Skate and Destroy Book



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

  • Who should be the 2015 Skater of the Year?

    Who should be the 2015 Skater of the Year?
    We have announced the contenders, and now it’s time for you to place your vote. Who will be SOTY 2015?
  • Hall Of Meat: Youness Amrani

    Hall Of Meat: Youness Amrani
    He got his arms out but the impact made them fold. Youness gets a scalp massage from the asphalt.
  • SKATELINE: 11.24.2015

    SKATELINE: 11.24.2015
    Shane O'Neill on Primitive, Guy Mariano and Eric Koston leave Girl, Lizard King on fire and more in today's episode of Skateline.
  • Tyler Surrey's "Spanish VX" Part

    Tyler Surrey's "Spanish VX" Part
    Just a man, a VX, and the dreamy streets of Spain. Skateboarding is beautiful. 
  • Doom Sayers' "Everybody's Clown" Video

    Doom Sayers' "Everybody's Clown" Video
    This is half an hour of pure skateboarding gold. Great job, Omar. There’s enough stoke in here to last a lifetime.
  • AVE's "Boys of Summer" Montage

    AVE's "Boys of Summer" Montage
    AVE and the boys let the good times roll. Ahh, Summer. We miss you...
  • Gavin Nolan's "Ivy League" Photos

    Gavin Nolan's "Ivy League" Photos
    Boston, New York, '90s hip hop, camo pants, spot selection and tech-wizardry. Gavin Nolan’s new part is about as East Coast as you’re gonna get. Here are some pics from the making of ZOO YORK’s Ivy League.
  • Tyshawn Jones Interview

    Tyshawn Jones Interview
    Skateboarding reels in people from all walks of life. This interview with New York’s Tyshawn Jones first ran in our December 2015 issue.
  • Burnout: Hot Shoes

    Burnout: Hot Shoes
    A trip to the big Vans Syndicate party sets off an avalanche of old friends and hot skate action. 
  • Firing Line: Luan Oliveira

    Firing Line: Luan Oliveira
    The first thing that stands out with Luan's skating is the raw power, everything is popped and stomped with authority. This line probably didn't take him long, but we’re not sure too much stuff does.