One of the most coveted landscapes in skateboarding does not lie in a ramp, and every self-respecting skater knows that. It is about blazing the streets, pushing and navigating through the world, exploring different landscapes– both urban and not. Amongst the zenith number of places a skater can explore on his deck, one of the most coveted places is still New York City. Be it crisscrossing through a puzzle of bumper to bumper traffic, or weaving in between people, tricking off sidewalks and scaffolds, there is something quite magical in experiencing New York City on a skateboard.
Skating in New York City is exhilarating because there are no rules, and creativity lives on even when simply pushing and attempting to master the impossible acts of ultimate balance. However, it is also dangerous because there are no rules. To truly translate this experience to those who have and have not skated, Vice Books explored works by skate photographers including Giovanni Reda, Jessica Bard, Ivory Serra, Tobin Yelland, Miki Vuckovich, Thomas Campbell, Larry Clark, Ed Templeton, Jerry Hsu, Atiba Jefferson, Bryce Kanights, Angela Boatwright, Athena Currey, Kenneth Cappello, Charlie Samuels, Andy Kessler, Mike O’Meally, Sammy Glucksman, Allen Ying, and more, and sorted through shots that spanned over 30 years to bring the world this tome of New York Skate photography.
Full Bleed: New York City Skate Photography is not simply a compilation of great photography, but it is a homage to the legendary photographers, skaters, and every force that helped shaped the New York skate scene. The book is set to release this coming August and will be distributed by powerHouse Books, so stay tuned for its launch!