Skateboarding would be stuck in the stone age if it weren’t for the documentarians who capture and share it for all of us to marvel at.
Whether it’s filmers literally bending over backward to get that perfect angle, editors sitting at their desks getting scoliosis, or photographers having their eyes glaze over after sorting through thousands of frames, these are the troopers who are just as important as the skaters who are in front of the camera doing the tricks themselves.
Theo Hand is one of those documentarians who may not have the same name recognition as people like J. Grant Brittain or Atiba Jefferson, but he has given the skate world countless iconic images in both still and moving formats. Photographing his first cover for SLAP Magazine and filming for brands like TSA and Flip, Theo helped shape how skateboarding looks in the modern age, documenting names like Chad Muska, Tom Penny, and Ali Boulala, all in their prime.
AN ORAL HISTORY OF THE SKATE PARK OF TAMPA
"It was a young person's dream. Nonstop fucking chaos."
BETTER OFF DEAD: BRANDS THAT SKATEBOARDING DIDN’T NEED TO COME BACK
"Just because you can doesn't mean you should."
RAW TAPES: NOT ANOTHER SWAMPFEST EDIT
Somewhere in between Woodstock 99 and a redneck civil war re-enactment.
A CHAT WITH LUDVIG HAKANSSON, THE OLDEST SOUL IN SKATEBOARDING
The man loves to read Nietzche, skates in some expensive vintage gear, and paints in his own neoclassical-meets-abstract-expressionist style.
A GLIMPSE INTO THE BAKER HAS A DEATHWISH II WORLD PREMIERE
16 long years later, the second coming of Baker Has a Deathwish has arrived...