Intern Feature – Elliot Moore: The Art of Skateboarding
Today’s post comes from Elexu Intern Elliot Moore, who writes about his on-going passion for skateboarding and its relationship with his career.
When I think back to my teen years as to why I started skateboarding in the first place, it’s actually quite amusing. I remember walking outside my front door and seeing a girl who lived near by casually cruising down the road on what I would describe now as an “Old-School Fish Deck”. Now before you start thinking, “Aww so he had a bit of a sweet spot for her and he went and bought a skateboard too…”, it wasn’t like that okay! At least, I don’t think it was. Anyway, I guess it was simply down to the “cool” factor. Everyone had bikes back then and skateboarding just seemed different, more exciting.
As the years went on, I found the more I skated, the more I fell in love with it. But it wasn’t just about learning new tricks and competing with your friends to see who could be the most “Steezy” (Ghetto Translation: Stylish). I was never a massive sports fan at school and was often pushed to the side in PE classes. You know, into the group of kids who were just plain rubbish at football, for example. But with skateboarding, it was the complete opposite.
My friends and I would travel to all these different skateparks and meet all kinds of new people who were so welcoming. I guess it was this sense of feeling apart of a strong community that appealed to me.
I have also grown to realise how much of an impact the sport has had on my personal development. It has truly shaped who I am today. In particular, meeting and interacting with new people on a regular basis helped build both my self-confidence and social skills. I believe skateboarding was also responsible for sparking my flare for the creative industry. The sport by nature is very creative, with designers, photographers and film producers often at the heart of it, capturing and creating some truly inspiring work. It is these types of people who I really admire and would love to work alongside in my future career.
Taking the above into account, it is astonishing how my current internship at Elexu fits with my background and professional goals so well. The very concept of the company is to support and empower the people I love, and as a bonus I get to work on some really exciting projects (e.g. Creative Live 2).
If you’re a skateboarder or are involved in the community in some way, I will share with you one piece of advice: Fully embrace it! It’s true that many people have a negative perception of skateboarding, believing it to be this underground culture associated with anti-social behavior and graffiti… But if my story is anything to go by, it is clearly much, much more! Don’t hide it from employers thinking it could give the wrong impression. It is part of who you are!