Scarred for Life: Eleven Stories About Skateboarders

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Skateboarding is a means of transport, a pastime, a lifestyle, an artful expression, and an ethos. Some even call it a sport. But until now, the scene has lacked an appropriate -- and accessible -- tribute. Scarred for Life is an intimate, you-are-there look into the culture and history of skateboarding, as told through the voices and experiences of those who have dedicated their lives to riding a wooden plank with wheels. Eleven chapters take readers on a wild ride through the evolution (and revolution) of ...
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Overview

Skateboarding is a means of transport, a pastime, a lifestyle, an artful expression, and an ethos. Some even call it a sport. But until now, the scene has lacked an appropriate -- and accessible -- tribute. Scarred for Life is an intimate, you-are-there look into the culture and history of skateboarding, as told through the voices and experiences of those who have dedicated their lives to riding a wooden plank with wheels. Eleven chapters take readers on a wild ride through the evolution (and revolution) of skateboarding -- reaching as far back as the 1950s -- and includes oral histories and terrain reports of the major styles and techniques as they emerged. One hundred dynamic photographs capture skaters doing what they do best in pools and pipes, on hills, ramps, streets, and skateparks. From the early proving grounds of California hills and pools to the chaotic streets of modern New York City, Scarred for Life offers street-level talk and eye-to-eye truth-telling about skateboarders, scars and all.
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Despite the subtitle, this homegrown, lowdown book comprises a full-blown history of skateboarding through paradigmatic case studies. Former Santa Barbara Independent reporter Hamm, who has been skateboarding since age six and had a concrete "bowl" in his front yard, begins with a profile of the 55-year-old Bill Coleman and the Northern California scene of the 1960s and '70s and shoots forward from there. Some of the chapters cover favored locales ("Pools," "Pipes," "Ramps," "Streets"), others encapsulate decades, from the '60s to the present. Hamm writes in West Coast border vernacular ("kids became more stoked on learning how to frontside boardslide a hardrail than on smacking an alley-oop body jar on an extension with four feet of vert"), covering everything from the perils of taking a 40 mph turn on wet pavement to the pitfalls of corporate sponsorship. The 100 color and b&w photos, which he has culled from within the skateboarding community, are fetish-magazine hot if you're into it, but may seem somewhat anonymous and repetitive if not. The same could be said for the book as a whole, as beautifully designed and as lovingly pieced together as it is. (Dec.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811840538
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 7.62 (w) x 9.62 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Keith David Hamm is a former news reporter for the Santa Barbara Independent and a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times , as well as numerous skateboarding publications. An avid skateboarder for more than twenty years, he l

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Table of Contents

Introduction 10
1 Hills: Speed Freaks 13
2 The '60s: Roots 31
3 Pools: Milkbone Summer 49
4 The '70s: The Natural 71
5 Pipes: Desert Legend 91
6 The '80s: Skate & Destroy 111
7 Ramps: Christ 129
8 The '90s: WFO 149
9 Streets: NYC 167
10 The Great Beyond: Upside Down 183
11 Skateparks: Hellpour 207
Contributing Photographers 236
Index 238
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2004

    Amazing Skate Stories

    This is a great skate book. Keith really did his homework. It's nice to see skaters that have skated for decades getting in print. Proof that skaters were skating all over the world during the early days with the same passion. Amazing photography and some nice memories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2004

    What a ride!!

    The perfect gift for anyone born and raised in California (or wish they were) but especially for those who enjoy the counter- culture and adventure of any thrill sport. 'Scarred for Life' features stories, histories and pictures from those who know the sport/art the best- those who have lived it.

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