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
Hall of Meat
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 tons more!!!

288 pages, 9-1/2" x 11"
Color photos throughout

  • Cheena Interview

    Cheena Interview
    Cheena huddled together in an alley to talk about the band and being called a supergroup.
  • AYC's "Tokyo Slaps" Article

    AYC's "Tokyo Slaps" Article
    Not only is Tokyo an epic skate city, it’s got some of the coolest terrain to photograph. Check out the article that ran in our November issue.
  • Tiago Lemos' "Press Play" Part

    Tiago Lemos' "Press Play" Part
    We’ve categorized parts as face-melters before, but we’re upgrading this one to face-vaporizer. Because there won’t be any face left. Tiago drops a doozy on the skate world. Consider yourself warned.
  • Volume 4's "Heavy Metal Parking Lot Tour" Video

    Volume 4's "Heavy Metal Parking Lot Tour" Video
    An epic crew took to the road, crushing America’s streets and parks before rocking out by nightfall. Throw your homies in a van and live it up!
  • Hot Spot: Tiago Lemos

    Hot Spot: Tiago Lemos
    Tiago sets the spot ablaze, rifling off trick after trick and barely breaking a sweat.
  • Figgy's "Made Chapter 2" B-Sides

    Figgy's "Made Chapter 2" B-Sides
    It's one of the gnarliest parts you'll ever see, but the literally bone-crunching work that went into it is even more impressive. Figgy is SKATE AND DESTROY embodied.
  • Hall Of Meat: Adrian Flautero

    Hall Of Meat: Adrian Flautero
    Everything was going great—'til it wasn't. Adrian takes a dumptruck plunge straight to the hospital. Bloody hell! 
  • Volcom's "Euro Stokes" Video

    Volcom's "Euro Stokes" Video
    Footage from a European filming mission was lost during the making of Holy Stokes. Lucky for all of us, it’s been found, and here it is…mixed in with some other remixed cuts from the Volcom vid.
  • Bru-Ray: Northwest Mission

    Bru-Ray: Northwest Mission
    A good ol' northwest mission with Cory, Grant, Pat, Oski & Jacs up in the islands and on Stevens for the 4th.  We even made it into Canada unscathed and back for one hell of a trip.  Cheers again CK1 for the heavy hospitality!
  • Tiago Lemos' "Press Play" Premiere Photos

    Tiago Lemos' "Press Play" Premiere Photos
    DC and Boulevard skateboards teamed up with LB Skate in Long Beach to throw Tiago Lemos a premiere for his Thrasher part going up this Friday. With Tiago's pop and trick selection, it was a no brainer for all of Cherry Park to come check out the sneak peak. —Ben Karpinski