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2. Respect the Locals:
Often times skate spots are not nearly as secluded as we would want them to be putting skateboarders in direct contact with pedestrians and the common folk. This contact is an opportunity for us to display our true inspirations and ambitions while we go out for a rip and that is to ultimately enjoy our selves through creative expression. With a negative image being slapped on anyone who chooses to push, many local residents see skateboarders and assume trouble. By proving them wrong during non-confrontational interactions you stand a much better chance of that person not complaining or reporting you as hoodlums to the law during your current sesh as well as ones to come.
We are a community always on the hunt and this often means that we need our supplies and nourishment to be on the go as well affording us the most opportunity to shred. One way to guarantee complaints is if skateboarders start showing up and the area they occupy becomes littered with carelessly discarded garbage and debris. We have enough factors stacked against us, there is just no reason to throw another one that is completely within our control on top of our already heavy load. Keep your spot clean and increase the chances of keeping it around; its that simple.
4. Know your Surroundings:
Skateboarding is seen by many as a destructive activity that tears things up and leaves once aesthetically structures covered in blackened wax and roads painted in multi colored thane lines. In the right circumstances, these "nuisances" are tolerated but if you are skating in a spot open to the eye of the public I have found it best to leave the spray paint and graffiti pursuits at home and focus on just skating that location. I love all the arts and do not mean any attack on spray art, rather just issuing a warning that this is another art form not publicly excepted just yet and will often times draw unwanted attention to a skate spot that is not tucked away. Know where you are at and if it is an acceptable area to spray.
5. Mums the Word:
While this tip may seem selfish, it is unfortunately the way it works sometimes. If you find a killer spot, act as if you have never stumbled upon it. Sharing is always encouraged and considering your fellow man is something lacking greatly in todays world but when you find a gem of a spot sometimes its best not to blow it up. I say this because if you share your private stash with a homie they have the potential to do the same to one of their homies and so on and so on until everyone in town now has skated your discovery. Sometimes this may be a rad occurrence in which the community rallies behind this spot and it unites the scene but often times this just leads to heavy skater related traffic ultimately resulting in complaints and a shut down of the spot. Sometimes its not a bad thing to keep somethings unspoken all the while not trying to discourage anyone from being rewarded for their own exploration and discovery of the very same gem.
I hate that this is the truth but inevitably you are going to have to deal with a cop or some kind of figure of authority that may have the power to turn your day into a bummer. Knowing your rights is really going to come in handy in these situations so that you can accurately and properly defend your cause. The number one thing I always look for at any spot is either a No Skateboarding sign or a No Trespassing sign. The presence of either of these does not mean the area is off limits per say, merely its an enter at your own risk scenario in which by entering the quarantined section, a majority of your rights are instantly forfeited. Take some time to look up the local regulations on where/if skateboarding is banned or prohibited as well keep an eye out for postings regarding your actions. If your intentions are pure and you merely are seeking a thrill stand up for that right but be careful because you are almost promised to be walking on thin ice.
7. More flies with Honey then Vinegar:
Just like knowing your rights is going to help you when dealing with figures of authority, so will using respect and courtesy while talking with them. I have found that some of those who put up opposition to you can be swayed when they are greeted with a mutual sided discussion rather then a smart mouth firing off ill advised comments. Some, defiantly not all, officers will work with you because they them selves see skateboarding for the harmless art that it is but I promise you have no opportunity at exposing this tender hearted side of an officer if you don't take the time to try. Be respectful but feel free to get your opinion across in an effort to manipulate the decision to kick you out into one with a better out come.
The sanctity of the skate spot is something that must be addressed so that the up and coming generation, both current groms and those to follow in their wake, are afforded the same chance to explore Babylon's urban sprawl in search of their own formation that suits their artistic repurposing endeavors. Implement these tips into your own explorations and I hope that the reward is worth the effort exerted during the search. Thanks for the support y'all and make sure to get out to your local spot and protect its right to offer an expressive outlet unrivaled by anything else on JAH's green earth.
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