I recently took the time to approach a lot of skateboarders, many of which I am lucky enough to call my friends, and some who I know virtually nothing about. Each of these subjects are of different ages and communities, but all can be linked together, much like the Human Centipede. Whether it be through their neighboring areas, learning from, crossing paths with, or growing up with one another, all of these individuals are just that: individuals, each sharing the common thread of skateboarding.
Many of these people will be familiar faces to the audience, but all will share some insight as to how they came to be who they are today. Some are skateboarding veterans, so to speak, who have been apart of our collective history for decades, and who have witnessed and been apart of the shaping of what we see today. Some are locally known and widely respected skaters in their own right. Some are entrepreneurs who have given back to skateboarding itself.
All are interesting individuals that make the Metro-Detroit skate scene what it is today, but none of them totally encompasses what it is to be a skateboarder fully. Perhaps if the time is taken to attempt to encapsulate all of these histories we can greater appreciate each other and skateboarding as a collective entity.
"I got into skating because of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater. I thought it looked super easy..."