What’s up ladies, dudes, and anyone outside of the gender binary. This is my new advice column! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Ed, and I’m a skateboarder just like you. I was born in Manhattan, live in Brooklyn (not in the “cool” part, though), and skate all over the place, traveling up and down the east coast in the summer. I ride short boards, middle boards, long boards, basically whatever looks like fun on a given day. I’ve been REALLY into skating curbs and parking blocks lately, but that’s mostly because the skateparks are swamped in the summer and I don’t like dealing with snakes. Hill boarding is fun too, and all of y’all reading need to take your street deck and hard wheels down a run sometime. It’s more fun than shooting guns drunk.
Anyway, what I want this column to be is a way for us to deal with issues within skateboarding. I also want to challenge myself and everyone else to think a little harder. But don’t worry! It won’t be super heavy, gnarly, difficult-to-read stuff all the time. I mean, there might be a little of that, but it’s me talking, y’all. At the end of it I’m just a kid at a computer sitting on the couch trying to make sense of the world. So yeah, send me questions! I’m really into talking about intersectional feminism and punk rock and how that applies to skateboarding, which you already know if you follow my tumblr, but really, ask me anything!
Once a month, I will pick a single question from my inbox and answer it as completely and as honestly as possible. If you’ve got a question you’d like me to answer, the email is:
To celebrate the first month of this column, the author of the opening question that I answer and publish here on the Wheelbase site on August 1st, 2014 will receive a “Destination Unknown” 5 panel hat from this rad company called illdownhill. It’s a fantastic headgear choice for skateboarding and keeping the sun out of your eyes.
Huge thanks to Marcus, Seth, and the entire Wheelbase family. This is gonna be rad.