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A couple of months later, I started noticing some out-of-control traffic on my site, like way more than the two daily visitors I've grown accustomed to (thanks Mom and, well, Mom). It turned out to be the skateboarding.jpg image, and I soon found that it had prioritized to the number one position if you did an image search for "skateboarding" on Google.
Oh the joys of fame.
I still have the image up, but it now resides behind the U of I's Berlin-wall-esque firewall and cannot be reached by the tentacles of Google. But who's bitter?
Annnyway, what I always liked about the image was the way it seemed to celebrate or respect or somehow get skateboarding in the very representation of prohibition. This is to say, that the sign was so unlike similar anti-skateboarding signage with visually impoverished representations of what skating is all about.
Take this one for instance, spotted on a recent walk about Portland:
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It prohibits skateboarding while dissing it, almost, through the utter weakness of its iconography. Who skates like that, anyway?
In looking around online, I found a few other anti-skateboarding signs that render skateboarding as rad. (Click any or all to enlarge.)
(commentary on the original .jpg)
But I don't quite understand these signs. On the one hand, they could be said to specifically reference "trick skating" (or whatever you want to call it; Iain Borden has a great book about skateboarding, space, and everyday life, by the way), as opposed to transportational skating, with all the rad skaters being depicted—but the rad skaters seem also like way too supportive of the sport/activity for prohibitive signage of this kind.
There's just such a contrast between saying "no dull skateboarding" and saying "no bad-ass, rad skateboarding like the kind in this picture."