Hell Yeah! @Regrann from @urbancamperphoto - You are only as old as you want to be. Sixty year old Dave Chiarino @chickndave has commited to stay young until he dies which is exactly what almost happened to him six years ago until skateboarding saved his life.
Dave was under constant stress which had a huge effect on his life. The lack of having a fun outlet caused him to have a heart attack. His doctor told him that he had to change his life or lose it.
He built an eight foot kidney shaped bowl in his backyard and started skating after a 20 year hiatus. His wife and my super good homie @gnpgirl has been a good sport on loosing her backyard. She is out there during every session sharing tasty barley pops, great stories, and yummy food.
This story does have a Happy ending. Dave is healthier and much happier these days. Skateboarding really did save his life.
Skateboarding has also saved many other people's lives. Not just from the physical benifit but the mental aspect as well. It gives a creative outlet. It gives a way to let out aggresion and mental pain. Skateboarding has saved people from suicide. It has saved me during my darkest times. I love skateboarding and will push the wooden toy until I die.
Mine and Dave's story is not unique. There have been many people who are still living today becasue of skateboarding. Please share your story in the comments.
My friend @marfa_capodanno
has curated a skateboard art show for this Friday, September 22. The show is at @miishkooki art space. All proceeds benifit suicide prevention through @hopefortheday
Over 30 pieces of art will be raffled off with featured artist like:
And many more
Somehow Marfa forgot to add me to the show and has apologized profusely. I suppose I can forgive him. I haven't been in the scene much this year due to a repetitive back injury.