From singing in his band, The Stitches, to skating with legends, Mike has seen a lot. He recently took some time to write about the things he's learned since stepping on a board.
1) It taught to go at everything 110%. It taught me not to be a pussy. It taught that what the mind deems as different or difficult is bullshit. It taught me that smaller isn't always easier and/or safer - and in most cases, it's the exact opposite. The big stuff is easier and/or safer - slamming n a tight transitioned pool or a mini ramp? wham! straight to the flats..slamming on a vert ramp or big skatepark pool? wham! but at least ya land in some transition? I guess either way it sucks...skateboarding also taught me that I'm full of shit too..
2) It taught me that I don't need anybody. Fuck team sports. Fuck sports. Creativity is where I find it. It gave me self-confidence. Self-reliance. "...all I need this is this ashtray....and this skateboard..." Fuck you. and me.
3) It taught me that everybody's got their own trip. That everybody sees what's awesome in a different light. It taught me that contests don't mean shit. That judging someone on how they find their fun on a wooden play toy is completely subjective.
4) It taught me alot about human nature and the ego. I watched so many of my friends start skateboarding for fun, get good at it, I mean reeeeaaaallly good at it, get shots in magazines, become the life/destroyer of the party, believe the hype that all the vicarious livin' pussies said they were, get lost in their own ego and forgot why they started skating in the first place, stop skateboarding cuz they couldn't live up to the hype that all the vicarious livin' pussies said they were and stayed that way cuz the fantasy became bigger than the reality..
5) It taught me flow. How to navigate the bumps life throws at you. Not to fight them, but how to flow with them. How to gain speed outta kinks. How to show some flash in a spot that makes sense with the rest of the line. Not a quarter pipe one-trick-pony type life but rather an entire park type line through life.
I could go on for days with this shit. Skateboarding came along at the much needed age of five and became my closest friend. It has stuck with me even after dumping it for another. It has been one of my greatest teachers - like a kung fu master letting me eat my own shit instead of kicking it out of me. I love skateboarding with all my heart...thank you for giving me this opportunity to share it with you.
If you haven't listened to The Stitches, do yourself a favor and check out the video below.