Real street skateboarding, not the faux street malarkey seen on television's Street League. Do sick tricks go down at Street League? Yes. Are the players and their accomplishments at Street League to be diminished? No. Skateboarders are artists. They see creativity in the street environments that surround them. Inspired and intrigued by mental imagery, they bring high art to unimaginable places. The world is our playground. There are many starving artists, some of them are called skateboarders. Some are not starving anymore with the boom of skateboarding as a spectator sport. So they play the game. That's okay, but games eventually end. All the players in current games started on the real streets.
Skateboarding has become so boxed that Daewon Song puts out videos with long skate sessions on rocks and trees. And his rock and tree sessions are amazing. As one of my good friends put it, watching Daewon is an event. One reason Daewon's rock and tree skate sessions are an event is because they bring a fresh breath of air to skaters bored with the current state of skateboarding. Daewon is not alone regarding the much needed infusion of creativity back into skateboarding. If one finds the time, watch Rodney Mullen on youtube speak at TED. He said one of the best things that ever happened to him was when freestyle skateboarding gave up the ghost and tech entered into the skate body. Overnight he lost his sponsorship, his board model, and his financial support from the skate industry. It wasn't a tragedy for him. Instead it was a grand relief. Now he could skate for himself, he said he was free to skate again, to skate simply to skate. His words echo the ancient Greek philosophers who promoted creating things for simply the sake of creating. Not for fame, glory, or financial gain.