Kevin Wilkins Skater Profile
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Hometown: Lincoln Nebraska, Stance: Goofy, Age: , Status: Am
Last Update: Friday, March 23, 2012 Submit an Update
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She went straight to Cian, I think, and got him to stand up. She hugged him and that’s when I understood the sound of his sobbing for the first time. It was the saddest thing I’ve ever heard—my son crying for his dog. Follow @the.goodproblem to read the rest of Metre Reader #3: RIP Owen, or click the link in my profile.
My own hometown anti-exile, away from the shaky epicenters and epic enders of skateboarding’s warmer coast, is one borne of a few of life’s very real realities, but also one I’ve come to hold close and cuddle. So much so, that when the tympanic membranes receive rhythmic echoes of my own inner anchor, it means more to me than the decades’ old urge of the entire culture to move west. Please follow @the.goodproblem and read the rest of Spread: Timbre #26, or click the link in my profile. @johnmotta_ Smith out of the tube. Phoenix, Arizona. 📷 @priceyhot
One statistic you need to try to grasp, right now—one that is hopeful and positive and forward leaning—is this: 42% of the 40,000 people living on the Pine Ridge Reservation are under the age of nineteen. So just like skateboarding, the population of Pine Ridge is its own youth movement, its own culture, and the creator of its own powerfully unknown future. Please follow @the.goodproblem and read the rest of The Metre Reader #2: This Something Is You. Thanks. Jim Murphy (@woundedkneeskateboards). Frontside carve grind in Manderson, South Dakota. 📷 @originalbk
So when the myth pulls you to California (and it will, sooner or later), but the native anchor also drags, you should know what more and more of our hometown heroes are coming to terms with—you do have options other than just going west, young man. Follow @the.goodproblem to read the rest of Timbre #26: Spread. @downsouthinhell backside noseblunt in Atlanta, Georgia. 📷 @ryanflynnphoto
So here we all are, steering our very own, life-changing, life-affirming culture into the rocks as we call each other out for being kooks, secretly holding fast to the one detail that we know, through experience, is more real than anything: We owe every single thing we are to the slim, Darwinian chance that skateboarding crossed our rudderless paths. Without it, we are less than zero. Please follow @the.goodproblem to read the rest of The Metre Reader #2: This Something Is You, or click the link in my profile and go straight to the source. @pat__moran Frontside blunt kickflip out at Manderson. 📷 @mattsharkeyphoto
We see things differently than everyone else, we say. We’re all family, you know. We're united by our weirdness. Wherever we go in the world, we find friends and cohorts who—from the bottom of our thin, shared souls—understand one another on a level that can not be reached through the sad and conditioned viewpoints of a mainstream society. Also, parents just don’t understand. Another also: Skateboarding saves lives. Kindly follow @the.goodproblem and read the rest of The Metre Reader #2: This Something Is You. Or for 25% more convenience, click the link in my profile. #themetrereader
The stunted oral histories that skateboarding has told itself, the mini miracles we’ve witnessed, the little lessons we've learned, and the lives we lead—past or current—are being picked up and run with by kids who need exactly that, exactly now. Please follow @the.goodproblem and read the rest of Metre #2: This Something Is You. Or click the link in my profile—you can read stuff there, too.
Skaters of Pine Ridge: Thank you for reminding skateboarding of what we work so hard to forget. Our made-up clichés may be just that—made up—but they also got us out of the way of the mountains of bullshit that pile up through tough lives in a tough world. Prophecies come and go, and the best ones lead us toward a self-affirming, self-fulfilling, weirdo future. Please follow @the.goodproblem to read the rest of Metre #2: This Something Is You.
The world’s other professional athletes can’t cross over because all skateboarder's nights are all bad. The lawyers and doctors shrug at the empty and looted pot of gold at the end of our gray-scale rainbows. Students shy away for fear of the curriculum’s difficulty. And as rough a life as it can present, it makes rock stars straighten up and fly right. Please follow @the.goodproblem to read the rest of Timbre #25: Don't Care Bears. @chrisrussell_mbk. Frontside invert over the WSVT channel. 📷 @ham_n_cheese
And us, we’re the idiots. Scream at us in anger and we’ll smile. Smile at us and we’ll fight. Give us medicine and we’ll forget to take it. Hurt us and we’ll religiously self-medicate. Ask us what’s up and we’ll say nothing. And it’s real and it’s contrary to popular belief and it’s completely stupid. So? To read the rest of Timbre #25: Don't Care Bears, follow @the.goodproblem or click the convenient link conveniently located in my profile. @grossosucks. Channel plant. 📷 @jgrantbrittain
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