Groundbreaking singer, songwriter and guitarist Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi, The Evens) spoke at the Library of Congress last year on the subject of personal digital archiving and the need to educate creators and users in ways to steward our digital cultural heritage. In the midst of his speech, Ian dropped a beautiful quote describing what it means to be a skateboarder and why skateboarding is so important. Check it out.
Ian MacKaye on Skateboarding:
…I want to be here every moment. I want to be present every moment. However, there was nothing going on. So I became a skateboarder. Skateboarding is not a hobby. It’s not a sport. Skateboarding is a way of learning how to redefine the world around you. It’s a way of getting out of the house, connecting with other people and looking at the world through different sets of eyes. When you’re a skateboarder… especially in the 1970’s when everyone thought it was a hobby… they all thought it was like a strange version of a yo-yo or a hoola-hoop… most people when they saw a swimming pool, they thought let’s take a swim, but I thought let’s ride it. Let’s see what the transition is like at the bottom. When they saw… the curb or the street, they would think about driving on it. I would think about the texture. I slowly developed an ability, I think, to look at the world through totally different means. I had a whole other idea of what was happening. Weather played a very different roll in my life at that time…”
- Ian MacKaye