John Rodney Mullen (born August 17, 1966) is a professional skateboarder who practices freestyle and street skateboarding. Mullen is credited with
inventing numerous skateboarding tricks, including the kickflip, heelflip, impossible, and 360 flip. Mullen has appeared in more than twenty
skateboarding videos and has co-authored an autobiography, entitled The Mutt: How to Skateboard and Not Kill Yourself, with Sean Mortimer.
The last thing Rodney Mullen, the godfather of street skating, wanted were competitive victories. In this exuberant talk he shares his love of the
open skateboarding community and how the unique environments it plays in drive the creation of new tricks -- fostering prolific ingenuity purely for
passion's sake. (Filmed at TEDxUSC.)
His happiness fills the stage and his words carries wisdom.
Well worth the watch if you are into skateboarding or just a person whom appreciates some positive energy.
The skateboarding community goes hand in hand with all the other creative communities that makes our world a little bit better.
It does not really matter what one do, as long as there is passion it will lead to greater things.
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Ah, I look forward to watching this! Mullen is most definitely one of the all time skateboard greats! .....Gives me fond memories of back when I used
to skate. I'm still a bit bewildered about how I used to jump off of ramps and do kickflips back in those days without ever getting seriously hurt.
Yet now days I fall in my apartment on carpeted floor and end up snapping my shin bone! Getting old suck!
Ha ha yes quite different
It is almost like one is some kind of superhuman when in that young age.
Or at least the fear does not really exist. Perhaps that is why one could do so many crazy things. Mind over matter!
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