February 19th is International Skateshop Day! Find out more here...
International Skateshop Day (Feb 19th)
We're excited that February 19th has been named International Skateshop Day. Although you should support local every day, this is a day to celebrate your local skateshop and all they do for the community. Skateshop day is started by two legends in the New Jersey skate scene, and we're backing their idea hard. So tomorrow go for visit, grab some gear, or even show them some love on social media to your local.
When you go on a trip to a new city, chances are the first place you go when finding your way around is the local skateshop. If that local shop is any good, they're helping you out with some local tips on skate spots, restaurants and even nightlife ideas. It soon becomes a little home away from home and the employees become your friends. This is an insanely special community that people outside of skating don't ever get to experience, and are in awe of. Keep our little community thriving and go visit your local skateboard shop tomorrow.
Check the list of shops the Skateshop Day Instagram is following to find a local shop near you!
Here is some more info on skateshop day, pulled directly from the Skateshop Day website!
What is Skateshop Day?
Skate Shop Day, like Record Store Day and Comic Book Store Day, is the day that the skateboard community celebrates our cultural hubs, the foundations of every skate scene, the places that bring skaters together and act as the glue for skateboarding as a whole. Go Skateboarding Day is meant to get skaters OUT skating. Skate Shop Day is meant to get skaters IN to the shops to show love to the unsung heros that do so much for skating the other 364 days of the year. We support skateshops every day but we celebrate them on February 19th.
Why February 19th?
Most of the world outside of California has actual winters and February is, historically one of the deadest months for many of the skate shops that battle snowy weather. Skaters and skate shops are always looking for a reason to come together. We wanted to create a reason for skaters to hit the shops in the dead of winter and, “We got a letter from the government the other day, I opened and read it. It said…” President’s Day never made sense for skaters or skate shops to celebrate. So we started out thing. Christmas 2 we like to call it. Or Skate Christmas.
Why Should I Care About Skate Shop Day?
The beauty in picking up a useless wooden toy is that you become indoctrinated into something special, something unlike anything else. You start skating and you instantly have people. You can board a plane with nothing but your skateboard and find the skate shop in whatever town you land in and instantly you will find love. Chances are you’ll have a place to crash and a couch to rest on before night fall. That is not to be taken for granted. There are so many people who live and die alone. If you roll, you will never be alone. You belong to a global community, a secret society and meetings of the highest order always, ALWAYS go down at the skate shop.