Posted on 05 March 2008.
Skating is your life. You wake up, grab your deck, and grind a few rails on the way to school. You dash off between classes to try out a few tricks and don’t always make it back before the bell rings. And it’s off to your favorite drained pool or ramp park to ride away the hours until dusk.
Still, something’s missing. Somehow, you manage to waste eight hours a day in bed not skating. Of course, you can dream about skating and probably do. Ollies and Fakie go off much better in your dreams, except those really bad recurring nightmares, where you smash up your face belly-slamming in front of the girl you like. What’s worse, she’s a better skater than you are and she won’t stop laughing, a harsh laugh that stays in your head all day, getting mixed up with your Mom yelling at you that it’s time for school all over again.
Just guessing here.
Maybe the problem is your home décor. Sure, you have posters of your favorite skaters carving air plastered all over your room. The first deck you ever busted hangs proudly over your desk. No one who visits your bedroom can forget for one moment that you are a hardcore.
By the time you start entertaining guests up in there, you’ll want to have impressive sheets. Nothing can set the mood for that special moment where you and that laughing girl finally get down to studying like some (freshly washed) skateboard bedding.
Thanks to the miracle of subsidiary merchandising, you can outfit your bedroom like a true skating fanatic. You’ll want to save your pennies for this project; full themed skating sheet sets go for upwards of three hundred bucks.
Imagine having Tony Hawk looking up at you from the comforter while you get educated. What’s a few hundred bucks compared with having Tony’s blessing? You’ll probably start to skate better, too-at least in your dreams.
If you shot your budget on new bearings for your board, you may need to start small with a few pillowcases from a manufacturer like Vision Bedding, which will only set you back fifty bucks or so. For a single pillow. Double up on those if you are planning on entertaining company.
At some point, however, you need to think beyond the bed itself. After all, you won’t always be looking at your sheets; sometimes you’ll be snug as a bug underneath your cozy skateboard bedding, and surely you’ll want to look at something related to skating. Sure, you can clip articles from your favorite thrasher zine and splatter them around, and with really liberal parents you can tag your walls with your spray-paint rendition of the Element logo.
How about a nice skateboard throw rug featuring a kickflip in action? Or a giant wall mural of your favorite pro executing the ollie impossible they’ll be talking about for years? Don’t forget your framed “Grind” in classic Old English script, or your funny knock-off traffic signs. And make sure every visitor to your room knows that “Skateboarding is Not a Crime.”
At least not on your turf.
Personalizing your room with skateboard bedding and accessories is a great way to represent for your community…making a statement even while you sleep.