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    #16
    K.

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      #17
      I enjoyed this article at the weekend and have some thoughts on it. If I get time later I'll try to collect them and post up here.

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        #18
        one of the best featured article on Bemag , well-thought-out . Wish we had more writers like this


        www.hedonskate.com

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          #19
          Firstly, I'd probably disagree with you about the motives for Brexit. While an element was cultural, there were also some pretty firm assurances from the Leave campaign of extra funds for critical services and an often-unspecific-but-pretty-obvious underpinning of racism fuelled by fear. The argument that people simply voted for unspecific change is fairly strong too, especially in areas of low-immigration and low investment.

          I've struggled with the concept of expressing yourself through rollerblading. It's certainly a personal, emotional outlet (or sometimes the exact opposite and simply a way to "switch off") and a physical and mental challenge, but I've never felt that actually doing moves on blades really expressed much to anyone else besides myself. I understand that a lot of people feel differently, but I wonder what they are feel they are really expressing and what someone could externally gather from their skating. That said, edits do often show a lot of someones personality, or at least the personality they wish to present to everyone else. I'd like to know your thoughts about this point Harry.

          However, I don’t advocate the use and sales of Class A drugs, nor am I interested in Class A drugs. I don’t go to raves and I am not aggressive. My lifestyle is the opposite.What was the edit about then? At this point, all I’ll say is that literalism is the death of intelligence. And, obviously, the skating is held in contrast with footage of the character “Devvo”, created by artist and actor David Firth. Where does this leave us then if I won’t explain?
          I guess I'm a fairly literal person, and while I really enjoyed the Ellesse Warrior edit a lot, I wasn't sure what the juxtaposition was trying to show me or what it added to the skating or to tell me about you and your ideas. Maybe I've become cynical from too many edits cutting clearly random clips between the skating but I would have probably preferred it done a different way although I can't say for certain how.

          I definitely agree with this:

          After rollerblading’s “identity crisis” (throughout the Barely Dead era) rollerblading has seen growing diversity and non-judgment within the community. This cultural exploration needs to continue.
          I think blading is in the best shape it's been in a decade and the variety and output is clearly unhindered by outside pressure and it's great. I feel like Hysers comment is aimed more at actual Pro's in the limelight, although I'd argue that there are literally no bladers in the limelight at all (except maybe Haffey) and that the last thing we should be concerned about is outside eyes and their opinion on what we do. Now seems to be an exploratative time in blading and the longer that goes on unchecked, unmodified and unsanitised, the better. It's pretty telling that brands don't even host their own content anymore and often don't even help publicise or produce the content besides reblogging and sharing, often days after the skater and filmer have shared it themselves.

          With that said the explicit content often show in edits is clearly sometimes contrived and designed to be cliquey and exclusive which is something I've always felt rollerblading has had too much of. When I was younger in my earlier days of blading it was really easy to feel excluded and uncomfortable at events or skateparks because of the really cliquey nature of blading and bladers. I still do, to an extent because I don't really hang out with bladers often and mostly skate alone. Something more "professional" might encourage new kids into feeling positive about blading in their earlier, formative years.

          So I'm conflicted but ultimately I feel we need all angles to have a healthy, positive, nonrestrictive environment to grow within I personally spend far more time engaging with content that would be defined more as "unprofessional".

          /ramble.

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            #20
            Originally posted by Devon Avant View Post
            http://ec3cast.com

            bring teh hate.

            So unprofessional. Too much swearing. Tom hyser would not approve. I do. Great little rant.
            Originally posted by Monday
            #threepiecesmokers

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              #21
              Good work brother,, hangin' out for more Blading at Home

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                #22
                Originally posted by Devon Avant View Post
                http://ec3cast.com

                bring teh hate.
                I feel you. Having worked in marketing / advertising for six years now, rollerblading advertising makes me beyond depressed. Companies fail to put together even the most primitive media plan / social strategy for product releases, as if they're allergic to money. Xsjado died because they left it to rot with Mike; putting the future of a brand on one dude who has high aspirations but no applicable skills in those arenas is amateur - it was doomed to fail and not at all Mike's fault. There are many of us bladers who have moved into useful industries who *could* help, but the reality is those companies can't afford us -or don't understand that those are sound investments- and we're past the point of doing things for free. It didn't work for our predecessors and it won't work for us.

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                  #23
                  other industries seem to flourish specifically because they are associated with a drugs and party lifestyle...so yea I don't think Heyser's point really holds in that regard

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                    #24
                    Originally posted by DanielBond View Post
                    I've struggled with the concept of expressing yourself through rollerblading. It's certainly a personal, emotional outlet (or sometimes the exact opposite and simply a way to "switch off") and a physical and mental challenge, but I've never felt that actually doing moves on blades really expressed much to anyone else besides myself. I understand that a lot of people feel differently, but I wonder what they are feel they are really expressing and what someone could externally gather from their skating. That said, edits do often show a lot of someones personality, or at least the personality they wish to present to everyone else.
                    Me too bud.

                    "Grabbing my makio with the grabbed leg behind my back really helped me to convey the turmoil I was going through at a time where I felt the stagnation of safety grabs showed a moral ambivalence in youth culture on Wednesdays".

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                      #25
                      Originally posted by Switch_Bcn View Post
                      I feel you. Having worked in marketing / advertising for six years now, rollerblading advertising makes me beyond depressed. Companies fail to put together even the most primitive media plan / social strategy for product releases, as if they're allergic to money. Xsjado died because they left it to rot with Mike; putting the future of a brand on one dude who has high aspirations but no applicable skills in those arenas is amateur - it was doomed to fail and not at all Mike's fault. There are many of us bladers who have moved into useful industries who *could* help, but the reality is those companies can't afford us -or don't understand that those are sound investments- and we're past the point of doing things for free. It didn't work for our predecessors and it won't work for us.
                      I'm more disappointed that most of my info comes from community college and under grad with some experience in small local club promotion. I know they're so many little things that could be done by signing one or two freelancers just for marketing and branding. But I'd venture to guess they aren't willing to hire anyone or else they would have by now.
                      sig. . . what sig? you should know what skating looks like by now, right?

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                        #26
                        so blading is doomed. got it.
                        Originally posted by *ROYALwithCHEESE*
                        My favorite episode was when the chick was on all fours with a stomach bug spraying out of both holes........crying.....I was so fucking hard


                        Originally posted by CK
                        ahahah sike niggers

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                          #27
                          I don't think it'll ever be doomed because the intrigue of wheeled shoes will never go away. The way blading had been is long since dead though.
                          sig. . . what sig? you should know what skating looks like by now, right?

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                            #28
                            What the article is dealing with is pseudo-individualism, approached from two angles.

                            We've touched upon the obstacles that impede this "individualism" and even tried to re-label what we do as subconscious "street art".

                            I would say with confidence that rollerblading isn't street art and that if it was to transcend into the world of fine art it would most definitely be performance art. They point as to what makes it art is intent, that is key.

                            Individualism is held up as something to strive for, but it's a false ideal made bad by the negative effects of consumerism and perceptions of political conservatism. The opposite to this is despotic socialism, that, through brutal suppression and absurd notions of equality, seeks to bring everyone down to a level of equality.

                            Through consumerism we experience the commodification of culture and through socialism we see the homogenisation culture. Both are terrible and ruinous.

                            The greatest deception is that which comes from the contemporary art world and the subsequent commodification of culture and polticisation of cultural insinuations.

                            Unfortunately it's only through political conservatism or fascism that culture and individualism can truly thrive. It's because these systems are based on an un-quantifiable range of human contradictions which have been accounted for by religious, cultural and family traditions and the conserving of these. Conversely socialism and consumerism have their basis in arbitrary economic systems which dehumanise. What's worse is the quantifiable elements of such systems are given as justification for suppression and act as a pseudo science.

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                              #29
                              Pro is just getting paid. Follow the money and nobody cares make sense.

                              Is fun-lovin' """art""" better marketing than cheap, wholesome hookering?

                              In conclusion:
                              Dirt Box == Senate == Hardline
                              Rollerblade == Rollerblade

                              Thanks for the article.

                              Originally posted by Devon Avant
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                                #30
                                The part two, or one that became two, is up
                                http://ec3cast.com/?p=413
                                sig. . . what sig? you should know what skating looks like by now, right?

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