NOT LIKE YOU: 80’S SKATE PHOTOS VOLUME 2, $?, 5½” x 8½”, glossy, printed, 76 pgs.

Jul 20, 2022

There’s just something about skateboarding in the 80s that captures the true essence of what skating is. Sure, its first boom was in the ’70s, and it’s currently bigger than it’s ever been in popular culture, but it was the mid- to late-’80s where it became so much more than a passing fad to so many people. The perfect intersection of personal expression, punk rock DIY intuition, and fuck off attitude made it the ultimate release for outsiders everywhere who didn’t want to join the local sports team. Not Like You zine brings us another round of skate photos from the era and it’s an emotional experience for me. Every one of my senses is affected by these photos. Not only am I seeing my youth played out page after page, but I’m hearing the rumble of a launch ramp before the tail tap of an ollie skyward, I feel the stutter grind of hitting a rough curb that has no business being skated but is all you have. I can smell the concrete dust of that long-neglected drainage ditch and I can taste the blood as I suck a piece of gravel out of my palm before dropping in to do it again. The faces are different, but we are all the same. It’s a shared bond. While there are a few pros or recognizable people here, the vast majority are random skaters who submitted their pics. I find it amazing that so many photos exist from an era when we all didn’t pack a hi-res camera in our pocket. This brought me to tears in a good way. Thank you. –Ty Stranglehold (Not Like You, 102 Richmond Dr. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106)

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