When I was 12 my friend Marciel and I came across a skateboard. I have no idea where it came from. The best I can remember is that he found it in his garage.
I don’t know what kind of board it was either but we spray painted it white. It could have been a Powell Peralta board.
We got some clear grip tape and a Powell sticker that was the top graphic on their boards and stuck it on there.
I think we found some roller skate trucks in his garage and put them on. One of them was on backwards. When we tried to ride it the board went all over the place.
I’m not sure what kind of wheels they were.
Marciel and I were best friends since elementary school.
Marciel was young but he had a majestic Aztecan nose.
The first time I rode that skateboard I hit a rock and slid on my knees, skinning them both real good.
So that sucked, I probably cried, I don’t remember but I hope I did.
Not crying is for pussies.
We both got new skateboards at the same time.
He got a Per Welender and I can’t remember what I had.
I have to be the dumbest shit. I can remember my first board but I really have no idea what my next one was.
Oh wait, it was a Lance Mountain.
Damn, I got scared for a minute.
So it was an all white Lance Mountain future primitive. I put blue grip tape on it because Lance Mountain did.
I have had a lot of all white boards and I think it’s because they were sick as fuck and I wish I had all of them sitting in my closet.
I remember it had Indys. But there is no way I can remember what kind of wheels it had.
So Marciel and I skated together for a couple of years, until I made other friends and then we just didn’t hang out anymore.
I really don’t know why. Most likely because I’m a shit friend.
He was really good though. He was the stylish guy.
Christian Hosoi was popular at the time and Marciel was more stylish than Hosoi. I think some people were jealous of him.
I also think he didn’t care that much.
The last memory I have of Marciel is when this guy we were friends with punched Marciel in the face. His name was Bill. He wore a glove because he was a dick and thought it would be cool to punch him in the face with a glove on.
There was a big group of us and Marciel came skating down the street. This is the first time I felt like shit about a friend.
Really I was just stupid and was convinced that Bill had some kind of real grievance with Marciel.
In reality, Marciel probably was talking shit about Bill, because BIll was an asshole.
I felt really bad. And confused.
But I have always been a moron and could not stop it.
I did go home with Marciel though. His face was red from where he got punched.
Marciel was rad. He got chicks.
Bill made me leave my board outside one day so his friend could come steal it.
Bill died of cancer.
I’m not happy about that. And I am tempted to think he got some kind of karma, but really I just think that life is fucked and we all get fucked by it at some point.
Another guy I know who is a really good guy was good friends with Bill.
It hurt him deeply when he died.