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skate girls

my experience 

ever since i was a kid, my brothers have skated. my little brother was one and a half when he learned, he could hardly form sentences, but would come with our mum to pick us up from school on a tiny skateboard -- rolling speedy up the hill to the school buildings. i always wanted to do it, in some ways i have skated all my life: but for some reason i have always been scared to do as much as i wanted.

i think growing up as a girl with an older sister in the 2000s -- where gendered marketing was at it's peak -- i never recognised my uncomfortable sense of not feeling quite right in the "girly" norms; i was just a tomboy, fitting in. when i was around eleven or twelve penny boards were all around, so of course i had one (or, stole my brother's sweet yellow one periodically), but still it wasn't really what i wanted -- i was just conforming.

i remember days where we could skate in the garden. flipping over a board with your toes to jump on it; my brother trying to teach ollies to the younger kids; me, always there, watching. 

skateboarding is all about being new and fresh. though it's a sport now widely recognised, there's always been a culture of rebellion (almost anarchist, honestly, even though the clothes are SO expensive) around it. skate is about staying true to your history whilst presenting something fresh. 

i love skateboarding: the culture, the free feeling, the fashion, the scrapes and bruises; but for some reason i'm still afraid to practise. 

i think skate should be more accessible to little kids, regardless of gender identity, as everyone can benefit from the sense of revolt and creativity that skateboarding brings. 

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happy skating!

- issy x


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