Posted by:on March 21st, 2007
It’s good to see that skateboarding on gravel is finally catching on. This picture is part of a feature called Day in Pictures from the international version of the BBC News. You can see it larger here, but you’ll have to manually select picture number 5 once you get there. More skateboarding in Iraq after the jump.
Skateboarding In Iraq
I heard about a Time Magazine article about life in Iraq. It included a photograph of an Baghdad youth with a skateboard, or skateboard branded apparel. In any case, he essentially looked like any other American teenager. I couldn’t find it online. If anyone has it, send in a scan. It would have been late 2006 or early 2007.
Skateboarding on Saddam’s Palace
There was a video circulating about some soldiers who had built a ramp on one of Saddam’s palaces. It seemed fake because the voice over was laughable and more cheesy than Bob Burbanks, the This is a skateboard character from the Bones Brigade Video Show. The whole thing had a “small time local news crew goes to Baghdad” feel. It didn’t make sense or feel real. Turns out it was legit. Apple Computers featured it as part of case study on KTVX TV’s use of Final Cut Pro titled Everybody Can Edit, about how it allowed just that; a small time news crew to go to Baghdad.
Of course, we’ve appropriated it. We had too, since it has Apocalypse Now footage in it. Man, oh man. The voiceover on this piece is so obnoxious.
Here’s a couple links to the KTVX piece featured by Apple.
The video: Palace Skateboarding on a site called Zango (Link removed, no longer active).
Transworld has some photos a soldier sent in. Transworld? Come on. I was in email contact over a year ago with a soldier who said he’d send in some pics of skateboarding in Iraq, but never did. I can’t seem to locate the email though. I hope it’s not this guy. If you follow the link, make sure you scroll down. The crappy page layout of their site makes it look like just one picture, comments and adverts when it first loads.
Supporting Our Troops is not a Crime
Now go make your own ribbon.
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