Ian MacKaye on skateboarding


Minor Threat and Fugazi frontman Ian MacKaye talks about his passion for skateboarding in this newly edited piece of footage shot at his ‘Library of Congress Lecture’ last May.

“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.”

Choose skateboarding.

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