I was listening the Stretch & Bobbito podcast the other day and they mentioned how young rappers nowadays are focused on making serious money with little regard for the older generations of rappers that paved the way. The counter argument was that the older gods had eternal gravitas and respect within the culture but younger rappers rebuke that because a lot of the so-called legends are broke.
Anyway, it got me thinking to skateboarding and how the era at which you started skating defined how you perceive the culture. The skate or die culture seems to be gone and a more athletic and professional philosophy seems to be in place.
I was first introduced to real skating at the tail end of the 80s -early 90s and was thrust into the big poants small wheels era where skaters were few and far between and considered an eye sore by the general public. I remember when skating started to get really technical and cliquey around the Trilogy era and I kind of fell off because I couldn’t identify with it anymore. I remember local friends of mine becoming obsessed with their chilling shoes and everyone’s ability to switchflip like Keenan. As I got older I saw through it all and just enjoyed my skating (Thanks John Winter!).
Anyway, I was just wondering if anyone else experienced similar stoke and jading with skate culture, and if this was based on your introduction and experiences?