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Skateboarding Book Review:Skateboard Stickers

How To Build Skateboard Ramps, Halfpipes, Boxes, Bowls and More Four Stars

Author: Mark Munson & Steve Cardwell
Publisher: Collins Design
Released: April 27, 2004
Rating: 4 Stars

With the release of so many books relating to skateboard art, It's nice to see someone has finally given the same treatment to sk8 stickers. If for nothing else, to catalog the existence of some of skateboarding's most notorious logos and images.

From a historical archive perspective, this is an awesome book that will let people remember and explore vintage art that has long since been ground off the bottoms of many old decks. From a publishing point of view though, it lacks any real detail or historical info. Most pages are simply pictures of stickers on a white page. Most seem to be their full original size, but there is virtually no text in the entire book.

I'm a huge fan of all things retro - especially from the sk8 industry. So my only complaint with this book is the lack of historical detail. It would make the book infinitely more interesting and engaging if we knew the date (even just the year) that a particular sticker was issued or released. There have to be some juicy stories buried somewhere.

Next time you're glomming stickers all over your board, favorite sk8 spot or a police car... stop and think about the fine piece of history you're potentially giving away. Keep enough stickers long enough and apparently, you too, can produce a book.

It's definitely a must-have book, but they could have done so much more with it.

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