New Stuff Tuesday – May 12, 2020

Skateboarding LA book cover

Skateboarding LA
by Gregory J. Snyder
GV 859.8 .S595 2017
New Arrivals Island, 2nd floor

Welcome to the world of skateboarding where a flight of stairs is not something you walk up and down, but a creative spot to practice your creative craft on four wheels. Snyder’s work serves as a sociological exploration and personal ethnography of the Los Angeles skate scene.This book featuring numerous interviews with both veterans and new comers to skateboarding. Read as they discuss the wide range of how skateboarding intersects with various aspects of culture. At certain parts this book can be read as a clash between property owners and the skateboarders. Installation of “skate stoppers” to prevent the skaters from skating or trespassing according to the property owners. This is a great book to learn more about the dynamics of this tight knit creative community that is skateboarding and how to see the world of architecture and design as “skatespots.”

About James Castrillo

Reference and Instruction Librarian at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's Andersen Library. Liaison to History, Women's/Gender Studies, Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology, Theatre and Dance, Philosophy and Religious Studies departments.
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