Kids of Hate and Love
The Kids of Hate and Love follows a group of skateboarders from Asheville, North Carolina. This essay chronicles the lives of street skaters, mostly sponsored, on and off the board. Because street skating is illegal in Asheville (like most other cities in the country) skating has been pushed into the outskirts of town and abandoned spaces have been reclaimed as DIY skate spots. Skating the city is still a big part of skating, but the danger of getting tickets and having boards confiscated is a known risk. As a life-long skater, I’ve watched the culture of skating significantly change over the past few years as a result of large corporations buying their way into skateboarding from the top. The effect is that non skateboarders perception of skateboarding, gathered from reality shows and commercials, is radically different than the reality. The problem is that the reality is also shifting and the corporate control is starting to infiltrate a culture that thought couldn’t be infiltrated. Over the last several years I’ve made an effort to capture the essence of a culture that I grew up with.