“Yet unlike skateboarding’s biggest stars — Tony Hawk, Rob Dyrdek, Bucky Lasek and Shaun White — Tucci has never found a way to cash in on his renown. Instead he has lived a nearly destitute, nomadic existence, couch-surfing at the homes of buddies, shacking up with girlfriends or staying at his mother’s house. “
Yes, Tucci deserves recognition. I could not agree more: Brian deserves his due. However, describing his existence as “nearly destitute” is an insult to him and skaters who sacrifice the comforts of a day to day life. He’s forsaken what? a blackberry? health insurance he might use 2 or 3 times a year? a paycheck he can spend on things he doesn’t need? I read this and I’m uplifted by Tucci’s willingness to stick it through and pursue his calling. Everybody has a lifer in their town who won’t release the dream. These are the folks who usually make it happen. If you’ve forgotten what skating is about read this piece on Tucci and go skate this weeekend. Remember why you started and quit making excuses as to why you’ve stopped.