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Best Skateboarding Books

Catch air with the top-ranked skateboarding books, featuring narratives that define and document the skate culture. These books made the cut by appearing repeatedly across esteemed articles and blogs.

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Best Skateboarding Books
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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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Discover the dramatic and inspiring story of a world-champion freestyle skateboarder who revolutionized the sport with his groundbreaking trick, the ollie. After winning 35 world titles in under five years, his father pressured him to quit the sport he loved. But Rodney Mullen refused to give up and went on to become the most famous skateboarder of his era, ushering in a new era of street skating. His videos and video games are still beloved by fans worldwide.
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Locals Only
California Skateboarding 1975-1978
Steve Crist - 2010-10-26
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"Locals Only" captures the essence of the legendary Dogtown and Z-Boys skateboarders in Southern California during the mid-1970s. With over 120 beautiful color images, follow the journey of a young photographer enamored by the athleticism and grace of the skaters surfing the streets of LA, San Fernando Valley, Venice Beach, San Francisco, and Baja California, Mexico. Discover how the empty swimming pools of suburbs became the perfect training grounds and witness the classic look of this group through its requisite bleached blonde hair, tanned bodies, tube socks, and Vans. The book also includes an insightful Q+A with the artist, allowing you to experience the memories and inspirations that went into creating this masterpiece.
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An Addiction Memoir
Brandon Novak - 2017-03-28
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A former skateboard prodigy and Jackass star shares his wild rise to fame, spiral into addiction, and journey to sobriety. Discovered by skate legends at the age of fourteen, he toured the US with elite skating teams, appeared in magazines and films, and signed autographs. But his heroin addiction took over, and he ended up living a down-and-out life of theft, lies, and begging for change. This is the story of an addict who finally believed in himself and worked towards sobriety, with the help of his friends and castmates from Viva La Bam. Raw and shocking, this book is a must-read for fans of skate culture and those on the path to recovery.
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The Legend of the Z-Boys
C. R. Stecyk III - 2002-03-12
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Discover the fascinating rise of skateboarding in the 1970s with DogTown. This iconic book tells the story of the Zephyr Team, a group of young surfers from west Los Angeles who revolutionized the sport and changed the face of competition skateboarding forever. Featuring never-before-seen photos from Glen E. Friedman and articles by C.R. Stecyk III, this new edition is a must-have for skateboard enthusiasts and anyone interested in underground sports. Don't miss out on this indispensable companion piece to the Sony Pictures Classics film Dogtown and Z-Boys.
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Skate the World
Photographing One World of Skateboarding
Jonathan Mehring - 2015-10-06
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This photography book showcases over 200 exhilarating photos of the world's best professional skateboarders in action across six continents, from New York to Hong Kong to Istanbul. Accomplished skate photographer Jonathan Mehring brings readers along on his adventures capturing the heart and soul of skate culture through the lens of his camera. Featuring skate legends like Tony Hawk, Nyjah Huston, and Eric Koston, Mehring's book celebrates the joy of skateboarding and its power to inspire young people to overcome obstacles, both on and off the board.
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A Secret History of the Ollie, Volume 1
The 1970s by Craig B. Snyder (2015-03-03)
Craig B. Snyder - 2015-02-24
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Discover the secret history of how the Ollie - a no-handed aerial - transformed the world of skateboarding in the 1970s. This groundbreaking invention has influenced the evolution of street skating, surfing, and snowboarding, leaving a permanent impression on popular culture and language. From the technology that made it possible to the pioneers who revolutionized the sport, this is a must-read for anyone interested in the history of skateboarding.
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Rodney Mullen, Ryan Sheckler, And The Fantastic History Of Skateboarding
Cole Louison - 2011-07-19
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Explore the world of skateboarding like never before with this immersive read. With The Impossible, journalist Cole Louison delves into the sport's fascinating history, culture, and key players. Whether you're a dedicated skateboarder or just curious about the scene, this book is sure to leave you feeling inspired and informed.
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A History of Skateboard Art
Sean Cliver - 2007-07-15 (first published in 2004)
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Explore the vibrant history of skateboard art with this stunning collection of over 1,000 graphics from the last 30 years. Written by renowned skateboard artist Sean Cliver, this book features insider stories and recollections from prominent artists and skaters such as Tony Hawk, Ed Templeton, and Barry McGee. Get an unprecedented look at the subculture's creative evolution through the eyes of those who were there to shape it.
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The Skateboard Art of Jim Phillips
Jim Phillips - 2007-07-12
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Explore the dynamic world of skateboarding and its colorful history through the vibrant artwork of Jim Phillips. This retrospective captures decades of skate culture with decks, logos, ad art, photos, and stickers. Gain an inside look at Phillips' creative process, his studio team, and their graphic assignments. Witness the evolution of skateboarding and the impact of this California artist on the sport and its global following.
The Skateboard by Ben Marcus
The Answer Is Never by Jocko Weyland
Skateboarding and the City by Iain Borden
Beach Bully by Jake Maddox, Eric Stevens, Jesus Salvador Aburto Martinez
California Concrete by Amir Zaki
Jake Maddox Sports Stories by Jake Maddox
Hawk by Tony Hawk