Real vs. Fake
A few months ago we saw East Eric introduce his newest toy, the paint & skate aka inkjet skateboarding system, at the Area51 skatepark in Eindhoven. He was leading a workshop there that taught kids how to create their own tool of skateable vandalism, Eric’s own invention. The kids didn’t want to listen but as soon as he promised that they could bring them home with them and paint the streets outside they shut up and got to work. So with this promise he got these kids to be creative, build something, and leave their mark on society, all with tools and materials that were cheap and available practically anywhere. He even publishes the full instructions for you to build your own on his website (wildtoys section). It’s worth checking out even if you’re not planning on building one check it out. It is real.
Now three months later I see this video below going around on the Internet. Some viral ad from a skateboarding company that’s been completely staged, faked, and was just made to get people to watch the company’s video on youtube and see their advertisement. They don’t offer any way to actually make these boards, or even try sell them to anybody, they just think it’s a cool video idea that will get people to pay attention to them for a few days while it’s going around the Internet.
I’ll let you decide on your own where Alis got their inspiration from, but regardless East Eric’s version is a lot more real and of course his idea came around ages before this Alis video. I’ve personally seen him frothing at the mouth about his newest invention for at least a year now. His is actually something creative, useful, and most importantly accessible for most people to make on their own. Maybe Eric’s video doesn’t have him catching air on a fake board or spattering the camera with fake paint, but he’s definitely left plenty of very real paint lines across streets and parking lots in numerous countries, and already taught a group of real kids how to do the same.