Somebody once asked me what the internet was good for and in a sarcastic joking reply I shot back: "Porn, banking, gambling and raising shit talk to an art form". Now 75% of that was a joke but the part about talking shit was 100% true. I can't really remember a medium prior (maybe the anonymous caller on a radio show) that allowed so much smack to be dished out. Believe me, I've received my fair share of hate from the get go of South of the North. I figure if somebody is really pissed then fuck it ... I'm pretty easy to find/track down. 90% All other online smack gets filed in the "meh" category.
Once in a blue moon there's a really thoughtful insightful comment that is akin to "pull your head out of your ass you pompous douche." At that point in time I generally think for a moment or two and then go back to doing whatever it was that i was doing. But, some of the shit talk really makes me laugh. Case in point the ongoing commentary I receive to the Eric Koston on Nike Sb post I tossed up last month. Truth be told, I have no fucking clue who or what Eric plans on skating for since his departure from Lakai. All I know is what I know this amounts to the following:
You can't be a pro skater forever. Simply put your body gets older and shit breaks down. Just ask Jim T. about that one his twitter feed has more updates abut knee rehab than most NFL players. Factor in that life costs money. Koston just had a kid (congrats BTW, welcome to the realm of sleepless nights glad to have you in the FOD club). Pretty soon you have recipe where the long term outlook is shoring up to be mighty healthy for a bigger payday. Then again maybe he want to spend tiem with his family. Shit, maybe he's going to school to get that college degree. Who knows? but the comments form that earlier post listed below gave me a pretty good laugh. Typos and all.
DISCLAIMER - This is commentary from an April post: Koston on Nike SB
may be koston like the shoes but his name is not on the team roster on the lakai web site!!!!
April 24, 2009 4:13 AM
if you not noticed, hes of the lakai team,
that doesnt mean the next shoe he wears is directly his new sponsor.
April 26, 2009 2:48 PM
Koston is just another greedy american goin for the money and setting the stage for all skaters to just sign with someone for (more) money ...
I am sure Mike Mo will "sell-out" next !
April 28, 2009 5:41 PM
koston isn't on lakai anymore
i'm pretty sure koston has done more for skateboarding than you have so don't hate
April 30, 2009 9:18 AM
Fuck it he might be a sell out
but you gotta sell out to eat out
April 30, 2009 9:43 PM
Man fuck all this negative talk about Nike. They have a solid team and are doing something for skating. People have skated in Nikes for so long. And the Nike SB blazers are by far the best skate shoes I've ever skated besides the Lakai Manchester. Stop being such fucking idiots. Try a pair of SB's and shut the fuck up. I mean, look at their team...I guess Chet Childress, Lance Mountain, Daniel Shimizu, Matt Beach, Gino Iannucci, Stefan Janoski, Omar Salazar, Brian Anderson, and Weiger Van Wageningen are all sell outs and only do it for the money. Def not because of the support from Nike or the good shoes that they make. Oh theres more people on the team and plenty of kids that are am or flow for them.
May 1, 2009 10:02 PM
"Fuck it he might be a sell out
but you gotta sell out to eat out"
So you are saying that Lakai didn't pay him enough to eat. What a joke.
May 3, 2009 9:12 AM
OK, Jonny here, I'm back. Soooooo here's what I know. Eric seems like a nice guy. And he poses for pictures like the one above. Really, who gives a shit what sneaker company he skates for. I just hope he keeps skating. That's right, there's no earth shattering revelations here. Just some grade A smack talk. I'm sure we'll all know soon enough what Eri's plans are in the meantime keep speculating. As a heads up I'll be starting the rumor tomorrow that Eric is starting a skate division for the British Knights* brand and/or becoming the brand manager at Sneaux**. You have fair warning.
* No he won't
** That means he'd have to team manage Steve-O and all those creepy kids from the Sneaux ads. Ugh