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Is it about clout and popularity? Is it about the drip and looking the coolest? Is it about how many tricks you can do or is it about how you do them? Is it about who you know and how cool you are? Is it about reliving your high school years and gossiping like little school girls?
What is skateboarding really all about? We’d take the bold position it’s about skateboarding. You know, like the act of actually doing it. As we highlighted in our previous article, “Is Skateboarding a Sport or an Art?” skateboarding is ultimately about fun. It was initially designed as a toy, a plank of wood with four wheels for the sake of enjoyment. There’s a certain feeling that comes with doing a simple slash grind in the shallow end of a pool or bashing a slappy onto a red curb. Or the adrenaline that follows after barging a massive stair set or the deep end of a pool.
“Skateboarding has nothing to do with being sponsored. Skating is the more you skate, the more you’re into it, and the better you get. Eventually, you’ll get sponsored or whatever. I hope kids aren’t just out there skating to get sponsored. It seems like if you already had that in you, to go skate as much as possible, if that happens if you get sponsored, you still won’t lose touch with what you’re really doing it for—to have fun. Why have the goal of getting sponsored and going pro? Who cares? There’s no goal, it’s like skating, and that’s what’s cool, there’s so many people out there skating who aren’t pro and aren’t like that and those are the people you’re hanging out with.” – John Cardiel
Skateboarding is about “doing”… not dressing the part, not acting the part, not doing it for popularity, clout, or followers. If you’re in skateboarding to be cool or popular, you’re doing it wrong and you should probably find the exit door. Skateboarding’s always been for the raw and the realist. Not some kook solely doing it for sponsorships, money, and popularity. If this sounds like you, and you’re offended, good. You should be. Just means you know nothing about what skateboarding truly is about. Does that sound harsh? Well, this article is going to be as harsh as skateboarding is. So buckle up!
“I am skateboarding. Skateboarding is me. The little wooden toy is a kiss and a curse. It’s everything. It’s the best thing that ever happened to me and the worst thing that ever happened to me, all rolled up into one.” – Jeff Grosso
Skateboarding’s been a part of my life since I could walk. I grew up with two older brothers who built ramps in my backyard and would take me street skating around the neighborhood. Learning how to boardslide curbs, bombing hills, eating shit then doing it until you make it to the end. Taking slam after slam until finally, you get the balls to drop in on a ramp by yourself with no one watching, just to satisfy yourself. Skateboarding is about perseverance, determination, discipline, and grit. It isn’t for the faint of heart or the prima donna. If you can’t take slams and get back up, skateboarding probably isn’t for you.
It definitely isn’t about the money or glamour, simply put there isn’t much money in skateboarding. Unless you land a major shoe deal and it becomes a hot seller or you put out a video game with your name on it. Put it this way, if you’re solely skating for the money you’re going to be pretty disappointed. Most “Pros” live a pretty mediocre life and once the contest circuits and sponsorships dry up they’re forced to get a real job.
“You might not make it to the top, but if you are doing what you love, there is much more happiness there than being rich or famous.” – Tony Hawk
There are very few guys who make significant amounts of consistent money from skateboarding and most of the money comes from the businesses they started out of skateboarding. Tony Hawk is a prime example, contests and sponsors aren’t paying the majority of his bills. The video game with his name on it and his multiple businesses are. In short, skateboarding is a fickle industry and most don’t have a long career from solely skateboarding.
“There are endorsements I regret taking when I was younger and didn’t know any better. But I didn’t have options then. People weren’t knocking on my door.” – Tony Hawk
So if you’re skating for the money, maybe check yo self, before ya wreck yo self, because it’s short-lived for most. Skateboarding has always been about the feeling that comes from “doing”, the act of skateboarding is what skateboarding truly is all about. Not about how many Instagram followers and likes you get. Or how many friends you think you have because you’re sponsored and they just want to ride your coattails because they think it makes them cool too. All that stuff is superficial and it doesn’t last. What does last is the feeling of landing a trick you lost and relearning it again. What does last is pushing yourself to do something that scares the absolute shit out of you and riding away from it.
“It’s a strange phenomenon how this piece of wood, wheels and a turning system has made so many people so happy.”
– Chris Cole
So is skateboarding about being a gossiping little school girl, Instagram followers, the money, the sponsors, or popularity. Fuck no, skateboarding has always been about doing it. Being about it, not giving a fuck about what someone else is doing, and doing it in your own way. It’s about freedom, having no limitations or boundaries, and turning your brain off and just flowing. Letting your board take over and charging at whatever is in your path. It ain’t about the “he said/she said” bullshit either. You want that, go hang out with a bunch of 8th graders, you pansy drama-seeking weirdo. A famous skateboard slogan, SHUT UP AND SKATE.
With that said, it’s time to go skate.
If this article hurt your feelings, message us at, firstname.lastname@example.org get over yourself and just skate. Stop caring about the other irrelevant bullshit. Stack some clips and have fun while you’re doing it.
Check out some throwback clips from 2013-2016 of editor-in-chief Nick Murphy. Filmed primarily throughout the Southeast featuring DIYS, Skateparks, and Street Spots.
Filmed by Gio Fournier & Howie Gordon
Product review of Oj Juice Cube Risers 3/8″, SPoT Nuts n’ Bolts, and SPoT Mob Grip Tape. All purchased at www.skateparkoftampa.com
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First off, welcome to Domain Skateboard Magazine. Some of you may have known us as Domain Premium Apparel. We’ve decided to switch it up and shift our focus to the world of digital media. Specifically, an online magazine focused on the underground skate scene and bringing the latest in skateboarding from across the globe to a device or screen near you. But don’t worry, we’re still going to be offering killer merch for you all.
So let’s kick off with a brief bio, I’ve been a skateboarder for over 20 years. I’ve worked at skate shops on both the east and west coasts. Specifically in Orlando, FL, and Long Beach, CA. I’ve also worked as a skateboard instructor at a skate park in the Metro West area of Orlando. I even got an opportunity to work at a well-known skate park design and build company based out of central Florida. I primarily took care of their social media and marketing. In short, I got paid to write articles and share content.
To no one’s surprise, skateboarding is something that I’m pretty passionate about, so is writing and sharing content. So the decision to combine the two seemed like a no-brainer. This is an idea I’ve had for some time now. Creating a hub for the culture, not only in my local community but across the globe. Highlighting free-thinking individuals, creatives, musicians, artists, writers, and skateboarders. With the goal of bringing attention to names in the subculture you’ve never heard of before.
I’ve owned and operated Domain Premium Apparel since 2012 with a good friend of mine who lives on the West Coast. From the beginning, we’ve always promoted some of the best and rising talent in our local communities. Offering sponsorships and helping them along their paths to success in the industry. We’ve been featured in retailers on both the east and west coasts, and shipped purchases all over the United States from our website. Merging the apparel brand into an online mag is a big change. But it’s one we feel is best and allows us to continue enjoying our passion. It also allows the brand to be more open to who we promote and involve. Our focus is less about exclusivity and sponsorship and more about inclusiveness and community.
We’re looking to build community, culture, and share killer content. Domain Skateboard Magazine is that avenue for us now and we’re grateful to have you join us. We’re excited for what the future holds and we’re grateful for all of our supporters throughout the years. Cheers to this new chapter for Domain and thank you all for reading.
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