SKATEISM is skateboarding’s DIY & diversity driven platform for journalism, events and activism. Founded in Athens in 2012 as an online magazine, SKATEISM became an internationally distributed printed publication in 2017 with a dedicated network of contributing skateboarders who believe that it is our celebrated differences and dedications that bring us together. In the homogenous industry of skateboarding today, SKATEISM is a platform for the underground and overlooked, the weird and the wonderful.
SKATEISM IS NO ONE PERSPECTIVE.
2020 is over, a very challenging and eye-opening year for everyone. After seeing the BLM protests and uprisings and witnessing some people’s true colours, we wanted to use our platform to share the incredible stories of 9 skaters of color growing up in different parts of the world, their experiences, as well as their thoughts on the BLM movement. Dr. Neftalie Williams was the person that we thought would be the ideal guest editor for this issue, as he has been exploring race and diversity in skateboarding for many years now. With no restrictions or agenda, he had deep conversations with people such as Mike John, Nassim Guammaz, Khule Ngubane, Jaime Reyes, Maicol Cortez, Sal Barbier, Seu Trinh, Samarria Brevard and Thomas Teixeira.
We are hoping that this is only the beginning of a much bigger discussion, and that we continue to educate ourselves, as well as our readers through our shared passion for skateboarding.