We are all familiar with the expression - just because you can doesn't mean you should!
That's exactly what I thought when I came across this gadget the other week with Princess Laura.
They will make Queen Michelle scoff and snort that anyone could ever have thought these to be a good idea.
Some things in life are just cool. Skateboarding is one. Skateboards work perfectly well just as they are, so why would anyone think this was a way to go.
For about $100 you can step into a pair of orbit wheels
These sidewinding circular skates are being advertised and promoted as - "The Post Modern Skateboard"
Like a cross between a skateboard and inline skates, but with more freedom and simplicity than either, the Orbitwheel is a brand new concept for wheeled sports.These are the annular skates that are propelled by leaning side to side, allowing you to skateboard without having to push off the ground. Riders simply place their feet on the two platforms and lean side-to-side to rotate the rubber wheels around the feet, propelling riders forward in a serpentine motion similar to longboard skateboarding. Since the wheels are not connected, riders can easily perform 720° spins and turn on a dime, while stopping is achieved by placing toes on the ground. The wheels are 10" in diameter, allowing them to traverse short grass and dirt surfaces. The included extendable rod can be connected to both wheels, providing stability to novices and hastening the learning period. A brand new concept for wheeled sports!
Of course there is a good chance that you will have to do it at night, under cover of darkness just to make sure your friend don't see you , laugh and shout, "oh for goodness sake just buy a proper skateboard"
And it goes without saying if you want to do that you should head straight for SGC N-Y-C.
Queen Michelle and Jason go back a long way now. She even designed two skate boards for them.
In her post she wrote
A very long time ago, as long ago as last year perhaps, I was asked to be a guest artist for clothing company SGC N-Y-C. Not designing clothes though - even better. I was asked to design two skateboards.
This was one of the most interesting collaborations I've done to date, especially as I used to skate when I was young. So the chance to have my own board designs was not an opportunity I could miss.
I was approached by Jason from SGC because he liked the fact I was into punk and rock music and explored that on the blog. It seemed only right then that the designs I created were based on song lyrics.
I went for a typographical approach, giving each board a very hand rendered feel as if the lyrics have been scawled on a notebook, doodled whilst the brain is miles away, a visual representation of the way we absent mindedly sing in our heads.
Now isn't that a much cooler way to go!