10 Hot Tips on How to Look Like a Good Skater: Mastering the Skater Vibe

Get ready to ride in style with our top five tips on nailing the perfect skater look, from attire to board—your guide to looking like a pro!

Do you want to know how you can look like a skateboarding pro even though you’re just a sidewalk surfer? Wait no longer because we’re diving deep into tips and tricks that will make you give off serious skater vibes. We’re not just talking gear here, folks. We’re going beyond the surface into how to carry your board, how to wear your kicks, and even how to tear up your deck. I’m gonna spill insider secrets on creating the ultimate skater impression, even if you’ve just picked up your first board.

How do you create a skater look?

Successful style spinning needs some shrewd elements mixed with a dash of dedication and a persona that screams, “I live to skate!” Without further ado, let’s dive into this rundown of five crucial steps to spin the perfect skater aura.

Image of skater doing a trick in a skate park. Source: pexels
Image of skater doing a trick in a skate park. Source: pexels

1. Rocking the right shoes

Skater kicks are a crucial piece of the puzzle. The golden rule of design is that if it ain’t Vans, it doesn’t count. Skate culture has always been entwined with Vans, so not wearing them is like having a peanut butter sandwich without jelly. It’s just not right. Don’t think merely sporting a pair of Vans will give you that credibility. People want the shoes to tell a story of endless rides, ollies, and kickflips.

To achieve this, have your shoes bear the brunt of your learning journey. Wear and tear makes it authentic, gives it character, and gives it a sort of street cred. Rub them against the grip tape on your board, or meticulously age them with some good ol’ pavement. Remember, the more beat up, the better! Go one step further and add that to your laces, too. Now, whenever you strut by someone, they will see you’ve put in the hours and have legit skate DNA.

2. Choosing the right attire

When it comes to clothing, you’ve got two routes – the “old-school gritty skater” or the ever-popular “trendy new-wave skater.” If you’re opting for the old school, the key is to look as low-profile as possible with the cheapest pair of pants you can find.

Wear them constantly until they scream of skateboarding spirit. Torn kneecaps, a couple of stains, and voila, you won’t just look the part, but you’ll feel it, too. Bonus points if you use a shoelace as a belt! Don’t forget, a Thrasher shirt is a solid choice when going old-school.

If you’re more attracted to the trendy skater look, focus on bright colors and flashy attire. Brand loyalty does not matter much, except you should always have a go-to Thrasher item – because, let’s be real, only skaters wear Thrasher. Maybe pair it with a mock Gucci belt to kick things up a notch and really turn some heads at the skatepark.

3. Aging your skateboard

Now we’re sliding into the heart of it all – your skateboard. The best way to showcase your skate-cred is to age and wear out your baby! Deck wars and swank, folks. This is about that skateboard, and you have to make it look battle-hardened!

Image of a beat up white skateboard. Source: unsplash
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This is where the true test of a skater’s mettle lies: your board. Drawing inspiration from driftwood on the beach, you’ve got to age your board to the point of perfection. Those threesome notions of scrape, slide, and grind will become your best friends here. The goal is to make your board look as though it’s been ridden hard and relentlessly by a seasoned pro.

4. Showcasing battle scars

While this ties in closely with aging your skateboard, it deserves a special mention. Showcasing battle scars on your board can lend an authentic skater vibe. After all, every battle scar is a badge of honor in the skate world.

Every scar on your board tells a saga of a trick attempted and conquered. It represents hours spent mastering those slides and kickflips. When you showcase a worn-out and scarred skateboard, it tells the tale of countless hours spent on your hobby, and that authenticity simply can’t be bought.

5. Carrying your board right

Lastly, you’ve got to nail the art of carrying your board correctly. The mall grab is your ticket here—the optimal way to put your board on display while ensuring a solid grip.

Holding your skateboard by the trucks is not just a style statement—it’s a display of authority. Also known as the ‘mall grab,’ this practice allows you to show off the battle scars and graffiti on your board without obstruction, offering a cockpit view of the seasoned, passionate skater that you are.

That’s pretty much it, your step-by-step process to appear like a pro skater, even if you’re relatively new to the game! To learn more about skating, make sure to check out our articles about skateboarding community and culture.

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My favorite complete skateboard (at the moment):

Enjoi Whitey Panda Complete Skateboard

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My favorite complete skateboard (at the moment):

Enjoi Whitey Panda Complete Skateboard

I had my board stolen a few years ago and was forced to quickly replace it with a complete. I got one with an Enjoi deck and loved it so much that I still buy the Whitey Panda deck each time I need a new deck. This complete with budget-friendly, beginner-friendly parts, but I still swear by it.

What are some additional tips to perfect your skater look?

Getting the perfect skater look isn’t just about attire. It’s about learning the tricks of the trade and knowing how to conduct yourself.

  • Get a Thrasher item. It’s a closet must-have for any serious skater.
  • Avoid clean and new-looking gear; it can be a dead giveaway for a newbie.
  • Learn to hold your board correctly. Doing the mall grab is a no-fail option.
  • Showcase your board as much as you can; after all, it’s your primary tool and tells your journey.
  • Find a skateboarding icon to drive inspiration from.

My two cents as a skate enthusiast

As a newcomer to skateboarding, nailing the skater look was a bit of an eye-opener for me. Not only did it boost my sense of belonging in the skateboard community, but it also gave me a firsthand taste of the thoughtfulness and sheer resilience that this passion demands. The fact is, nailing the skater look is more than just ‘looking cool’; it’s about respecting and embracing a deeply rooted culture – one that exhales freedom and creativity.

“Nailing the skater look is more than just ‘looking cool’; it’s about respecting and embracing a deeply rooted culture – one that exhales freedom and inhales creativity.”

For curious beginners or rocketing talents, this process of blending into the skateboarding world can be a journey unto itself. One of my favorite references that helped me on this adventure is 10 Skateboarding Fun Facts. You may check it out if you’d like. Remember, the idea is to express yourself and create something unique. That’s what skateboarding is all about!

If you are a visual learner, check out the video below from YouTube.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Here are some additional questions that often pop up from people eager to step into the skateboarding arena with the right ‘skater look.’

Do I have to adopt a skater look to be good at skateboarding?

Not necessarily. The ‘skater look’ is more about cultural immersion and less about skateboarding skills. Adopting the look can enhance your skateboarding experience and make you feel part of the community, but it does not directly influence your ability to learn or perform skate tricks. It’s always vital to prioritize mastering the basics and safety guidelines of skateboarding first; the look should be a secondary consideration.

Is it necessary to wear only vans for skating?

While Vans is a widely recognized and respected brand in the skateboarding community, it’s not mandatory to wear Vans for skating. However, they do offer durability, solid grip, and style that aligns well with the needs of skateboarders. Still, you have other options, and you can explore different skate shoe brands to find the one that suits you best.

How can I avoid looking like a poser?

The best way to avoid looking like a ‘poser’ is to focus on improving your skateboarding skills and knowledge. Genuinely engaging with the sport and the skateboarding community plays a huge role here. Also, while embracing the skater look, aim for authenticity and avoid going overboard with your attire or board. Check out some of our other articles, like “Common Skateboarding Mistakes to Avoid” for beneficial insights.

Final thoughts

Embarking on your skateboarding journey with the right look can significantly enhance your experience and sense of belonging in the community. But remember, while the look is a fantastic accessory, it’s the hours of grinds, slides, falls, and triumphs that define your skateboarding journey. So, practice and integrate into the community, and above all, enjoy the ride!

And what do you think about this skater look guide? Were some of these insights unexpected, or do you have a unique tip to share from your skater style? And did I cover everything you wanted to know? Let me know in the comments section below. I read and reply to every comment. If you found this article helpful, share it with a friend, and check out my full blog for more tips and tricks on fine-tuning your skater look. Thanks for reading, and keep shredding!

Key takeaways

This article covered how to attain and perfect the ‘skater look.’ Here are some key takeaways:

  • Opt for Vans and ensure they reflect a well-skated journey.
  • Choose your attire carefully, going for either an “old-school” or “trendy” skater look.
  • Age and wear out your skateboard to show an authentic form of commitment to skateboarding.
  • Showcase your board’s battle scars for authenticity.
  • Carry your board by its trucks, using the ‘mall grab’ technique.
  • Remember, the skater look is about authenticity and paying homage to the skateboarding culture. Don’t strive to look like a poser. Instead, focus on embracing the sport and the culture.
  • Seek to master your skateboarding skills while sporting your skater look. Skating cred comes from skill and perseverance, not just the look.

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