March 14, 2013/ / ARTICLES/ Comments: 76


1. “Test” tricks with our hands

You know when a spot catches your eye and you just HAVE to go up to it and start imagining all the trick possibilities? And then you hold up your hands and pretend like there’s a giant invisible fingerboard under them and start “acting out” the tricks you plan on doing? Yeah.. Somehow this is a no-brainer to us but to anyone else in functioning society, we really just look like legitimate psychos.

2. Wax stuff

Stop and think about it. Most people grow up and aspire to be teachers or doctors and contribute to a functioning and healthy society. While most pro skaters are grown ass men stuffing cheap candles in their pockets, rubbing wax on public slabs of cement when no one’s looking and grinding them down with a toy invented in the 60s. We really are assholes.

3. Publicly yell at inanimate objects

Most people get frustrated with stuff like printers or remote controls at home or in the office, but are always a little embarrassed about it. But for a skateboarder, it’s perfectly normal to talk to a crack in the sidewalk, kick a curb, or scream at the top of your lungs at a handrail in the middle of a busy pedestrian area.

4. Have strange little rituals

Skateboarders are a genuinely a neurotic bunch. Everything has to be perfect, just the way we like it, otherwise we can’t “perform.” We have to apply our own grip, turn our wheel graphics inward, put our nuts and bolts in a special order and sticker our boards “perfectly.”

5. Wear shoelace belts

Because it’s so common in skateboarding, it’s easy to forget that this isn’t something “normal” people do. They go and actually spend money on an accessory to keep their pants up, while we proudly trot around with some cheap shoelace that looks like a thong when bending over. It’s always funny when you bring back a girl for the first time and she goes to undo your belt. That’s when you have to pull up your shirt, smile, and proudly show her how you still wear your pants like a 12 year old boy.

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  1. Duh

    November 12, 2014 8:09 pm

    Outwork people half your age…….Still have enough sense not to carry a 50 lb. Belly at any age. Appreciate sunsets every night. Pull out the boards to confirm the ability to run like a mountain goat on mountainous terrain, hike in beautiful mountain regions without crying after 5 miles, replace our own roofs, without crying, work 12 hour days with A Smile, load 4 tons of material without a 20-40 something crying its too heavy…………..Cruise our boards pass 15 yr olds that finally get to see what a 50 something healthy man looks like………………… while fat america eats & watches………

  2. jath

    January 10, 2015 4:53 pm

    Haha i never understood why i use a string instead of a normal belt. And i totally prefer to buy good shoes insteas of a belt. Lol

  3. El Chupaca-bra

    February 3, 2015 4:03 pm

    oh you can forget stepping over or jumping over wet spots or puddles even if you don’t have your skate shoes on.

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