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MALAISE

Our research and development department got back to us about their google tweet and they tell us that the common definition of the term ‘malaise’ (maˈleɪz) is typically “a general feeling of discomfort, illness, or unease whose exact cause is difficult to identify.”

It’s that “off” feeling you get when something’s not quite right and you can’t figure out why. Maybe you’ve had this before: you’re skating towards that whatever and, while it should just be like every other time, you can just sense that it ain’t about to go down as planned. A few bails force you to question yourself, “what am I doing wrong?” so you try again, and again, different things every time – it’s gotta be the wind, right?

The dust particles in the air are blowing into your eyes causing you to lose focus, there’s a car alarm going off around the corner that’s distracting you, the moon hasn’t passed phase 3 of the lunar cycle on schedule, it’s something.

The cartoon skate journal finds itself somewhere in the middle of this euphoric confusion, feeling it out, embracing the internal critique of it all and expressing it. Contemplating how we see the world as skateboarders and why. Celebrating cultures on and off the board, the stuff that intertwines and loses itself in obscurity and weirdness, because skaters aren’t just skaters.

This is a journal about the diverse ideas and perspectives of creative individuals, showcasing the labor and talent that goes into what they do and the communities that form around them.

It’s something to read for when you’ve pounded the concrete and sweated over that gap spot enough to know that it’s just gonna be one of those days.

But if it isn’t, why are you still here? Go skate!


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