While pontificating on the virtues of skateboarding, Suicidal Tendencies' Mike Muir once said, "If it ain't insane, then you can't get rad." I just quoted a man who helped inspire the majority of my favorite things. But, now I'm looking at the word "rad"— underscored with a squiggly red line, and it's pissing me off. I might not be able to convince this application that I spelled this word "correctly," but I will continue to spell it. Often.
Getting to the point...go fucking skateboarding on June 21st. It will be international "Go Skate Day," and this event is called Wild In the Streets. All you have to do to participate is go skateboarding, and then get wild in the streets. It's that easy. The event begins at "some location" in Detroit— which has not yet been decided (much less announced). When the time comes, you'll know.
This movement has drawn thousands of skaters from all over the world to Los Angeles and Chicago in previous years. We should feel honored to be among the few cities to offer our streets to this cause.
One particularly rad gentleman, who has surely derived inspiration from Mr. Muir, is Jay Navarro of the Suicide Machines, Hellmouth and Break Anchor. He is an avid skateboarder and volunteer for Wild In the Streets. "It's so awesome that something like this is finally coming to Detroit," Navarro says. "I love skateboarding and I love this community. Showing the kids that they can be empowered to make change through skating–it's a beautiful thing."
You will start your day skateboarding in great numbers, through our iconic streets. You will skate some well-known and surprising spots. You will see people like Andrew Reynolds and Jerry Hsu, along with scores of professional and amateur skateboarders. And then you will start your night at Modern Skate Park, where the bands Break Anchor, Child Bite, Snakewing, Drunk Dom & the Roaches and Wrist Rocket are going to blow your minds.
The proceeds will go to building Detroit a phenomenal skate park called RideIt Sculpture Park. It will be equal parts community fortification, skate haven and work of art. You can (literally) help build one of the coolest skate parks in the world – just by going skating and then going to a punk rock show. So dude, go skate and then go to a punk rock show... rad. | RDW
Wild in the Streets • 6/21, 7:30 p.m. • After Party at Modern Skate Park • 1500 North Stephenson Hwy., Royal Oak • emerica.com/wildinthestreets • 714.448.8951 • $10