Skating and Surfing are huge parts of LA culture.
I learned a while ago that Southern California’s skateboarding movement came about because a bunch of 70’s surfer dudes needed a way to practice riding waves when there weren’t any to ride. So skaters of the seventies were originally surfers riding “concrete waves” instead of ocean waves. This connection totally fits into what skating and surfing mean to me together. It’s absolutely fitting that the two are joined in California history, just like they are in my lifestyle.
Skating inspires me.
I get a lot of inspiration from watching skaters at beaches like Venice. I identify with the culture; I love the freedom of the community, and I love how carefree the lifestyle is. I think skating is the epitome of the California lifestyle. It represents both the history and the present of why California is home to me.
Skateboarding was also a big part of my childhood.
I grew up watching my older brother skate, and always wanted to learn. My nephew, who is the same age as I am, also got into skateboarding as soon as we were old enough to ride without toppling over. We both dove headfirst into skate culture, and Thrasher Magazine was a childhood staple of mine way before they started selling hoodies at Zumiez. I remember begging my mom for a subscription before I was even old enough to work.
Skate culture also influenced Hannah’s and my relationship. Our early dating life held a lot of beach days, and with LA beaches comes skaters. We were surrounded by the environment of skating and surfing. This culture shaped our relationship and our current lifestyle here in LA.
This skate culture influence is still present, even now.
Our joint purchases have a history of representing each phase of our relationship. Buying this board today represents a milestone in our lives, and what we’re hoping is the beginning of a life full of fun together. I’ve owned a few boards when I was younger, but getting this skateboard together represents how things come back around. It’s a full circle from my childhood to the person I am right now.
This impromptu Venice shoot is a snapshot of how much fun Hannah and I have together, and how we make the simplest of things worth documenting and remembering.
Shout out to this mailman who thought this day was worth remembering as well! He walked right up to me and said “come on, you ready?” Of course, I wasn’t ready because a random mailman was trying to take a picture with me; but hey, another reason to love California, right?
Check out our last random photoshoot here.