"I’m surprised skaters have played along as long as they have but I think that’ll finally end when Johnny Rad looks at his dorky classmates that are into gaming and collecting Pogs wearing the same “skate shoes” as them only they got them at WalMart and they’ll say, “I am not down with this dude’s scene.” And they will turn their back on that brand and go in the complete opposite direction and find the smallest skater owned brand they can. The mantra for skaters has always been “If you’re into it, I’m over it.” Not sure how/why that got so lost in the past 12 years, big marketing dollars I suppose, but ultimately no one wants to be lumped in with the Food Court Cruiser sect. Ask DVS and Etnies. You don’t come back from that."
Nieratko remains the boss of honesty in this strange game of skateboard culture. Here.
"Freud wrote that the command to love thy neighbour leads to violence against our neighbour’s neighbour, riffing on Nietzsche’s identification of double-tongued resentment and his disgust with the post-Socratic ‘ascetic planet.’ If Africans and Jews are the objective correlatives of this, they are joined by women. We may rewrite the Freudian insight: ‘the command to love thy neighbour leads to violence against our neighbour’s neighbour’s women.’ Black Slavery, the Final Solution and Femicide are three horsemen of modernity. Together they are a code for unlocking the dirty secrets of what Steven Pinker has shown is an ever more peaceful, less violent contemporary landscape. Our modern grim enclaves are variations of their themes. We earn our livings knowing that somewhere else all three are being triggered, sometimes all together, at other times as a pair or else singly. This brutal trio is an enormous unspeakable abyss where screams are too far away and prayers unanswered."
"With surrealism, in Breton’s initial formulation, as a starting point, I’d consider “Cuatros” as the filmic compliment to the activity of skateboarding, which is itself most critically meaningful when viewed through a lens of situationist concepts and practices."