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Skateistan - The Tale of Skateboarding in Afghanistan
book by Jim Fitzpatrick 9783000376313



Skateistan: The Tale of Skateboarding in Afghanistan shares the strange and beautiful intersection of traditional Afghan society and a new generation of Afghan skateboarders and artists. It features the innovative Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) 'Skateistan', which since 2007 has taught skateboarding and creative arts to girls and boys in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Skateistan's opening of the country's first skatepark – and focus on working with Afghan girls and streetworking youth – has been covered by major media outlets worldwide, including CNN, BBC, Al-Jazeera, and the New York Times. Skateistan: The Tale of Skateboarding in Afghanistan is the very first book about the subject and gives a rare, in-depth look into the lives of exceptional young Afghans facing incredible challenges in a city that is torn by war, but also full of life.

This 320-page color book features stunning, previously unpublished photographs accompanied by essays, interviews and personal stories from Skateistan's founder Oliver Percovich and the young Afghans that have gone from being students to teachers in the skatepark and classrooms. Full of hope, beauty, gritty honesty – and skateboards! – this is a story about Afghanistan that you won’t find anywhere else.

Edited by Jim Fitzpatrick. Guest contributors: Craig Stecyk, Stacy Peralta, Kenny Reed, Cairo Foster, Maysam Faraj, Nancy Dupree.


  • English
  • 320 pages
  • paperback
  • dimensions: 11'' x 8.7'' x 0.9"