Banned in Downtown 2.0
Now printed on 90s-fit Hanes Beefy Tees in White, Light Steel, Smoke Grey, Gold, and Carolina Blue.
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!"