Skateboarding and graffiti share similar roles in the public’s view. Often they are vastly misunderstood and looked as reckless youths wasting their time. This can’t be farther from the truth. I grew up street skating in my small local town where it was a guarantee that you were going to get harassed by the local fuzz. One of the classic lines I was told by the police was that it was illegal for me to use my skateboard as a mode of transportation. Let me file that shit under do as I say because I have a bloated ego and a badge.
This video analyzes the intimate relationship between architecture and skateboarding and how you can integrate the two in a public setting. Architecture is meant to serve the people regardless of how the architect intended the space to be used. So why try and limit what that space offers to the public? Like graf, there are a plethora of other things that kids could be doing that are way more dangerous than skateboarding. Like METH. Society needs to come to the realization that skateboarding is a sport that isn’t defined by what court it is played on, but rather it redefines the playing field. Governments need to spend their money else where. A few messed up ledges and painted walls aren’t going to knock up that 14 year old daughter of yours… Just some food for thought.
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