The editors of Thrasher, considered the ultimate skate magazine since its creation in 1981, have put together a book on skateboarding that tops everything else on the subject.
Tony Hawk's awesome biography, Hawk, gave readers a great introduction to skate culture. Thrasher: Insane Terrain goes much further, describing the history of the sport and profiling the top skaters, both past and present. This big, illustrated book also features hundreds of pictures of the famous skate parks and hangouts and examines the evolution of skate culture as clothes, music, and board graphics have changed over the years. Since its inception in California during the 1960s, skateboarding, as a recreational activity and more recently as a recognized professional sport, has grown into a billion-dollar industry. In the year 2001, Thrasher magazine, long considered the bible of the sport, celebrates twenty years of tracking the industry's every move. In celebration of this anniversary, Universe Publishing and the editors of Thrasher, who themselves are considered legendary figures in the skateboarding world, have collaborated in producing an illustrated book that captures the intensity and strides of skaters in the past two decades. Insane Terrain is the ultimate skateboarding book for all skaters and their fans, offering a complete examination of skating and its culture. Starting with a historical overview of the sport, the book also examines the history of Thrasher magazine and its influence on the skater world. Twenty influential skateboarders from past and present, including such well-known legends as Tony Hawk, Tony Alva, and Christian Hosoi, are also profiled. Thrasher's editors examine changing trends in fashion, music, board designs, graphics, and equipment and how these trends have affected mainstream culture. Finally, the book showcases some of the coolest places on earth to skate, from legendary half and "full" pipes and renowned skateparks to popular street hangouts and cutting-edge terrain that only today's great skaters da
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