I am by no means a “skater”. I think I’ve been on a skateboard once in my life and I felt like I was going to fall off and end up with a completely scraped and bruised body. Yes, I know that it has a similar feel to a surfboard in the way that you steer etc, but there is something about coming in contact with concrete that scares me. I prefer to go plunging into water even if there are hidden rocks and the possibility of carnivorous predators lurking below.
However I enjoy the artwork. Not necessarily the graffiti look that is often associated with skating and urban jungles (although I do like some of it), but what I really is the combination of materials and the simplicity of the shapes such as in the work of Geoff McFetridge:
Yes, I enjoy the art but more importantly I like the way that the film was made. An interview of this kind could be considered rather dry but with the quick camera movements, which admittedly I usually don’t like too much, and the movement around the studio, it actually works. And on another level, it gives me confidence that there is a future for artists, even with everything moving into a digital culture.
Thank goodness for some things that just work better off the screen sometimes.