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Why So Sad?

Why So Sad?

Together with Littekens we want to bring attention to mental health

Where: Slam Skateshop
When: 25 November
Time: 18:30

We will be playing Saymour's story, who used to be sponsored by NikeSB followed with a Q&A.
Afterwards we will do an in-store raffle to have a chance to buy the "Why So Sad?!" dunks

What is "Littekens"

"Littekens" is a web of and for (young) people with emotional scars.

For those who know the feeling that everything in life can go completely wrong and you barely want to exist in that deepest shit. Some have caught a good flow by now, others are still on their way. We inspire each other by (looking for) ourselves. Scars is a place to get your life back on track.

Littekens VZW aims to help young people "click", reclaim their self-esteem, look for help, find an education or a job.


Why So Sad? is an ongoing exploration into the nature of mental health initiated by John Rattray. After losing his sister to suicide and dealing with depression himself, Rattray developed the project starting in 2017.

Why So Sad? is not a charity but rather, a storytelling platform that approaches a serious subject through a lighthearted play on skateboarding’s language. The “Sad Plant” & “Sad Grab” are two tricks adopted as motifs to symbolize the conversation. “I think of it like a shared code,” Rattray has said. The mission of the project is to invite conversation. It simply asks that—as well as skating or riding— we also take some time to stop talk, listen, read & learn about this subject.

"I can’t count all the times I’ve heard, “skateboarding saved my life”, or “skateboarding’s my escape” Rattray says. “My point is, that’s great! Now, let’s explore that all-important follow-up question, “What has it saved you from?”, “What are you escaping from?"

For their first collaboration with Nike SB that creative spark and spirit manifests in two silhouettes with custom art created by Jon Horner. Comic fun with a poignant message, the Nike Dunk Low Pro SB and Nike SB Bruin Mid are more than functional skate shoes, but conversation starters, talking points, and a gateway to asking simple questions that unlock the support so many need.


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