#1 is available by sending $1 to (or buying
221 Spring Ridge Dr.
Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922
Issue #1 Fall 1998 (buy
Evolution of the Ollie by Michael Brooke
Protest: Fighting for Your Right to Skate
in Brazil by Bob Burnquist
columns, pictures and more!
of Skatedork #1
(not sure which issue): Skatedork #1 is one of the best zines I've
ever seen. Published by Steve Voss out of Berkeley Heights, NJ,
it is a skateboarding zine that looks like Maximum Rock n Roll.
Steve says 'Hopefully people who are in skating for the long run
will be attracted to this zine.. We think that there's not enough
written that focuses on the personal side of skateboarding, instead
of simply covering pro skaters, and what the latest tech tricks
are.' Highlight articles are: The History of the Ollie, Shoe Restoration:
The Basics, Skating in the Rain, and Skating in Brazil by Bob Burnquist.
This is the ruler of skate zines.
Planet #30 March/April 1999. Skatedork: A DIY skating zine.
While this is an issue one and certainly has its (very) rough edges,
the energy of the authors is infectious and over all this full-sized
newsprint skatezine holds a whole lot of promise. The definitive
history of my arch nemesis the ollie is worth the cost of admission
alone. I can't wait to see another issue (DS).
Ten Page News #24. Skatedork: 32 fullsize newsprint pages about
all things skateboard. No ads, but they're hoping to change that
real soon. Photos of spectacular stunts, some history, coverage
of a "skating is not a crime" rally, a piece on a newly reopened
skatepark, more. All with a love of the art & sport of skating that
the slicks just can't touch with their products & their professionals.
World #9. "skatedork is a zine about skateboarding, it's as
simple as that." Columns about skateboarding in the old days, in
the old town; pictures of skateboarders in flight, etc. Much more
interesting is the section about skateboarding kids petitioning
their government for the right to peacably assemble and street surf.
as Weapons Zine Distro. So you love skateboarding, and like
to read about it and see skate pictures, but you can't stand the
boring ass macho skatemags with shitty sexist content. At long last
there is an alternative-- a totally inspiring DIY alternative -
Skatedork. These kids take a consciously more personal approach
to skate journalism. They include reports of Pro-skating demonstrations,
working with city and chariy organizations to develop skateparks,
info about the Brazilian skate scene, and tips on how to repair
shoes. Add to this some really amazing pictures, a history of the
ollie, and some personal opinions and stories and what skating is
really about, and you get a great zine. Its even pro-queer. Gives
me hope for the skate scene.
As you can probably tell by the title, this is a skateboarding zine.
I like the fact that Skatedork goes far beyond the usual professional-skater
glamour and adverts for trendy clothes. Skatedork is for and by
real skaters who want to share real-life experiences with you. Highlights
of this issue are: a roadtrip to the Magic Skatepark (Pennsylvania),
the evolution of the ollie, shoe restoration tips, and an article
about Brazilian skaters. Also included are some cool photos, more
columns, and other stuff. Really interesting to read, and it makes
me want to blow the dust off my old skateboard.