Here’s Bobby Puleo’s Skate Ethos Compiled Into a Manifesto of Sorts

Bobby Puleo is opinionated. Between his views on spot rape, and his propensity for conspiracy theories and the esoteric, he seems like the type of guy that should have a manifesto. We transcribed a couple of his key philosophical insights from the latest Nine Club to create some bullet points that sum up Puleo’s ethos.

I’m a skateboarder. I have a rigid set of ideals. As we all do. And you’re also very much entitled to your own opinion. The great thing about skateboarding, and being a skateboarder, is you’re not necessarily just that. You’re also a consumer of the culture. That’s one of the fun things about skateboarding… There’s definitely something that bothers me if I see the culture being inflated and, stepped on is the wrong term, abused so to speak. When I see people not paying attention to the culture; it tends to bother me. (1:42:44)

I’m definitely not just skating down the street. I guess I took great care in the way that I presented stuff. I wouldn’t film everything. Watching Guy [Mariano] skate, I would always aspire—and I was never that style of skateboarder—but I always thought: “What would Guy do here?” I always thought that Guy had the best trick selection. (1:53:16)

I don’t consider myself a technically advanced… I’m not a trick person. I’m not a flip in flip out dude. What I was doing… it’s almost like a hip hop producer. Essentially, what you want to do is find a sample that no one has ever sampled before. And you want to put your mark on it. And if somebody bites your sample, they’re known as a sample biter, which is kind of a bad thing. You don’t want to be somebody that’s not producing original content. (2:12:57)

For more, view the entire three-hour interview above.

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