During the last year, TikTok has gotten us through some tough times. Scrolling for hours on end in the dead of night aimlessly trying to keep yourself entertained has been one of the survival tools for many during the pandemic.
However, the new social platform’s latest trend seems fun and healthy: roller skating.
With cute girls in cute fits gliding through the street, indoors, and learning dance moves nationwide, people have opened Instagram accounts tracking their progress and ordering roller skates from wherever they could get a hold of.
If you’ve caught on to the trend, you’ve probably gone to a couple of websites also to snag a pair. However, the tendency has caused the skates’ sellouts, and many stores are on backorder for them.
The last time rollerblading was so popular was in the 80s and early 90s, but the sport’s origin dates back to 1743. It was part of a theater production where actors would attach wheels to their footwear and pretend to ice skate on stage.
Though there are parts of the country going through a cold winter that has not stopped people from roller skating indoors and continuing to order skates online, the wait, though, is neverending.
waiting for my roller skates to arrive in the mail pic.twitter.com/qm4uryBG1s
— ZARG! (@margo_go_go_) May 8, 2020
Videos of people roller skating are a favorite pastime for some. Hashtags like #rollerskating or #moxieskates have generated over 500 million viewers on TikTok.
Since the beginning of quarantine, Google Trends has shown that the word ‘rollerskates’ has been searched more than ever in google’s history, being most popular last May.
One of the most famous TikTok rollerskaters is Ana Coto from Los Angeles, CA. She’s been rolling before TikTok was a thing, before lockdown, and before her motto, “Don’t hate roller skate,” went viral.
In an interview with Bustle, Coto said, “I hope this trend means a renewed interest in skate culture and more dollars spent supporting local rinks. Rinks are often safe spaces for the LGBTQIA and BIPOC communities and everyone in between.”
Latinas have not fallen back on this trend either, with one, in particular, having 10,000 followers, based in South Florida.
Isabella Bobadilla is more commonly known as @PendejaOnWheels. In an interview with Bold Latina, Bobadilla considers roller skating a form of resistance for BIPOC: “Roller skating has such a rich history, back when rinks used to be segregated, a lot of activists, especially in the civil rights era, protested on skates!”
Another badass Latina in the skate world is Carolina Hernandez, from Bogota, Colombia. A sound engineer, Hernandez is the team manager for the Moxi Latino Skate Team.
She tells Dog Days that, although Colombia has one of the worst life qualities for young people due to the socio-economic problems, what makes Latin American skaters some of the most passionate is because they value things full-heartedly.
If you do manage to get a pair of rolling skates, and even if they are from amazon and look like they probably belong in a roller-skating museum, be prepared to shed some sweat. It looks cute, but you’ll probably fall a couple of times before mastering the art of gliding eloquently.