It's not hereditary, we know this much. And there's no real proof it's a characteristic of a troubled family upbringing. One thing for certain though is that a great deal of boys and girls find out around a certain age that they are different. For me this was in the early 90s. I didn't make the basketball team (or didn't even want to). School was hard for me, so I didn't like it too much. The keeners bored me and the jocks and skids annoyed me. A typical 'misunderstood teenager'?
No, typical would be to strap on some boots, get a face full of piercings, dye your hair and pin a patch to your army jacket. It's getting a sweet tribal tattoo and working on your tan between visits to the gym.
There's one particular era that will forever define and sour the distinctive aesthetic of a skater: the early 90s. Enormous pants, distinctive shoes, oversized shirts with cartoons on them, flat brimmed hats, toques in the summer. It borrowed from Mexican gang members, but was a style all its own. It wasn't punk or banger, and it was the antithesis of jock. The fashion sensibilities were anything but chic. The grossly oversized clothing said 'we don't fit in' in the most literal way. It united a secret society and introduced a new way to express, through protest, how a generation of skaters felt about their place in society.
As skateboarding gained in popularity, we let down our guard and let in our seams. Nowadays, some prefer it baggy like Grant Patterson and others tight like Riley Boland. This issue we take a look at those whose presence on a skateboard is synonymous with their style, featuring six dudes with an appearance that looks about as practiced as their tricks [p.80]. But it's good ol' "made to fit" that reigns supreme amongst the majority of skaters today. Down go the walls separating skaters from the punks, jocks and bangers as skate attire continues to make its way into everyone's lives. Our style search brought us to Toronto during the NXNE music festival where Color invited a select group of talented locals to drop by our studio setup for our feature fashion fold-out, Still Gold. This project was dedicated to the natural and personal styles of real people living and working in Toronto p.99.
As the spread of brands and designers rooted in skateboarding continues so will the interest of skaters in outside styles. We hope you enjoy this issue for its lighthearted blissfulness or even its importanceÉ maybe you need to rediscover fashion for yourself, or simply get entertained by the quarry of others. Whether you're a devoted Color reader for the fashion or the function, I hope this issue helps you feel that much better.* —Sandro Grison
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