Baker Skateboards define’s skateboarding today. Outsiders may think of the X-Games and Mountain Dew (Beleedat!) when they think of skateboarding, but skateboarders know what’s up. Reynolds, Elington, Beagle and the whole Baker crew pretty much carry–and reinvent–the image of skateboarding and the way to skate.
But I’m starting to get bored with all the footage of the team drinking and doing drugs. I love the party scenes–the lack of such scenes is the main reason why I was disappointed with the latest Baker video, Bake and Destroy.
But lately the Baker videos and shorts simply shows skaters and doing drugs. Unlike the earlier Baker footage, which featured partying, drinking and drugs as a feature of the skater’s behavior, character and environment, in the latest Baker footage drugs and alcohol dictates the scenes. Rather than watching drug and alcohol use as a moment in the life of a skateboarder, I’m watching drug and alcohol use as a central focus of what it’s like to get drunk and do drugs.
There’s a scene in Baker’s Weekend Warriors Vol. 33 in which Bryan Herman and Don “The Nuge” Nguyen have a contest to see who can roll a joint the fastest.
This scene represents exactly how Baker videos now centralize drug use. My critique of such scenes is not moral or ethical–it’s aesthetic. These scenes bore me.
Everything else about Weekend Warriors Vol. 33 is stupendous. Check it out:
Baker needs to return to their foregone ways of representing drug and alcohol as an annex of the skateboarder’s life rather than as a focus of it.
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