Shock University: How to quit your job & skate fulltime!

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Job got you down? Only skating on the weekends? No time to learn that new trick? It’s time to kiss your working days goodbye. Here’s the full report on how to live the dream (and stop dreaming about it).

Imagine skating 9 to 4 and making money on the side, instead of the other way around. [...]

Shock University: How to quit your job & skate fulltime!

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31 Responses to “Shock University: How to quit your job & skate fulltime!”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    This is a GRRRREAT article!!! It touches on topics of society that need to be addressed for the greater good and for the personal love of expression and invention. Money will change but first our views on materialism need to. I skate because there is NO MONEY in the sport.

  2. gazmos Says:

    He forgot to mention how to maintain health insurance in case you break something. Other than that he got it all down, living on a budget is the way to go.

  3. coop Says:

    This is retarded. If you have a job keep it, and then put that money back into blading. Don’t ice our sport because you want to be a bohemian goddamn rhapsody.

  4. BentoBox Says:

    How to live it big by turning into a hobo.

    Right…

  5. Alexski Says:

    pretty funny to read

  6. Yeah I don't know Says:

    It doesn’t take much to make me happy, but you’re probably kidding yourself if you think you could survive living like that for much more than a year. Even working a 9-5 allows you to skate quite a bit. You should have at least two days off a week even when you work full time. I’d rather live comfortably and be able to skate with a full time job than live like a bum for more than a month. If anything save up some money and do this similarly to the VX tour.

  7. CJ Says:

    thats like my dream :D
    but still im tooo young for this
    maybe i quit school and start everyday rollerbladeing( quiters never lose !!)
    i have a frieand who quit school and living same way, only he is living in girlfrieand house
    i hope my life will be like that
    one of the fasteest way to get money is to deal some drugs

  8. vermontroller Says:

    i agree with coop about putting $ back into skating. besides buying products, it would be great to figure out some way to fund blading further. i like the idea that stephan brandow and someone else started – collecting old skates and parts to give to people who can’t afford to skate but are interested in it.

    i had a similar idea after watching those south america tours. someone mentioned that there are tons of kids there skating hand-me-downs and really used skates because a lot of kids can’t afford to buy $250-300 skates. it would be neat to expand brandow’s idea to south america and see if skate companies can help out. donate parts and write that shit off on taxes, or whatever.

    i think a lifestyle like the article talks about would be more realistic if capitalism was eradicated. the big time capitalists know they can’t survive without (and only thrive because of) governments throughout the world. money is the main form of exchange and survival and it is forced upon everyone. but the article is neat in that you can take advantage of some of the things that have popped up because of capitalism and it takes a much more mutualistic approach to do what it says, which i find neat.

    unfortunately, until humans somehow become invincible or the healthcare cartel here in the US disintegrates, gov’t gets out of the way and lets people organize mutual healthcare services on their own (for probably a fraction of the cost that are imposed by the current systems) then this becomes a tough way of life for bladers because there is always the possibility of getting hurt.

    great article, nonetheless.

  9. asasasasa Says:

    Go ahead CJ, quit school, then when you’re on your 30′s you’ll hardly regret it.

  10. CTroller Says:

    what the fuck, if anyones does this…

  11. joke Says:

    that was a joke ,right?
    stay in school kids,im 29 ,skated alll my life and ive got a few scars to show for it,its been fun,but ill admit it,im pretty much a bum,

  12. J82A Says:

    Capitalism says, Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

  13. icariin Says:

    I never found it hard to skate when Iw as at school or working or both, I would finish work go home eat then go skate, is that so hard for people to do or something. It really makes me laugh when people so oh I don’t get to skate because I work monday to Friday 9-5, lame excuse for the reality that is laziness.

    Don’t quit school, don’t quit your job and don’t quit skating.

  14. Anonymous Says:

    Funny considering all the shock guys dont actually do this

  15. boomshaklaa Says:

    Bawahahaha really…. I have an idea, i’ll print this article and use something useful like wiping my ass, this is clearly full of shit. Are you really joking about living that kind of life style. Live life to the fullest, that also goes for skating.

  16. Tyler Koch Says:

    I’m not gonna dumpster dive to rollerblade sorry. I skate a lot and i am not willing to give up my job and live off of government funding for the rest of my life. I’ll make my own way

  17. RJ Says:

    haha…
    fucking childish assholes…
    job is everything…
    rollerblading is a hobby….
    cannot make enough for living….
    i get 2500 euros where i work….
    not eaven for a whole month of work….
    would you quit that job just to rollerblade….
    dummy

  18. skate2create Says:

    LMAO , what a comedic article … we’ve come a long way in our sport and are on the verge of making shit happen for real… Its stabyourselfintheface … camon , brush this of need be and do what you want…. invest in the sport and it ll florish , dont and it wont simple…

    hobo’s, outcasts , drug addicts and people with mental issues are at the bottom for a reason…

    NO job , no money , no money ,no home , no home equals ,no help from the system….

    live life , educate , contribute , Grow what you love… and it ll reward you..

    KEEP IT REAL!

  19. Al@n Says:

    If you can’t Rolling daily…! you can Rolling weekend or public holiday! Without Money You Ain’t got respect! I got life! I can’t live inside the van…! I want to raise a children…I want married a Models….I want live a big house…Party Like Superstar

  20. Nerijus Says:

    gimme my free wheels
    http://www.facebook.com/nerijus.zaburas

  21. kevinjames Says:

    whoever wrote that article is completely out of their mind. teaching people who to be hobos and not adding any value to society? this is absurdity.

  22. drrty Says:

    Doesn’t this article just describe the pro blader lifestyle?

    It’s a shame there’s no money in blading, considering ice dancers collect 20k an event for wearing lame costumes and doing synchronized twizzles.

  23. Buzz Aldrin Says:

    Actually here is a better idea that would really work and you wouldnt have to rely on charity and handouts….

    Go be an elementary school teacher, here me out. Obviously you have summers off but, you still get paid. You get health care, benefits etc. Kids go home at like 2:30-3pm. The rest of the day is yours. I can’t imagine that you would have too much else to do, “did little Jonny color in the lines? Yes. He passes, now we can all go home.” You could actually diguise yourself as a productive member of society and no one would actually know how maladjusted you really are. Plus, little kids might actually think you are cool rollin around. Seems like this might actually work…haha

  24. ALbert Says:

    retarded shit…

  25. Rob Dobbie Says:

    ‘Actually here is a better idea that would really work and you wouldnt have to rely on charity and handouts….

    Go be an elementary school teacher, here me out. Obviously you have summers off but, you still get paid. You get health care, benefits etc. Kids go home at like 2:30-3pm. The rest of the day is yours. I can’t imagine that you would have too much else to do, “did little Jonny color in the lines? Yes. He passes, now we can all go home.” You could actually diguise yourself as a productive member of society and no one would actually know how maladjusted you really are. Plus, little kids might actually think you are cool rollin around. Seems like this might actually work…haha’

    IF ONLY IT WAS THAT EASY TO A TEACHER, I’D BE DOING IT ALREADY

  26. Anonymous Says:

    If I make 10 dollars an hour I generate 10 dollars of wealth. Unfortunately when I spend this ten dollars (my hour) I gain less and less (item-wise) as time has shown (ie. cars were $30). The paradox is that ALL currency is generated from DEBT at INTEREST. So my 1 hour = 10 dollars that is owed back by SOMEONE (ie. corporations) at interest. So my 1 hour of time = value = debt + interest. Economically sound isn’t it?

  27. obi Says:

    article for idiot.

  28. Nick D Says:

    …irony, people. Irony.

  29. Toki Says:

    If you want to blade more, become a fuckin monk or preacher. You get food, some money in the church, accommodation, etc.
    Since you never gonna get married, you could spend all your freetime on rollerblading.

  30. Jonny c Says:

    I read the article and for everyone out there, iv been doing this successfully for over a year now. I live out of two bags, each less than 30L. I have food stamps that giver more than enough money for each month which allows me to trade some food stamps for cash, giving me money for new skate parts. Im sponsored by a skate shop in silverton OR, I get a free set of wheels every month as long as I give him 2 fresh pictures. I have a 21 speed KHS for transportation. During the summer I sleep in friends backyards and during winter I stay at friends’ house. My parents have a farm that I help clean once every few months for cash, I made $200 last week which gave me enough for new jeans and a train ticket to SFO. I dont have health insurance but a pal of mine has insurance through al-state and it only cost $9 a month. It’s only for emergency room visits and is great back up. I few things in the article are a bit off the wall but take it from someone who’s done it, IT WORKS and ITS FUN.

  31. Jonny c Says:

    Oh and for you guys who say you can’t live in a big city, big cities are the raider for they always have more skaters to help you out and there are plenty of little shops to give you left over food. I lived in SFO for a while and loved it. The biggest fear of starting my adventure was getting over the fear of being dirt poor. But money is materialistic and it’s not needed. When it comes down to it, money doesn’t feed you or keep you worm, food feeds you and clothes keep you worm. Money is just the middle man that society thinks you need to stock up on. My greatest treasure are those I love and the things I love doing, rollerblading being number 1.