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:
Hall of Meat
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!!!
288 pages, 9-1/2" x 11"
Color photos throughout
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12/09/2016Joe Red coasts from spot to spot with timeless style and pinpoint trick selection. Homie just looks proper on a skateboard. This part is a fun watch. Enjoi...
12/09/2016The OJ boys headed down to the depths of Mexico to skate, surf, party and have a blast. Here's the article from our December 2016 issue.
12/09/2016The man with the magic feet sits down to pour through the January 2017 issue. Spoiler alert—it’s heavy from start to finish!
12/09/2016Descendents were the background music to so many sessions and they contributed to the soundtracks of some of the most-watched skate videos of all times. Thankfully, they’re still cranking out the tunes with a brand-new album. We caught up with their front man, Milo, to see what makes them tick year after year.
12/09/2016We bronzed Ernie Torres and sent him off to deliver the ultimate surprise. Congratulations, Kyle Walker! From Real’s “Surveillance” vids to Holy Stokes to the recent Vans part, K-Walks put it down like a champ all year!
12/09/2016With speedy lines, an artsy approach and enough slappies and wallrides to satisfy the saltiest street aficionado, The Öctagon crew makes Euro skating look fun as hell. Early grab crooked grind a handrail? Oh la vache!
12/09/2016Mango's "Dr. Scarecrow" part, Powell's waterproof and unbreakable boards, Jake Johnson footy and more in today's episode of Skateline.
12/09/2016A Heavy crew touched down in Athens, consisting of Phelps, Pfanner, Daan, Partaix, Doobie, Davey, Guammaz and Paco. Ditches, pipes and street shrapnel got dismantled and plenty of Ouzo flowed. Greece rules. Cheers!
12/09/2016Two of the most influential skaters of all time started a new board brand this week. We caught up with Guy and Eric to talk Da Vinci Code, too much hugging and the surprising source of their company's name.
12/09/2016Nothing in life comes easy, especially riding a skateboard. Tyshawn, Kev, Nak, and the Hardies team go to war in the streets.