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Skater (also known as skatecore) is an aesthetic centered around skater culture created in the 1940's and that has evolved throughout the decades. This page documents all those current evolutions.
Originally a genre of hardcore punk closely associated with skate culture, skate punk changed into a more melodic genre of punk rock in the 1990s. Since the 1990s, skate punk has been a genre that features fast tempos, lead guitar-playing (including guitar riffs and guitar solos), fast drumming, and singing (sometimes including vocal harmonies). Featuring the fast tempos of hardcore punk and melodic hardcore, skate punk occasionally combines these with the catchy hooks of pop-punk. Skate videos have traditionally featured this fast style of punk rock. This played a big part in the coining of the term "skate punk".
A skatepunk would be a person who wears cheap clothes, listens to South Californian punk. They are usually seen listening to bands such as JFA, Reagan Youth, NOFX, Pennywise, Bad Religion and Rancid. Skatepunks are more Avant Garde than your average skater, and usually are dirtier. They would usually be seen wearing:
- Flat Bottomed Shoes
- Dad Cap
- Tall socks
- Baggy Trousers - Chinos or Cargos
Pop-Punk would be an evolution from the Skatepunk look, with blink-182 being a former skatepunk band before moving into a pop punk sound.
Cursed Skater is a variation of the skater aesthetic that incorporates Bastardcore elements. It is often taken up by a group of friends or alone. It is often used for comedic purposes. This aesthetic contains a person classified as a Skater or anything skater/skater related.
A Skater Girl is a girl that skates for the enjoyment and fascination for it.
Skater Girl fashion varies, but has important staples. Skaters in general may wear baggy pants or long sleeves under short sleeves to a) cover any padding that they are wearing (knee pads, elbow pads) and b) to protect exposed skin. However, female skaters have been seen wearing shorts and tank tops.
- Baggy/cargo pants
- Loose jeans (straight-leg, mom etc.)
- Flat-bottomed shoes
- Baggy shirts
- Layering long sleeves and over-sized shirts
These are preferable clothes for skating, padding is optional but good for beginners. Some Skater Girls tend to wear dark colours (brown, green, black, etc.), but are not limited to that.
Soft Skater Girl
Soft Skater Girl incorporates more feminine silhouettes and brighter colors rather than the traditional muted colors. More cutesy themes are often associated with this style, including visuals like bright stickers, Arizona tea cans, and cute-feminine characters. This can incorporate more natural looks, as well. Fashion may include:
- Skater skirts
- Jean shorts
- Loose jeans
- Tank tops or t-shirts
- Tall socks
- Cute backpacks/bum bags
- Skateboarding, roller-skating
- Skitching off of vehicles
- Going to skate in abandoned places - usually not aesthetically pleasing areas, rather just areas better suited for fun on a skateboard e.g. empty pools, parking lots, schools, etc.
- Drinking and smoking (be responsible)
- Going to live music shows
- Hanging out at skate shops