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Scooter Theory: In Context

Like any expressive activity, scooter riding is entirely dependent on the context in which it is executed. Scootering varies greatly in the ways that riders conduct themselves, their riding, and the promotion of their riding.

A scooter is like a chameleon. It changes color depending on the rider riding it. Instead of trying to act like everyone is going to have the same color, unification of the sport can best be found in understanding and accepting the infinitely varying spectrum of colors.

The context a rider creates around their riding allows for a diverse range of riding styles to exist simultaneously within scootering. Context is a summation of every component related to ones riding; tricks, style, location, media form and style, music, appearance, personality outside of scootering etc.

To help illustrate this idea, consider the above art piece by pop artist, Andy Warhol. It is called “Campbell’s Soup Cans”…and it is exactly that. It is a painting designed to exactly resemble Campbell Soup cans. The interesting thing about this piece is how in a grocery store, this image would qualify as an advertisement or label for a product, but in an art museum, it becomes art. It becomes representative of an entirely new concept.

Just as the meaning of this image changes within different contexts, so does the meaning of a video and the tricks within it. A trick receives context from where it is done, when it is done, how it is done, and why it is done. It is your obligation as the viewer of one’s riding to pay attention to these details and deduce purpose. In order to do so, it is important to detach yourself from your own subjective self-righteousness in order to fully understand and appreciate another’s riding for what it is.

For your own sake, always consider whether you are in a grocery store or an art museum.

– Bobby Pantano

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