Skateboarding is Not a Fashion
Published by Gingko Press
668 pages, Hardcover
9" x 11 1/2"
Skateboarding Is Not A Fashion is the culture’s magnum opus look book. The gigantic first edition was an instant sellout, so the authors felt compelled to stuff even more content into this revised volume, now standing at almost 700 pages!
As the culture moved on from its “novelty” stage as an offshoot of the surfing craze in the early days and developed its own distinct identity, brands core to the scene such as Vans, Santa Cruz, Powell-Peralta, Sims, Alva, Jimmy’Z brought their distinct visions to the table. Nearly every area of garment design was touched by skate wear’s aesthetic– influencing the design and fashion of innumerable media from printed T-shirts to board shorts and denim to track suits along the way. Telling the inside story of skate couture in the words of those who lived it, Skateboarding Is Not A Fashion features original commentary from designers, company founders, and pro skateboarders who have defined skateboarding’s look for entire generations. Skate personalities we meet include Stacy Peralta, Lance Mountain, Tony Alva, Brad Bowman, Steve Olson, Steve Caballero, Steve Van Doren, and many more.
Great interview with the authors on i-D magazine’s site – ‘Skateboarding Is Not A Fashion’ tracks the colorful history of skate apparel
Spiegel Online: “Skateboarding is not a Fashion: lexikon ueber die aethetic skater szene” interview by Lorenzo Taurino