in WV, Episode 1
by Jason Swiger
how times have slipped by. Almost two years since I last wrote a column
for this webzine. Anyhow, this is first in what I would like to call
a "mini-column series." A collection of short stories, experienced
while skateboarding here in West Virginia, through the eyes of one
skateboarder, myself, in order to update you somewhat of the happenings
here in this sleepy state.
at the Hampton Skatepark
by Ben Smart
in a small town, I've noticed many things. One of those things is
that everyone seems to know everyone else, even if only by sight.
That's why it is great to take a break from your town, and to go somewhere
else, and act like someone else.
4th of July, 2002
by Phil Jackson
fourth of July at FDR is the most hectic event I have ever witnessed.
The recipe for this chaos is basically gnarly skateboarders + a world
famous skatepark + alcohol + fireworks. Its terribly hard to
communicate this mayhem through words and photographs but Ill
try my best.
Love Park Protest
by Phil Jackson
Sunday, April 22nd, skateboarders from all over the Philadelphia area
came to protest the plans to renovate (and ultimately skateproof)
Love Park. Mayor Street and his buddies have decided that Love Park
is too ugly to attract as many tourists as they would like and so
the world-famous skate mecca we all know and love is slowly being
Part Of Me
you ever feel like your skateboard is a part of you? Yesterday, I
left the house without my skateboard to go to college. I thought it
might give me an incentive to finally get around to doing some work
at the art gallery I was supposed to visit. Even as I ran out of the
house to go and catch my train I felt odd. Why wasnt I riding
down the hill? Walking or running felt weird, it took too much effort.
I should be gliding.
in a small town revolves around the newest ramp built or somebody
taking a car ride to the nearest park. I live in the town of Farmington,
New Hampshire the population is just about 3000.
Know You're Going to Fail
time I step onto a skateboard,I know that no matter what happens I
will be out doing something I love and enjoy, whether I'm alone or
with friends, whether I do well, or not land a single trick. Things
like that don't matter at all, it's always been about the actual skating
by Pierre Richardson
a doughnut, drinking a cup of coffee. He watched the monitors as hundreds
of people walked up, down, left, right, sideways, and in circles.
He often pondered when and why he would need to leave his chair next.
He hated to do it but it was part of his 'job'. He leaned back, put
his feet up, closed his eyes and tried to go to sleep.
by Stephen Voss
my first visit to FDR, I'd taken a 4 AM bus from Washington, DC that
arrived just after sunup on a cold winter morning. The sunlight had
just begun to erase the dark shadows that hid the park's steep contours
and endless lines. Above me, I-95 was full of rush hour commuters.
The cars hit a steady, whooshing chord that bounced around the empty
by Kyla Purtell and Gav
first split column on Skatedork - two nice pieces of writing that
are both short and fit well together, from opposite sides of the Atlantic.
Demo Proves World Trend
by Stacy Irving
came the decks. Two kids approximately eight years old snagged one
for their younger brother. However, an older kid (12 years old) jumped
them in the crowd and then took off, deck in hand. The two boys emerged
from the crowd bloodied and angry."
by Meg W.
remember from the beginning I skated alone; I never really made a
point of being alone, it's just how things turned out. I guess I've
always seen skating as an individual effort."
by Ryan Hardy
as you push me away four wheels hit the ground and I roll away. Away
into something that returns all the love I give it."
by Alex Pittman
developed a theory through all of my days of skateboarding that boils
down to what I need from this art form. There is some piece of life
we all need to participate in to make ourselves complete, whether
or not we plan on implementing it or not."
by Jason Swiger
is a powerful thing. By definition conformity is correspondence in
form, manner, or character; synonymous with agreement. Perhaps something
missing in the definition, is that when you conform you give up a
little of your soul --- a little of your individuality."
by Jason Karl
as skateboarders are wrong in what we do. I accepted that a long time
ago. I know that in our pursuit for artistic expression we are unintentionally
destroying the infrastructure of society."
in Baby Hitting
by Mike Lynch
favorite skater should be some individual that you enjoy seeing. He
should be unique at least to you. Saying the top guy is your favorite
is saying that you haven't really thought about the question at all."
by Stephen Voss
you're not skateboarding with everything you have, you're missing
love these ones," he said as he flipped a few pages. They were pictures
of his old home and where he used to skate over the summer. Lots of
of an Outcast Youth
by Scott Quatrevingt
Why must all this harassment continue. Is it me? Must I change the
way I dress or act, or is it because I LOVE TO RIDE!!!. Should I quit
all that I've known for so long???
by Drew Weste
the day came. With the sun barely over the horizon, he got dressed,
and with twenty others, made his way to city hall, not in his car,
but on his skateboard
Back Into Skateboarding
by Mark Stosberg 9.11.99
of that is coming back now, and I have heightened clarity about why
it is I skateboard, and why I never quit: Skateboarding's fun. I enjoy
est le ciment
Gabrielle Chapman 2.19.99
cat may not be yet dead nor alive but my ankle feels like shit!"
by Stephen Voss 11.13.98
"She takes my selfishness, and my insecurity, and beautifully
massages my ego when I need it most."
by Jim Garn 10.17.98
little kid moved over to one bench and tried to jump on it but he
couldn't ollie that high."
by Paul Schweigert 8.10.98
"Daniel tries, and lands on his board. His front foot stays on,
but his back foot slides off."
of an Addict
by Alfred Hochrein 7.14.98
bike riding was prohibited, bike riders would be criminals. Do you
think it's any different with skateboarders?"
by Jeff Krysiak 5.25.98
past week I have done quite well in a few local contests, so I thought
I would share some tips for contests."
Drugs and Skating
by Mat Creighton 5.3.98
weren't straight edge. We didn't profess some moral agenda. We just
had better things to do and took the time to pick each other from
by Andrew Kutras 5.1.98
|"My son will surpass my
skateboarding skills someday, and I will be proud to have started
it for him."
Winning and Losing Battle
by Nic Cornell 4.26.98
time I was skating a curb in some residential hood. Before I know
it what do ya know along comes "Jed Clampit" and his truck
Kickin' It Old School with David 3.29.98
Vacation seemed to drag like a boring school day. If someone said
'Lance Mountain', I would have thought of a ski resort."
by Nitzan Tomer 3.22.98
name is Nitzan and I'm from this little country that you may hear
a lot on the news: Israel."