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Going for the Gold: FAPA President's Book Awards, Orlando

A Secret History of the Ollie walked off with its second award for today, taking a Gold Medal at the 2015 FAPA President’s Book Awards in Orlando. 


A Secret History of the Ollie Featured in Concrete Wave

A Secret History of the Ollie is featured in the new issue of Concrete Wave Magazine (Summer 2015; Vol. 14, No. 1). The piece includes a special introduction by author Craig B. Snyder and a chapter excerpt. Thanks to publisher Michael Brooke for the love. 


Ollie Power!

Recent cover for THE NEW YORKER magazine (August 3, 2015 issue), "The Endless Summer" by Mark Ulriksen. The significance of skateboarding's Ollie cannot be overstated as it continues to transcend even the heaviest of metal and knows no bounds. Nice orange tones combined with strong lines; similar in ways to the book cover. Could this be A Secret History of the Ollie-inspired artwork?

New Yorker Ollie Skateboarding

Best in Category: General Trade, Illustrated: 58th Annual New England Book Show, Boston

A Secret History of the Ollie (Black Salt Press), took its first book award this month at the prestigious 58th Annual New England Book Show in Boston. This 912-page full color book won Best in Category for General Trade, Illustrated books. The awards dinner was held at Boston Symphony Hall on May 5, 2015. Following the lead of A Secret History of the Ollie were The Best American Infographics 2014 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and Topless Cellist: The Improbable Life of Charlotte Moorman (The M.I.T. Press).

NE Book Show text CROPNE Book Show screen shot

Designed by the Ollie

"Imagine a city of the future where skateboards are used as the primary form of transportation and recreation – in and out of your home. A utopia city for skateboarders would mean that a skateable path, like a ribbon connecting everything together, links each building in an unending ability to keep in motion on your board. The PAS House takes this concept and brings it to life through an architectural project mixing a modern single family home with a skateboard ramp structure – all from an environmentally-driven perspective."

One has to wonder what this unique house design (still in prototype stages) would look like without the Ollie. The oval deck shape used throughout the house as a theme is a by-product of the Ollie, as well as certain design aspects of the interior to entertain Ollie-based maneuvers. Pierre-André Senizergue, founder of the Etnies brand and its mother company, Sole Technology, has been working with designer Gil Le Bon Delapointe, the man behind the Skate Study House project, and Los Angeles-based, French architect Francois Perrin, on the PAS House where skateboarding and art collide.