DIY can be described as a movement within skateboarding which operates outside civic and societal norms. Through the utilisation of skater-constructed spaces, which are ordinarily, an adaptation of existing, but often abandoned, terrain in both urban and rural settings, the modern skateboarder transcends the need to exist within a more conventional environment.
Utilising found materials, these unauthorised and often illegal temporary constructions have fascinated photographer Richard Gilligan, who has spent the past four years tracking down these ephemeral spaces throughout Europe and the US. His pictures show how skaters and DIY builders free themselves from the constraints of societal rules, creating their own domain in which to practice this peripheral pursuit.
Pictures from the book, all shots by Richard Gilligan:
Gallery #7944Gallery #7943
Format 287 x 246 mm
Languages FR – ENG
Around 70 colour photographs
With a text from Iain Borden and a conversation between Richard Gilligan and Paul Seawright
DIY is available via Carhartt WIP and 19/80 éditions retail network
Richard Gilligan holds an MFA in fine art photography from the University of Ulster, Belfast and a BA honours degree in documentary photography from the University of Wales, Newport. His work has been published and exhibited worldwide with recent exhibitions in Berlin, Malmo and Los Angeles. Gilligan has worked as a contributing photographer to a wide range of skate magazines such as SLAP, Sidewalk, Kingpin and Transworld Skateboarding. He was featured in the documentary film/book Format Perspectiveby Phil Evans released in 2011. Earlier this year he was invited to present his work at OFFSET creative festival alongside the likes of Shepard Fairey, Stefan Sagmeister and Evan Hecox. Gilliganhas been documenting homemade skateparks worldwide from 2008 – 2012. This is his first book.
Since their first publication East of the Adriatic, released in 2010 in collaboration with Carhartt, Stephane Rançon and Jad Hussein published a few others books on different subjects, all connected with the expression of youth and underground culture, keeping a dynamic point of view. With DIY, they are back to their passion for skateboarding and photography.