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A subculture of skaters

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Celia Hamilton

on 20 September 2013

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A subculture of skaters
What is a subculture?
Consists of the symbolism attached to clothing, music, and other visible affectations.
Skateboard artworks
The built stereotype
The interpretation of these symbols are often just as important as the symbols itself.
These symbols are often the defining values of a subculture.
Started and became extremely popular in the 60's.
Newspaper article
It became a large
mainstream activity
in the 70's, but then
It reappeared in the
80's more of an underground movement.
The 80's was the influential decade in the skating industry.
symbols started being attached to the sport.
The first skateboard was made out of fence palings and roller skate wheels.
over 50 million boards were produced in the space of three years.
Started to be viewed as a danger or hazard to the community.
Stores were urged not to sell the skateboards, and parents not to buy them.
Public nuisance.
The 80's was very influential in building the 'skater specific' stereotype.
Skateboarding became associated with the punk movement and subsequently became underground.
The decade involved the tear-down of the Berlin Wall, and many of anti-government riots and protests.
These memories have stayed in many peoples minds, even today.
Teenage ratbags.
Media portrayals
A Current Affair
Written codes
Title: 'Skateboard Lunatics'
Title font is bold.
Emphasis on the word 'lunatics'.
Music: 'I don't care' By Icona Pop
Use of police officer to assert authority over the statements made.
Dialogue used:
"...These skateboarders are pushing their luck, and everyone else's."
"It's fast, frightening, and down right dangerous."
"... Taking over public roads."
Audio codes.
The sounds effects from the skaters cameras were kept on.
Technical codes
Most footage consists of the skaters camera's.
This footage shows crashes more clearly.
Only crashes are shown in the clips showing the riders.
Camera angle on police officer is pointing upwards to show authority.
Symbolic codes
The quality of the footage of the riders is very bad. It could be inferred that the riders are unskilled.
The lighting on the police officer is a warm, glowing light, which shows his facial features more.
The audience feels more at ease with seeing who he is.
Visual texts
semiotics: signifier
The decks have a theme based around death, anarchy, and sacrificial symbols.
Well thought-out pieces of artwork, with meaningful artistic interpretations.
Varsity jacket?
Ox skull?
Human skull?
Written codes
The title is in large, black writing, at the top of the page.
"Punky" "Wood-pushers" "Terrorizing" "Boarders".
They use skating references to explain the situation.
Symbolic codes
There are no colours in the text which keeps the article sombre and dark.
The image placement is off the page to the left.
The image is of a memorial, which also puts skateboarding in a bad light
The audience who read this may feel that bad things will happen if people skateboard.
Not every skateboarders is bad...
2) Is being the 'popular' guy really going to matter once you're dead?
3) The samurai represents strength and quick thinking.
1) The human skull represents death in general.
5) The Ox skull is a sacrificial symbol, but it is surrounded by bright colours.
4) Even though they are seen as bad each one has a different colour, and is surrounded by colour.
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