Bonus Day - Elliott
Elliott, here’s the scenario: ⠀
The people who know you best are gathered into a room together and asked to figure out what they agree are one of your “worst” and “best” features. What would they come up with?
”My people would say that it’s hard to get to know me. I’m not an open book or quick to lay everything out on the table. I’m swift to smile, but I feel real relationships take time to build. Probably, being a little introverted is what lead me to skateboarding. When skating, no matter what’s going on in your life, all you have to contend with is the physics involved in flipping your board and rolling away smoothly. It’s a sort of escape and opportunity to push yourself. Find that thing that lets you be yourself and pursue it.
My people that really know me would say that I’m a listener. I think it goes hand-in-hand with being a quiet person, I’ll never be the loudest one in the room. Tell me your story and I’ll hear you out. I might not solve your problems, but I’m always down to lend an ear.”
Skateboarding, like most things, comes with its own unique territory, a culture unto itself. Stereotypically one might think of skateboarders as rebels without a cause, a band of misfits set loose on the urban landscape. This is part of the story, but certainly not everything.
Elliott brings nuance into the picture with his skateboarding practice, striving to technically excel while making space for conversation with those encountered along the way. The visual drama of skateboarding has much of the same effect as each mural project - observed beauty inspires curiosity, giving reason to slow down, ask questions and find connection.
Riding our Swarmboard decks around the world, Elliott uses opportunities to highlight the bees, all pollinators and our shared environment simply by riding a board and telling a story. Check out his ridiculous skills here.