Dust Bowls 1999-2000
Filmed by Frank Straker
Edited by Patrick Guidotti
DIY is not just a phrase to be thrown around, it’s the very foundation of skateboarding. DIY is what created skateboarding. The term multi-use may not have been created by skateboarders, but we have found a way to perfect the concept. Benches, ledges, railings, and pools were all designed with specific function. Skaters had their own ideas.
The world is a playground, you just have to have know how to use it.
Most skate spots carry a shelf like similar to milk, so it’s best to get on them enjoy them for as long as possible. It’s rare that spots become heirlooms, to be passed down for generations. Manicured and added down as time goes on.
Yards from a Pennsylvania Interstate but miles from anyone’s radar sits one of the best skate parks that was never designed for skateboarding. It’s free, you don’t have to wear pads, and you can listen to Mercyful Fate as loud as you want.
For years skaters have been riding the bowled, concrete water spillway that is the Dust Bowls, adding simple nuances here and there, QuickCrete, angle iron, parking blocks etc.
Having been designed for one purpose and refined for another while never jeopardizing it’s original function. You can call it multi-use, you can call it adaptation. But it’s just skateboarding. And it’s just perfect.
Too cool…looks like yesterday as opposed to a decade ago. I still have my Thrasher Skate Mag Cassette knocking around as well.
Rumor has it Derek can do some frontside marvel on one of those walls.
Guidotti Playing Director At Dust Bowls
Zoli (w/ Camera), Nick Urso (w/ quickie Cam)
Photo Derek Rinaldi