Ever since I started skateboarding the Prescott, AZ skate scene has been small but surprisingly active. For years one of the main driving forces was the hometown hero Jesse Lopez. On top of being arguably the best skateboarder in town he also made legit local skate videos that everyone loved. His first video, “Eye for an Eye”, is wonderfully edited and has been featured on this website for a while now. His second video is even better, and now that it has been uploaded online I am happy to present “As Good As Dirt”.
I’ll never forget Jesse got it to premier on a projector set up in the Prescott High School Ruth Street Theatre. It was epic to see local spots and skaters blown up that big with a loud crowd watching. Being able to go back and watch footage of my friends and the skaters I looked up to is a priceless nostalgia and I will forever be greatful to Jesse for that. Sadly I never got any clips for either video, but that is probably for the best because I really sucked back then. I’d rather just re-watch Jesse Lopez’s part over and over, and you should too.
The skateboarding subculture has boasted about its existence among gritty environments since the early days. At face value that feels right, but Pat Fisher questioned this premise and had different conclusions. By comparing the historical rise of skating and BMX with economics and other factors Pat began to see a different story.
Pat’s main medium is BMX and he has been skateboarding for several years. I love talking/arguing with him about the minutiae of skating and other related activities. At first I disagreed with many of Pat’s points when he described this short-film before its completion, but after viewing my opinions changed and I have a new perspective on the history of skateboarding. Pat asked for my help in this project to add some skateboarding knowledge and footage and I’m stoked I got to contribute. I had a lot of fun working on this even though some of my footage sucks. It was all worth it just to bomb a hill catamaran style (if you haven’t done a catamaran, you should).
This is a skateboarding website and there is a lot of BMX in this video, but we can’t deny the fact that our worlds are interconnected. Beyond that, this short-film makes me appreciate the important connection between skating and the rest of the world. Skaters may think they are a unique subculture feeding off of the forgotten elements in our space, but we are intertwined with the world around us in ways we can rarely comprehend. Pat’s last bit about breaking away from the concepts that hold us back is important, and I look forward to seeing the unpredictable evolution of skateboarding.
Check out Pat’s website Building Gnarnia!
Skaters dork around all the time, so obviously skating in Halloween costumes is going to happen. Last year Kramer put together a montage featuring a Granny (Bridger Pierson), Link, Tupac (Sean Davis), a Hick (Ryan Cedro), Bill the Mechanic (Vince Portor), a Sexy Lady (myself), and Thing 1 (Kramer Karlson). Did you ever want to see me skating in lingerie? No? Oh well, here you go. Happy Halloween!