|a half-pipe trick: Switchstance Melanchollie|
"Lately I have mastered a new
trick which is basically a popshove-it
| There are
about 8 boys in the empty lot this Ohio night. But while skateboarding they
constantly form and reform smaller groups of 2-3 while playing; the others
are either watching and commenting or involved in trying out their own routines.
The formation of these groups is constantly shifting.
The skateboarders cross boundaries that no one else does, and use the compartmentalized spaces of urban capital and property entirely differently from the daytime consumers for whom these spaces are designed. For the skateboarders, the features that are most prominent (the stores and their function in the economy) are those that they ignore, and vice versa---especially the space marking the dividing line between "private" spaces created by capital and commerce. The boys test the rifts between these spaces of the consumer strip, the fault lines, with their own bodies---spaces that are meant to be ignored because they mark the edges of consumer culture, not its heart. These spaces they turn into the sites of heroic performance and improvisation. The boys are no doubt enthusiastic participants in consumer culture in the daytime; surely some of them have bought at sandwich at the Subway, for example. But their nighttime selves have found a wholly different use for these spaces once the stores have closed.
"Adam Bender wrote:
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