend around 20,000 dollars on a skatepark for us. It’s no FDR, but that’s all we wanted—a couple quarterpipes and a few rails. Now all there’s left to buy is a cattle prod for those Rollerblades who think they own the place.—Ando Hirschbach, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada

“Me, my local skate crew, my high school, and the owner of our local shop are in the process of building a skatepark. Finally our state of Nebraska will have a skatepark that was made by skaters, for skaters. After all, we all can’t afford to get tickets from ‘Campo’ every weekend.—Bud, Lincoln, Nebraska

“Beat the shit out of poseurs.—Anon, Coolguy City

“My local skate spot? Ha, ha. Some crappy playground. But me and my friends fix the place up a bit and just tell people to come up and chill. Now everyone skates there.—Rob Landay, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“The best thing to do for the local skate scene is promote it. Let your boys know that it’s lame ordering all your stuff through mail-order—there’s almost always a local shop. There are way too many people making money off skating who have never even stepped foot on a board. I don’t hate mail-order, I just love the underground scene.—Mike Gadbois, New Bedrod, Massachusetts

“I actually do a couple things to help out. Not only am I helping other skaters, but I’m makin’ the community look better when I sweep out curbs so they’re easier to grind. I always ask before waxing any curbs. Also, I am trying to erase the bad skater rep by always being polite to joggers, dog walkers, et cetera.—Mr. Man, Somewhere, Here

“We built a lot of boxes, kickers, and stuff and put them in a parking lot by my friend’s house. We were soon kicked off the lot, and we moved our ramps to another lot. Then the damn city came, got them, and hauled them to some yard thing. So we went and got them back.—Cody Sewell, Boyd, Texas

“I buy skate stuff at a skate shop. There isn’t really a way to support your local skate scene other than that.—Kop Eater, Paradise

“Well, right now, me and my buds are having a tough time skating at our usual place. Since they decided to ban skateboarding from our spot, we’ve been busted and bitched out every time we get there by a bunch of old people who have nothing better to do. Then there’s the infamous ‘We will prosecute you’ thing. So we leave. But where to go? Nowhere. So we talked to the head of our ‘community,’ and she said she would look into the prices so they could build our own place to skate—concrete. We also volunteered to repaint the pool that we drained and skated. That’s it.—Amanda, Lake Ozark, Missouri

“For my local skate scene, I’m displaying a different style of skateboarding, encouraging self-expression, and doing my own thing, as well as showcasing old tricks and breathing new life into them. The end result is kids getting real stoked.—Michael McClelland, White Rock, British Columbia, Canada

“I’ve just written an article on skateboarding in my town (paper), so I’m hoping that’ll help. But the best thing I or anyone has ever done for their local skate scene is skate as much as possible.—Anon, Goodguy City

“I’m the best skater where I live so I go through the most boards. When I wear a board out I give it away. I have a workshop in my attic where I fix people’s stuff all the time. I also paint boards ffor people. Although my graphics aren’t as good as professionals, all the people around here like them. I also builds ramps rails all the time. Recently, I helped my town get a mini ramp donated to us. I always keep the curbs waxed and sliding, although that’s not really a big deal. Most importantly, I never charge even though I’m always running low on money.—Anon, Freeguy City

“Skating. Really, what else is there to do? I could try painting a skate mural on a wall, but that would just be cheesy. I guess I could help by building my own spot, or a ramp in my yard, but with my incredible carpentry skills, I’d end up hurting myself and not being able to skate. I think I’ll just stick with skating.—Dave, Omaha, Nebraska

“I think that by skating I’m helping out the skate scene here. I am helping the city plan the current skatepark, which is going to go under construction soon. I support the local shops, help out, and tell people about the skatepark that we have here already.—Gilbo, Mission, Texas

“I support my local skate scene in every way possible. I have a Web site——just to get our scene on the map. Chattanooga may not be the best place to skate, but it’s where I’m living right now. I’ve lived in NYC and SF, and Chattanooga comes nowhere close to those places. We are in between Louisville, Kentucky and Atlanta, Georgia and are rarely visited by pros. This doesn’t discourage us, it just makes us strive harder to make our scene known. We are planing on holding a street comp in town, but details are sketchy. Whenever someone is busting on my town, I tell them, ‘Hey, it may not be L.A., but it’s something to skate.’ I really hope Chattanooga can become a bigger skate mecca, but until then, I’m going to continue to show my support for it.—Greg Dixon, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Here are a few questions to ponder for future issues of TransWorld SKATEboarding.

October 2003 Questionable: Have you been thinking about riding a bigger or smaller board? Why or why not

November 2003 Questionable: Is skating better inside or outside?

December 2003 Questionable: Besides skateboarding, are there other things in your life that you’re obsessed with?

January 2004 Questionable: Would you be more willing to fight for your country or to fight for your skateboard?