BIG DEAL: Billy O’Neill on Blade Progression

To watch evolution is amazing. Since I started skating, I have been lucky enough to watch and be part of one of the most progressive and innovative ‘sports’ that the world has to offer. During this period of time, rollerblading as we know it went through a vast change, going through innovations in skate technology and trends. Skates were getting better, and skaters were becoming more aware of how they presented themselves. What was once an entire group of guys skating Tarmacs, wearing wide-legged jeans with chain wallets, became something more. The stereotypical ideal of what a skater was supposed to look like became harder to pinpoint. These trends transitioned through a few different phases, and some of your favorite skaters grew into their present day personas before our eyes. Today, I look at what rollerblading has become and I am amazed. There’s more style and diversity than I’ve ever seen. We as a community should be celebrating these things and being proud of rollerblading and how far it’s come and will continue to grow. In my eyes, we are at our peak and continuing to mature and present ourselves better as a community, year by year. We are all a part of that evolution.

Sometimes, it’s hard to be a rollerblader. You have to deal with bullshit from ignorant skateboarders and other people who don’t have the mental capacity to even attempt to think outside the box and accept something other than what the masses tell them is cool. Being a rollerblader today in society means you are doing something that’s not ‘cool.’ You’re putting yourself in a position where you are going to be judged by those people who carry misconceptions of who we are now because of what we were 15 years ago. The bottom line is, they just don’t know what’s up… but we do. We’re on the inside, and we are a part of something that is still going through massive amounts of progression. It’s a very exciting time, and we should all be proud. Be proud of something that’s one of the greatest things in the world, but still underground. Be proud to not be a part of a fad. Be proud of what everyone before us in skating has done to bring it to where it is today. What we do is truly great and nobody can tell us otherwise and being a real individual and staying true to yourself is what it really means to be “cool”. Keep skating. — Fish

Ryan Jacklone Rocket Air by Stickman

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dip - Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Gone to skate!

steven witycyak - Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

after i read that it made me think what will happen in the long run would rollerbladeing be like skateboarding will nike make some blades that would be very gay because i like it what it is now undergound and we all help each other out its like a brotherhood were all friends even if we dont know each other and if we become like what skateboarding is we wont have that brotherhood that we have now because when i go to a skate park and im like the only blader there besides my bro seth and if i see another blader its like were already friends thats why i like rollerblading because when i go skate some rails or anyskate spot people stop and look and say yo i didnt know u can do that stuff on blades yo hes fresh or somthing like that lol but if we become like skateboarding then we wont have this tight brotherhood and we wud be assholes to each other so i would love to see more people grab some blades and be ballas but i dont want to see rollerblading become somthing its not

so thats all i gotta say

roller for life

steven witycyak

Brian Krans - Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Holy shit! I want to get ungodly fat so I have enough skin to tattoo all those words on me.

That’s some truth there, Fish. I’ve never heard it phrased better.

Morgan Reed - Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Word Billy, word.

bballog - Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Nice to see one of the best pros make such an honest and accepting statement. Notice that maturity has a place amongst all the hate within our own ranks. Thanks Fish for the positive insight.

andrewsmolak - Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Yes sir I am proud to have Fish represent rollerblading and representing what I love.

dawn - Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Holy shit! I want to get ungodly fat so I have enough skin to tattoo all those words on me.

HAHAHAHAHA! That Brian Krans is so funny!

And so right!

I feel like i’ve been waiting for years just to hear someone in rollerblading say something like this. Others have tried, but Fish nailed it!

congrats and respect!

Michael Garlinghouse - Saturday, January 9th, 2010

it’s rad that we have pros that actually care enough to take the time to write something like that.

Mark Paravicini - Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

thats why he s a pro

Mark Paravicini - Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

freestyle rolling represent

skate2create - Friday, January 15th, 2010

remember kids its what you make it… and if teach each roller that comes into the sport we value im sure we wont have what skateboarding .. we will have it better than any sport…

nice making skates pff their already crossed of my skates to buy list…

MarkSpizer - Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

great post as usual!