Skateboard graphics took a quantum leap in offensive potential after the sport was reborn aesthetically and otherwise in the 90s. Ever since, artists such as Marc Mc-Kee, Todd Francis, Mike Hill, Michael Sieben, Ed Templeton, Sean Cliver, Moish Brenman, Fos, Ben Horton, Alyasha Owerka-Moore, Eli Morgan Gesner, Jeremy Fish, Brice Raysseguier, Johnny “Mojo” Munnerlyn, Alex Kramer, Todd Bratrud, Winston Tseng and others brought dark humour and politically incorrect topics to the forefront of their illustrations. Seemingly, these artists weren’t here to just decorate and sell skateboards, but also to raise serious issues and skewer values, deliberately evoking reactions in the viewer.
As the 1990s began, the skateboard industry left the limelight to return to its comfort zone: the bleak and deliciously free abyss of the underground.
From then on, skateboard graphics became provocative manifestos — speaking to issues such as violence, sex, politics, racism, drugs, religion and international affairs. By questioning and satirizing society’s most touchy taboos, a new school of artists had taken over. These artists were willing to go to any lengths to trigger a reaction from the viewer. Who were these pioneers and who carries the torch of controversy today?
In 100 iconic or little-known skateboard decks, Seb Carayol takes the reader on a tasty scandal-clad journey hand-in-hand with 100 of the most provocative and memorable skateboard graphics, and the child-eating artists who drew them.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
SEB CARAYOL Author/journalist/curator Seb Carayol is based between Marseille, France and Los Angeles. Since 1996 he has written for Skateboarder Mag, Thrasher, Kingpin, The Skateboard Mag, Soma, Wax Poetics, etc. and national main newspapers such as Liberation, Le Monde 2, L‘Equipe, etc. He‘s also the author of acclaimed skateboard books FTC (2013) and Look Away: The Art of Todd Francis (2014).
Alex Duke, Alex Kramer, Alyasha Owerka-Moore, Andy Jenkins, Ben Horton, Birdo, Brice Raysseguier, Chip Marucci, Cleon Peterson, Colin Price, Darren Young, Dave Carnie, Donny Miller, Ed Templeton, Eli Morgan Gesner, Esao Andrews, Fos, French, Jacob Ovgren, Jason Moore, Jeff Klindt, Jeremy Fish, John Pearson, Johnny ‘Mojo’ Munnerlyn, Kevin Ancell, Loren Purcell, Marc McKee, Michael Sieben, Mike Hill, Moish Brenman, Natas Kaupas, Nate Carrico, Paul Parker, Pete Panciera, Scott Bourne, Sean Cliver, Todd Bratrud, Todd Francis, Winston Tseng, Wally Wood, XNO.
INTERVIEWS AND COMMENTS:
Adam McNatt, Al Boglio, Alex Kramer, Alyasha Owerka-Moore, Andy Jenkins, Ben Horton, Brad Staba, Charly Mellec, Chico Brenes, Chip Marucci, Claudio Bernardini, Clint Peterson, Colin Price, Dave Carnie, Dominique Baconnier, Don Nguyen, Ed Templeton, Eli Morgan Gesner, FOS, French, Guy Mariano, Jacob Ovgren, Jeremy Fish, Jim Thiebaud, John Lucero, Johnny ‘Mojo’ Munnerlyn, Jovontae Turner, Julien Stranger, Loren Purcell, Marc McKee, Michael Sieben, Mike Hill, Moish Brenman, Murf, Natas Kaupas, Nate Carrico, Nick Merlino, Paul Parker, Ron Allen, Ronnie Bertino, Scott Bourne, Sean Cliver, Spencer Hamilton, Todd Brown, Todd Francis, Todd Bratrud, Tommy Guerrero, Winston Tseng