Skateboarding with my Best Bud

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This picture is titled cruising with my best budgiogo2013

And no the little buddy is not a girl; it’s a boy who is skateboarding with his mom.  How rad is that for a mom to teach her son how to skateboard – well they are actually learning together – that’s even radder!

He’s five and actually has a twin but skateboarding is something he & his mom share.  I think they are both lucky to have found skateboarding.  I’m not worried about his twin – with a mom this rad I’m sure they share something equally special.

Really appreciate Giovanna sharing this picture and story with me – I hope it inspires many other moms to give skateboarding with their child a try.  Remember you don’t have to be a super shredder to skate together, you just have to be willing to have fun together!


Sliding in Thailand

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Cheetahzita doing a sit-down slide 180.  Sliding is the most effective braking technique for downhill skateboarders – or so says Google. 

I went out with Arbor Girl friends last Sunday.  After hitting a few parks – which I call home – we went to a hill.  They called it a hill – mountain is what I’d call it.  I had the borrowed gloves on and a loaner down hill skateboard by my side – but the idea of trying on a “hill” with a guardrail and cacti to land in – NO NO!

I gotta keep it fun – so I’m going to try sliding on flat land.  I know that’s not the end goal – I want to celebrate the process and work my way up the hill.  I’m totally intrigued by the gloves but it’s all so new & different from how I’m used to skating.

So here’s a big shout out to all my friends who are already going down hill – “masters of squat” is what they are.  And a reminder that your real friends will encourage you to try new things – not force you!

Encouragement is stylish on & off the board – peer pressure and bullying are never stylish.  So grateful to have supportive friends that will help me learn downhill skateboarding “safely” – like is there even such a thing as downhill skateboarding “safely”?  Okay help me learn downhill skateboarding with confidence!

Skateboarding is my Passion

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Madelyn092 has a passion for skateboarding.  Apparently she also has a passion for fashion as she’s a Shop3Thirty supporter.

I’m glad Madelyn shared this picture because I love when girls take the time to share their passions and encourage others.  It’s surprising how busy you can get with a passion – you love it, you’re good at it, you do it a lot – and there goes the time.  So here’s a big shout out to all the girls who make the time to encourage and help other girls both on & off the board!

And yes – it’s good to encourage & help boys too – we are all people and everyone deserves kindness & respect.

Wearing Your Beliefs

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I skateboard for fun but I take my fashion quite seriously.  What I mean by that is fashion or what I wear is an expression of who I am and what I believe in.  I only wear what I feel good about wearing – so if there’s a trend and everyone’s wearing it – you’ll only see me in it if I’m feeling comfortable in it.

I don’t think clothes have to be dramatic or edgy or uncomfortable or anything else to be fashionable.  I think clothes need to work with you – the old saying “wear your clothes don’t let your clothes wear you” is gospel to me.

So t-shirts – fashion or not?  Fashion 100% and a billboard for what you believe in.  One artist who agrees is Jacky Wasserman – she’s a graphic designer and LA DJ who’s brought her life’s passions:  design, food and music to life in her clothing line Beet x Beet.

Jacky was a skater girl in New York skating at Chelsea Piers Skate Park near where her father lived.  She’s a Vegan and uses her clothes to inspire others to consider the Vegan option.

And yes before we begin the interview – I am not a Vegan – I’m not a Vegetarian – I’m not even a healthy eater.  But I respect people’s diet choices.  I don’t think what you eat makes you “good” or “bad” – I believe you should have the freedom to eat as you choose and that all life – including plants & animals should be treated with respect and kindness.

I respect and admire people who stand up for what they believe in while treating others with respect – it’s always better to be introduced to new ideas in an atmosphere of fun.  So here goes Skatingfashionista interview with Beet X Beet founder Jacky.

SF:  How did you come up with the idea to get
 your message out there & educate through clothing –
 clothing is totally a walking billboard but it’s usually
 just used for promoting brands/logos – how did you come up
 with idea to make it more meaningful?

JACKY:  When I first moved to LA two years ago I was
 searching online for a t-shrit with a vegan message. There
 were a few out there but none that really got me excited or
 that I would actually want to wear. So that’s when I
 decided that given my background in graphic design and
 knowledge in the apparel industry it made sense for me to
 create my own t-shirt line. But I wanted it to be a little
 different from others. I wanted to promote not only veganism
 but important messages about things involving food that
 needed to be heard as well such as GMOs and Monsanto. I am
 really passionate about my vegan lifestyle and i’m also
 passionate about the environment so I wanted to combine
 those two ideas because I think they naturally go hand in

 Having people wear BEETxBEET shirts provokes a
 thought and is a conversation starter so the messages on the
 shirts are being talked about and given a voice so people
 are able to spread the word wherever they go and wherever
 they live. It’s also great thinking about a vegan
 athlete wearing one of our shirts in the gym and maybe
 turning heads because the common myth and misconception
 about being vegan is where we get our protein from so if
 other athletes see strong men and women in the gym sporting
 a vegan tee, they can help educate those who might be
 interested. The goal here is to get people to start thinking
 differently about how they eat and how much the choices they
 make everyday impacts the world around them. We are all in
 this together and we can all help make a difference towards
 a more thriving, positive, and peaceful

SF:   I agree all it takes is one step at a
 time to make a difference and we can do it together – how do
 you measure if Beet x Beet is making a difference?  Are you

JACKY:  To answer the first question, I’m not really
 sure how exactly we can measure if we are making a
 difference in terms of people going vegan or getting
 educated because of our shirts but the point of it is that
 we are getting the message out there. We are trying to do
 our part to be a part of the solution. Most of the customers
 we have are already vegan or are aware of GMOs etc. We have
 gotten very positive feedback from fans and the community
 which is really cool to hear. It seems like more and more
 people are becoming aware of what being vegan is and we are
 seeing the numbers rise as far as demand in restaurants etc.
 which is a good sign. More well known fashion brands are
 switching over or offering vegan leather or synthetic
 materials to appeal to the vegan community which is amazing,
 such as Free People. There are also new vegan fashion brands
 popping up all the time which has made it so easy to have
 a cruelty-free wardrobe these days. We also participate in
 marches and protests here and there when we can to
 stay involved in the community and help educate through
 that route as well. 

 Although we are not technically a non-profit
 organization, all of the profits we have made so far have
 gone back into the business itself. We
 are currently working toward being able to parter with
 different non-profits/organizations each month to where a
 portion of our proceeds go to an organization of choice.

SF:  Do you think all your customers who buy
 the Pro Vegan items are Vegan?  Like I love the Go Vegan
 Right Meow but I’d be conflicted on wearing it – totally
 want to let my Vegan readers know about it so they could
 wear it.

JACKY:  I think most of them are but it’s
 interesting because our variety of shirts caters to everyone
 really. Even meat eaters. I’ve had lots of people buy
 for their friends or family members who are vegan which is
 really thoughtful and awesome of them. Also, for example,
 the shirt’s with ‘In Plants We Trust’ message
 has been purchased by some of my non-vegan friends who are
 Acupuncturists and Herbalists because the message can take
 on a broader meaning that way. The Tofu Bishes has been
 purchased by vegetarians before and the GMO and Monsanto
 ones have been purchased by non-vegans as well. I have heard
 some people say the same thing as you though. They are drawn
 toward a certain design but may not be vegan so they would
 feel conflicted wearing it. But even that thought right
 there is something to make you at least think about
 what that means to you right? So in that regard, we have
 done our job.

Thank you so much for spreading the word with
 your readers! 

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Above a happy customer of Beet X Beettangue.  And to me that’s what fashion should do – make you happy – inspire you to have the best day possible in your skin & what you’re wearing.  And if fashion educates you – bonus – thanks skateboarding for introducing me to Jacky & Beet X Beet hope to see her and more of her t-shirts soon!

Would absolutely love if girls sent/tag me pictures of themselves skating in Beet X Beet t-shirts – more girls do skate as they see girls skateboarding and we encourage each other!

And yes Jacky – I am encouraging you to get on a skateboard soon!

Remembering Your First Day of Skateboarding

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Believe it or not this is someone’s first day skateboarding.  When volumatic said first time on a skateboard, nailing it with style.  He described it perfectly.

She’s one seven year girl who was born to skate.  She’s nailing it in Alberta Canada and already encouraging other girls to skate.

Skateboarding doesn’t come naturally to everyone but if you’re patient it will come.  Encouraging doesn’t come naturally either but the world is a better place when it does.  When you encourage someone you help them and yourself grow in confidence and hope.

If every skater just inspired one other skaters who inspired one other skaters – imagine how happy the world would be.  Keep it stylish on & off the board by being rad and encouraging radness!


A Weekend Well Spent

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This is littlesurfergirl_ and if you follow the link you’ll see her first drop in at Aura Skateboarding Company in Vista.

She’s committed to LIVING!  Surfing, Skateboarding, Sunsets, Hotrods, Gratitude and Evolving!

What a positive bio and way to live.  Skateboarding is for all ages.  Yes, we all get older but that doesn’t mean we have to stop learning and trying new things.

Growing, evolving, learning are all super stylish on & off the board.  Please keep sharing how you’re having fun skateboarding – more girls do skate as they see girls skateboarding and we encourage each other.

Daddy Daughter Time

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Experts say it’s important for parents and children to bond – spend quality time together.  What could be more quality than skateboarding together?

I can’t think of anything either.  So you go giuseppe_mayart I love to see you sharing skateboarding with your daughter.

What you focus on grows.  When you skateboard together it improves both your skate skills and your relationship skills.  Just another reason skateboarding is fun for all girls at all levels in all places!

And love the stylish helmet – if you gotta wear one make the most of it!

Skateboarding is Exercise & Fun

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lilydeeeee captured the perfect picture of splits aka extreme staple gun at the Santa Clara Youth Activity Center.

If you’re not flexible when you start skateboarding – you will be if you stick with it.  Skateboarding is all about the balance so you’re working your core muscles.

Skateboarding is also super creative – there are endless ways to stretch & challenge yourself.  Till next time keep it stylish on & off the board!

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Use Your Voice to be the Change

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Skillest_sk8er took the time to share this picture with me & tell me a little about her skate story.

She’s been skating since she can remember – like before she was five.  She got her first board from her mom – who saw that her daughter didn’t have a love for girly things.  She had an immediate love for her skateboard.

Unfortunately where she lives in Canada she can’t get to skate parks easily.  Plus they are strict about kicking skaters out and even charging people for skating – so her skateboarding style is limited.

Skateboarding shouldn’t be a crime – however it is in many places around the world.  You can get stopped, fined, or worse for skateboarding in some places.

I’m not going to say – so “don’t skate” – I’m not a fan of “don’t”, “never”, “can’t” and other words that limit.  I say be aware.  It’s important to stand up for what you believe in just be aware of the consequences – a fine is a hassle when it goes on your record it can be a real problem when applying for jobs – so decide is the risk worth it before you skate.

And if skateboarding means a lot to you take time to support parks.  There are foundations like Tony Hawk Foundation who’s purpose is to create public skateboard parks.  Use your voice to say you want skate parks – there aren’t fines for asking and petitioning your community to build a park.

Parks aren’t built overnight but when enough people act and are the change they want to see, change does happen.  That’s why I always have time to share girls pictures and stories of where they are skateboarding.  We are stronger on & off the board when we work together.