SKATEBOARDING IS NOT A FASHION
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Skateboarding Is Not A Fashion is simply a monster of a book that comprehensively covers the history of apparel in the world of skateboarding. You can read it, look at it or strap it to your chest and use it to stop bullets. Published by Gingko Press, 2018.
9.5 x 12"
"The way apparel has been worn and created by skateboarders over the past 50 years has had a tremendous impact on popular culture at large. In Skateboarding Is Not A Fashion, the authors have taken great effort to document all aspects of this aesthetic movement; from its roots in the 1950s as an offshoot of surfing culture, through the early 1980s when skateboarding “found itself” after a crucial underground period of soul searching and DIY expressions of individuality. Early generations of surfers and skaters wore coastal lifestyle brands such as Jantzen, Hang Ten, Jams, Vans and Hobie. As the culture progressed and developed its own distinct identity, brands core to the scene such as Vans, Santa Cruz, Powell-Peralta, Sims, Alva, Jimmy’Z and many more jumped into the fray with their own apparel. 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."