About the project:
The United Skateboard Photography Book Project is a major part of the United Skateboard Photography Project’s goal. A 300 page hardbound photography book (with advertising to support the printing and developemnt costs) with a first publication size of 1,000 books featuring skateboard photographers and their work from around the globe along with detailed interviews with selected professional skateboard photographers will be created and sold worldwide.
The photographers themselves will receive a huge amount of promotion through the book and the accompanying website while at the same time helping to support the charitable foundation Grind For Life backed by skateboarders which will receive 100% of the book sales revenue after German taxes. The more books sold, the larger the donation for the good cause turns out and the more people see the skateboard photographer’s work!
Grind For Life, Inc was founded in 2003, by life-long skateboarder Mike Rogers, after his second battle with sarcoma cancer. Mike’s tumor was located behind his right eye and nasal cavity. He endured a 17 hour surgery a cranial-facial resection with a brain-lift, removal of his eye, cheekbone, and half of the roof of his mouth and some of his teeth. He beat cancer once as a pre-teen, and again 25 years later. Mike beat the odds and is a competitive skateboarder again. The mission of the Grind For Life organization is to provide financial assistance to cancer patients and their families when traveling long distances to doctors and hospitals. The ultimate goal with this organization is to have a couple of apartments near Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital in Manhattan, so people who are receiving treatment at the hospital can have their family near them...
About the founder:
Let me introduce myself, Jonathan Young, and the “United Skateboard Photography Project” to you.
I’ve been a skateboarder since the age of 4, I’m 42 years old today and I skate bowls, vert, mini ramp and street as often as I can still. I run the skateboard website Europeskate.com and since January 2013, I left the security of a full-time job as a senior international ecommerce manager for Germany’s largest coffee producer to dedicate my time and energy to pushing Europeskate.com and the “United Skateboard Photography Project”...
- Words by Jonathan Young / United Skateboard Photography Project