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Author Independent Truck Company
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Published 2004

Independent Truck Company is a skateboard truck manufacturer based in Santa Cruz, California. Established in 1978, the company is owned by NHS, Inc. and sponsors an extensive list of team riders.

Surf, Skate and Rock Art of Jim Phillips

Author Jim Phillips
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Published 2003-01-01

Thousands of artistic graphic illustrations, from motorcycles to health food and including rock posters, surf, and skateboard art, jump off these pages. Bold and dynamic "bad boy" and "hippie" themes in bright and startling colors command your attention to the incredible detail included. Jim Phillips delights in original imagery to convey his unique reflections of the popular world. Since 1962, he has published award-winning graphic designs for cartoons, skateboards, t-shirts, stickers, rock posters, and ad art. The works assembled for this book, from collections world-wide, represent over fifty years of creativity and document the powerful youth movement in America.

The Big Brother Book

Author Sean Cliver
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Published 2016-03

No other magazine pushed the boundaries of skateboarding and pop culture like Big Brother, the raunchiest, rowdiest magazine to come out of the 1990s. Constantly at the center of much-deserved controversy, the rag has been decried as pornography, bought and unexpectedly dropped by Larry Flynt of the Hustler empire, and credited as the genesis of the Jackass universe; it was also the champion of unknown skaters and featured some of today's biggest names in skate culture when they were just children. Now author Sean Cliver puts a bow on the publication with The Big Brother Book, a collection of covers and spreads from every issue of the notorious publication. Featuring high-quality scans of the magazine itself no production or layout files remain in existence with just enough text to explain what's going on and choice quotes from each issue, this book makes it easy as well as fun to stoop to Big Brother's level.

Dogtown: The Legend of the Z-Boys

Author Craig Stecyk
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Published 2002

The acclaimed book that chronicles in words and pictures a decade in the lives of the Z-Boys, the group of underground surfers who turned the world of skateboarding on its head. Including the best of the DogTown articles originally written by C.R.Stecyk III for Skateboarder Magazine, and hundreds of never-before-seen images from the archive of Glen E Friedman, the book was made into an award winning documentary, and later on a film Kings of Dogtown.

Skate Like a Girl

Author Marty Stewart
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Published 2020-01-26

Skate Like a Girl - try to keep up! This journal/notebook is perfect for documenting the thrills and chills while skating. Whether it's by skateboard, roller skates, ice skates, or any other skates, Skate Like a Girl is the ultimate in pride and honor. Girls, daughters, cousins, nieces, can all be empowered by honoring the strengths of being a girl! Girl Power! - Perfect thoughtful gift - Smart unique design - Handy size - 6" x 9" - Soft matte cover for comfortable feel - 100 pages of potential awesomeness - Blank lined, college ruled journal/notebook/logbook/diary

The Impossible

Author Cole Louison
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Published 2011

The Impossible aims to get skateboarding right. Journalist Cole Louison gets inside the history, culture, and major personalities of skating.

The Concrete Wave

Author Michael Brooke
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Published 1999

Traces the development of the sport and its equipment, and includes profiles and photographs of top-notch skaters through the years

Urethane Revolution

Author John O'Malley
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Published 2019-04-22

One crazy year on the California coast--in 1975 a hippie skunkworks, bred in garages and shacks, launched the modern skater movement. Strap in for a wild ride replete with two car chases, two plane crashes, a massive truck bomb, Colombian narcos, the Mafia, senior White House staff, a gypsy fortuneteller, three straight-up miracles, Jacques Cousteau, big piles of cocaine and naked hippie chicks. Author John O'Malley was in the thick of it all, and he retraces the trip that starts with a bang and races to a melt-in-your-mouth ending.

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