Skateboarders in the Urban Landscape

I was having a conversation with a customer here at Nixon Berkeley, and he said he had just recently picked up his board again, for transportation purposes really. “It’s so easy, I can just pick it up and not worry about someone taking it because it’s always with me.”

He said he was skating in the city the other day, and a cop got mad at him for skating in the street, “It’s for bikers only!”

No doubt you have seen the “No Skateboarding on the sidewalk” signs all over the city.

This brings the simple fact to attention.

Skateboarding IS a crime. 

Why this is so is unclear. Skateboarding is such a positive influence for many young kids, keeping them out of trouble and doing something creative and very physical.

It’s a daily meditation for many, a pick-me-up from the world of bullshit we live in.

But they tell us we can’t do it.

What makes them right? Nothing. Destruction of property is the only demeaning action we do. All the rest of the time, we are manifestations of humanity expressing itself uniquely, by cruising flipping manuevuering through the city.

But why can’t a park bench, a park ledge, be used for something other than being a pile and smoking cigarettes? Why can’t a skateboarder interpret it the way he wants?

Why can’t a park bench be worn in by metal trucks?

Why can’t someone look at a park bench and say, “Oh look, I think skateboarders were here! I wonder what they tried?” and not “Those fucking skateboarders.”


Skateboarders should be appreciated for making full use of their environment, for making art everywhere they go.

Not looked down upon, or punished.


Ha. Like that’s ever going to change. We’ll see!