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I currently live in some shitty city on the outskirts of LA and this shit sucks ass. My career is dope but honestly I hella romanticize living in a city with a good skate scene/social life although I'd have to ditch my career. I wanna try it sometime tho while I'm young. Kinda don't wanna work in an office tho. I might just be overgeneralizing these IG skaters living situations tho, most skaters probably don't live in these areas.
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Re: How do skateboarders survive living in major cities like SF, NYC, LA etc.?
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2021, 07:30:27 PM »
I currently live in some shitty city on the outskirts of LA and this shit sucks ass. My career is dope but honestly I hella romanticize living in a city with a good skate scene/social life although I'd have to ditch my career. I wanna try it sometime tho while I'm young. Kinda don't wanna work in an office tho. I might just be overgeneralizing these IG skaters living situations tho, most skaters probably don't live in these areas.

You mean living in a city center like downtown instead of a suburb? Most people in L.A. drive to spots, so you're better off living on the outskirts.

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Re: How do skateboarders survive living in major cities like SF, NYC, LA etc.?
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2021, 08:40:51 PM »
work full time and commute from outlying neighborhood
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Re: How do skateboarders survive living in major cities like SF, NYC, LA etc.?
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2021, 04:06:40 PM »
work full time and commute from outlying neighborhood
Good ass advice; cities are so fucking expensive.
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work full time and commute from outlying neighborhood
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Good ass advice; cities are so fucking expensive.
I mean, this is literally just what the majority of people in any given metro area do. There’s a reason traffic and/or public transit gets busy during rush hour. Most of the people who work in the urban core either can’t afford to live there or prefer to get more comfort for their money elsewhere. The few who truly commit to living in the center of everything are either born rich, extremely well-paid, or willing to spend all their meager income on the “privilege” of living in a smaller space with fewer amenities and/or more roommates. And then of course there is the middle ground: just because you don’t live in DTLA doesn’t mean you have to live in Ontario or Fullerton or something, that’s why so many skaters live on the east side or in the SGV or SFV or whatever. Hell, lots of celebs live in fuckin Calabasas now…

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work full time and commute from outlying neighborhood
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Good ass advice; cities are so fucking expensive.
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I mean, this is literally just what the majority of people in any given metro area do. There’s a reason traffic and/or public transit gets busy during rush hour. Most of the people who work in the urban core either can’t afford to live there or prefer to get more comfort for their money elsewhere. The few who truly commit to living in the center of everything are either born rich, extremely well-paid, or willing to spend all their meager income on the “privilege” of living in a smaller space with fewer amenities and/or more roommates. And then of course there is the middle ground: just because you don’t live in DTLA doesn’t mean you have to live in Ontario or Fullerton or something, that’s why so many skaters live on the east side or in the SGV or SFV or whatever. Hell, lots of celebs live in fuckin Calabasas now…

Fullerton is really expensive
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I used to rent out a large enough pantry in a apartment kitchen for $300 and would take the bus to a plasma donors spot that would pay for rent, bus pass and food. But that was over 20 years ago

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If someone is living in a major city and lives some kind of alternative lifestyle and you cannot for the life of you figure out how they do it, the answer is almost always rich parents. Also, the grosser/more slovenly they try to present themselves, the more money their family has. Not even trying to be shady, and obviously there are exceptions.

I think this applies to any subculture.

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Re: How do skateboarders survive living in major cities like SF, NYC, LA etc.?
« Reply #10 on: October 07, 2021, 12:09:02 PM »
If someone is living in a major city and lives some kind of alternative lifestyle and you cannot for the life of you figure out how they do it, the answer is almost always rich parents. Also, the grosser/more slovenly they try to present themselves, the more money their family has. Not even trying to be shady, and obviously there are exceptions.

I think this applies to any subculture.
There were panhandling gutter punks in my city that were often spotted getting picked up in their parent's Benz. It's quite the phenomenon to witness.
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Re: How do skateboarders survive living in major cities like SF, NYC, LA etc.?
« Reply #11 on: October 08, 2021, 09:15:51 PM »
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If someone is living in a major city and lives some kind of alternative lifestyle and you cannot for the life of you figure out how they do it, the answer is almost always rich parents. Also, the grosser/more slovenly they try to present themselves, the more money their family has. Not even trying to be shady, and obviously there are exceptions.

I think this applies to any subculture.
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There were panhandling gutter punks in my city that were often spotted getting picked up in their parent's Benz. It's quite the phenomenon to witness.

This is most definitely true. Because in New York City, the most "hip" areas like The Bowery... the rent demands you earn essentially 85-100k (or more) in salary to even have a chance at renting an apartment there... I know because I once tried to rent an apartment in Chinatown and the landlord refused to rent to me because I didn't earn 90,000 a year. I think the rent for a studio was like 1900 or 2000 a month. And it wasn't even in the "coolest" areas, which were more steeply priced. .....Yet, the people who live there wear like rags and ripped clothing like they're homeless. Once you realize this... it's so bizarre. Why would you dress like a homeless person when you're making 100k a year in salary? It's really stupid and wayyyy romanticized bullshit to live in this type of area.

But to answer the OP... I left my office career and life in a major city behind shortly before I turned 30.  It's worth it if you can make it to a city center from like 22 - 25, but shortly after about 26-27 nearly all of your peers will no longer go out to socialize at night. They'll get married and keep to themselves and their soul-crushing corporate jobs they need to retain in order to maintain their lifestyle and keep up with the Joneses.

And it's ALSO true that despite being surrounded by people all the time, you may still feel just as lonely (if not moreso) than if you were in some remote area. Despite all the people, it doesn't mean anyone will pay any attention to you or give a sh8t about spending time or interacting with you. It's the truth.


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Re: How do skateboarders survive living in major cities like SF, NYC, LA etc.?
« Reply #12 on: October 09, 2021, 03:31:26 AM »
This article provides a detailed ethnographic description of skateboarding's main career opportunities and contributes to arguments about subculture theory and the impact of specific subcultures on cities. Professional street skateboarders perform tricks on obstacles in the urban environment and publish these tricks in magazines and videos to share with other members of the subculture. This need for documentation and dissemination of skateboard tricks, as well as the need to design and distribute subculture media, skateboards and skateboarding products, makes skateboarding a self-sustaining industry and provides skaters with an opportunity for subculture careers.

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Re: How do skateboarders survive living in major cities like SF, NYC, LA etc.?
« Reply #13 on: October 10, 2021, 04:09:02 PM »
This article provides a detailed ethnographic description of skateboarding's main career opportunities and contributes to arguments about subculture theory and the impact of specific subcultures on cities. Professional street skateboarders perform tricks on obstacles in the urban environment and publish these tricks in magazines and videos to share with other members of the subculture. This need for documentation and dissemination of skateboard tricks, as well as the need to design and distribute subculture media, skateboards and skateboarding products, makes skateboarding a self-sustaining industry and provides skaters with an opportunity for subculture careers.

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Re: How do skateboarders survive living in major cities like SF, NYC, LA etc.?
« Reply #14 on: October 15, 2021, 03:06:09 AM »
I currently live in some shitty city on the outskirts of LA and this shit sucks ass. My career is dope but honestly I hella romanticize living in a city with a good skate scene/social life although I'd have to ditch my career. I wanna try it sometime tho while I'm young. Kinda don't wanna work in an office tho. I might just be overgeneralizing these IG skaters living situations tho, most skaters probably don't live in these areas.

If your career is, "Dope" just do it in the city.  Working in an office might be a necessarity depending on the career field/path.  Get a room mate or two and go for it.