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For those of you that may not be familiar with Roll Zine it is a great online magazine, created by Brandon Ballog, that focuses on rollerblading and shows an increasing amount of talent and design with each issues. It is one of the most visually impressive and professionally designed magazines that I have seen online to date. As well, their current issue has an article on a past friend of mine, Jay Greendyk, which I was very happy to see. Unfortunately, when I was reading their latest issue I came across an article titled, “East Coast Mizou-lessness,” that focused on the east coast rollerblading scene, specifically the New York City scene, and it was a clear misrepresentation and negative outlook on our scene. This stirred up a lot of questions. One being, how can someone write about a scene when they make it clear they are not knowledgeable about it and did not take the time to research their careless claims? Another question was, is this how all outsiders view the east coast rollerblading scene? These questions, along with other NYC rollerbladers reactions to the article, inspired me to write a response.
I admit the response is a long one but it was needed. I believe my response is something that every rollerblader on the east coast, specifically NYC, needs to see so they can gain a certain knowledge and respect for our scene along with its icons and participants. As well, if you ever feel that our scene is negatively represented this response will show you how to handle the situation maturely, correctly, and intelligently, instead of resorting to physical violence or verbal abuse. Below you can find a link to the article, “East Coast Mizou-lessness” As well as a downloadable link to my response. I’ve also pasted the response below if you wish not to download. I warn you now that it is a long read.
“East Coast Mizou-lessness” article. (click on the links to the bottom left to view the magazine)
My response to the article. (right click and choose save to download)