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Best Skateboarding Books

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Best Skateboarding Books
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Locals Only
California Skateboarding 1975-1978
Steve Crist - 2012-05-01 (first published in 2010)
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One afternoon in 1975, a young photographer named Hugh Holland drove up Laurel Canyon Boulevard in Los Angeles and encountered skateboarders carving up the drainage ditches along the side of the canyon. Immediately transfixed by their grace and athleticism, he knew he had found an amazing subject. Although not a skateboarder himself, for the next t...
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The Mutt
How to Skateboard and Not Kill Yourself
Rodney Mullen - 2005-08-02 (first published in 2004)
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The world–champion freestyle skateboarder and the man who brought the ollie – the trick that revolutionised the sport by taking it from the ground to the air – to street skating shares the history of skateboarding, as he tells the dramatic story of his life.At the age of 13, Rodney took the freestyle skating world by storm. He won 35 world titles i...
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The Legend of the Z-Boys
C. R. Stecyk III - 2019-07-02 (first published in 2002)
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The bigger, newly designed edition of an iconic skateboarding book, including additional never-before-seen Glen E. Friedman photos and a new C.R. Stecyk III postscript.In the early 1970s, the sport of skateboarding had so waned from its popularity in the 1960s that it was virtually nonexistent. In the DogTown area of west Los Angeles, a group of yo...
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Skate the World
Photographing One World of Skateboarding
Jonathan Mehring - 2015-10-06
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Hit the streets with 200 exhilarating photographs of the world’s greatest professional skateboarders in action. In this dynamic collection, award-winning photographer Jonathan Mehring takes us from New York to Hong Kong to Istanbul and beyond as he sets out to capture the heart and soul of skate culture on six continents. Featuring stars like Tony ...
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The Skateboard Art of Jim Phillips
Jim Phillips - 2007-07-12
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This retrospective of Jims skateboard art bombards the reader with colorful decks, logos, ad art, ad layouts, photos, and stickers to illustrate the history of skateboarding, from the urethane revolution to the present. Take a ride with an inside view of Phillips Studios, to observe the wacky world of his crazed studio artists and examine their gra...
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A Secret History of the Ollie, Volume 1
The 1970s by Craig B. Snyder (2015-03-03)
Craig B. Snyder - 2015-03-03
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Every culture has a creation myth, and skateboarding is no different. The Ollie forged a new identity for skateboarding after its invention in the 1970s, and it lies at the root of nearly every significant move in street skating today. This groundbreaking no-handed aerial has also affected the evolution of surfing and snowboarding, and has left a p...
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California Concrete
A Landscape of Skateparks
Amir Zaki - 2019-09-03
Southern California is the birthplace of skateboard culture and, even though skateparks may be found worldwide today, it is where these parks continue to flourish as architects, engineers and skateboarders collaborate to refine their designs. The artist Amir Zaki grew up skateboarding, so he has an understanding of these spaces and, as someone who ...
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Skateboarding and the City
A Complete History
Iain Borden - 2019-02-21
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Skateboarding is both a sport and a way of life. Creative, physical, graphic, urban and controversial, it is full of contradictions – a billion-dollar global industry which still retains its vibrant, counter-cultural heart.Skateboarding and the City presents the only complete history of the sport, exploring the story of skate culture from the surf-...
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An Addiction Memoir
Brandon Novak - 2017-03-28
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"Skate, drugs, and rock 'n' roll!"--Kat Von D, LA InkForward by Tony Hawk Skateboarder and Jackass star Brandon Novak comes clean about his crazy rise to fame, tailspin into addiction, and other death-defying stunts on the road to recovery...At seven, Brandon was a skateboard prodigy. By the time he was fourteen, he was living the dream. Discovered...
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Tony Hawk - 2001-06-19 (first published in 2000)
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For Tony Hawk, it wasn't enough to skate for two decades, to invent more than eighty tricks, and to win more than twice as many professional contests as any other skater.It wasn't enough to knock himself unconscious more than ten times, fracture several ribs, break his elbow, knock out his teeth twice, compress the vertebrae in his back, pop his bu...
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Cole Louison - 2011-07-19
What We Talk about When We Talk about Love by Raymond Carver
The Disposable Skateboard Bible by Sean Cliver
Disposable by Sean Cliver
Stickerbomb Skateboard by Studio Rarekwai (Srk)
The Handmade Skateboard by Matt Berger
The Skateboard by Ben Marcus
Back in the Day by William Sharp
In Persuasion Nation by George Saunders
Cyst by Damien Burden
The Concrete Wave by Michael Brooke
Board Battle by Jake Maddox
The Extreme Team by Matt Christopher
The Answer Is Never by Jocko Weyland
Secrets & Surprises by Ann Beattie
The Disposable Skateboard Bible by Sean Cliver
'93 til by Pete Thompson
Skateboard Design Sketchbook One by JustSkateJournals
Vans by Doug Palladini
The Beautiful Flower Is the World by Jerry Hsu
Built to Grind by Independent Truck Company
It's Not About Pretty by Cindy Whitehead
Cliche by Mackenzie Eisenhour
Hosoi by Christian Hosoi
Distant Star by Roberto Bolano
Skinema by Chris Nieratko