Every skateboarder wants to have the hottest graphics on his or her
board.But the wear and tear of the skater's grind naturally makes
it difficult to keep your graphics bold and dynamic. Thus were
skateboard stickers born.
Virtually every skateboarder has a sticker collection of some
sort, either on a bedroom door or on the refrigerator or in a shoe
box. Stickers became extremely important in the late eighties and
early nineties when many smaller, skater-owned companies emerged.
Thanks to the low cost and ease with which they can be produced,
stickers are an easy way to get brands noticed. Virtually every
board graphic is also available in sticker form, and with graphics
only having a shelf life of around six months, and hundreds of
companies and thousands of boards available, it's easy to see why
they are so collectable.
"Skateboard Stickers" celebrates the use of stickers in
skateboarding. Showing the full spectrum of skate sticker art, it
brings together over 350 of the most memorable stickers ever
produced. From Wes Humpston and Dogtown's stickers in the 1970s to
Birdo at Consolidated's 'Don't Do It' sticker campaign, the book
features the best designs, selected by pro skateboarders past and
present, skate artists and other influential figures in the skate
industry around the world. It includes sticker related stories and
articles from skaters and artists, such as the story of Death
skateboards or Jim Phillips' legendary Screaming Hand sticker logo
for Speed Wheels Santa Cruz, as well as a look at the
sticker-making process, and quotes from skateboarders describing
what stickers mean to them personally. Contributors include Wes
Humpston, Bucky Lasek, Sean Goff, Steve Alba, Andy Howell, Mark
McKee, Jim Phillips, and Mike Vallely.
Bonus feature: each book is packaged with a new skateboard
sticker, commissioned especially for this volume.
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