MAIL OF THE MONTH: “WE NEED TO BURN DOWN ALL THESE SKATEPARKS”

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We get some pretty hilarious and amazing mail from our readers every week and figured instead of just hi-fiving or snickering about it behind a computer screen, we would share it with the rest of you to enjoy. This time we get some from the legendary Shaggy, sending in an actual hand written letter. Feel free to hit us up with your inquirys, complaints, questions, farts – we respond to all our loyal reader’s mail. Who knows, maybe we will feature it here, and the fame and glory will be all yours… kind of.


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  1. Tarvis:

    Shaggy is right!

  2. Feelin’ this. Somebody make a board graphic out of this.

  3. danny:

    I’m going to assume this guy is younger, in which case I feel like there is a tiny glimmer of sunlight amid all the bullshit lately in skateboarding. It goes to show that at a young age, at least some people have a sense of reality and not what has been marketed to them. There are so many great skaters that get no recognition for close to what this kid is writing about. The part that really hit home was the “say goodbye to local skate shops, Zumiez is taking over” well fuck, it is true. The only problem though, is despite his intensity towards the current state of skateboarding, I wonder if he is able to overcome being tricked into buying incorrect brands and product that line the pockets of corporations that have nothing to do with skateboarding. That’s a tough one even at an older age

  4. Philip:

    This kid is stupid. Although skating is becoming mainstream it doesn’t mean the true nature of skating has died. There is just more coverage. Saying that some skaters are better than others is not what skating is about. While I agree about the local skate shops, why is it bad for skating to be a means of making money? If the pros didn’t commit to skating like it was there job, they wouldn’t be where they are today. Skating takes dedication and anyone who is willing to give the dedication, is alright in my book. You need to stop caring what other people think and just enjoy the fact that this amazing sport is finally getting the coverage it deserves.

  5. Benjamin Miner:

    To this dude I say, try living in a place where there are no skate parks, you fucking child. I could turn all this noise about so many skaters being “yuppies” right around and point out that apparently some skaters are more interested in being a dick to everybody else on the planet than in allowing skateboarding to exist in all of the many forms it has taken.

    I’m reminded of the days back in the ’80s when people were calling Tony Hawk a sellout; what the fuck is wrong with a pro skater calling making a career out of doing what they love? Pro skaters are really, really good at it and were probably lucky as well. That’s it. More power to them that they don’t have to take some shit job that they hate just in order to pay the rent.

    Maybe I’m lucky, but where I live there are only indy skate shops and a close-knit community of mutually supportive skaters. Skate parks are few and far between, and everybody wants to see more of them. There’s also a ton of guerrilla skating going on in old factory buildings and on the streets.

    I’ve been hearing this kind of petulant whining out of skaters for 25 years now, and it’s just as lame now as it ever was. Why bust other skaters’ balls because they’re not skating the way you want them to? What’s with hating on people who are attracted to skateboarding? Not everybody is going to be an innovator, not everybody is going to bring creativity to it, but what’s with shitting on other people for trying and having fun at whatever level they’re able to enjoy it at? This letter is just nihilistic rambling from some non-contributing zero. It’s the kind of lazy arrogance that gives all skaters a bad name.

    • mike:

      “This letter is just nihilistic rambling from some non-contributing zero.” – Benjamin Miner, apparently thinks he’s better than others.

    • Zian:

      I agree. Part of me thinks this is mostly for laughs, but your points are valid. No one is better than anyone else, and we all have a different opinion on what “kind” of skateboarding is awesome. This letter is just childish.

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