Skateboarding is Not a Crime: 50 Years of Street Culture

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An illustrated tour of a unique subculture.

Skateboarding first emerged in the United States in the 1950s and has been gaining in popularity ever since. The number of skateboarders worldwide is now estimated at eighteen million.

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Overview

An illustrated tour of a unique subculture.

Skateboarding first emerged in the United States in the 1950s and has been gaining in popularity ever since. The number of skateboarders worldwide is now estimated at eighteen million.

  • One in ten U.S. teenagers currently owns or rides a skateboard
  • Skateboarding has recently seen the biggest growth of any sport
  • More than 600 skateparks were built in 2001
  • Skateboarding has become the sixth largest participation sport.

Skateboarding is Not a Crime is a celebration of the success of both the sport and the subculture. Illustrated with dramatic action photography and written in a lively style, the book recounts the history of the sport and explains its unique codes and customs. Also included are valuable 'boarding instructions for enthusiasts.

This book is organized as follows:

  • Introduction
  • History and Development
  • Global Skate Village
  • Skateboarding Culture
  • Skateboarding Media
  • Standing on a Board
  • Tricks and Techniques.

Skateboarding is a sport with a philosophy and a culture very much its own. Skateboarding is Not a Crime reflects this very individual 'boarding culture and is designed to appeal to skateboarders as well as those who want to understand their world.

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Selected as a Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 2006 by the Young Adults Library Services Association.
Today's Parent - Stephanie Simpson McLellan
Plenty of action shots... celebrates the board's history and heroes.
USARA USA Roller Sports
Every page is illustrated with truly amazing photos of great skaters in action.
INFOLINK - Judy Schindler
This large format paperback will be sure to fascinate teenagers.... Photographer Skin Phillips manages to capture the most daring feats in large size color photographs. A double spread of text and pictures is devoted to each of the famous skateboarders. In these short biographies as well as in the chapter on skateboard contests, each skateboard action is listed underneath the picture, e.g. backside lipslide, frontside noseslide, bluntslide, heel flip, etc. The book lists skateboard magazines, videos and movies and concludes with a chapter on Tricks and Techniques. The book is obviously designed for browsing, there is no index.
INFOLINK - Nancy Stroud
This visually pleasing non-fiction account of skateboarding opens with the history of the sport as it evolved in California from a blend of surfing and "scootermania" in the 1950's. It was inevitable that a young person's romance with wheeled toys would lead to the removal of the scooter handlebars. The skateboard was born! ... Any skateboarding fan will enjoy the excellent color photography and the well-constructed text.
INFOLINK
Phillips' photographs are dynamic and capture all the excitement and danger of the sport. The text is comprehensive and advanced enough for the expert.
KLIATT
Electrifying full-page color photos of skateboarders in action will attract readers to this history of the sport. Davis traces skateboarding back to its origins in surfing and the homemade toys of the 1950s to the huge industry it is today, covering developments in equipment, shoes and safety gear as well as stars like Tony Hawk, Mark Gonzales, Waves of Devotion, and Eric Koston. Chapter 2 looks at skateboarding around the world, from the US and Canada to South America, Australia, Japan, Europe, and more. Davis then goes on to discuss skate culture: skateboarding music, fashion, art, contests, the nomadic way of life, and authority and rebellion. The last chapter examines skateboarding media, such as magazines, videos, and the movies, and describes some skateboarding tricks and techniques. Skateboard fans will love this, and the photos are quite amazing. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 1999, 2004, Firefly, 112p. illus. bibliog., Ages 12 to adult.
—Paula Rohrlick
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554070015
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/2/2004
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

James Davis is a columnist for Sidewalk Surfer magazine and a contributor to Transworld Skateboarding magazine.

Skin Phillips is the senior editor of Transworld Skateboarding magazine.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1

  • History and Development
  • The Origins of Skateboarding
  • Developments in Equipment
  • Shoes and Safety Equipment
  • All-terrain Vehicles
  • Tony Hawk
  • Mark Gonzales
  • Waves of Devotion
  • Eric Koston

Chapter 2

  • The Global Skate Village
  • USA
  • Canada
  • South America
  • Australia, New Zealand and South Africa
  • Japan
  • Europe
  • Colin McKay
  • Bob Burquist

Chapter 3

  • Skate Culture
  • Music and Skateboarding
  • The (Un)Importance of Skate Fashion
  • Skateboarding Art and Artists
  • Danny Way
  • Skateboard Contests: Not an Olympic Ideal
  • Authority and Rebellion
  • The Nomadic Way: Couch Skating from City to City
  • The Changing Urban Environment

Chapter 4

  • Skateboarding and Media
  • Magazines
  • Skate Videos
  • Interview with Mike Manzoori
  • Skateboarding and the Movies
  • Digital Skateboarding
  • Matt Hensley
  • Tricks and Techniques
  • Guy Mariano
  • Tom Penny

Acknowledgements

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Preface

Introduction

This book covers every aspect of skateboarding, from technical board development to the waves in popularity during the last half-century. Read about some of the greatest skateboarders who ever lived, and experience skateboard lifestyles all over the globe. The book is intended to be many things, not just a history. It is a guide book covering areas of skateboarding from tricks to terrain, skate art to skate video, determination to satisfaction, past to future. I hope that it will make you want to go out skateboarding, so perhaps it's a kind of self-help book, too. Dip in and out like a magazine, or just look at the great photography. Either way, have fun with it. If you discover just one thing that makes you love skating even more, then we have succeeded.

Skateboarding is everything.
It is a pastime, a sport, a hobby.
A craze, an industry and a toy.

A profession, an excuse, a game.
A lifestyle, a distraction.
It is a reason, not a crime.

The reason is why this book exists at all. If skateboarding means everything to you, then you need to ask why. If skateboarding means nothing to you, perhaps it soon will. If has taken more than 50 years to get where we are today in skateboarding. This book is not just about those years, but the next 50 too. Consider this a halfway point. We have the opportunity to shape the future; we're holding it in our hands and we're riding it with our feet. Let's go...

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Introduction

Introduction

This book covers every aspect of skateboarding, from technical board development to the waves in popularity during the last half-century. Read about some of the greatest skateboarders who ever lived, and experience skateboard lifestyles all over the globe. The book is intended to be many things, not just a history. It is a guide book covering areas of skateboarding from tricks to terrain, skate art to skate video, determination to satisfaction, past to future. I hope that it will make you want to go out skateboarding, so perhaps it's a kind of self-help book, too. Dip in and out like a magazine, or just look at the great photography. Either way, have fun with it. If you discover just one thing that makes you love skating even more, then we have succeeded.

Skateboarding is everything.
It is a pastime, a sport, a hobby.
A craze, an industry and a toy.
A profession, an excuse, a game.
A lifestyle, a distraction.
It is a reason, not a crime.

The reason is why this book exists at all. If skateboarding means everything to you, then you need to ask why. If skateboarding means nothing to you, perhaps it soon will. If has taken more than 50 years to get where we are today in skateboarding. This book is not just about those years, but the next 50 too. Consider this a halfway point. We have the opportunity to shape the future; we're holding it in our hands and we're riding it with our feet. Let's go...

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