|Grosso: just DIY|
|Loveletters to Skateboarding|
From Burnside to your local Jersey Barrier skaters have been throwing down concrete to make skate spots for years… Grosso sits down with the guys from the DIY Channel Street park in San Pedro, Ca to say thanks to everyone who gets dirty making new places to ride.
But Jeff Grosso is not the only skater to sing and ode to DIY. Amelia Brodka did it a couple of month ago already with a two hour documentary about girl skateboarding and Rich Gillagan, an Irish photographer just published his own book lifting the lid on the world of DIY skateboarding with pictures taken in Warsaw, Helsinki, Hamburg, Bray, Portland, Oregon, all over Europe and even North America.
Did he have negative experience? Yes, he recalls that “In New Orleans, I heard about a place called the Peach Orchard. One man said he’d bring me there, but he couldn’t say for sure when he’d be ready(…) I decided to drive to this place on my own. It was late in the evening in one of the most run-down areas in New Orleans. Ten scary-looking guys immediately appeared. I just put my camera down, got on the skateboard and started skating. As if I was meant to be there. As if I wasn’t scared. Later that night, I told some friends from the city where I had been and they were extremely shocked. They told me I was very lucky to have gotten out of there alive.”
|This pic by Rich Gilligan talks to any hard core skater like nothing else. Like the newfound nirvana... |
An iconic picture for sure...
Click the link to purchase DIY from Rich Gillagan.
The original interview with Rich Gilligan was published in the Irish Times
All DIY pictures by Rich Gilligan