Never Say Never
When I published the Nobody book, I announced that Luchaskate was ending. Shortly after that I deleted the website, retired the t-shirts, and vowed to never publish the magazine again. And, honestly, I didn't miss it. Sure, I'd see someone with a Luchaskate sticker on their helmet or on their board and it would make me feel a twinge of nostalgia, but I didn't have a nagging regret, and I didn't long to publish the magazine. It was a clean break. I didn't spend my nights wishing I was laying out articles on a computer, and I certainly didn't miss searching for the best deal on printing.
That isn't to say I didn't miss certain aspects of Luchaskate. I missed blogging and designing/printing t-shirts. I tried to fill the Luchaskate void with a blog called Skate BDCD, but I never felt the same passion for BDCD that I had for Luchaskate. I think I narrowed my scope too far with BDCD (banks, ditches, cones, distance), and I never felt it was a true reflection of my skate life. I missed the early days of Luchaskate, when it was Meat and Two or The Four-Eyed Luchador, and it was just me blogging my skate life with no boundaries.
That was a primary factor in killing Luchaskate. I felt the magazine no longer reflected me as a skateboarder. Luchaskate, the blog, was very longboard focused when it was first conceived, and I wrote a lot about distance skating. For the most part, the people reading the 'zine were not those that would be interested in marathon rides, and I started to feel forced to supply content that would interest the 'zine readers more than it interested me at that particular moment. What had started with passion had become a chore. It felt like a low paying job to which I had to go. I guess I'm not meant to be a skate magazine publisher. I'm just meant to write my own material.
Since deciding BDCD wasn't where I wanted to be in this skatelife, I had been searching for a new way to share. I had been spitballing different names, and searching for a name that would reflect who I was as a skateboarder. I had always been jealous of Kyle Duvall's blog, The Parking Block Diaries, because it is such a great title for what he wrote about.
But why not Luchaskate? Why not bring it back without the magazine? Why not take it back to the roots and write a simple blog about an over forty skateboarder that knows he's not relevant and doesn't care?
A couple clicks and the .com was mine again. A lot less fanfare. No Facebook group to manage. No ads to sell. It feels like I'm back where I belong in my empty corner of the internet, and it feels like I was supposed to be here all along.
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The ramblings of an aging skateboarder.