Don’t Try it at Home

New York-based skate photographer, Allen Ying, who started 43 mag, was just featured in the New York Times.

“Questioning authority is a big part of it. Some kids today probably don’t even know that there’s this part of it — breaking the law and skating.” Commercial skate photography, he says, is sometimes staged; certain photos in edgy locations are made possible by permits. “If he does the trick, it’s still the trick,” Mr. Ying said of the skaters in such images. “But that’s not true; it’s different when the skater knows he only has so much time. It’s fake, and you know it’s fake. Skateboarding was always the one window into something real.”

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