Consumers, of course, are posers, akin to “the jock, ‘bro,’ or businessman,” they’re “the perceived winner within the dominant social hierarchy that the skaters attempted to leave behind.” The girls, however, are horizontally broken down into the invisible, and the ramp tramps.
Though invisible girls may skate, they’re relegated to the margins by the male-dominant culture, forced to occupy their own space.
It’d be interesting to hear what he has to say about the state of skate and corporate involvement in 2016. Even though it’s written for urban studies academia, it’s definitely approachable for skaters that read at a college level.
He explains the duality of his life at the time existing as an office worker during the week, eating lunch in the same plazas that are designed to keep him from skating there on the weekends.
The soft-core includes the random – that dude that can varial flip but can’t kickflip and probably won’t put in the effort to learn, and the grom – the annoying skatepark kid being pushed into trying 1080s by their father.
Lowest on the totem pole are the outsiders: girls and consumers.But unless you’re studying the nuances of how the urban environment is developed you probably haven’t thought much about these obstacles other than bumming that your spot isn’t skateable (or how you can still get a trick there.) Ex-Birdhouse pro , who is now a professor at the University of Oregon, explores the privatization of public spaces in “The Poetics of Security: Skateboarding, Urban Design and the New Public Space.” Howell argues that the urban plazas which street skating was raised in are part of a shift in urban public space; moving away from spaces like parks that welcome all walks of life to plazas designed specifically for certain groups of society.To dictate what groups are welcome in these plazas the architects employ defensive architecture, a “network that filters out unintended users” that includes everything from skate stoppers to textured slate walls intended to deter graffiti.Football players, who her interview subjects position as the opposite of skateboarders, consider the ideal male to be competitive, team-oriented, socially and physically capable, and obedient to the coach.Most skateboarders, on the other hand, consider the ideal male to be .He goes on to delve into the surveillance behind developing defensive architecture, designing a space that may not look like a fortress, but that subtly prohibits unintended activities like being used for homeless naps or nosegrinds.It’s also interesting to hear his perspective on skateboarding being coopted via surveillance in 2001: He calls skateparks “theme parks,” saying that skaters “can have all the fun of contesting the commercialized city, with none of the fuss of social conflict.” The fruits of surveillance aren’t limited to architecture, he notes, pointing out and ESPN’s X Games as examples of private companies monetizing skateboarding by coopting the struggle between skaters and the property owners trying to exclude them., but smarty-pants have never really been the favored look. Our culture has somehow lasted long enough to mature somewhat, to the point where we have serious scholars writing long and well-researched theses about us and our silly little skateboards. But these are the times we find ourselves in, so why not educate yourself as well?Consider this article your orientation to skate school, your first step in securing that highly-prized Bachelor’s in Skate Science from Jen Kem™ University.The only bummer is that the study was done in 2012, so a lot of it is outdated with the rise of Instagram, online parts, and the rapid acceleration of the Nike program over the last 4 years.It also does not include any mention of Nike’s 2nd attempt to step into skateboarding through their brand Savier, which was an independent subsidiary of Nike.