To get philosophical here, the shifty is somewhat of an indicator for people who’ve “got it”. It’s a recognition, another hint towards the fact all “real” skaters know: skateboarding is more than just a sport. Because matter-of-factly, that trick you’re shiftying is still that same trick – but you’re adding your extra bit of style, your artistic expression… your fun!
This definition would make the particular kickflip shifty an indicator for people who’ve really got it. Because beyond a mind open for straying left or right off the beaten track, the kickflip shifty requires proper control. It is reserved for the cream of the crop, their way to say: Look where I can take this, look how beautiful skateboarding is!
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