NY TIMES Claims, “Skateboarders Won!” | For better or worse: “Renegades once, now the mainstream.”
The New York Times Skateboard Newspaper claimed, “Skateboarders Won.”
Won what? Don’ they know ‘skateboarding ain’t a sport’!!! Blah, blah, blah. With skating less than two years away from its Olympic debut a lot of crazy shit is going to be said. In print the article was called Renegades Once, Now the Mainstream and ain’t that the truth.
Not long ago when a mainstream publication wrote about skateboarding you could proceed knowing you’d be in for a good laugh. But lately, with real writers having a go, we’ve been getting more thoroughly researched in-depth articles like this one that make most “skateboard journalism” in endemic skate mags look pretty sloppy. Right? Or are we just stoked that they quoted our boy Instagram critic Feedback Ted Barrow?
Naw, the author Jeff Ihaza is legit. In fact Jenkem was the first website to publish his words.
For a long time, skate parks were looked down upon by skaters who preferred finding challenges, often illegally, in the streets. Filming at a skate park was akin to wearing a band’s T-shirt to their concert, or wearing a mismatched tracksuit. “Skate parks have always been designed to contain an activity that is about roaming, and often dangerous, or at least unlawful trespassing,” Mr. Barrow said.
Unlike other traditional harbingers of transformation, like coffee shops and expensive clothing stores, skate parks offer something egalitarian. In liberal societies like Copenhagen, where local officials seek out the advice of skateboarders when designing public plazas, skate parks represent a progressive viewpoint on how to engage with public space. What started with independent groups of skaters cadging together D.I.Y. skate parks out of concrete and scrap wood grew into a movement to make the entire city a skate park.