guerrilla goodness: sk8r boyz…
September 10, 2010
I live really close to a beautiful park, it is just one of the 437 reasons why this new house makes me so happy. A group of kids in the neighborhood have turned the tennis courts into their very own skate park. They have built ramps, set it all up, it’s smart and so beyond hipster cool. I wandered over the other day and asked if anyone there wanted pictures. I was super nervous because even though I try to be cool in these situations, I am still the dorky lady with all those kids who lives down the street. Some of the kids were all over it, others gave me piercing “why are you here, don’t defile our awesome park” looks. I snapped just a few shots and left quickly.
Sadly, just yesterday there was an altercation, and somebody’s mother (I know, I know) came back with a gun, dropped it in the scuffle, a skater kid picked it up and brought it to an adult. He was hella brave. All of this is unusual for my neighborhood. Tensions are running high so it seemed so appropriate that my photo lab called to say my order was ready all on the same day.
I had ordered a few of the shots in 8×10’s and had them matted for the kids. We don’t know each other but they do know what I look like, I hope it still counts for semi-anonymous kindness. I left them on their ramps to find when they get home from school today.
I’m always amazed by the timing of kindness…I hope the sk8r boyz let me take their pictures again some day.
*eta: I really never feel unsafe in our park…I think it’s just like any other city park. This was totally an isolated incident.