Vintage Vignettes: Dogtown and Z-Boys

One of my favorite movies of all time is the 2001 documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys. Some people think it's just a movie about skateboarding, but it's really a look at the art and culture that arose out of Dogtown in the 1970s. The Z-boys were a ragtag group of punk kids from the Westside of L.A. who didn't have much to do besides surf and skate, which they did when the waves weren't any good. As a drought hit California in 1976 and '77, people would drain their pools to conserve water and thus the art of pool skating was born.

What I love most about this movie is the subculture that was born from these guys who thought out-of-the-box to pursue a passion. They saw an opportunity to change the game and they would drive up and down streets looking for empty pools, knowing they could get in trouble if the owners came home. Eventually they had people actually draining their pools so the Z-boys could skate freely without fear of getting caught.

This subculture didn't only influence skating-it brought a new perspective on music, art and the kind of extreme sports we see today. These guys displayed a passion to create and push beyond what was thought possible. I am always looking for this kind of innovation and zeal in the food world. I want to find people who are defying tradition and looking at how we eat in unconventional ways. If you or anyone you know is doing just that, you know how to find me. Tweet me @MarcusCooks or write on my Facebook wall to tell me your thoughts.

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