In middle school, I purchased a big, out-of-date camcorder that was a Sony TRV-330 so I could film my friends skateboarding. They would perform tricks that required proof, so I was the one that they desperately needed to do provide it. Over the years, I formed intimate relationships based on trust, reliability, and most importantly, adventure.
Silver Sands Middle School had a run-down skate park right behind it. After class was out, it was the place to be. Kids that did not even skate would come to visit and witness the skateboarders’ psychotic attempts at glory.
Of course I did not just watch and film, I skateboarded as well. In comparison to others, I was not as keen about risking injury just to land a trick over an obstacle as my peers were. That is why I found solace in video recording them and eventually using editing programs to compose a piece of digital art. The process blended together the things I loved most: skateboarding, photography, video, and music.
My subjects gradually and steadily advanced in their sport, and so did I in my expressive documentation. Selling my Sony TRV-330 and upgrading to a Sony Vx1000 with an MK1 fisheye lens was a decision that made my production quality match industry standards. Pretty soon, the montages and video parts I was making resembled the ones of huge magazines, like the Transworld skateboarding mag.
A quality unique to the skateboarding community is the minimalism of competition. Skateboarding was more focused on self expression. It was a medium an individual could use to challenge himself every day. Once they overcame that challenge, the feeling of triumph and joy drove them to keep doing it, almost like an addiction of sorts.
Although I hardly ever participate in the skateboarding world nowadays, I am still infatuated by it. On YouTube, I find myself watching video part after video part because I respect the amount of effort it takes to make such a different type of artwork. It is a process that is cathartic for the viewer. This type of art has much more depth to it than meets the eye, and it is a shame that the public perception of the common skateboarder is a rebellious teenager that harasses innocent people and destroys property out of malice.