“A skateboard park and school surrounded by war makes perfect sense in a senseless world, doesn’t it?” – C.R. Stecyk III
After years of interviews, documentation, and hard work by many people, we're stoked to announce the release of Skateistan's very first book!
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 tells the tale of Skateistan, which since 2007 has taught skateboarding and creative arts to girls and boys in Kabul, Afghanistan.
This 320-page color book features inspiring and previously unpublished photographs accompanied by essays, interviews and personal stories from Skateistan’s founder Oliver Percovich and the young Afghans that have gone from being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.
The book’s official release date is set for June 9, 2012 in Berlin, Germany, with purchase available soon through Amazon US, the Skateistan online store, and local skateboard shops.
The book was designed by Skateistan's Art Directors Alexandra Bald and Ana Lessing who are part of the C-D-A-P collective, which will also be organizing the release event.
For an in-depth preview and more information about our book please check out the following link: http://skateistan.org/book/
For pre-ordering, fill out our form: http://skateistan.org/book/#buy
A freshly printed copy of Skateistan: The Tale of Skateboarding in Afghanistan
Packaged books leaving the printing press
Stacks of books reach the Skateistan offices in Berlin, Germany
Zahra and Frauke with the first copies of the books to arrive at the Skateistan office
Manuel getting stoked as he reads the book for the first time
Zahra, Frauke, and Manuel super-stoked!