In middle school, I used to staple graph paper together and make my own skateboard catalogs. If you’ve ever seen a CCS catalog, you know exactly what I’m talking about. I created various brands with individual logos and styles for each brand, and within each brand created several different board graphics. It’s one of my oldest memories of creating, and probably one of the earliest signs of me knowing what I wanted to do with my life.
I was a “skateboard kid” for years. I was never any good, but I loved it. I loved the comradery and the culture. I loved the freedom it provided. I used to go skateboarding with friends nearly every day after school.
I remember getting in trouble, and at one point, even getting put in handcuffs, for skateboarding around Roanoke. Roanoke’s Wasena Skatepark has always been crap. Even after years of changes and repairs I don’t think there’s ever been a time in my life where that park wasn’t in rough shape and now it’s worse than ever.
Recently Roanoke spent MILLIONS of dollars building a new outdoor amphitheater and weeks after opening, the city was already complaining about damage to the park caused by skateboarders. Guess what Roanoke? Skateboarders are here to stay. If you can spend that kind of money on a new amphitheater, surely you can find some money in the budget to build a new skatepark.
I’m not going to go into all the details, but if you want to know more, there’s plenty of information here. Recently I painted a skateboard for the RoaSkate Skatedeck Art Show & Auction to support the Roanoke Skatepark Initiative. The Auction is Saturday, March 26th from 7-10pm at True Craft Tattoo in Downtown Roanoke.