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Scooter Theory: Trick Selection

As individuals, we all reside within our own psychological world. A world created out of the summation of our experiences and the patterns of our brain, forming our unique experience of life.

In order to make sense of our personal world, we are compelled to share it with others. We want the sense of human connection that comes from the giving and receiving of empathy and understanding.

Like any medium of art, a scooter affords its rider the ability to express their personal world. Through scootering, riders can participate in the exchange of psyches. Concepts and mental states that are too difficult to transcribe into words can be embodied through one’s riding.

In the sense of artistry, scooter riders are painters with the earth’s landscape as their canvas and their tricks as their brush strokes.

In order to participate in the artistic exchange, a rider’s brush strokes must be authentic and conscious. Like real paintings, a piece only holds real value if it is presented as an original. A Picaso is worth millions…only if it is an original.

There are two primary components to scooter riding; tricks and style. If style is more unconscious, then trick selection is more conscious.

It is your obligation to consciously maintain and fulfill your unique character through your trick selection. Exceeding any physical skill, a rider can only work to individualize him or herself through their tricks. It is, therefore, essential to give honest and careful thought to the tricks that you choose to film.

Do tricks that you like. Do tricks that are fun. Do tricks that look and feel cool to you. Don’t merely do tricks because some kid with 30K Instagram followers does them.

The combination of a self-accurate pairing of style and trick selection produces a code about one’s character, detailed and rich enough for others within the sport to decipher and appreciate.

– Bobby Pantano