Skateboarding and snowboarding have much the same heritage. They were both spawned from the surfing culture of the 1950s and have existed happily enough together, that is up until very recently. It seems that, of late, a split has occurred. Where once there were friendly and affectionate high-fives between the factions, there is now a very real sense of mistrust and even derision. So, where does this animosity come from?
Within skateboarding culture there has always been a kind of 'DIY' attitude towards fashion; skaters traditionally wore whatever was accessible and affordable. What made their clothing truly unique was that many were then embellished (along with their boards) with hand-drawn designs. It was this surge of creativity that inspired many of the global skating brands that are still proving to be so popular today.
Obviously, for practical reasons, snowboarding attire had to be warmer and more durable, and was therefore more expensive. This appears to be where the cause of the divide lies. What started as a necessity soon became a fashion statement in itself, and this flew in the face of what many felt that skateboarding culture stood for. Many skaters felt that style had overtaken substance and that some snowboarders seemed to care more about how they looked then they did about their sport.
And so, a kind of sibling rivalry began. Some skateboarders began to perceive a sense of elitism among snowboarders, and this perception was only exacerbated when snowboarding became an Olympic event in 1998. Snowboarding had been accepted in the 'professional' arena in a way that had not been so easily afforded to skateboarding. However, the fact remains that despite these differences, just like real siblings, the two cultures have far more in common than either would care to admit.
Like the surfing craze of the 1950s, skateboarding and snowboarding are the products of youth culture, and youth culture by its very nature is bound to change. Just as the punk scene of the late 1970s inspired skateboarders, so the grunge scene of the early 1990s inspired snowboarders. This commonality has not altered. Both cultures were inspired by music, rebellion, individuality and self-expression.
So should you switch your style from skate to snowboarding, or vice-versa? The simple fact is that to ignore one style in favour of another is to contradict the ethos of both cultures. The most important thing is to be honest about what you like and what you don't and try and take the best from both.
Being an individual is as much about experimentation and a willingness to evolve as it is about knowing what you feel and look good in. By switching up your style, you are embracing change, which in turn spawns new forms of creativity and expression. If we are not even willing to rebel against our own prejuduces (fashion related or otherwise), then who will the next generations look to for inspiration?
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