I love that there isn’t any actual skateboarding in this ad. It’s the style of the time, of course, and done out of necessity, but still… compared to today’s two-page spreads of whatever dude blah-de-blahing on a rail or bench with a tiny little image of the shoe in the corner (if at all), it’s so earnest.
Also: “wild leather racing stripe”!
I’m curious if we’ll see the Back Forty guys start doing boards, whether within the fold of Crailtap or outside of it. (I’d guess the latter, if it happens at all.)
The three of them— Marc Johnson, especially— have so much creative energy and strange humor for which I don’t see Chocolate providing a platform. Add to that Marc’s distaste for skate industry BS and mature status in skateboarding and I could very much see him taking a path similar to Brian Anderson to do his own thing, plan for the future, and get away from the hardcore schedule of making the next Crailtap video.
Wishful thinking, anyway. I dream of an industry comprised of clever, creative pros with a hundred brands doing a hundred different concepts, each with a small (3-5 skaters, max) team. Half hour vids, board graphics and company branding with greater personality… oh, wait.
I think I just want the early 90s back.
"we’re whatever’s after bronze"
A quote from
Nassim Taleb, Antifragile (via epiphany-rambler)
YES YOU SEE BECAUSE ANTIDEPRESSANTS MAGICALLY WIPE OUT YOUR ENTIRE CAPACITY FOR MELANCHOLY IN ONE FELL SWOOP LIKE YOU LITERALLY POP ONE PILL AND BOOM THERE’S A BIG SMILE ON YOUR FACE AND THEN YOU CAN NEVER WRITE POETRY AGAIN BECAUSE AS WE ALL KNOW IT’S ONLY POSSIBLE TO WRITE GOOD POETRY WHEN YOU’RE IN A FETAL POSITION DRY SOBBING AT ONE IN THE AFTERNOON AND WONDERING IF YOU’D HAVE THE EMOTIONAL ENERGY TO SHOOT YOURSELF IF YOU HAD A GUN GODDAM THOSE EVIL DOCTORS AND THEIR MEDICINE THEY RUINED LITERATURE FOREVER BECAUSE AS WE ALL KNOW LITERALLY NOBODY HAS EVER WRITTEN ANYTHING EVEN HALFWAY DECENT SINCE ANTIDEPRESSANTS CAME OUT ALSO FUCK THE POLIO VACCINE AND AIRPLANES FOR SOME REASON
"Everything with a soul would have been silenced"?? jfc
IN CASE ANYONE WAS WONDERING WHAT ACTUAL ROMANTICIZING LOOKS LIKE
no. no no no. Think of how many more poems Sylvia Plath could have written if she hadn’t died so young? How much more intense and complicated and innovative would van Gogh’s work have gotten had he not also died so young. Both died by suicide in their 30s. fuck.
Fuck this shit
Not to mention Virginia Woolf, possibly Edgar Allan Poe…
This bullshit idea that depression is somehow creatively beautiful is actually super damaging and one of the reasons it took me so long to get on meds in the first place. Even if it is true, fuck you, people shouldn’t have to die slowly and painfully for your ridiculous standards of ‘art’.
Not to mention that depression makes it a lot harder to be creative because you dont have any fuckin energy to do shit
This is a heap of bullshit. I feel better right now than i have in years, it’s probably in a large part because this new dose of Abilify is working for me, and I have been *routinely* writing over 1500 words a day, every day, for -weeks.- SILENCED? KISS MY ENTIRE ASS. I have never been this prolific. it’s never been this effortless. fuck your artistic omelas. I’m not sitting in the dark suffering for your endless emotional cannibalism. Have a hundred seats.
"[TW: gross horrible opinions about mental health meds and discussion of suicidal urges]
Had Prozac been available last century, Baudelaire’s “spleen”, Edgar Allan Poe’s moods, the poetry of Sylvia Plath; the lamentations of so many other poets, everything with a soul would have been silenced…
If large pharmaceutical companies were able to eliminate the seasons, they would probably do so- for a profit, of course."
"[I]t’s not about putting out parts and all that. That’s kind of what I’m trying to get away from. I would rather just try to put out everyday type skating. I don’t know. When I watch skate videos now it’s just so draining just how good the kids are. I’m sure you feel the same way. At the end you’re just like, “Oh man.” I think I watched one recently and I felt like I couldn’t even comprehend what had just happened."