THE RECENT HISTORY OF SICILIAN SKATEBOARD TOURS
The Recent History of Sicilian Skateboard Tours is a project and a self published book about the recent spate of skate trips to Sicily. After the first tour organized in 2004 by Transworld Skateboarding and 411VM Sicily experienced a growing interest from international skateboard companies. Thanks to these tours Sicily is becoming one of the most popular destinations in Europe.
Over the past few years I've been following the skateboard tours that have taken place on my island. Every time I found out that a team was here skating I’d ask them if I could follow them taking pictures and in exchange give them hospitality in my homeland.
The project originally featured on Desillusion Magazine and is now a publication printed in 200 hand-bound, numbered and signed books. Inside you will find a selection of the pictures I took of the skateboard tours, portraits of Sicilian local skateboarders and a brief history of how skateboarding came about on the island. Among the information that I collected are the words by Jeff Kendall about the 1991 demo of Santa Cruz Skateboard Team in Sicily, magazine cuts of the first Sicilian skateboarders that appeared in Italian mags and quotes from the first generation of Sicilian skateboarders.
Featured on: Self Publish, Be Happy. More pictures from the project HERE
MAKING THE BOOK
Language: English and Italian
Publication date and place: April 2015 - Catania, Sicily, Italy
Binding: handmade with glue
Number of pages and images: 48 pages, 26 images
Size: 5.3" x 7.6" (13.5 x 19.2 cm)
Paper density: 253 grams per square meter
Extra contents: sticker and packaging
Circulation: 200 numbered and signed copies
Publisher: self published in Sicily with the help of Ritmo, Chef Family, Etnies, Strange, Enimol and Altro.
Archives: Zines of the Zone, Eight Ball Zines, Self Publish, Be Happy