SKATE AND DESTROY The First 25 Years of Thrasher Magazine
From the skaters who brought you Insane Terrain comes Skate and Destroy: The First 25 years of Thrasher Magazine, a jam-packed retrospective that illustrates and recounts all of skateboarding’s milestones, twists, and turns of the last 25 years.
In January of 1981, a group of skateboarders in San Francisco put together the first issue of Thrasher magazine. Today, Thrasher is bigger and better than ever—its name synonymous with both skateboarding’s roots and constant evolution. International corporate bigwigs try to buy Thrasher’s credibility, while kids tattoo the magazine’s mantra, “Skate and Destroy,” into their skin.
Skate and Destroy: The First 25 years of Thrasher Magazine, is more than just a 288 page retrospective of Thrasher’s first quarter century. The magazine’s staff past and present left no file cabinet unturned or old pro unearthed in seeking out the lost photos, the covers that never were, outtakes from interviews that defined the mag, never-been-told stories of secret skate missions, and accounts from skateboarding’s top riders of what Thrasher has meant to them. Like those tattoos carved into the arms of skaters world-wide, Thrasher is forever. This one’s gonna be gnarly!
Easy-to-read chapters break down Thrasher’s history, year by year, and are interspersed with “Best Of” sections, profiling the departments and columns that have made up the magazine over the years: Mail Drop Comix Photograffiti Hall of Meat Trash Somethin’ Else ’Zine Thing
Featuring skateboarding, interviews, and stories with: Duane Peters on Tony Alva Tony Hawk on Christian Hosoi Mark Gonzales on Neil Blender Jeff Grosso on Lance Mountain Mike Carroll on Wade Speyer Julien Stranger on John Cardiel Rick Howard on Eric Koston Neil Heddings on Tony Trujillo ...plus tons more!!!
In This Issue Skater of the Year 2013, Ishod Wair, graces the April cover with a massive no comply blaster. The action only intensifies inside with a 20-page SOTY celebratory tour to Miami and the Cayman Islands. With previous trophy holders Koston and Grant Taylor in tow, getting rad was not an issue. Throw in a free Ishod SOTY poster for your bedroom wall and it's lights out. Goodnight. Add this one to your collection.