Where do skateboards go after they retire? Well, if you’re a skateboarding enthusiast like 37-year-old Tokyo-based artist Haroshi, you make beautiful sculptures from the huge pile of decks and broken parts you amassed over the years.
This gives a whole new meaning to the term, ‘face plant’. Paris-based artist and designer Christophe Guinet, also known as Mr. Plant, created this skateboard out of a panel of tree bark. Called ‘Natural Skateboarding’, the 32” bark-based deck was born out of Guinet’s childhood fascination with trees, grass, and seeds.
A revolution is rising on the streets of Budapest. In partnership with Vodafone, the industrious skateboarder Balazs Jassek has created a film to combat the inactivity of youth in Hungary, swinging the social media spotlight on to the beginnings of a skate revolution in Hungary.
Wow, skateboarding-loving duo Jon Winfrey and Ryan Vecchiarelli, the guys behind Colorado-based operation Eqo Optics, actually salvage old and battered skateboards to give them a second stab at life in the form of polished colorful sunnies with glare-free polarized lenses. Too cool for words.
Using skateboards as a ‘tool for empowering youth,’ Skateistan is not your ordinary non-profit program in Afghanistan. For starters, Skateistan works with kids aged 5 to 18, focusing especially on girls and working children to give them better opportunities in education, leadership and friendship.
In Ethiopia, the Ethioskate project is using skateboarding as a tool for motivating young boys and girls aged six to nineteen in a rough community. The project inspires the local kids to be whatever they dream of becoming, using skateboarding to focus them away from the draw of drugs and crime in Addis Ababa’s Intoto […]
The 1967 debut of The Doors changed much more than the popular music scene. The genre-defying band and its music helped transform youth lifestyle and usher in the rebellious counterculture that came to define the late ’60s.
Lives and Levels is my independent skate company based in Sheffield, England, passionate about skateboarding, great design, and quality products. The name Lives and Levels comes from when my brother and I were kids and we’d play video games – mostly Mega Drive back then. We’d take it in turns based on lives and levels […]
‘Success is striking a balance between art and commerce’. This is the line that starts Riley Blakeway’s debut film, Thom: A Portrait of Modern Youth, a fitting line considering the subject matter. Thom is a teenager from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, who works as a concreter and enjoys surfing and skateboarding. For Thom (and […]
Blood of The Young is a contemporary photography site and independent publishing house based in Toronto, Canada. Straight up bad boys with a heavy focus on skateboarding, graffiti and handmade goods. They feature and collaborate with artists like Ed Templeton, Alana Paterson and Dan Wilton.
Skateboarder and documentary filmmaker Stacey Peralta’s new film tells the story of The Bones Brigade, the 1980s skate team he created. The team featured a young Tony Hawk, along with other legends like Steve Caballero and Rodney Mullen, and went on to change the way people looked at skateboarding forever.
Before street skating took off in America’s east coast, the mecca of skateboarding was Southern California. Starting in 1975, a young photographer named Hugh Holland captured what is now possibly the greatest collection of images of that era, featuring empty swimming pools used as skate bowls, the Venice and Huntington Beach boulevards, and suburban streets – all set against the Southern Californian sun.
Skateboard photography is not an easy art. First of all, it’s essential to know a lot about the subject. Only then can one elect the perfect fraction of a second on a trick that deserves to be shown to millions of skateboarding fanatics. Heverton Ribeiro lives between California and Brazil, photographing the world’s most respected skaters, such as Bob Burnquist, Christian Hosoi, Rodrigo TX, Rob Gonzales, Danny Way, Eric Koston, and Daewon Song, among others. There is a very long distance between being one of the rest and one of the best.