Deep within the skateboarding community resides an individual whose persona is best related to the entity of BigFoot; a creature of mythical means that is often thought of or mentioned, but very rarely actually seen. This individual lives as an enigma by choice and to those who have had the eye opening experience of meeting him, he is known simply as Bruce.
Despite this lack of visual presence Bruce has managed to influence the skateboarding community in a very deep and meaningful way and he continues to do so without a single backing corporate sponsor or Go-Fund-Me account. Bruce represents a way of skateboarding that can best be described as an artist who is as free as the art they are creating. This approach holds limitless options of possibilities as well as limits hesitation of exploration within skateboarding. And explore Bruce has, leaving his fabled roots in the Sunset district of San Fransisco and venturing all over the world skating anything and everything that he could put four wheels on. During these explorations he has influenced individual skaters, entire skate groups, shops, and even brands into a near state of brain washing making it so "normal" skating no longer is enough.
The lack of bigotry in the skateboarding exemplified by Bruce has helped to inspire some of the key players in todays true "Skate Everything" movement. These individuals try to replicate his effortless transition between the various set-ups found on the wheelbase spectrum and gear their approach toward total urban domination via their skateboard. Names like Big Dave Tannaci, Eric Jensen, Dead Fred, and Aaron AFB Grulich all have met, skated with, and been indoctrinated by the principles founded by Bruce. Fat standies, slappy sessions, mountain mobbing, barging backyard pools, as well as going wild in the streets each have been assigned their own course study with Bruce as the professor making sure that each of his pupils receive a fair and unbiased exposure to the most self expressive art form found on planet earth.
The followers of this rootsy revolution of skateboarding have coined the term "Brucin" to describe the new freedom they experienced atop their wooden wagons as a way to pay homage to the man who brought the attention back to fun. So the next time you're at the skatepark, your local hill, or just rolling around town and hear someone call you "Bruce" do not take this as a mistake for your God given name but rather a term of endearment from another inspired member of our community. JAH Bless y'all and make sure to keep an eye out the next time you step onto your skateboard, Bruce has a way of popping up the moment that you start looking for him.
I am a skater who lives in Baltimore, MD. I am looking to spread the love of skateboarding through both visual and written means.