Monch is a mixture of Marcus Garvey, Miles Davis and Bob Marley (radical)
Never skateboard slang like gnarly,
An elaborate pun by Monch, comparing himself to several noted political and artistic radicals, while joking that he would never actually use the word radical, due to its connotations with skateboard slang. Part of the joke could also be that the radicals he names are all part of movements aiming to go against the government and higher systems, and so are skaters, except the latter group is much less educated and doesn’t have a clear motive. Find a full list of skateboarder slang (including “gnarly”) here.
Marcus Garvey was a Black Nationalist who founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL) and was a driving force behind the Back-to-Africa movement that gained widespread popularity in the United States during the teens and twenties.
Miles Davis was a legendary jazz musician noted for his (you guessed it) radical and sudden stylistic shifts throughout his career. Like Garvey, he held nationalistic views of Africa.
Bob Marley was the most widely known reggae performer to ever exist, and gave voice to the politics and culture of his Jamaican homeland and the Rastafari movement to which he belonged (note — his drug taking has also partitioned into the stoner elements of skater culture, so this may be the center of Monch’s joke).
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