With this year’s 2021 Summer Olympics hosted in Tokyo, Japan, skateboarding will make its Olympic debut; augmenting both park and street competitions for men and women. As this book is a culmination and photographic collection of the past three decade’s growth of skateboarding throughout the US focusing in on the pivotal decade of the 1990s, the addition of this sport in the summer’s upcoming games is of considerable relevance to the skateboarding pioneers featured in this work.
To be a skateboarder today is a much different experience than it was for much of the 1990s. The photographs, quotes, and anecdotal text in ’93 til captures a time in skateboarding when making a livable income as a professional skater was a rare luxury and public understanding of skateboarding was at an all-time low. It was a time when skateboarding was searching for an identity, a time before Instagram and big corporate influences. Street skating was coming of age, testing its limitations and aligning itself with a new and innovative style of hip-hop culture that was emerging. Looking back, many skaters today feel as though the ’90s were the golden years of skateboarding.
’93 til is a captivating portal into a decade and a culture that is remembered with warmth and nostalgia. Much of the photography that Pete has unearthed for ’93 til was buried in boxes for close to two decades and has never been seen or published before. The 230-page book also contains several timeless images from his years shooting for SLAP and Transworld Skateboarding Magazine that will be familiar to the initiated. In addition to his stunning action shots are plenty of portraits and unguarded, candid moments that span from the late ’80s up through 2004. The book reveals a raw, unapologetic perspective of a world that no longer exists.
Also included in the book alongside Pete’s imagery are quotes and anecdotes from legends like Tony Hawk, Arto Saari, Jamie Thomas, Guy Mariano, Nyjah Huston, Geoff Rowley, Stevie Williams and others. Although still a working photographer, Pete moved on from his career in skate photography in 2004 and is currently living in Brooklyn.
From the Author
Nearly 2 years into this project, im excited to finally be releasing '93til this summer.The first 2500 copies are limited edition- containing an extra 6 pages of imagery from 1995.Thanks for being patient in the process of production and delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. ultimately this is a passion project, and im very happy to be able to shed a little bit of light on the rich history of skateboarding.I appreciate all the support, patience and love. -Pete
From the Inside Flap
In '93til, photographer Pete Thompson dives deep into his archives to shed light on a unique period of time when skateboarding was searching for an identity. A time before social media and big corporate influences, this collection of images spanning from 1986 to 2004 is a captivating portal into a decade and a culture that is remembered with warmth and nostalgia...Some call it "the golden era of skateboarding."
Alongside Pete's imagery there are quotes and anecdotes from legends like Tony Hawk, Arto Saari, Jamie Thomas, Guy Mariano, Nyjah Huston, Geoff Rowley, Stevie Williams and others.
Much of the photography Pete has unearthed for this book is rare, unpublished 35mm film photographs that were buried in boxes for almost two decades. Designed by Berlin-based designer and artist Jenne Grabowski, this book reveals a raw, unapologetic perspective of a world that no longer exists.
From the Back Cover
"The skateboarder and the skate photographer are basically going through the same process,they just have a different medium. It just comes down to always creating something new, something people haven't seen before." -Arto Saari
About the Author
In a photography career spanning nearly three decades, Pete worked as senior staff photographer for Transworld Skateboarding Magazine and contributing photographer for SLAP and Skateboarder Magazine. Pete has photographed many of the best skateboarders in the world, during a time in the ’90s that some call “the golden era” of skateboarding, before leaving the skate industry in 2004. After re-locating to New York City in 2008, and assisting Danish fashion photographer Anders Overgaard, Pete’s work made a pivotal shift away from the skateboarding world, exploring a more nuanced, spontaneous feeling. His current work focuses on capturing candid moments that communicate a spirit of honesty, and authenticity. Pete currently resides in Brooklyn NY.