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5 Things I've Learned From Skateboarding: Stevie Dread

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 Chicago skateboard legend, Stevie Dread, drops by to share what he's learned since stepping on a board. -JW

Photo: Chris Elvira 

Photo: Chris Elvira 

1. One of the things I've learned from skateboarding is 'loyalty'


2. Commitment comes to mind...


3. Stay true to yourself and follow your heart and instincts...


4. Skate for yourself, not the concept of skateboarding to 'get hooked up' with all the fresh free gear, because at some point you're gonna have to skate, and put your image where your mouth is!!

Photo: Chris Elvira 

Photo: Chris Elvira 

5. Skate EVERYTHING!! I mean EVERYTHING!! It's all skateboarding!! Besides, nobody is watching you 24-7!



Overall, I've learned to have fun!

Photo: Chris Elvira

5 Things I've Learned From Skateboarding: Thomas Hawver

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1. Without skateboarding, I wouldn't have any reason to travel. Traveling has brought me to some of the coolest places to skate, eat and meet new people. My friends and I travel all around the country just to play with a toy and I wouldn't have it any other way.

2. When you go to new places, you're going to meet new people. Talk to strangers, its rad. You never know if you have something in common with someone until you talk to them. Skateboarding has giving me some of the best friends in the world and without talking to strangers, I wouldn't know any of them.


3. There is no right or wrong way to skateboard. Everyone started skating for the same reason, and it was to have fun. Everyone has a different taste in skateboarding, and their own opinions. Have fun when you're on a board and don't let people tell you what you're doing right or wrong. Also, I've learned that every skateboarder secretly likes the skateboarding that inst their type, because without them, you wouldn't have anyone to talk shit about.


4. There's no way you've never been hurt as a skateboarder. It happens. As long as you can walk, you can ride a skateboard. Skateboarding is something that's going to be with you you're entire life. When you get injured, be patient and fully heal yourself before you try skating again. This is the most recent thing I've learned but probably the most important.


5. Take photos, make videos, collect stuff and enjoy meaningless things. Without skateboarding I'm really not to sure how many cool things I would have other than memories. I have so much stuff that means nothing to anyone else but means a lot to me. If there's ever a time in my life that I want to look back at, I can, just by pulling out old photos or videos. Whether its old skate videos, paintings, video games, toys or anything else, stuff rules. Go make things and collect shit for no reason.

All photos taken by  Mike Spizzirri

5 Things I've Learned From Skateboarding: Chris Oleskiewicz

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1. Skateboarding is the greatest fucking thing on the planet.

Everything else in life has the opportunity to fuck ya over. Your girl is probably cheatin on ya. Your homies will talk shit behind your back. Your job probably sucks. But at the end of the day your board will never fuck you over, so go outside and fucking skate.


2. Style is more important then the actual trick.

I would definitely say style is one of the most important things in skating. If you do a trick and your style isnt there then the trick doesn't matter. If you do some ridiculous manuever on your skateboard and your style sucks... just STOP... Please. For yourself, and all of us, just fucking stop. Go get some style you carbon copy, robot ass, street league watching muddafuckka.

3. There is always something new to learn.

Just like life pimpin'. You're never done learning and even when you think you got your shit mastered, you fucking don't. So go do something different then the same trick you've been doing for the last 4 years at the same damn skate park... It's boring... We've all seen you do that trick before. Show us some shit we haven't seen.

4. Camaraderie

Shiiitttt this one might be the best of all. Too many good homies I've met through skating. It doesn't matter what ethnicity, height, weight, haircolor or how tiny your fucking dick is. If you fucking rip, then your a badddddd mother fucker, and none of that other shit matters. You can't beat getting a session going with a bunch of homies and everyone is vibing off one another. Jerry's bowl bash last month was a great example of that. Shout out to everyone who was there hanging out and dropping fucking bombs at burbank.


5. Go fucking faster!

Take your ma's lil Yankee candle that your using for curb wax, and throw it in the fucking trash. Take 3 more pushes and charge that fucking obstacle. Going as fast as your $19.99 bones Redd's will take you is by far the best feeling in the fucking world. If you dont think so... Fuck you.

5 Things I've Learned From Skateboarding: Kevin Morris

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1. People are interesting. Skateboarding allows people to be themselves without having to fit a certain niche. I’ve made friends with people from all walks of life because of it. Skateboarding is something that accepts the freaks and the geeks of the world and it’s so rad to see what people can do on a useless wooden toy no matter where they come from. It taught me acceptance of the human person; color doesn’t matter, gender doesn’t matter and, to an extent, beliefs don’t matter (we’re all animals, don’t be an asshole).


2. I am a masochist…. Skateboarders eat shit tryingsomething that means pretty much nothing until they are beaten and exhausted. For some reason, it’s still worth it.


3. You don’t have to be good at something to love it. Although not being good at skateboarding involves a lot of time on the ground, the smallest accomplishments can make it all worth it. Having the ability to learn something new after 10+ years of doing something is amazing. Even if it doesn’t seem like shit to someone else, it can be the best feeling in the world. It’s all about figuring out what you can do with the hunk of junk body you were dealt with; don’t sweat what other people think.


4.It’s a good idea to take care of myself. As a skateboarder in my 20s, I’ve had back problems and knee problems that I wouldn’t have imagined happening when I was 16. Life has its ups and downs, but skateboarding is always there to come back to when the pain starts to go away. It’s a good reminder to give a care for the time being because I’verealized it might not be something that lasts forever. Guess I could always try toOg de Souza my way around when the time comes.


5. It gave me a reason to see the world. It’s broadened my horizons and showed me that there is more out there than what’s in my backyard. There is a lot to be said about adventure and I learned the world is worth seeing. Just because we live in a world heavily populated by the human race, doesn’t mean that we’re not exploring the possibilities of every crack in the sidewalk or every incline in the parking lots. Adventure is alive and well, even if we’re not the first to canoe down the Mississippi River or scale the top of Mount Everest. It can be as easy as grabbing your board and picking a direction.