Over the years my guy has come across some pretty fun skateboards; he loves them and I wish I could ride them! Well, I can, it’s just that it goes one way and I go the other – not pretty. Unlike me, my man grew up riding them well and has a hard time passing it up when he sees one.
A few years ago he even picked a Mark Gonzales (“The Gonz”), a celebrated skateboarder and artist. We flipped the board for pretty decent money (kinda wished we’d kept it now, but collectors have to purge once in awhile otherwise it’s called hoarding.).
But, this, arguably, is the best (if not the most nostalgic) skateboard find: a piece of wood with a set of roller skate wheels. He bought it at an estate sale in Alhambra, CA from a guy who constructed it in the late 1950’s and was finally ready to part with it. I love it for everything it represents — kids who, wanting to imitate surfing a wave, resourcefully scavenged scraps for a fun time outdoors.
I wish we had a photo of its original owner skating the hills of Alhambra back in the day, but this will have to do as a placeholder.
Skateboarding gained and fell in popularity and repeated that cycle a few times over the decades, but there are those that never lost the love for it and I’m glad we have the documentation to enjoy its beauty.
It would be stellar to have a wall display someday and turn these little boards into works of art. Maybe we do need to collect a few more…
And if you haven’t yet seen Stacy Peralta’s Bones Brigade: An Autobiography, it’s well worth a watch!