Books and Pictures

Finally done with this school quarter. Last couple weeks were brutal.

Saw two things yesterday that were kind of awesome. On the Slap magazine site there is a link to an interview with Isaac McKay Randozzi. I think that is how you spell it. Isaac lived two rooms away from Tim (and me unofficially for probably four months) in a house on 14th st in San Francisco. I am always stoked to see what he has been able to do with his photography. His stuff has gotten pretty great. The second thing I saw was a book called No Comply. I’m sure many of you know about this book as it came out in 2005, but I did not. The idea of the book is to have a group of skateboarders, from recognizable names to the unrecognizable name who has just been doing it forever, write short essays on the subject of the relationship between skateboarders and authority. What was particularly great was that as I scanned the list of contributors I ran across the names of Matt Derrick and Jeremiah Leibrecht. So great. If you have lived in, or just passed through San Francisco and have even once gone into dlxsf you know who Matt D is. Even if you don’t know who Matt D is you know the dude in deluxe with the mustache who thoroughly, very thoroughly, was able to answer any question you had. I don’t just mean “where is this spot?” kind of questions. I mean SF weather, team changes, what did that shape look like, who wrote that, what band is that, a five letter word for a feeling of imminent doom first letter z, kind of questions. Matt D holds it down. Jeremiah is another San Francisco buddy of Artform. Forever rolling around. Forever hyped to see you. I Rasta Miah is an SF staple.

What all of this made me think was how skateboarding pushes you into doing creative things. Really. If I think about the people I have known over the years that skate the overwhelming majority are engaged in or in the very least dabble in some kind of creative pursuit. It is almost expected. It is funny. The culture itself, and I mean the people as much as the ethic, pushes you into creative activity. I never expected to see Matt and Jeremiah’s name in the book, but I wasn’t shocked either. I don’t know if either guy considers themself a writer but somebody was willing to call upon both of them and they did it. I didn’t intend to be the filmer but someone needed to film and I am terrible at skating so I filmed. The footage needs to get edited so you figure out how to edit. Something needs to go up on the web site so you write it. Your friend is doing a zine so you contribute a picture.

Skateboarding forces you out into the world. In Matt D’s piece he pointed out that skateboarding is fundamentally a way to get from here to there. In getting there your go lots of places. You engage the life that you are rolling next to . When called upon to offer up some little gem of your experience, you’ve inevitably got alot to offer. This way of engaging a life in a fashion that is particular to those who have done it in large part through skating.

The point is all three of these guys felt that skateboarding pushed them to the particular endeavors they were involved in. It shaped their perspectives and actions. I agree it does.

Good job fellas. Stuff looked good.

Go check out Isaac’s interview.

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