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!
On June 30th, 2013 Prescott, AZ was struck by a tragedy more tremendous than any event I have ever witnessed in the area. Nineteen of the Granite Mountain Hotshots were taken in the line of fire defending Yavapai County. The 19 Firefighters, their families, and their friends were deeply woven into the fabric of our community. The loss is more than words can describe.
Throughout this indescribable horror our community has been stronger than ever, and the support for our loss has been outstanding. Love has come from everyone everywhere, and that includes the skateboarding world. Andrew Ashcraft (in the video below) was an avid skater in our town. Personally, I remember him being at nearly every “Show” I went to in Prescott during the prime years of our music scene. Through many connections, Foundation Skateboards has produced a Memorial Deck with 100% of all proceeds going to the families of the Granite Mountain Heroes. Buy it!
Rest in Peace Garret Zuppiger, Kevin Woyjeck, Clayton Whitted, William Warneke, Travis Turbyfill, Joe Thurston, Jesse Steed, Anthony Rose, John Percin, Wade Parker, Scott Norris, Sean Misner, Grant McKee, Eric Marsh, Chris Mackenzie, Dustin DeFord, Travis Carter, Robert Caldwell, and Andrew Ashcraft. With Love and Gratitude.
The Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial Deck, 100% of all proceeds going to the Families.
Working at my skateshop one block away from the skatepark allowed me to see and meet a lot if different skateboarders. I can’t quite remember when or how I came up with the idea, but I thought it would be awesome to have photos of every skater from our scene (and maybe some non-locals as well) all together in one nice place. Of course that isn’t as easy as it sounds.
I’m not sure what’s more awkward, me asking to take the photos or the skaters having to stand there getting their photos taken. Either way, I am stoked I got through the awkwardness and managed to hit my goal of 100. All of these portraits plus many more photos will be put together into a Prescott Skateboarding Yearbook soon. Stay tuned!