A surreal scene at Zuccotti Park on October 31, 2011.
Everyone is talking about it, some people are afraid of it, some dismiss it, and some identify with it. Everyone is talking about it. Why do big businesses, despite help from the Federal Government (read, you and I), sit on ever taller piles of cash while the rest of us struggle for enough money to afford health care, new blades, etc? I have thought about this before, and since I am a blader, I can’t help but think about where blading fits in. We are a rare breed. I am guessing most of you have met the owner of a company that you love. You may have Julio’s autograph, or maybe you told AJ where a good restaurant is when he came through your town, or maybe you were standing close to Shima during BCSD. So while people protest Wall Street, we blade. Both are necessary; both are exactly what the world needs now.
A protestor at Zuccotti Park on October 31, 2011.
Many of our pros have not gone to college or even finished high school simply because they wanted to spend more time blading. No one cares that much about something they do, and those passionate folks are tightly linked to the companies they represent. A basketball player doesn’t care about his sneaker sponsor, an energy drink doesn’t care about any single individual drinking their product, and Tony Hawk doesn’t care who plays his video game (caring about profits ≠ caring about individuals). Skate companies care; this is maybe why they are not as profitable as any of the aforementioned. We are the protest, you are the protest, and those fed up folks Occupying Wall Street are late to the game we have been playing for years. We have been occupying the streets for years, and choosing small companies that care over big companies that don’t. If you are reading this, congratulations, you stayed, you kept blading, you kept caring. You are the solution. Blade on. — John Haynes
Photo by John Haynes