Some of you may be wondering what skating has to do with psychedelics, other than the fact that skaters are usually ADHD compulsive danger freaks who like drugs among their many other vices. However, there is one skater who has taken the psychedelic vibe to a whole new level, Richie Jackson from Australia. Here is a clip from a recent interview from Transworld Skateboarding:
“I believe in psychedelicism. Not just psychedelic music, but everything. A psychedelic experience is characterized as the unveiling of perceptions previously unknown — the brain unfettered from its usual constraints. To me, it’s all there is, and certainly all that’s worth doing. I find no worth in that which doesn’t surprise. Anomalies, irregularities, deviation from the common rule — that is all I will ever care for.”
How does this come through in his skating? In a world of young turks hurling kickflips and 360 flips down stairs like robots, Richie Jackson comes up with some new and unique tricks. Varial kickflip hippie jump? Double foot-plant down a stair well? Kickflip foot-plant to finger-flip? For those of you who don’t know, that’s just insane.
hipped via P. Relic!
Here here! I like the term “psychedelicism” a lot. I think I understand exactly what he’s saying. I’m a long time, erm, adherent (?) to psych as an approach to life. When he talks about the brain unfettered, he makes complete sense. It’s a great way to approach life.
As for coming through skating…I think you can learn this way of life by throwing a long touch down pass, phobias of triangles or from Brother JT’s “Descent.”