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understanding the shop scene…

i have recently realized the purpose of skate shops… it sounds stupid to most people because they have always had a shop in their life… one they are dedicated to… but myself, not so much…

i grew up in a small town with no skate shop… we had shops in surrounding towns that were 15-20 minutes away… we never had that opportunity to be loyal to a shop… we just visited them every once in awhile… we were huge in the mail-order vibe… we got all of our stuff from CCS, Church of Skatan, and CSE… we had no idea of what we were promoting or investing in… we just needed gear and got it whenever we could (bdays, xmas, or saved up money)… we just wanted to skate… not conscious of where our parents’ or our own money was going to or towards…

after having a long conversation with Crisis Skateboards shop owner, Jeremy Frankovis, and having knowledge dropped on me here and there by Community Skate and Snow‘s co-owner, Michael Parris, i realize the importance of buying from shops! you are supporting skateboarding and the shop’s existence… as long as the shop preaches and sells the things that are good and right in skateboarding, then you are using your money wisely… i mean, they are skateboarders… they should be… you should make sure the shop you are buying from is selling skateboarder owned companies… it sounds simple, but trust me, it is not!

since skateboarding has exploded in the main stream, many companies we all once knew as skate companies are corporate owned… i have written about them before, so i won’t go into that rant again! haha… respond to this post with companies that you know of that are not skater owned and run… it will help our youth skaters (who may or may not read this) know what they are perpetuating… i’ll just point out one that erks me: CCS was bought by Foot Locker last year in Sept or Oct… not skateboarding. don’t support them…

i am super pumped that i can go to shops now and feel good about buying or not buying from them based on their vibe… i used to not like shops because i thought they were limited and hard to get stuff at… that is not a concern anymore! as long as the shop is about skateboarding, i am down to support them!

peace and noLove

2 Comments to understanding the shop scene…

  1. matt's Gravatar matt
    11/29/2010 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

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