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Skateboarding Book Review:The Mutt: How to Skateboard and Not Kill Yourself

The Mutt: How to Skateboard and Not Kill Yourself Four Star Review

Author: Rodney Mullen
Publisher: Regan Books
Released: August, 2004
Rating: 4 Stars

This book is for every kid whose parents hated skating and thought drastic measures were necessary to stop the evil. If you remember Rodney Mullen from the ‘80s, he was one of the top freestyle skaters. Many of the complex tricks and maneuvers he invented went on to be learned on vert by future generations. He pioneered a new way to view the possibilities of skateboard dynamics. Unfortunately, freestyle skaters had as much respect as roller skating - not much.

Rodney's style was even made fun of despite all his contest wins. He definitely had an uphill struggle to continue with his passion for skating. His father was essentially a dick and did everything possible to halt his son's skating. Rodney persisted and founded one of the most popular and successful skate companies of our day. He also went on to obtain patents for his innovative truck design for Tensor. His father still seemed unimpressed.

The sub-title to his book, "How to Skateboard and Not Kill Yourself" has nothing to do with surviving skateboarding injuries. Its about remaining sane when the simple joy of multiple 360's is taken from you without reason or remorse. Reading this book gave me a lot of incites on how not to be a father.

Just goes to show... you can't please everyone, no matter how hard you try.

All in all, this book is a good read. Its easy to imagine how moronic his father was and how dedicated Rodney was to the rest of his family. Amidst the sad tales is the story of perseverance, dedication and complete devotion. The book is sprinkled with numerous anecdotes, making Rodney's life both interesting and historic.

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