Poor balance and an inability to wear beanies convincingly has always kept me from skateboarding. As a naive teenager I once pinched a friend’s deck for all of five minutes before planting my chin on tarmac and giving up the idea of ollies and kick flips forever (I’ve still got the lingo though, am I right!?). Still, there’s a part of me that’s painfully aware that I missed out on some good vibes by forgoing skateboarding in my formative years and these images from Richard Gilligan rub salt in that smarting wound.
Richard’s DIY series captures the collaborative spirit of skateboarding perfectly, demonstrating the sport’s ability to bring people together for good times in even the most barren industrial backwaters. It seems all you need for a good day out is an empty car park and your board, which is a hell of a lot less than most people require to enjoy themselves. Now if I could just get this beanie over my massive head perhaps they’d let me join their gang…
- An exercise in colour and control: David Hockey’s 82 portraits and one still life at the RA
- Woodstock 1969 immortalised on film by iconic photographer Baron Wolman
- Laurina Paperina's dark, weird but charming work
- Studio Frith creates Patti Smith-inspired identity for the inaugural Art Night festival
- Cindy Yang’s poignant animation questions the routine and mundanity of life
- Oliver Curtis photographs the world’s most famous monuments, the wrong way round
- Don't Hug Me I'm Scared - an exclusive interview with Duck, Red Guy and Yellow Guy
- World’s “ugliest” Pantone colour 448C is being used to deter smokers
- North evolves Tate identity to be more adaptable
- Babak Ganjei paints 90s sitcom sitting rooms. But which one's which?
- More bonkers and surreal selfies from Izumi Miyazaki
- Reactions to the referendum and our weekly Best of the Web