“You’re from Dogtown? What’s that mean? Venice, man. Ghetto by the sea.
It’s dirty. It’s filthy. It’s … a paradise.”
These lines were taken from a movie I always enjoy watching, Lords of Dogtown. The movie went back in circa 1975 – 1978 when the skater boys were once the territorial rounders of Venice Beach in California. Today, Venice Beach is a lot more pleasant, vibrant and, not to mention, a lot more friendlier.
This guy even approached me of whether or not I was able to take good pictures. I can only hope I did their stunts enough justice. They are certainly and strikingly not camera shy. As a matter of fact, the skateboarders are surrounded by picture-takers making the skating area look like a sport show.
Take note though. When you take a stroll down the broadwalk, the vendors do not share the same open-ness when it comes to allowing gawkers to take pictures.
The movie also showcased the birth of vertical skate boarding by the Lords of Dogtown changing the history of the sport that we know of today.
If you’re ever in the Los Angeles area, Venice Beach is a must. I say again, with conviction this time… VENICE BEACH IS A MUST! It isn’t just a skate show, but an art show as well. The Boardwalk is painted with graffiti and art-selling street vendors, bustling with all kinds of performers of different characters and customes, and is enterprised with water and athletic activities.
There is still residue to the “ghetto”-ness of Venice. To me, it is something to savor for. Venice Beach is the centerstage for the prototypical California tourist spot filled with people and their agendas. It is what makes it unique. Learning how to skate, skating in Venice Beach, or watching the skate show is a California highly recommended to-do list. Venice Beach is a lot more cleaner and organized than the harsh depiction in the movie. It still remains to be
Here are the Lords of Dogtown of today…
I will be posting more about Venice Beach including the arts and some pointers when visiting Venice.