More stuff that you’ve seen from my “Homeboy” part.
I love to skateboard, but I hate skateboarding. I hate it so much it makes me cry every day. When I’m skating it’s the best thing in the world. Once I’m not in the physical act of surfing on my sled, I am frustrated by the culture and industry. I just watched @mid90smovie and I wanna say @jonahhill did a brilliant job on it. I left the theatre feeling very confused, embarrassed and ashamed. This movie hit way too close to home for a kid that started skating at 10 in 1994. There wasn’t a scene I didn’t remember or am not scarred by still. Skating destroys lives. It saves us, yes, but it fucking destroys so much. We don’t talk about this stuff enough. The addiction, the self denials, respect, the language. I can’t stand the language. I come across as an old jaded man to some, but if anything it’s the opposite. I’m an under developed teenager from living in a realm that most people don’t know. This movie is better than any other skateboard movie ever. It’s fucked up good. I am not going to say I love it, but I will say it’s amazing. For anyone who skated in the mid nineties, you have to see it. If you don’t feel any emotions of love, hate, shame, or peer pressure, you must not have ever been a teenager. Being a teenager is hard. Try being a 34 year old teenager haha. I was so influenced by this culture that it also shunned me for trying to fit in at times. @jonahhill you and the filmers, editors, and sound crew did an amazing job. The cast did well too. They really did. It could have been any cast with this story though, and that hardly happens.
I’m sitting in the car heating up from the sun and just felt the need to write a few comments after watching it. After the movie I helped an elderly couple. One was in a wheelchair and the woman was struggling to get the man through the door. I pushed him up to his seat. The woman said I was “a treasure, a real gem” I should have felt pride. My eyes welled up and I felt sad because I’m just a skateboarder with a past of memories that don’t always make me smile.
When I go skating and falling today, I’ll be smiling and in my happy place.