Ian MacKaye on skateboarding

The legendary Ian MacKaye, frontman of hardcore punk band Minor Threat and owner of independent record label Dischord Records, talks at the Library of Congres about how skateboarding affected his life and how it developed his way of thinking. He couldn’t have said it any better.

Skateboarding is not a hobby. And it is not a sport. Skateboarding is a way of learning how to redefine the world around you. For most people, when they saw a swimming pool, they thought, ‘Let’s take a swim.’ But I thought, ‘Let’s ride it.’ When they saw the curb or a street, they would think about driving on it. I would think about the texture. I slowly developed the ability to look at the world through totally different means.


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