With the release of Disposable - A History of Skateboard Art in 2004, author Sean Cliver made a brilliant attempt to artfully catalog every important skateboard deck ever released. In the process, he created a classic, but was left feeling less than satisfied. Ever the completist, the gaping omissions in the first book gnawed at him and drove him to compile the ultimate encyclopedia of skateboard decks. While Disposable was beautiful, capturing the essence of the aesthetic, The Disposable Skateboard Bible sets out to be the ultimate guide.
The author's industry insider status (mesmerized by his first visit to a skate shop in 1986, Sean landed his first job as a designer at Powell-Peralta in 1989) allows him to guide readers through the culture and experience, the art and the mania of the skateboard graphics world with authority and expertise. While the boards take center stage, fascinating vignettes and recollections by an A-list of skateboarding personalities are included--from Tony Hawk to Mike Vallely, Mark Gonzales to Mark "Gator" Rogowski, Steve Caballero to Stacy Peralta and more.
The Disposable Skateboard Bible provides old geezers with an endless amount of fond memories of iconic and obscure deck graphics from the 1960s through the '90s. It also provides a very educational glance into skateboarding's creative past for the youth of today. Sections include "Heart of Darknesss" and "Collect and Preserve" on the fine art of skateboard collecting, "Skatelab Museum," deck galleries that stretch from 1960 to 2000, "Bulldog Skates," "The Freestyle Ghetto," "Prototypes," "Once Were Riders" featuring infamous ridden skateboards, and "To Sign or Not to Sign" regarding the pros and cons of autographed pro models. Buy a copy today at Disposable or Amazon.
Don't miss The Disposable Skateboard Bible book launch party on Thursday, September 10, 2009 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at Huf, 410 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles, California. Buy a copy of the book and get it signed by the author, and enjoy some free vodka while you're at it!