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.
PLOTTING THE LIFECYCLE OF A TRENDY TRICK
"Pressure flips are cool again. Actually, their second act has lasted longer than their first did."
WILL TIKTOK BE THE NEW HOME FOR SKATEBOARDING ON THE INTERNET?
We called up some "skate TikTokers" to find out what they've learned and seen so far.
WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON WITH ILLEGAL CIV?
The Illegal Civ stuff feels like an ongoing soap opera, so to air out any confusion we talked to a few key characters.
CHECKING OUT A HIDDEN DIY FINGERBOARD PARK IN QUEENS
When we heard about a mysterious concrete fingerboard park hiding in Brooklyn, we knew we had to go find it.
INSIDE THE 20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY OF EMERICA’S “THIS IS SKATEBOARDING”
We stopped by to pay our respects and see if we could squeeze a few stories out of the crew.