A couple of years’ ago we put together The Twilight Zone: An Ode to Creative Weirdness, giving some love to those who ignore skateboard trends to happily embrace something completely different. From Tim Jackson to Louie Barletta, Bob Burnquist to Zarosh Eggleston, a wide array of inventive rippers were covered.
Since then, the meteoric rise of Instagram within skateboarding has shifted the goalposts with regards to what people consider ‘the norm’: these days a trick hits the web and is viewed, shared, and potentially learned by thousands within a couple of days. This opens a wider debate about creativity within a skateboarding landscape so relentlessly documented by some form of media, and whether your modern day equivalents to Buster Halterman or Gou Miyagi will still be found in amongst the melee.
However, judging by the amount of people on our brand new ‘Altered Consciousness’ list who have only appeared on our radar within the last few years, we don’t have anything to fear. Regardless of Street League, Olympics or reality TV shows, skateboarding will always be a place for oddballs to flourish. Up the weirdos!
Tom Day tweaks a fullpipe exit for Dan Salopia’s lens.