Dear skater, if you are rather new to the thrill that this hobby brings, I bet you are already iron-willed and passion-filled when it comes to integrating fully within the skating community. If you aim to become a skater everyone will adore, quite so much like Tony Hawk, prior to facing the real ones, you need to jump over the obstacles of your attitude and wardrobe. From the skater shirts you wear to the way you use your gear, in this article, you will find everything you need to know to roll with a confident glow!
If you roll like a horse without hooves you will fail. A real skater should look cool and feel safe from head to toes: skater pants, short pants, skater sneakers, skater shirts, skater pads and even specialized socks! One thing that is too common these days is that all skaters look the same. If you want to stand out from the crowd you need to combine awesome and unique traits that will make others turn their heads. The most noticeable skater alert is the shirt. For those hot summer days, every skater should own a dozen of skater shirts with cool signs and pics on them. However, you have to be consistent and make sure that each and every one of them is the perfect style reflection of yourself. The shirt’s purpose goes far beyond clothing, it represents what you stand for in the skaters’ society, a secret signal that echoes your personality. Below you can find the three most popular kinds of styles every pro needs to know:
If you want to play this part you have to embrace the culture of rock and punk. You should start listening to cool bands such as Led Zeppelin, The Offspring, The Killers and let their music fuel your rebellious spirit. You should wear tight shirts with some original skateboard logo on them or you favourite band and wear Dickies as pants – you cannot go more punk than that! Get yourself a pair of skateboarding shoes and a studded belt so you can be 100% punk. It is always good to listen to rock and punk while doing your stuns, do not forget to bring your phone and headset!
The Hip Hop Invader
The first thing that comes to mind when picturing hip hop skaters are their hoodies that they never seem to part from. These hoddies usually feature band names, famous rappers or graffiti. If you want to aim for this look, it is not enough to simply dress by the book, you really need to get up close and personal with the hip hop culture, you have to know the story behind and try to decipher some of the lyrics from underground hip-hop songs. They usually describe the hard life of the working class families that struggle to survive a number of challenging situations.
The Casual Skater
Causal skaters are all about comfort, so you this look is pretty easy to pull off. Their focus is on the tricks 100%, so they want to make sure that the clothes they wear are not going to sand in the way of their performance. However, there are certain rules that they follow too: they wear wide pants, flat tennis shoes, tight skater shirts and a snapback. Their shirts are usually either plain or with a sign that does not make them stand out from the crowd. There are no specific music requirements here, you just need to go with the flow and listen to whatever contributes to the casual feel.