Feb 22nd 2013
Brooklyn we go hard, we go hard! In the snow.
The first time I picked up a skateboard was in the seventh grade. I was the new kid at a new middle school and to fit in, I pretended that I knew how to skate. It was only logical. But it was obvious I didn’t have a clue.
I fell really hard trying to do an ollie that day. It hurt–both my pride and my elbows.
Years later, I picked up skateboarding again and got a sweet deck from Daewon Song one of my favorite skaters. The irony of the board was that it had a cute kitten and cuddly puppy plastered on the bottom. This was a time when every other deck had naked women and breasts boldly emblazoned underneath, and to rebel, Daewon found a clever way to make a statement. Albeit an adorable one at that.
Living in Brooklyn I’ve noticed that all skaters practically look exactly alike: beanies, plaid shirts, skinny but saggy jeans, and high tops. Their uniform isn’t anything avant garde but they still look so effortless and cool. I don’t think I could ever pull that off.
Below is my winter skateboarding outfit and how I imagine skateboarders to look in my world–the Land of Delusion. To blend in I would wear a vintage band t-shirt (mine is the Ramones, forever a fan!) and printed trousers. An ombre sasquatch jacket would keep me warm while I attempted my jumps and ollies. I figure all of my accessories would need to pop since the main pieces I’m wearing are dark. To make the trousers and tee come alive I would add floral A-Morir sunnies–black to keep with the mysterious theme–along with Adidas black high top sneakers with a rad gold detail.
To top it off I’d wear spiked rings and hard chains around my wrist to still keep it street. Maybe even a little hood. I mean, this is Brooklyn.
Though in my mind this is the perfect fashion skater, I’ll be the first to admit that these photos are pretty ridiculous. I mean, who really does skateboard on black ice, sleet, and snow in the middle of winter?
Oh right, idiots like me. Cuz like, in Brooklyn we go hard–or something.