Skateboarding took over Hollywood Friday evening, June 3, 2005, with the opening of the movie “Lords of Dogtown” written by documentarian and ex-pro skater Stacey Peralta, and the 7th Annual Transworld Skateboarding Awards held at the Henry Fonda Music Box Theatre. While Dogtown fans waited in line at movie theatres across Southern California, the invite only Transworld event brought out the best skaters, industry professionals, and legendary heroes such as Skip Inglem and Natas Kaupas, who was awarded the evening’s prestigious 2005 Legend Award.
Skateboarders are known for leading trends in fashion based on their individual street style and originality of making the most out of urban detritus, and the Transworld awards did not disappoint in showcasing what will clearly take over the American fashion scene in youth culture in the near future. Like a flashback to the ‘70’s, with a mix of Tony-Alva look-alikes, skateboarding fashion is moving into longer hairstyles, sweeping necklaces, tube and baby-girl tops, prep punk, and even Sear’s sucker suits. But while fashion is being recontextualized from the past, skateboarding as shown by the clips of the winners, is moving fast-forward into the future.