The Recent History of Sicilian Skateboard Tours!
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The Recent History of Sicilian Skateboard Tours is a project about the recent spate of skate trips to Sicily. After the first tour organized in 2004 by Transworld Skateboarding and 411VM Sicily experienced a growing interest from international skateboard companies. Thanks to these tours Sicily is becoming one of the most popular destinations in Europe.
Over the past few years I've been following the skateboard tours that have taken place on my island. Every time I found out that a team was here skating I’d ask them if I could follow them taking pictures and in exchange give them hospitality in my homeland.
The project (originally appeared on Desillusion Magazine) is now a publication printed in 200 hand-bound, numbered and signed books. Inside you will find a selection of the pictures I took of the skateboard tours, portraits of Sicilian local skateboarders and a brief history of how skateboarding came about on the island. Among the information that I collected are the words by Jeff Kendall about the 1991 demo of Santa Cruz Skateboard Team in Sicily, magazine cuts of the first Sicilian skateboarders that appeared in Italian mags and quotes from the first generation of Sicilian skateboarders.
The project is currently being exhibited at Ritmo, spazio culturale indipendente (Via Grotte Bianche, 62, Catania, Sicily), the exhibition will stay up until July 3rd 2015.