Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Support true small companies in Skateboarding

Here's my thinking "out loud" and inspired again. What IF all of us talking and pushing for skater owned and the grass roots/underground part of skateboarding started pushing another small part of the industry, representing dedicated passion? Women in skateboarding is more than a novelty and never gets any real love from the industry they love(outside the Buffoni marketing machine of Nike). They don't get the marketing money, the massive board sales, the shops pushing products, crazy demo tours, and things we over look. One of the biggest things identified as a problem is equality for women in world. Yet, we don't seem to put our money where our mouth/heart is. The boards come from the SAME wood shops as the guys and everything! Graphics? Same shit you sticker over and boardslide off in a good session anyway? Now what is your excuse? Hell, My friends and I have all said we won't dropo a dime into someone like Nyjah whose actions have shown he is all about the payday and not the passion. These ladies are all passion, they have to be for reasons I stated before. Damn, I have a daughter and want her to chase her dreams but don't help create a world of equality to do it in(no she doesn't skate), makes me the biggest hypocrite setting her up for failure. I digress, because there is one more very important point to make in all of this. These girls are NOT some little special freak sideshow and go "oh how cute" don't fall down and go boom(since Nyjah posted that in his interview). They fucking RIP!!! No bubble wrap mainstream dream on these girls!! They take the slam just like you and I(maybe not me since I'm old and groan a little longer) putting in the broken bones, torn ligaments, blood, bruises, and curse words for the moment they land the trick. They pay their dues just like all of us, and THAT deserves just as much respect as anything else in skateboarding.

Support the love of skating, and any new avenue to do so. Just my 2 cents is all.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Educate your ignorance to understanding

Open your minds and hearts everyone. Don't let ignorance guide you, learn about everyone! Walk a mile as the saying goes. I went through USMC boot camp as a platoon guide and my #1 right hand man was Muslim and I couldn't have more trust with my life to anyone else than him. The religion really is steeped in peace, love, and tradition. Yes, you've all heard the snippets of extreme quotes in the Qur'an. The few extremist quotes you here are far less extreme than the Christian bible extreme quotes. Educate yourself and Google them, there are ones of ripping unborn children from the mother's belly. Turn off your TV and meet a Muslim in person and ask open honest questions, seek understanding of their religion instead of judgement. Don't try and debate, listen to them for understanding not converting them or views of right and wrong. Your own bible teaches of peace and tolerance, loving thy neighbor. Realize that the Qur'an recognizes Jesus as one of God's most powerful prophets. Learn with an open mind and an open heart. Stop hiding in your vanilla world and add some flavor to it. Muslims are people like you and I, you maybe Christian or Jewish, I am Atheist(learning more about pagan), but can all live together, respect and love each other for our differences. BTW that friend in boot camp died for this country fighting extremism in the Middle East. I miss him to this day.