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Downtown Tupelo was the beating heart of our skate scene in the 80s and 90s.
Any given night you could find a crew of dirty, bleeding, smiling skate rats sessioning at the Brown Bank, Glass Bank, Downtown Ditch, Double Sidewalks, Justice Center, the Library Gap, crewed-up in front of Sideshow, or some place in-between.
Those were heavy times. We were always having to dodge the outrage of the police and property owners, and violent attacks from our fellow citizens.
But most of the time Downtown was a ghost town, and we were the ghosts. Just a gang of suspicious and strangely dressed youths doing something that made no sense to the city around us at the time, but was often the only thing that did make sense in our lives.
Now the same people who hated us then have kids wearing Thrasher shirts to school. You can even buy something resembling our co-opted culture from soulless merchants in the mall.
We were "Banned in Downtown," but now skateboarding is in the 2021 Summer Olympics. Go figure.
The world is a different place in 2020, and Tupelo is a very different All-America city. Downtown is alive and thriving now thanks to some rad people who have invested their time and treasure into the culture. We know better than anyone that the first wagon takes all the arrows. And I guess we're learning how to be gracious winners.
Tupelo, we love you. Change is inevitable—embrace it.
Loved or hated, "We got that attitude!"
Printed on District "Very Important Tees," crafted from ring spun cotton for ultimate comfort.
4.3-ounce, 100% combed ring spun cotton, 30 singles
50/50 combed ring spun cotton/poly (Heathers, Frosts, Neon Pink)
90/10 combed ring spun cotton/poly (Light Heather Grey)
It wasn’t just the spin. He was surfing up walls with so much style, lipsliding handrails, kickflipping driveways, skating benches like they were curbs, and so much other progression that we never thought was possible.
We had no idea how far it would go in the next 30 years. But we knew that, with that part, street skating had changed forever.
Years ago I was walking around Venice with Dan from Juice, and he took me down to the corner of Pacific and 17th. There it was. The fire hydrant that, in my mind, had become the symbol of all that change.
In a sane world—one that not only recognizes Natas’ influence on skateboarding, but also the massive influence that skateboarding has on the culture at large—this forgotten fire hydrant might be plated with gold or venerated in the Smithsonian.
I still visit it like a pilgrimage when I’m in town. There’s a sense of something historic and profound about that place. The site of a literal revolution.
With utmost respect for all the innovators and trailblazers who came before us, we want to keep on inspiring the unimaginable.
Pictures can not do these justice. When you see them in person, you'll genuinely trip out on the detail. The backs are often even cooler than the fronts. They're among the highest quality dyes you'll ever see.
Five-color Bertha / Rip the Ripper mashup screen print.
Short Sleeve Tees are 100% Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton, (32 single 4.2 oz) from Bella + Canvas.
Long Sleeve Tees are 100% ring spun cotton, (6.1 oz./yd²), relaxed fit from Comfort Colors.
Sean Starwars is an Outlaw Printmaker living and working in Laurel, Mississippi. He is a very accomplished and well-respected figure in the art world, a rock-and-roller, a genuine weirdo, and, perhaps most importantly, a skateboarder.
On Nov. 6, 2021, Change had our first Art Exhibition with Sean Starwars, and he made up these custom hand-printed tee shirts for the event.