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  • I fell in love with skateboarding when i was 10 years old and my dad got me my first board. Since then, it has been a major part of my life. Skateboarding has always fascinated me... how such a simple concept could provide an entire lifestyle. \n\n-Skateboarding has limitless possibilities. It is a form of self expression that can take any form, at any location. \n-There is no coach, you make up your own rules\n-go at your own pace\n-go wherever you want\n
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  • -definition: the attitudes and behavior characteristics of a particular social group\nSkateboard culture can mean a lot of things. It is a very broad and diverse topic \n-theres the punk skaters, the hip-hop skaters, the mall skaters, theres lots of different people who skate\n-however, they all have skateboarding in common\n-there used to traveling long distances just to hitt up a skate spot\n-their used to getting hassled by the police, or getting negatively stereotyped by other people, etc.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n
  • -deck (made up of 7 plys of wood)\n-wheels, made out of urethane\n-trucks, held together by bushings\n-bearings, inside the wheels, allows smooth spin\n-hardware\n-griptape\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n
  • -the first type of skateboard, which dates back to the early 1900’s, consisted of roller skate wheels attached to a two by four\n-Started becoming popular during the next 50 years\n-the first commercial skateboards, Roller Derby Skateboards, were released in 1959\n-skateboarding first became popular in the surfing crowd\n-used to be called “sidewalk surfing” \n-most would ride bare-footed\n\n\n\n\n
  • -as skateboarding was dying out in the late 60’s, it was kept alive in Santa Monica, Ca\n-called this area Dogtown\n-Zephyr skate team consisted of skateboard pioneers such as Tony Alva, Stacy Peralta, and Jay Adams\n-changed the direction of skateboarding\n-aggressive, high-speed skating\n-would mimick surf moves\n-freestyle skateboarding\n-Dogtown was known as a pretty rough area at the time. \n-Stacy Peralta (pg. 56) “we would ride our bikes at 4:00 am to go surfing and had to be careful not to be beat up by roving gangs.”\n-This was a hard area with a lot of crime\n-Z-boys skated aggressively and with punk attitudes \n-tried to go as fast as possible\n\n\n\n
  • \n\n-the urethane wheel was invented in 1970\n-changed the entire sport\n-skateboard wheels were now way grippier and smoother\n-allowed for much better turning and control\n-this caused a boom in the industry as new board, truck, and bearing companies sprang up\n-really skinny boards\n-often made of plastic\n\n\n\n
  • -Powell Peralta created the first well-known skate video “Bones Brigade”\n-3 main skateboard manufacturers: Powell Peralta, Vision/Sims, and Santa Cruz\n-Shoes from Airwalk, Vans, and Vision became really popular by everyone, not just skaters\n-Vert skating emerges\n-fishtail boards\n-wider boards\n-street skating emerges in urban settings\n-crash in skateboard popularity once again\n-backyard skateramps became prevalent\n-height of pool skating\n-pool competitions\n-vert ramps became increasingly popular, especially in suburban settings\n\n\n
  • -street skating emerges in urban settings\n-crash in skateboard popularity once again\n-backyard skateramps became prevalent\n-height of pool skating\n-pool competitions\n-vert ramps became increasingly popular, especially in suburban settings\n\n\n\n
  • -many new styles of skateboarding emerged in the 90’s\n-with the rise of hip-hop, many skaters began to wear really baggy clothing\n-street skating in big cities started to become very popular\n-many rap groups backed skateboarding because skaters would use their music in skate videos\n-Wu-tang!\n-really skinny boards and small wheels\n-birth of tech skating, which is doing combinations of grind tricks and manual tricks\n-big, bulky shoes, to protect feet and reduce impact\n-ledges\n-Philadelphia, Los Angeles, New York main attractions\n\n\n\n\n
  • -skateboarding in the 2000’s\n-video production begins to get very advanced\n-lot more competition in skating than ever before\n-companies turn into major corporations\n-longboarding gained a lot of popularity\n-light and generators were introduced to the skate scene\n -adds a cool, and professional look\n -allows to go to a spot that normally wouldn’t be skateable during the day\n -allows for a private session\n \n\n\n
  • -with lawsuits being so common nowadays, many people are viewing skateboarding as a huge liability issue\n-skateboarding is being banned in more places then ever\n-HD filming\n-more and more skateparks are being sprung up as skateboarding increases popularity and street skating is becoming a little less common\n-skateboarding is becomin ilegal in public places\n-illegal in Upper Merion Township\n-becoming very trendy, you see a lot of kids dressing like skaters\n-styles include shoelace belts, skate shoes, skate company apparel\n-culture wise, modern day skateboarding is a blend of everything that’s happened so far in skateboarding\n-you see street skaters, vert skaters, and kids cruising down the street riding longboards\n-no one can tell for sure where skateboarding is going to go\n-it’s really hard to define a culture at the moment, you can only examine the past\n\n\n\n\n\n\n
  • -endless conflicts with the law\n-skateboards mark up benches, ledges, handrail, stairs, anything they grind on\n-liability issue\n-trespassing\n-not respected within communities\n-generally disliked by the majority of cops\n-even if theres no specific law against it, cops will find a reason to kick you out\n\n\n\n\n\n\n
  • -Amateur skateboarding begins at the sponsorship level\n-the first stage of sponsorship is called being “flow” for a company\n-this can occur by creating a “sponsor tape” which is a short collection of a skater’s best footage, usually from 1-2 minutes in length\n-sponsor tape will state a skater’s age, and a way of contacting the person and will be sent to the company via e-mail, mail, or handing it in in person\n-if a company likes your sponsor tape, then they will send you, or “flow” you free products\n-this is a form of advertising a company\n-for example, if you see a really good skater wearing nike skate shoes, than you would probably think that the shoes are good for skating and so you would want to get a pair yourself\n-Flow riders don’t get paid, but get all their products for free and often in heavy excess.\n\n\n
  • -Once you are on the flow program for a company, you can start to really get noticed\n-Shooting photos (and getting them in magazines), getting footage (and getting a lot of views), doing well in contests, and getting involved in the skate scene are all ways to climb your way up the ladder. \n-make friends with the right people\n-call them and ask to shoot a photo, and if the trick/photo combination is good enough, can send it to a magazine \n-lot of competition\n-companies will pick one of their flow riders to become the next am (amateur)\n-ams get paid\n-depends on size and income of company how many am riders there are and how much money they receive, but it is not very much\n-lots of times they get paid per clip in a video\n\n\n\n
  • -take a look at paul rodriguez\n-own shoe, deck, wheels, making money from each one\n-as in all sports, to be a professional means to use the sport to make money\n-companies have pros as advertisement, to help them make money. \n-the biggest pros have their products which can be board, trucks, wheels, bearings, shoes, or clothing. \n-photo incentives\n-responsible for putting out a certain amount of photos or video clips\n-if you don’t keep up with the rest of your competition, than you can get kicked off the team\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n
  • -X-Games, Maloof Money Cup, Tampa Am/Pro, ESPN Street League\n-competitions have cash prizes\n-allow skaters to get noticed\n-lot of controversy with them\n-competitions are very competitive and hectic\n-some skaters refuse to do competitions because their not fun and it goes against all of the reasons that they skate\n-usually sponsored by a company\n-different divisions for people of all skill level\n-pay for entry, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place win prizes\n-good advertisement for company\n-some companies make their riders do competitions for publicity\n\n\n\n\n\n\n
  • -skate videos are one of the most important aspects of skateboarding\n-anywhere from 15-60 minutes of skateboarding tricks\n-shows what the tricks and locations are at the time\n-companies take a lot of pride in their videos\n-shows the popular tricks and style of the time period\n-companies sell their videos to make money\n-skaters take a lot of pride in their video parts, and work hard to produce good footage\n-the last trick of the part, or “ender” is the best trick in the part and lots of times skaters will go all out to accomplish their trick\n-tricks in their video often take multiple hours to land, and even multiple days of attempts\n-companies hire their own filmers that have a filming style that fits their company\n-often, their are only one or 2 filmers that are responsible for filming many people in the video\n-skaters go out and film with the best filmer in order to insure that their clip looks as good and professional as possible\n-filmer wants to film with best skaters in order to get their name out there\n-benefits both people\n-amateur filmers get paid by companies, per clip, that are used in videos.\n-example, someone who is sponsored by a company, but isn’t good enough to get filmed by the team filmer, or lives far away from the filmer, will get footage with his own filmer. The filmer then will send in the footage to the company, and if it is usable in a video, will get paid for that clip\n\n\n
  • -Filming is what allows skateboarders to show the world what they’ve been doing. With the use of Youtube, and other websites, skateboarders all over the world can show off their talent. \n-Skate videos are created and sold by companies to promote their team and turn profit\n-Companies are commonly judged based on their videos\n-Team riders are expected to put out footage regularly.\n-Skaters most often get noticed by creating a “sponsor tape” and sending it in to a company\n-if the company thinks that you will have potential, then you could be set up for a sponsorship\n-angle at which a trick is filmed can make trick look difficult or easy\n-right filmers choose right angles and method of shooting\n-Most common cameras used for filming skateboarding are the Sony Vx-1000 and the Canon GL2\n-common technique is fisheye angle\n-try to get as close to skater as possible when filming fisheye\n-sometimes the board hits the lens\n\n\n\n\n\n
  • -lots of competition in the filming world\n-filmers are separated by their edits\n-try to make everything look as good and unique as possible in order to gain popularity\n-pick song that matches skaters style\n-example, wouldn’t put rap with a punk skater\n-use professional programs such as final cut pro and adobe premiere\n-montages, parts, videos\n\n\n
  • -Skateboard magazines greatly influence skateboarding\n-Set the trends in the sport, kids look at what their idols are wearing\n-Showcase best skaters and the tricks they’ve been doing\n-provides information on the skate scene\n-advertise companies\n-allow photographers to make a living\n\n\n\n\n\n
  • -Mecca for skateboarding\n-Skaters would travel from all over the world to go to Love Park.\n-Home of ESPN’s X-Games in 2001 and 2002\n-In 2002, Mayor John Street passed a law forbidding skateboarding in the park\n-a ticket for skateboarding would be $300\n-Slight renovations were made to the park but it was not made completely unskateable\n-However, over the years police force has been made seldom there and LOVE park, although dangerous, has remained a place to skate\n\n\n\n\n\n
  • -After the ban of skateboarding at Love, the city donated a chunk of land under I-95 in FDR park. \n-Everything at FDR was built by skateboarders themselves\n-FDR is a place that local skaters took upon themselves to create. It has turned into one of the most famous skateparks over the years and is well-know nationally.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n
  • -Skateboarding is a sport that can be done solely by yourself, without anyone else. You can choose to maneuver the board however you want, and travel to any place that you desire. There are no rules, only creativity. It is a form of self-expression, an art. \n-YOU are your own coach\n-go at your own speed, level\n\n\n
  • - one of the earliest shoes used for skating was Converse’s Chuck Taylor model in the 1960’s.\n-Chuck Taylor’s became a pretty standard shoe for skaters and became really popular in the 80’s\n-the soft sole allowed a good feel of the skateboard under the feet\n- Jim and Paul Van Doren started Vans in 1966 with a plan to create high-quality shoes in California\n-Became very popular among surfers and by 1974 they had almost 70 stores\n-When skateboarding hit another wave of popularity, Vans moved their marketing to skateboarders.\n-In 1965, “Randy 720” came out as the first skateboard sneaker and became the official sneaker of the National Skateboard Championships\n-never really became popular, and most people consider Vans the original skate shoe.\n-Vision and Airwalk skate shoes followed \n\n\n\n
  • -Nowadays there are many skate shoe companies. \n-Some of the most popular brands are Lakai, Nike SB, Etnies, Adidas, and more\n-shoes can either be vulcanized or cup-sole. \n-Vulcanized shoes are flat on the bottom, and the soles are thinner, which allow for more feel of the board, but less support and padding. They also have an extra layer of rubber along the outside for added grip.\n-Cup soles are curved to fit the foot, and have much more padding.\n-Vulcanized shoes are for skaters who prefer a more technical trick selection, whereas cup soled shoes are preferred by skaters who do a lot of jumping down stairs and handrails and need extra foot protection.\n\n\n
  • -DIY, or “Di It Yourself” spots have become very popular\n-as the “lawsuit crenzy” increases, more and more places are forbidding skateboarding\n-skaters are left with less spots to skateboard\n-in order to keep skating, forced to build own spots\n-these spots are commonly known as DIY spots\n-example- FDR\n-have a lot of originality, portray skater’s interests\n
  • -Zumiez, Pac-Sun, wal-marts of skateboarding\n-take out real skate shops\n-don’t give back to the skate community the way local shops do\n-don’t sponsor local kids\n-only carry trendy brands\n\n\n\n
  • -Jason Lee \n-David Spade\n-Dave Chappelle\n-Owen Wilson\n-Spike Jonze\n\n\n
  • West Coast:\n-very open to skateboarding\n-Southern California (birth of skateboarding)\n -ideal weather, minimal rain\n-very supportive of skateboarding\n-towns have massive, expensive skateparks, lit up all night\n-very smooth ground, known for having perfect spots\n\n\nEast Coast:\n-generally more urban terrain\n-“gnarlier”\n-spots are a lot dirtier\n-cities are much older\n
  • -we all know that skaters are known for taking bad falls\n-why do we do this to ourselves? whats the point?\n-skateboarding is a physical test on the body\n-if i work hard enough for a trick, will i be able to eventually achieve my goal?\n-overwhelming feeling of self-satisfaction riding away from the trick youve been trying so hard to land\n-if u fail a few times in life, are you just gonna give up? same concept with skateboarding\n-it taught me to work hard and that things dont come easy\n-forces you to learn a new method of doing the trick and to think outside of the box\n-want to learn new, harder tricks, no pain, no gain\n\n\n\n-\n
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  • SGP Slides

    1. 1. Skateboard Culture Brett Ross
    2. 2. Overview• Keynote Presentation• Application Component- Video• Class Activity
    3. 3. Thesis• To many, skateboarding is more than just a sport or activity, it is a culture. This culture has existed for many decades and has evolved over time. By creating a skate video, I plan on expressing this culture and demonstrating the changes that have taken place.
    4. 4. Personal Relevance
    5. 5. Quote• “Skateboarding is many things to many individuals. Pure and simple, it’s a healthy, radical art form. Skateboarding is the positive release of undirected explosive youthful energy. Skateboarding utilizes the ever-expanding environment of steel, concrete, plaster, or wood as its canvas. For pure spontaneous action, skateboarding is unequaled. The skater becomes one with his board, while the board in turn translates the language of the terrain.” -Dave Hackett
    6. 6. Culture
    7. 7. Parts of a skateboard
    8. 8. Roots
    9. 9. 70’s
    10. 10. 70’s continued
    11. 11. 80’s
    12. 12. 80’s Continued
    13. 13. 90’s
    14. 14. 2000’s
    15. 15. Modern day skateboarding
    16. 16. Battling with the law
    17. 17. Sponsorship
    18. 18. As an Amateur
    19. 19. Skateboarding as a profession
    20. 20. Competitions
    21. 21. Video Production
    22. 22. Filming
    23. 23. Editing mac-3738.html
    24. 24. Skate Magazines • Thrasher • Transworld • Slap • Skateboarder
    25. 25. LOVE Park
    26. 26. FDR Skatepark
    27. 27. Solo Sport
    28. 28. Skate Shoes chuck-taylor-all-star-light-hi-blackwhite/
    29. 29. Skate Shoes Continued habitat_footwear_giveaway_week_day_4-1.html
    30. 30. DIY
    31. 31. Chain Stores
    32. 32. Famous people who skate blog/index.php/2009/06/10- celebrities-stoked-on- skateboarding/
    33. 33. East Coast Vs West Coast
    34. 34. Slams-
    35. 35. Class activity• Game
    36. 36. works cited• Davis, James. Skateboarding is Not a Crime: 50 Years of Street Culture. Buffalo, New York: Firefly, 2004. Print.• Weyland, Jocko. The Answer is Never: A Skateboarders History of the World. New York, New York: Grove Press, 2002. Print.• Mazur, Mike. Focus: East coast Skateboarding Culture Magazine: 10. Print.• Brooke, Michael. The Concrete Wave: The History of Skateboarding. Ed. Melinda Tate. Toronto, ON: Warwick Publishing Inc., 2001. Print.• Carayol, Seb. "Early NYC Skateboarding." Skateboarder Apr. 2009: 120. Print.• Salo, Adam. "The Waiting Game." Skateboarder Nov. 2007: 14. Print.• Yula, Mat. "15 Things You Didnt Know About FDR." Skateboarder Oct. 2006: 130. Print.• Moore, Linda. "An Ethnographic Study of the Skateboarding CultureISSN: 1543 9518 " http:// espn, Fall 2009. Web. 2 May 2011. ethnographic-study-skateboarding-culture• Phelps, Jake, and Danny Way. "Danny Way." Thrasher 1 Nov. 2007: 138- 141. Print.
    37. 37. Conclusion