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Walker Ryan reviews Magenta’s Soleil Levant for Deaf Lens.
About a month ago my grandmother bought a book for me entitled Zen in the Art of Archery. Grummy, as she’s known to all of her grandchildren, recommended the book with the foresight that I might find some parallels between my experiences as a skateboarder and the experiences of the author Eugen Herrigel. In 1924 Herrigel, a well renowned German philosopher at the time, set out to understand what was required of him to find “Zen” in shooting a bow and arrow. Today he is regarded as one of the first to bring this ancient doctrine from the East to the West through his writings, from Asia to Europe. In this short and delightful book Herrigel spends five years in Japan practicing the art of the Japanese bow with a Kyudo master named Awa Kenzo. The basic idea behind finding “Zen” in archery, or any other physical activity that requires a similar mental focus and control of one’s motor functions, is that with the right approach and dedication to practice the body must learn to shoot the arrow from the bow while completely freeing itself from the mind. In this way, the “pupil” must learn to perform complex movements with out thinking about what the movements are, without focusing on them. Archery as an art becomes “ the unmoved movement, the undanced dance,” (64) as the master professes to Herrigel. “For this is what the art of archery means: a profound and far-reaching contest of the archer with himself.”
Archery, in this context, does indeed offer many parallels between skateboarding, as Grummy predicted it would. From my experiences as a skateboarder, the mind tends to be the greatest enemy one can encounter, be it from fear or just simply over-thinking everything. Some of the most magical moments I’ve had as a skateboarder are the times when my mind seems to shut off and the tricks feel as if they happen on their own. These moments can be anything from a difficult trick I’ll spend hours repeatedly trying or a last second life saving ollie over a crack while racing through some car crowded street. Unfortunately these occurrences are rare for me, as I’m nowhere near what could be called a Zen master in the art of skateboarding, as I will refer to it from now on. But is skateboarding worthy of such a title? Is this activity we all love in so many different ways actually an art form, one like archery or swordsmanship or even painting? Are the veterans of the stunt-board thus Zen masters in their own way?
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Good Vibes In The A.C.T - 4 Days in Canberra with Vans and Volcom.
Featuring: Jackson Pilz, Reece Warren, Nik Stipanovic, Mitch Robertom, Jake Duncombe, Shane Azar, Andrew Mapstone, Kobe Graff, Jay Runciman and Floyd Scott.
Film & Edit: Jack Dowden.
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Here’s an old clip I found lurking on my hard drive.
Sweaty front biggie in France 2012.