I don’t think that bad people is the right term. I don’t know who reads my crap on here, I imagine when I say something controversial it gets screen capped and passed around a bit more than I’d actually like. Knowing that I’ll try and be polite, and sympathetic to the fact that we’re talking about the behavior of basically children.
I do think that Supreme, and any other company that sponsors anyone in this video needs to take a long hard look at what they’re condoning when they pay these kids to wear their brand. For me the “it’s just skateboarding” excuse isn’t cutting it here.
I think if you want to beef with security that’s your business. As an adult, I’m embarrassed when I behave like that, and wouldn’t want it captured on camera and shown to anyone. It happens, but I’m not proud of it.
The rest of this shit, maybe chalk it up to them being young, but I think it’s awful. I wouldn’t go skate with these kids if I was invited by Bill or someone. I just won’t put myself around people who are committing petty crimes. If people are drinking and smoking at the spot, ok fine, but fuck man, the shit going on in this video was just disgusting.
I was around for the 90s and it was almost as sick as people make it out to be, but the one thing that made it not sick, and not an era I’m really interested in returning too, violence. There was a lot more tough guys back then, more fighting, more board stealing, it was just a much more hard core time. I don’t know if these kids really grew up like this, or if they are emulating music, the 90s, whatever. I don’t know much about growing up in Los Angeles, how violent it is, how much this kind of shit is part of the culture. I imagine it’s a bit more violet and rugged than a similar childhood on the east coast; It just seems like a dark, and at times very lawless place. It’s not my place to judge these kids.
I’ll return to what I said about Supreme, Volcom, FA etc.
Bad kids, actors, emulators, whatever they are, these companies are paying those kids what appears to be a living wage to skateboard and represent their brand. Call me an old square, or throw more It’s just skateboarding talk at me, but I’m not cool with this shit. Companies are paying these people from a very young age, and because of that, I think the companies are partially responsible for helping usher these kids into adulthood.
Do I think someone at FA is going to pull those guys aside and tell them not to pour water on homeless people? Maybe? I hope so? But I’m not betting on it. If I was a brand manager at FA, or Supreme, or Volcom, or Nike or Adidas, I’d be setting up individual meetings to discuss my rider’s futures going forward. If they’re not doing this, not only are they operating irresponsibly, they’re doing a disservice to their riders by not holding them accountable for their actions.