All a board

Brian Zygmontowicz was treated to lodgings by Brigitte Schroeder, of the Bryant House. Photo available for purchase

Brian Zygmontowicz was treated to lodgings by Brigitte Schroeder, of the Bryant House.

Published: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 01:56 PM.

Brian Zygmontowicz is an unusual person.

This is not because he skateboards every day; numerous young people get on their boards daily.

His not being typical certainly is in part due to the numerous and varied tattoos that extend south from just below where his chin meets his ears, down his torso and to the furthest reaches of all four limbs.

It is not every day you see someone with a chubby, scantily clad woman with a bag on her head gracing his right calf, and the Gothic letter “D” for Detroit on the left shin.

Also, that he is unusual is not entirely because he depends on the benevolence of strangers for his daily bread and nightly bed. That same can be said of lots of others who, unlike Zygmontowicz’s voluntary circumstances, life has emptied their pockets and kicked them to the curb.

His distinction does not alone stem from the charity that he bestows, in turn, on others. A large number of people with a large number of websites enable visitors to click on a link and donate to a cause, as does, the website used by Zygmontowicz (pronounced zig-mon-toe-vich) to document his scoot from town to town.

What makes him most unusual is that Zygmontowicz is circumnavigating the Atlantic coastline, and eventually the entire country, on a skateboard. Plus those other things enumerated above are also true.

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