The Predatory Bird got started while I was on the narcotic painkiller Oxycodone. In a series of post-surgery visions, the swooping screaming gulls of my childhood shrieked the words “Blaaaaaawwwwwgggg!!! Blaaaawwwwwwgggg!!!”
Since it’s beginnings I’ve found gull culture and skate culture to be more similar than I ever expected and I am no more insane than you are. Both gulls and street skaters are reviled and misunderstood by mainstream society. They’re noisy, they make a mess, they wax ledges, they shit on cars, they terrorize the elderly. Both are compelled beyond their will to do what they do. Both are on an endless search to satisfy some deep primal urge. Gulls feast on food discarded by humans who often think of themselves as above and better than gulls. Skaters feast on tricks more radical than the last, often at spots that the mainstream (whom often thinks of themselves as above and better than skaters) fail to fully appreciate. “Handrails used for something other than hands? Cannot compute, system overload, malfunction, malfunction!”
Gulls are gangster as hell and I have collected photographs on The Predatory Bird’s Facebook page which seek to prove this. Skaters are also often gangster; DGK, Menace and Sk8 Mafia are 3 great manifestations of this. Misfits band together with a common goal. What do you think? Is this all just a torrent of bird shit?
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