MADE FOR SKATE tells the stories behind the shoes that carried skateboarding through it’s colourful history. The long awaited 400 page book comes in a nice matt hardcover, measures 23*29 and must weigh more than 2 Kilos! MADE FOR SKATE is available worldwide and costs about 45 €.
“There used to be a time when you could spot fellow skateboarders by looking at their shoes. You knew it right away – the telltale ollie holes on the sides, the worn down soles, the frazzled laces. You made eye contact and exchanged a knowing nod or a quick what’s up. A little Fight Club moment at the corner store. You knew right away that you were both into the same thing, sharing same daydreams of spots and tricks, the same victories and agonizing defeats. You knew all that just by looking at someone else’s feet. (…) Nowadays it’s harder to pinpoint those who actually skate in their kicks, with millions of skate shoes walking around there, some of which have never seen a board. And even if you could identify another skater, chances are it wouldn’t be cool to talk to him, him beeing to hesh, too hip-hop, too punk, too whatever. Skateboarding has grown into such a broad church that we’re split into a number of sects – some kind of schism in the 90’s when the Rock-N-Rollers and Hip-Hoppers parted ways – and ever since then, never the twain shall meet. What we ALL share as skateboarders though, is a long history, and shoes are a big part of it.”
MADE FOR SKATE is published by FauxAmi Exhibitions – SKATEBOARD MUSEUM STUTTGART in association with Gingko Press. The book has been conceived and created by Jürgen Blümlein & Daniel Schmid, texts have been written by Dirk Vogel with additional text by Holger von Krosigk. The featured shoe pictures have been shot by Cap10, additional photos done by Bernd Deuber, Sven Daubenfeld and Axel Görger.
MADE FOR SKATE features stories and commentaries by skateboarders from past and present like Stacy Peralta, Tony Hawk, Rodney Mullen, Steve Caballero, Lance Mountain, Natas Kaupas, Pierre André Senizergues, Don Brown, Claus Grabke, Tim Gavin, Mike Vallely, Ed Templeton, Chad Muska, Arto Saari, Adrian Lopez and Paul Rodriguez, together with leading shoe designers and artists including James Arizumi (Nike SB), Brian Reid (Osiris), Jeremy Fish, Andy Howell and Todd Bratrud.
Besides Gingko Press and The Skateboard Museum, the book is also distributed over the Carhartt network.