This was originally published on Pessimists Archive.

Skateboarding was considered a strange and childish phenomenon for much of its existence. Congregating youths and noise created many a local legislative wars waged by annoyed residents, skating bans were common and urban designers started to make outside spaces less skate-able.

In 2021 skateboarding has finally been christened a ‘real’ sport thanks to its inclusion in the Olympic Games, but even still anti-Skateboarding posters appeared around Tokyo.