Tuesday, May 19, 2009

what's the deal with airline food skateboarder music?

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rant done, back to business -

It's been suggested by one of the fine publications for whom I scribble, that I write about skateboard culture (no, not an oxymoron) for next month. Naturally I thought I'd tackle the music aspect. I think there's a perception that all skateboarders listen to the same "really bad mall punk" as the Resident Offspring calls it. What do you think? Got a second for a poll?

Thanks for keeping this scientific and accurate 19 times out of 15, 199% of the time, margins of error aside.


16 comments:

Allison said...

I love polls! I think there is a clear frontrunner in this one...

URBAN BLONDE said...

Hey my BFF in White Rock's son is a heavy duty skateboarder, maybe you can pick his brain?

kelly said...

beats me...i don't even know whats cool with people my age

kelly said...

oh and tell urban blonde.....

Remi said...

Sadly, a lot of them do. But there are exceptions. Just like there have got to be a few pro hockey players out there who don't get psyched up for the big game by listening to Nickleback. Stereotypes. Gotta love em.

I was always more into buttboarding: 1. Find a big hill, preferably with big sweeping curves. 2. Sit on board. 3. Leave work to gravity. 4. Don't get run over.

It was even better on this really old board I picked up at a yard sale with steel wheels.

There have to be some that listen to good music. Sort of like those skatepunks in High Fidelity but, you know, real.

Wandering Coyote said...

I voted "yes." Huge assumption, I know.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

There was, Al, but it's starting to sway toward the more decidedly inconclusive. Time will tell.

His would be an ideal brain to pick, Urban Blonde. So long as I don't accidentally insult his taste in music.

You are beyond the trappings of cool, Kelly. And I am sure UB already knows this.

If we let go of our stereotypes, the terrorists will have won, Remi. But you bring up a some good points. It must be horribly frustrating for the High Fidelity boarders to be painted with the same Sum 41 brush as the stereotype.
Bum boarding is more my speed too, especially if you wax the board.

I'm glad you told me how you voted, Wandering Coyote. It helps me get a better feel for the results.

URBAN BLONDE said...

He's actually a musician himself Barb, has a band, and is same age as RO. Let me know and I'll get on it.

Charlie said...

I have absolutely no idea what ANY of you are talking about. But don't bother about me. I'm used to sitting out here in the weeds. Really. I am.

misherable said...

The poll is currently tied, well sorta. 5-5-3... I'm one of the 3, hahah.

Writing about skateboarder culture, huh? What a gouda idea! Drum up a few more articles & you could become your own cottage industry!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Absolutely! I would love to talk to him, UB. Just the sort of person who's brains I need to pick. Thanks!

Awww, Charlie, I'd take you skateboarding, if I knew how, and if the thought didn't terrify me, and if we could choose our own music.

Writing about cottages. At the cottage! What a deliciously meta idea, Michelle. Count me in.

Karen's Mouth said...

Interesting. I wouldn't like to say for sure, but I think our skateboard types are now the same kids as the emo types. But it could just be they like hanging out at the same park.

Sean Wraight said...

Is there any topic the Bad Tempered Zombie can not handle? Good on you for tackling something a little outside your normal 'zone'. I think you will be pleasantly surprised about the ubiquity of skate culture and the simple fact its not just kids who are doing it. By extension then, I suspect their music habits are just as diverse.

Its interesting but this is one subculture that really does suffer from negative stereotyping. I think you'll be in for some pleasant discoveries once you delve into this subject.

I'm looking forward to reading your distinct perspective when this one gets published.

Here's to new and different directions.

Well done!

s

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Interesting perception, Kees. Although I imagine if you took it to the skaters and the emo kids you would meet with opposition.

I think you make a very valid point about all skaters being painted with the same brush, Sean. And yes, it really is not just kids of a certain age who use this mode of transportation/recreation/expression.
Thanks for the support. I don't feel like I am stepping out of my zone as much as I did with the oil sands article, but maybe I am just more comfortable with stretching out now.

Gifted Typist said...

Do all skateboarders take the same polls? I thought skateboarders were all emo and screamo and that

Barbara Bruederlin said...

That's what I thought too, Gifted. Evidently I was stereotyping.