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The Mutt: How to Skateboard and Not Kill Yourself

Author Rodney Mullen
Published 2004-07-20

A world-champion freestyle skateboarder traces the history of skating as well as the story of his own life, describing his family of overachievers, his father's disapproval of the author's skating ambitions, the disability that challenged his career, and his successes as an extreme sportsperson and multi-million-dollar skateboard company owner.

How Did I Get Here?

Author Tony Hawk
Published 2010

The most famous skateboarder ever shares the business secrets to his success He's the man who put skateboarding on the map. He's the first to land a 900 (two and a half full rotations). He's also among the richest pitchmen in any sport.

Built to Grind

Author Independent Truck Company
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
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
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.

Skate Like a Girl

Author Marty Stewart
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

Locals Only: California Skateboarding

Author Hugh Holland
Published 2010

"Locals Only" is a beautifully designed, large-format photography book featuring some of the most quintessential images ever made during the earliest days of skateboard culture. It contains more than 120 large-format color images plus an interview with the artist.

The Disposable Skateboard Bible

Author Sean Cliver
Published 2009

Discusses the history and culture of skateboarding and focuses on the great variety of art work that can be found on skateboard decks.

The Impossible

Author Cole Louison
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
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
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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