Saturday, June 15, 2013

Yeah Mehring!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

A young Louis CK on MTV


This has been on heavy circulation on the internet for a minute but incase you haven't seen it... Ryan Gosling won't eat his cereal.

Speaking of community, some friends are putting on a "skate play" at McCarren skate park the day after Go Skateboarding Day. I'm going to be involved as well as several others. To be honest, I'm not sure what I'm doing yet- but I am super stoked to be a part of something that hasn't really been done before. Swing by and support if you can.


Defending Street League Skateboarding champion Nyjah Huston found himself at the center of a gender-driven controversy this week when he was quoted in Thrasher Magazine saying, "Some girls can skate but I personally believe that skateboarding is not for girls at all. Not one bit."
Huston, who declined to comment for this story, backpedaled quickly and by Monday afternoon had posted an apology on Twitter.
"I want to apologize for the remarks I made in Thrasher about female skateboarders," he wrote. "What I meant was that skateboarding is a gnarly sport, in general, and as someone who knows the wrath of the concrete all too well, I don't like the thought of girls (like my little sister) getting hurt. My words were an inaccurate reflection of who I am; more importantly, they were disrespectful and I genuinely regret them."

If you want to read the rest of the article please take a look at the link above. The rest of this post is my opinion. I had a really rad talk about this with some friends tonight about this. Enlightening as well. On one hand when I first superficially saw the comments from the Thrasher interview ( without seeing the entire article yet ) I thought Nyjah deserved to rot in the X Games. Then, when this topic randomly came up in the bar tonight amongst friends, I realized despite the newly christened apology via twitter, there should be something said about this. And I might say it drunk. 

Whether it was his intention to illustrate how "protective" he feels over women or females when he sees them physically injured, not to get all heavy discussion, but it completely dismisses the reality that women in life deal with emotional, spiritual, mental, AND physical pains that go beyond most men's understanding of measurable physical "pain". To note, the pain I'm talking about is not just about pain derived from slighted "ego". To reference something quite obvious : GIVING BIRTH. All men - go fuck yourselves. Having your period, feeling attached, biological emotional investments whatever and all the mindfucks that go with every blossoming stage.. AGAIN, go fuck all of yourselves if you think you can rightfully judge. 

To think that women "can not" or "should not" endure physical pain calls into question not just women's role in skateboarding to certain individuals, but also women in the armed services and beyond. Everything is connected, and have always been connected in those invaluable ways. Brave women have shaped and continue to shape humanity's rich history as we know it. 

To this day, as a larger, global society we struggle to figure out how to let each other live peacefully. It's a fucking shame. However, my advice is to those who have daughters.. I was lucky enough to have a father who was independently stoked on me discovering skateboarding when I was 12. I'm sure he was aware how hurt I could could get, because I also signed up for judo when I was 9. Whether he wanted me to break all my bones before adolescence or inherently allow my childhood fearlessness to go wherever it took me, that took a lot of confidence as a parent.

The effects of men on women, fathers and daughters, and relationships beyond are immeasurable, unquantifiable. The point is, we need to encourage each other do the things we love, man or woman. Never second guess or undermine each other because you gotta' keep that shit PMA. Nobody can predict the future. It always matters whether you see it or not. Positivity is the ultimate gateway drug.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Um. So good??