With a slogan like "Committed to the Skateboard Community" there is an expectation to place large emphasis upon this area of skateboarding throughout the various postings and publishing done on this site. If you take the time to look back through previous write ups you will see that this emphasis is included somewhere within the body of the text or is depicted via a photographic image in almost every single one. This central theme of community is one of, if not the main reason I am involved in skateboarding as heavily as I am as well as why this website has experienced the hint of success that it has. I love the skateboarding community so much and value the atmosphere it fosters because I have been one of the countless individuals who was taken in and given not just a place of acceptance, but also a gift that would allow me to experience the fulfillment in life that every human being desires. I have yet to find any other communal group that even comes close to rivaling the tight knit bond that ties us skaters together which really illuminated in my head just how unique of a scene we are actually a part of.
The community aspect of skateboarding is the ideal side to be a part of because it retains an aura of purity that hasn't been tainted or corrupted by outside influences, but in order to maintain this freedom the other aspect of a sustainable future for us skaters must also be addressed. I am referring to the industry, or business side of things which ends up being the crank that powers the whole skateboarding machine. To maintain a solid community in which progression and performance are highlighted as essentials, some skaters have to take their art from the streets to the office in order to begin to produce gear for fellow rippers to get down on. Here at B.O.O.B. we want to recognize skateboarding brands and/or companies who have been able to find the balance between business and community through their operations. The birth of the "Community Contributors" section is the direct result of wanting to clearly showcase brands of this mindset. Getting the good word about these companies is a desire of ours so that you the real skater can support them in good conscious knowing they are not simply in it for the pay check at the end of the week.
We as skaters need to maintain a position in the drivers seat of this crazy train called Skateboarding in an attempt to have access to the controls to make needed route adjustments along our journey. Trusting an outside source to do this for us is unwise which is why it is continually preached to support skater owned and operated brands to help ensure one of our own is at the helm navigating. Please help with this goal of positive progression within our community by supporting the brands who have chosen to support this grass roots, community based project. Bonzing Skateboards, Rasta Surf Cult, and Eastern Skateboard Supply are all brands owned by skateboarders with all of the day to day operations being handled by other skateboarders in an effort to keep this thing totally in house. Hit up your local skate shop and ask for products from these brands for your next equipment needs and know that by doing so you have played an active part in keeping skateboarding in the hands of us, the real skateboarder. JAH Bless y'all and go send it however you find most pleasing on your scooterboard this weekend!
I am a skater who lives in Baltimore, MD. I am looking to spread the love of skateboarding through both visual and written means.