the hermeneutics of skater / surfer clothing brands

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I skate (on the street, even!) and I must heartily disagree on some of this - plenty of street skaters wear Thrasher and Dickies. It’s the old standby. Supreme and Volcom and Huf, yes that’s probably not a high percentage of actual skaters wearing those. If you wear Supreme, you are into expensive street wear. If you wear a Thrasher shirt, you either skate or used to skate or wish you skated.

I’ll also say I notice a ton of random people wearing skate brands like Lakai or whatever and clearly do not look like the “street skaters” I skate with. I get the sense that some of them might not even be aware they are wearing skate clothes.

About workwear, skaters wear it because it’s tough. You will fall on the pavement and ruin your clothes. Makes sense to wear tough, sturdy clothing like jeans or heavy twill.

Good thing about skateboarding these days compared to the 90’s/00’s is that all types of people skate, not just the stereotypical street skaters who are cool and intimidating and possibly up to no good. Go to a skatepark and you will see plenty of people over 40, over 50 even, on down to people less than 10 from all walks of life. And everyone is pretty respectful and most people are even jovial. It’s great and encouraging.

SA, Thursday, 27 October 2022 19:23 (three months ago) link


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