' Hey, I am Erin. I'm a skater from Bellingham, WA. I started skating about two years ago. I've always wanted to skate, for as long as I can remember honestly. There were a lot of inhibitors that held me back for a long time; ideas around gender or feeling too old to learn something new. Skateboarding has been one of the best things to happen to me. It's so cathartic and has given me such a great community of friends.'
I have met Erin in the summer of 2018 at the skatepark Poststadion in Moabit/Berlin. We haven't met or known each other before - it was rather spontaneous. Erin happened to be in Berlin with her school and she found me on Instagram. Hence, she dm'd me and we met up to have a little skate session at the skatepark. It was so much fun. After she has left, we met each other at a bbq at MBU (Maybachufer) and got to hang out a little bit more. Throughout the months, we stayed in contact and she ordered a few pieces from Nayf and Wavey. As this brand is also there to create a platform for inspiring womxn, lgbtq+ and non-binary from all over the world, I asked her a few questions about being a womxn in skateboarding and her personal opinion about it.
Erin runs 'sexyboiskate' with a group of friends that organize meet-ups for girls and queer skaters for a couple of years now. 'Sexyboiskates' was first found by her friend Cassy but she and a couple of friends took over when she moved away. To Erin 'sexy bois' is sort of a gender-bend and also pokes a bit of fun at the particularly male-dominated sport.
You can follow the group on Instagram @sexyboiskates to see what they're up to and to hopefully join their next meet up.
There were a lot of inhibitors that held me back for a long time; ideas around gender or feeling too old to learn something new.
What kind of impact has skateboarding had in your life? How has skateboarding influences you and who you are today?
Skateboarding has been life-changing for me. I have a whole community of friends that I otherwise may never have met. It's so cool sharing a hobby with a group of people.
How would you define the power and influence of skateboarding in today's society, and why?
I think Skateboarding has a community-building, unifying power for sure. It also requires you to take up space in a public way. I think it has huge potential to change how women occupy space ---- beginning in the context of skateboarding with the potential to branch outward into other aspects of life.
How do you express yourself as a skateboarder?
Clothing, art and aesthetic preferences are all mediums I use to express myself as a skateboarder.
I think it has huge potential to change how women occupy space ---- beginning in the context of skateboarding with the potential to branch outward into other aspects of life.
Do you think skateboarding and fashion can be used as an engine for social global change?
Yeah, definitely! Fashion has always been a tool for that. It's always been a form of expression, a voice, for marginalized communities. Skateboarding definitely can be, too!
Are there unique aspects that define 'genderless' brands for you? What are they?
I find utility and comfort to be common themes in a lot of the unisex clothing I'm drawn to. Quality materials and attention to detail.