Urban Culture

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What is urban culture? According to the Encyclopedia Britannica (1), urban culture is any of the behavioral patterns of the various types of cities and urban areas, both past and present. Urban culture is basically the culture of cities. Cities around the world, past and present, have behaviors that differ from the rural areas. In today’s modern world, urban culture refers to a city’s sense of fashion, music, and way of life. Types of modern urban culture are skateboarding, hip hop, and tattoo culture. As Gastman said, “Street culture knows no boundaries the world over. As it crosses the borders of urbanized centers, it begins to look a whole lot less like a set of fads or trends—and more and more like what it is: the essence of being human.” (382) SKATEBOARDING

Skateboarding is a popular form of modern urban culture that is recognized worldwide. It has its own sense of art, music, and fashion. Originally, the skateboard was first developed around the 1930’s from children who were bored and searched for a better use of their old roller skates. Skateboarding did not become more recognized until about the late 1950’s by Californian surfers. Surfers saw “the movement and balance needed to stay on one were similar to those required in surfing” (Davis 10), so possibly skating on land could be used as a kind of alternative surfing on days when the waves were too flat. This movement of surfers to skaters helped inspired a rapid production in the development of the skateboard. Presently, “modern skateboard riding and the mass production of ready-to-skate equipment has been around for over forty years in America. (Thrasher 12). The beginning of skateboarding with the help of the industrial revolution in America helped create cheaper mass-production of steel products for car parts, tools and toys. These developments helped develop the first commercial production of the skateboard at the end of the 1950’s.

Much of skateboard art is shown...
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