The Origins Of Skatehive Skateboarding Community
Lots of new faces are joining us on a weekly basis so I thought it would be cool to do a throwback to Skatehive's history and talk about when/how everything started, how we evolved into a multi-chain community and what we have accomplished over the years. But first things first...
SkateHive is the house of Web 3.0 skateboarders and our goal is to onboard skaters and "extreme" artists in the blockchain world.
SkateHive is built on top of decentralized platforms that allow us to own our accounts, our communities, which means that instead of allowing others to advertise on our content to generate value, we tokenize interactions, allowing us to retain value generated by our content, to be sold on the free market in the form of cryptocurrency.
The Origins Of Skatehive
Everyting started in 2018 when @web-gnar organized the very first skateboarding contest on blockchain called "Steemit Skateboarding Contest". At that time there were only a handful of skaters in our community and we went with the name Steemskate since we were using Steem blockchain.
Art and text by OG @web-gnar from 2018
The "Steemit Skateboarding Contests" continued for many months and later down the road (2019) @web-gnar passed me the "torch" of Steemskate since he was too busy with life.
Contests continued, me and the Steemskate folks kept onboarding people in our community, having fun recording clips and connecting with each other until something that made the headlines of every crypto site happened. In 2020 Justin Sun, founder of Tron blockchain bought Steemit and tried to centralize Steem Blockchain.
We had 2 choises
1 - Continue as Steemskate on the centralized Steem blockchain
2 - Make a fresh start on Hive, the decentralized and freshly forked version of Steem blockchain.
The choise was obvious. As a Web 3 community we stand for content ownership, decentralization and freedom. Steem didn't represent any of those 3 principles anymore so we re-branded our community from Steemskate to Skatehive and started operating solely on Hive blockchain.
Here is our very first post on Hive blockchain
In fact, most of the communities on Steem blockchain moved to Hive and this proves that money can't buy community.
A few months later as I was exploring the vast world of crypto I came across LBRY, a decentralized video sharing platform and that's where I met @xvlad who was the organizer of LBRY skateboarding community.
As skateboarders it was super-easy to connect and we became crypto buddies very fast. We both understood how Web 3 can positevely affect skaters so we partnered up and united our communities into one.
Here's the official Skatehive/LBRY partnership post
To celebrate, we organized an Online Game Of S.K.A.T.E Contest with over $500 in prizes. It was a HUGE success, more than 100 skaters from all over the globe participated and this hyped us up to keep pushing.
Later down the road @howweroll, longboarder from Canada and a member of Skatehive since the Steemskate days joined the Skatehive team and that's when things really started taking off 🚀 We were officially a team of 3 and more people means more cool ideas and less work for everyone.
Since then we organized a lot of Giveaways, Sponsor real-life events, DIY Skateboarding Contests, help community members with medical bills , fundraisers for DIY skatepark obstacles, monthly #CashForTricks Online Contests, Community Edits and many more.
After 4 years of building community we are now a team of 7 with 2 Bear Markets on our back, an active Discord community with over 500 people, multy-chain presence, an iOS and Android App to post directly to Skatehive Community called Skatehype and plans to launch our own token (STOKEN).
This would have never been possible if it wasn't for the community! Big ups to everyone who believes in Skatehive and keeps building with us during the good and bad times.
Special thanks to
@boeltermc for the awesome Weekly Stoken posts, @homelesscrewmx for helping us with #CashForTricks Highlights posts, @stickchumpion and @jucabala for taking care of the Skatehive community edits, @miguelurbina for believing in what we are building and joining forces with us, @cinnartmon and @unhurried for all hype they are bringing to the community, @p0tatoplanet for building our Discord and of course @web-gnar who started everything.
Sorry if I forgot anyone, you know I love you all and am more than stoked to build with you
This pretty much sums it up for now, don't wanna make you feeling bored! Sorry for all those tags and hyper-links, hope it was not annoying.
I'd be more than glad to answer any question you have about Skatehive at the comment section bellow and feel free to join the Skatehive Discord if you wanna learn more about us and get involved with the community.
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