It’s heartbreaking and powerful. It bums you out and pumps you up. The video below, Skateistan: To Live and Skate Kabul is raw and epic, depicting what skateboarding really means in the world at large. An escape, a sanctuary, a pastime, and an identity, skateboarding is a little bit of everything to these boys and girls. Made possible through a group called NGO Skateistan, the video pairs with a new book nearing release titled Skateistan: The Tale of Skateboarding in Afghanistan, containing photographs, essays, interviews, and personal stories from Oliver Percovich, Skateistan’s founder and Afghan youths effected by skating. This project is about ‘Skateistan’, and how a grassroots skateboarding project has impacted the lives of kids living in a war-torn community.
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New to the Skate Warehouse lineup is a wallet from Analog featuring the artist photography of Miika Saksi. Saksi is a freelance creative director, illustrator, photographer, and director. In the past he’s worked with countless magazines, such as Veli, Trendi, Lowdown, Nylon, We Are Helsinki, Trendi, Basso, and Image. With print work for Adidas Originals, designs for CLTR Clothing, album cover art, and his own personal photography collections, Saksi is and has been doing his rad thing within the industry, with work worthy of looking into. Head over to Skate Warehouse to grab the Analog PLA Miika Saksi wallet by clicking on the pic below and check out some of his work, too.