How Punk and Skateboarding killed an Omega ChildPosted: April 3, 2013
i was a fucking nerd all my life. D and D, star wars, GI Joe, enclopedia brown, school book fairs, Greek mythology, sic-fi, ‘gifted talented’ program, ect. then i hit 7th grade and discovered skateboarding. took to it like a fish to water. i’d skate for hours. i’d work on trick until i landed them 3 times in a row.
i didn’t give a fuck what anybody thought of me outside the tribe. i lived for after school sessions. but something was going on that my young ass didn’t notice: girls were noticing me. nice girls. not slutty party tramps, but girl next door types. lost my virginity at 14, and suddenly skating wasn’t the core of my universe.
i say pussy because i really had little interest in having a gf. i just wanted to put it in. and i did.
in less then a year and nerdy omega became an quasi alpha. but i did pretty well for a kid my age. i can only imagine girls now are MUCH, MUCH easier.
but what i loved about skating was the risk, the adrenaline. the first time i dropped into a large quarter pipe- i ate it on 2 feet of vert. ALL the guys knew i would. everyone bails their first drop in. it was a right of passage in the skating community. BUT, i had won a TON of respect. that shit isn’t as easy as it looks and is scary as fuck. but one thing i always notice were the girls ALWAYS showed up when the tribe sessioned. which meant we pushed ourselves and tried tricks we might not ordinarily do. the funny thing is: the girls didn’t really gush over a guys mastery of a 360 christ air, stale fish, indy blunt, backside smith along the whole coping to fakie. no. but when a guy ate it, we knew EXACLTY what girl/s were eyeing him. it looked a LOT worse than it felt. i didn’t understand it then, but i know the scoop now. again- we weren’t pulling skanks. we got the typical girl next door type. i’m pretty sure it’s MUCH easier these days for young guys with game.
skaters aren’t jocks (matter of fact we HATE jocks), we weren’t necessarily the cool guys in school. but we WERE the outcasts. and nobody fucked with us. my boy ponce took on 3 football players and suddenly found 6 other guys from the tribe jumped in (yours truly was part of the melee. lol). so no one bothered any us. we KNEW we had to be seen a complete psychos willing to swing at any second to keep the bullying jock at bay. and it worked. you fucked with one of us, you got ambushed guerrila warfare style. and would NEVER knew who pounded on you. brutal, but effective. so i realize now we had the “bad-boy that daddy would NEVER approve of” thing going on. so we got girls.
then there was the music. the aggro as all fuck assault made you attack the ramp or concrete. it gave you courage. it made you say, “fuck it!!!!! i’m doing this.” here’s a few of my fave’s.
skated my 1st contest to this song. won 2nd place over all-style. kick flip nose grind for 12 feet in neil blender pose. lol.