Back in the Day / Arthur Viecco

Arthur Viecco

Arthur Viecco

“Moving to a new country at the age of twelve and not knowing the language, I had to find things with which I could immerse myself into the California culture. I began riding bicycles to imitate the local kids, and because of the necessities of transportation. This would help me to get my first job. A paper route, allowed me to earn money to buy my first skateboard. It was a bright yellow GT board, and the love affair began . Skateboarding was as foreign to me as the country that I had just moved to. The boards kept improving and so did I. I was blessed to go to a school in the San Fernando Valley that had a small asphalt banked wall on the playground. It was the place were we improved our moves and style. Skateboarding gave me the ability to communicate in a way I still lacked with words. Skateboarding allowed me to be my own individual person. It allowed me to express myself more like an artist than an athlete. I would skate and would connect movement, speed and style all into one. It was a great feeling to learn at such a young age.”

Arthur Viecco

“When I first discovered pool skateboarding, it was like opening a magical box of never-ending possibilities. Different shapes, transitions, colors. It was a perfect canvas to decorate and explore all of its possibilities. There was a lot of work involved in finding new pools, cleaning, waiting for them to dry and the rewards were well worth it. Some of them we only got to skate for a day but when we were done, we knew the enjoyment they gave us. It would outlast the cement they were built out of. Everything about skateboarding made me an individual. I would spend hours decorating the bottom of my skateboard with stickers or paint it to make my board different than anyone else’s. Skateboarding is still a huge part of my life. It taught me to be true to myself, always develop my own style and look at things with a creative perspective. Skateboarding permeates life at every level. I feel like I am a part of a very amazing community. Thank you skateboarding!”   Arthur Viecco

Thank you to Arthur Viecco for the words and William Sharp for the images. Please join William Sharp, Tony Alva and I on Saturday at Dogtown Coffee in Santa Monica for our launch and signing of Back in the Day. Skate- Ozzie

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