There might not be any print skateboard magazines left (well barely) but the Internet is thriving and mag legend Mackenzie Eisenhour has tallied up 16 things that he’s learned over the years scribbling words together. Like much in skateboarding these are rules that can be applied back to life in general.

Sample:

1. DON’T STOP SKATING.

I remember people in the porn industry saying that you truly had to be a certified sex-addict to work in it. That you would be doing the same thing, repeatedly and on demand, for years, and the only way to not start hating it was if you already possessed a full-fledged addiction to it.

In my experience, writing about skateboarding and digesting skate culture daily falls under a similar dynamic. I can’t pretend to be interested in you and your stories of riding a skateboard if I am no longer addicted to riding one myself. No matter what your skill level or physical limitations—don’t stop skating. It’s the one sure thing you will have in common with every person, place, and thing you will be writing about.

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Click to JENKEM for 16 Things I Learned From Writing About Skateboarding by Mackenzie Eisenhour

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