My Story

Blood, sweat and tears have literally been shed for this research. Passionate about skateboarding, I have been in the ‘business’ for over twenty years. Most of my youth has been spent travelling the globe with my partner, a skateboard photographer, lingering in the less inviting spaces of cities capturing and documenting the skateboard scene. Born from gaps in academic literature, this inquiry is driven by years of observation, conversation and a moment of realisation that skateboarding is research!

The Research: Stage 1

Drawing together global communities across multiple social platforms, skateboard documentaries and photographs communicate and share experiences. Navigating these fields of documentary filmmaking and media ethnographic practices is the first step in critically examining the visual construct of skateboarding’s cultural-based aesthetics, both past and present.

The Research: Stage 2

Currently in stage 2 of the research, analysis and coding of case studies and visual taxonomies has led to further questions. This commentary will develop in the form of observational experiences and a second round of interviews.

My Support Network

Supervisor Professor Teal Triggs is an educator, historian and writer whose research focuses primarily on graphic design history, design research methods, self-publishing and feminism. She has led interdisciplinary research teams within the broader field of information and communication environments exploring the role of information in public spaces and community-based learning. Her research covers graphic design writing, history and education. She is also involved in research in the emerging field of information environments, specifically that which explores the role of information in public spaces and community-based learning.

Supervisor Professor Iain Borden’s research explores how architecture and cities are experienced and re-used by the public.Iain’s work  examines the urban practice of skateboarding, looking at how skateboarders adopt modern cities as their own pleasure-ground, creating a culture with its own architecture, clothes, attitudes and social benefits.

Funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, LDoc is a collaboration between three internationally leading London based higher education institutions: the Royal College of Art (RCA), Kingston University (KU) and University of the Arts London (UAL) providing cross institutional PhD studentships and training, working in collaboration with key industry partners. My research is funded by LDoc, providing key support and forums in which to enhance my development.