"A skateboard park and school surrounded by war makes perfect sense in a senseless world, doesn’t it?"
- Craig Stecyk III
What’s it like to grow up working on the streets in a warzone, or to spend the first 15 years of your life pretending to be a boy? How does it feel to be one of the first skateboarders in a country, and at the same time a girl in a conservative Muslim society? In a nation divided along ethnic and gender lines, how do art, education and skateboarding intersect to create new possibilities for change?
Skateistan – The Tale of Skateboarding in Afghanistan shares the strange and beautiful intersection of traditional Afghan society and a new generation of Afghan skateboarders and artists. Through a balanced mix of words and photographs, the book pieces together the tale of grassroots NGO Skateistan, which since 2009 has brought skateboarding, creative arts, and new education opportunities to girls and boys in Kabul, Afghanistan. The NGO has been able to replicate its unique project model in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan.
'Skateistan' gives a rare, in-depth look into the lives of exceptional young Afghans facing incredible challenges and giving new life to a city that has been ravaged by war.
"A beautiful production and will elevate any bookshelf, and it's a perfect gift for the skateboarder that has everything."
- Tony Hawk Foundation (THF)
"Want to read a life affirming, humbling, just straight amazing book? Skateistan ticks the boxes."
- The Palamino
"This is not a book that focuses on the difficulties of living in Afghanistan, rather it celebrates the spirit of the younger generation – through the prism of a global pastime – on whom the refashioning their nation will fall."
- It's Nice That
This 320-page color book features stunning, previously unpublished photographs accompanied by essays, interviews and personal stories from Skateistan’s founder Oliver Percovich and the young Afghans that have gone from being streetworking kids to teachers in the skatepark and classrooms. Full of hope, beauty, brutal honesty – and skateboards – this is a story about Afghanistan that you won’t find anywhere else. All proceeds from sales of the self-published book go directly to supporting Skateistan’s projects.
Distribution: Skateistan - The Tale of Skateboarding in Afghanistan is available for purchase worldwide through Amazon. All proceeds from sales of the self-published book go directly to supporting Skateistan’s projects.
Intended Audience: Politically conscious people, womens rights advocates, skateboarders, graphic designers, photographers, travellers, those interested in Afghanistan.
Title: Skateistan - The Tale of Skateboarding in Afghanistan
Printing: 320 pages, Swiss-bound, full-color
Edited by Jim Fitzpatrick
Guest contributors: Craig Stecyk, Stacy Peralta, Kenny Reed, Cairo Foster, Maysam Faraj, Nancy Dupree
Designed by Alexandra Bald and Ana Lessing of the C-D-A-P collective based in Berlin, Germany
Book sponsored by: The Kindle Project and the Danish Embassy in Kabul
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