We know, we know, there isn’t enough space on the internet for another Team Handsome article (these guys beat us to maximum capacity) but c’mon, our hand is practically forced with material like the ones featured here. Images, like the ones you’ll see here, are literally popping up online on a daily basis. It’s as if there was some unionized meeting between skateboarder’s about when it would be acceptable to skate at a fashion shoot. Between the integration of these high-end fashion shoots and skateboarding, it’s made us wonder, are skateboarder’s the next groundbreaking athletes (cringe) to bring fourth sex appeal?
By all means, this could be debated for days. Since the dawn of skateboarding, examples like Tony Alva were undoubtedly getting with groupies as if it were a part of his repertoire before competing in contests. The same can be said about Christian Hosoi. But today’s `generation of skater’s are on a completely different spectrum. Sure, legends like Alva and Hosoi were whore’d out by countless companies looking to bank on their rockstar imagery, but they did it while maintaining their masculinity, despite their outfits.
The answer to our initial question, as you expected it, is Yes. Teenage girls, Milfs, Cougars (is there a difference?) and grannys will fall in love with the imagery that mainstream skateboarders provide. If this photo above isn’t enough proof then, we’re stump. Tears represent a bunch of things but for a small town teenage girl, tears are the ultimate sign of appeal and love. She wants to get out of this shit town. Her mom married the captain of the football team hoping to accomplish the same and the best they did was create their offspring in hopes that she would one day be successful at doing what mommy couldn’t: meeting an athlete, falling in love and being yanked from their dead end town and sucked into a world similar to that of a basketball wife. If this girl is literally hyperventilating from emotional distress just from seeing Sean Malto (yuck, not our type.), this easily equates to, if given the option, willingly killing off a member of her family just to get a whiff of his t-shirt after the demo, amongst other things.
With the commercialism of skateboarding running frantic, (speaking of which, what were they trying to sell us here?) we’re wondering how much longer until we see some Pro or Am pulling a Joe Namath? Imagine that, someone as popular and powerful, dressing up and selling feminine products… Some would argue that Corey Duffel already did with his promotion of hair products but we’ll discount that for the time being. If it wasn’t Duffel, then the only other poster-child for this Namath-like behavior would be Greco during his New York Dolls phase. Jeez. God only knows how much Jim made off of those Covergirl mascara royalties that year. How great would it have been if they were throwing out make-up remover instead of shirts and stickers at every demo?
Could it be that the reader’s of Esquire (only in Russia for some reason), Playboy and GQ need to know about skateboarding? What’s the harm? Between every time Wayne steps on a skateboard and Worldstar uploads the clip of him skating, it’s causing us to miss the days when we would be called “Tony Hawk” instead of “Oh shit, he like Wayne!” by onlookers.
How much longer until skateboarding dies again? We’ve got a photoshoot with Maxim on our Top 5 colognes to wear when skating a handrail that we just can’t miss…