When most people hear the word ‘art’, they think about things such as drawing, painting, and music, and the last thing they think of would be any kind of sport. The reason is simple; Sports are considered physically exhausting and less carefully constructed than art. But, when I hear the word ‘art’, I see myself 6 feet in the air, hoping the piece of wood under my feet doesn’t fall away from my feet. Most people argue with me when I say that skateboarding is an art form, and I am going to discuss my main reasons for believing that it is indeed a way of art.
- The Definition of Art: “The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.” While this point may have you scratching your head so far, I ask that you bare with me. You see, skateboarding is all about being creative. Sure, at first glance it may seem like simple laws of motion don’t leave much room for creativity or imagination. This, however, is very wrong. If I see a simple stairset, with railings on each side of the stairset, I start thinking of ways I can manipulate the laws of motion to create something beautiful, only using a simple stairset and a piece of wood with wheels on it. This is how all skateboarders think. If that isn’t creative, I can’t think of anything that is. Just as a guitarist must stay in tempo, I must make every seemingly jerky movement precise so that I catch the board, and let gravity take hold of me along with my skateboard back to earth safely. Skateboarding is also very self expressive. Every skateboarder has a certain style. Some are more aggressive, while some are slower and more laid back. These styles change with mood and surroundings. If I come to the skatepark with earphones listening to a song with slow tempo, my skating is going to flow fluently and more laid back, while if the same scenario occurred, but I was listening to song with a faster tempo, my skating would be more unpredictable and much faster.
- There is tons of variety in skateboarding. If you come to a skatepark, you never see 2 people doing the exact same thing. Skateboarders gravitate towards what interest them the most, much like a painter only paints things that interest him. If one skateboarder enjoys flying high, he would be considered a vert skater, while a skateboarder that enjoys being closer to the ground would be considered a street skater. If you are a vert skater, you may enjoy half-pipe or bowl skating. If you are a street skater, you may like skating rails or floating down sets of stairs. The possibilities are almost endless.
- Skateboarding brings people together. Much like musicians enjoy being around people with similar minds, skateboarders enjoy being around other skateboarders. This is because inspiration comes from others. It is very easy to see what someone else is doing, then decide to add something to it, because you enjoyed watching them. This is what makes skateboarding fun. Skating with others makes you feel accepted, and it’s exciting to add to what others do themselves.
One day, I hope to see skateboarding widely accepted as an art form. If that never happens, I will still consider it to be a form of art. When I want to express myself or blow off some steam, much like musicians write a song, I leave the house to go skateboard. Thank you for reading.