WORDS & SCREENSHOTS Marcus Bandy
Memes are awesome! Downhill skateboarding is awesome! Put the two together and: Awesome! Awesome! Recently, there has been an explosion of Instagram accounts launched within the downhill skateboarding community focused on memes and jokes and jabs and stuff targeting the DH industry, other skaters in it, other communities in it, and also Trump sometimes . . . That being said, a couple of these meme/heckle accounts are not new and have been around for a while.
“Who cares?” you ask. I do! “Why?’ you retort. Because I just do! And also because I believe there is no real conversation without a bit of humor slapped in there. I also like memes specifically because they are a manifestation of the DIY mentality & ingenuity embodied in skateboarding itself. Thusly, almost anyone can get down with the meme game regardless of gender, orientation, color, and religion, local, or economic status. Which also means that any asshole with a keyboard can run his or her trap, and oh do they—in droves! Ha ha!
The accompanying screenshots are all from a few of the meme-ish downhill skateboarding Instagram accounts I found while drinking my coffee this morning, and also from a couple I already follow because they meme’d me in the past. Fuck you very much! Midsvan! Ha ha!
I want to make it very clear though, that regardless of me sharing this silliness with you today, I in no way agree or condone the quality or intent of any of these accounts overall. I love silliness however, and joking and heckling too so . . .
But truth be told: a humorist with a longstanding career is rare and what a tall, tightrope it must be to walk atop of (although exhilarating I’m sure!) without ever getting knocked down and destroyed by those whom you target. Skate, Don’t Die!
Thanks again for reading my latest Action Now column. BTW I look forward to chatting via the comment section below, as well as via Periscope this evening starting at 5pm PST. See details below. Much live streaming.
Also, please make sure to spread the word about this and add any comments ya have below in the comment section so that we can discuss them on-air tonight once I go live. Shredlove and thanks for checking out Wheelbase Magazine and my column!
I just want to reiterate that the comments and ideas presented above are published with the sole purpose to create dialogue, not as instruction. If any of these ideas get your panties in a bunch please first: relax, and then pluck and place said undergarments in a more comfortable position and let’s have a heathy skater-to-skater chat. The live streaming Periscope discussion for this week’s Action Now column begins at 5PM PST tonight (11/17/2016).