by Will Angiulo
Skateboarding has been described in many ways but i think the most accurate way to describe it is as an art form. From the early DogTown days to now, skateboarding continues to inspire people of all ages around the world. That carefree, reckless mentality allows us to do what we want, when we want. Skateboarding is freedom; there are no teams, there are no rules, there is just you and your board and that’s one of the reasons it is so special.
I started skating in 5th grade and I remember eating shit over and over again for weeks. I would go back into school with cuts and bruises but at the same time all I wanted to do after I got out of class was skate and learn something new. You see kids get discouraged all the time when they get hurt playing other sports but that’s because every sport is competitive and there is a level you are expected to play at to be apart of the game. If you don’t meet those expectations it can be a make or break moment and ultimately lower your self confidence to the point of no return. Skateboarding gave me the chance to learn for myself. I didn’t have a coach or someone telling me what to do. I had myself, my board and occasionally some youtube videos. I was determined and more than that, I was inspired. From there I was committed to skateboarding and it sparked my love and passion for art. From skating in the village streets of my home town in Babylon to searching for spots across Long Island, I became more interested in the street scene and the beauty that resides in it. I decided that I would be fine making ends meet pursuing something that I love rather than making a ton of money doing something I hate.
“All I had to do was put one foot on my board and push with the other and I was in a whole new world.”
So, in High school I started putting it all together and took graphic design classes. I started making t-shirts to sell to friends at school and began creating skate videos to go along with the designs. That’s when I found out what I wanted to do and about three years ago I sat down and decided to start a skate brand of my own. The message behind the brand: to focus on preserving the roots that skateboarding was founded on and to keep its history alive; The name of the brand: Limitless Culture. Fast forward to today and I can’t thank skateboarding enough for teaching me everything it has. I struggled with art, I struggled with socializing, I struggled with a lot of things but skateboarding was always there to help me get through it all. All I had to do was put one foot on my board and push with the other and I was in a whole new world. In a matter of seconds the world around me transformed into an endless playground where everything is game. Stairs are no longer tools for walking and are now spots for doing treflips. Medians are no longer dividers for the street and are now many pads. The streets are no longer for cars but are for our boards to shred around and cruise on. The world is no longer that boring place that were looking to escape from but it’s filled with inspiration, happiness and good vibes.
Skateboarding is my art, it is my medium of expression, it’s my relief, and I owe everything to this piece of wood with trucks and wheels. I’m glad I endured the countless hours of blood, sweat and tears because if not I wouldn’t know perseverance. Everyday you skate is a new experience; whether its good or bad there is always something to take from your day. From skating all day with the homies, to stopping at the local pizza spots and fucking around at the local skate shop, to getting pissed off and snapping your board because it’s taking you hours to land that one trick. Skateboarding doesn’t owe you shit and you owe everything to skateboarding. You owe everything to those wheels and bearings that let your board ride smoothly, you owe everything to that 7 ply board with concave that lets you kickflip and you owe everything to the pioneers who have kept the community alive and well since the day it started when they were skating wooden planks with roller-skate bottoms.